Antarctic Voyage: Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands
24 December 2016 – 9 January 2017
Arcturus has partnered with Professor Robert Llewellyn Clancy AM, a leading Australian clinical immunologist and a pioneer in the field of mucosal immunology to offer an exciting expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands. Professor Clancy is also known as one of Australia's most eminent map collectors - particularly early maps of Australia - and was awarded an AM (Order of Australia) in 2005 for service to cartography and to the field of immunology.
About Professor Robert Llewellyn Clancy AM
Robert’s passion with Antarctica began when, as a medical student, he was selected as one of two scouts to travel to the Antarctic on a relief ship, then many years research with the Australian Antarctic Division on the effect of wintering in Antarctica on immunity. Robert is the author of a number of books, the most recent being about the historic mapping of both Antarctica and the Arctic emphasising how polar exploration became an integral part of global trade, discovery and eventually expressions of Imperial Europe. He is a seasoned lecturer on voyages to both the Arctic and Antarctic.
About the expedition
This exciting expedition aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience. It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning and wild Weddell Sea region located on the eastern side of the Peninsula, and the historic location of Elephant Island - a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition 100 years ago. Adding to the experience will be a visit to several locations in the Falkland Island archipelago – home to nesting albatross and the colorful King penguin.
These diverse locations each feature their own unique attractions. Stunning glaciated scenery along the Antarctic Peninsula, enormous Adelie penguin rookeries and the flat -topped ‘tabular’ icebergs in the Weddell Sea, copious history in the South Shetland’s and Elephant Island - and a whole new range of wildlife species to observe in the Falkland Islands.
Throughout the voyage, our expedition ship acts as a floating wilderness lodge, which we reposition every day to yet another exciting location. You will be spoiled for choice by all of the activities we have planned.
Short walks or longer hikes on shore to visit wildlife colonies, historic sites and science bases, cruising in the zodiac boats looking for whales and seals, and spending time with the resident photography expert. The more adventurous might like to join the sea kayaking program, or perhaps spend a night camping on the ice – the choice is yours.
We maximize our time on this voyage by flying from South America to Antarctica, saving a two days' crossing of the Drake Passage. A further day and a half is saved by flying back to South America from the Falkland Islands at the end of the voyage.
The time saved by flying to the start and end points, enables us to spend maximum time exploring the region you have come so far to experience.
Over the course of twelve days on board, you can expect to be off the ship exploring in the company of our expert guides for nine of the twelve days.