In Shackleton’s footsteps | 21 days
We are in the 100 year anniversary of Shackleton's Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) and late summer brings the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where the expedition’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed. We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to the great explorer’s grave.
Two adventure options are offered: The ‘sea explorers’ voyage will examine the coastline with zodiac excursions and hiking options. At the same time, a land expedition of ‘ski explorers’ will attempt to traverse the island on a self-supplied four day ski trek from the south coast (King Haakon Bay) to Fortuna Bay on the north coast.
Ship: Polar Pioneer
When: 6-26 March 2017, 5-25 March 2018
Guide price:From £14,595 per person based on twin cabin (shared facilities)
Activities:Optional Shackleton traverse. From £890 per person
Options:We have a special guest lecturer on board Hebridean Sky Shackleton Centenary voyages 29 October – 21 November 2016 and 21 February – 14 March 2017. Seb Coulthard is a polar historian who, in early 2013, was one of the team who re-enacted Ernest Shackleton’s epic 800 nautical mile crossing from Elephant Island across the Southern Ocean and three-day mountain crossing of South Georgia in order to get help to rescue his stranded crew.
Seb will bring history back to life using period equipment and resources. There will be the chance to camp ashore where possible and to kayak among icebergs and whales.
Price from £12,775 per person in a twin cabin (private facilities)
Fiona’s travel tips
READ: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing; A First-Rate tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott & the Race to the South Pole by Diana Preston and Mawson’s Will by Lennard Bickel.
TOP TIP: If you are considering one of the Ross Sea voyages out of New Zealand, why not make the most of your visit and ask us about tailor-making a holiday there to fit round your voyage?
DID YOU KNOW: A 10 metre long colossal squid weighing 495 kg was captured in the Ross Sea in February 2007?
LET US KNOW: If you have a former connection with any of the polar regions we visit by ship. Perhaps you or a relative lived on one of the bases, or were a member of a past expedition? We can offer you the chance to share your experiences, diaries or photographs with others on your voyage. In the past we’ve even got the ship to make unscheduled visits to tie in with such an event.
“The successful conclusion of my two month tour of some of the more remote Pacific Islands, having proceeded seamlessly and without incident, is a great tribute to your unfailing helpfulness, patience and acuity. Many thanks.”
Martin Dawson, Island Odyssey, Pitcairn Islands and the South Pacific
“My favourite time was at Scott’s Terra Nova Hut. The ship was extremely comfortable and well appointed. The expedition team and crew were all very professional, friendly and helpful.”
Gerry Pearce, Orion’s Ross Sea voyage to Scott’s Hut
“This was truly a trip of a lifetime; wonderful land and seascapes, masses of penguins, albatross, and other species of birds and accessing Scott’s Hut - which was the highlight for many. Regretfully, despite hours of effort, in bitter conditions, we were only able to land three people at Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds. Next year! Orion and her crew were fabulous, and the food outstanding - I put on five kilos in three weeks!”
Fergus O'Gorman, group leader, Orion’s Ross Sea voyage to Scott’s Hutt
“It was a fascinating voyage with lasting impressions. The wildlife both on the Falklands and on Antarctica is incredibly rich. The organisation on board the ship was very good. Among the talks given by the scientific crew I enjoyed the witty talks by Robert Headland the most. The familiar atmosphere in the lodges on Sea Lion Island and on Carcass Island was very nice indeed. Last but not least I should like to thank you for the impeccable organisation on your part.”