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Ross Sea with helicopters  |  35-37 days

A true discovery voyage exploring the southern Antarctic Peninsula, the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island, the outer fringes of the pack-ice in the Amundsen Sea, the Ross Sea, Shackleton and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Macquarie Island.  This is a spectacular expedition with the added bonus of onboard helicopters so we can reach landing sites that are otherwise almost inaccessible. 

 

Ship: Ortelius

When:
11 January – 16 February 2017
12 February – 18 March 2017

Guide price:From £19,165 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)

Activities:On board helicopters enable you to reach otherwise almost inaccessible landing sites

 

 

Trip report for the Antarctic Peninsula

 

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Fiona’s travel tips

DON’T MISS: Camping overnight on the peninsula to experience Antarctic weather close up. It might seem tough at the time but you won’t regret it! Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s popular.

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.

 


Clients’ comments

“The service provided by Arcturus was excellent. All arrangements went smoothly and efficiently. It was a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime trip, beyond imagination.  Highlights were the penguins, the ice scenery including the Ross Ice Shelf and the historic sites, in particular Scott's Hut at Cape Evans. The group of passengers was a real mix of personalities and nationalities. We made some good friends.  To cap it all, we had three members of the Planet Earth/BBC Natural History team on board, including the Executive Director Alistair Fothergill. They were very friendly, plus it gave us the  use of a third helicopter which they had arranged. I won one of the photo competitions organized by the expedition staff.” 

David and Mandy Grierson, Antarctica, the Ross Sea, February 2017

 

“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.”

Mr Hubert Kalf, Epic Antarctica icebreaker voyage