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Upcoming Expeditions 2017/18

South Georgia

Explore South Georgia
Sept 30 - Nov 4 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

This year we are planning a longer expedition to South Georgia in order to explore some of the remoter mountains at the southern end of this wonderful island. We shall start the trip by following Shackleton's epic crossing of South Georgia, and then head south, weather permitting, to the Salvesen range to explore some of the island's other glaciers and mountains on ski, in addition to visiting some of the island's remarkable historic and wildlife areas. South Georgia is one of the most remarkable places on earth. Steeped in colourful history, this remote mountainous island is home to a breathtaking amount of wildlife.


We shall meet in Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and after a day of preparations sail east to South Georgia. Depending on weather, we hope to land at King Haakon Bay on the south coast, where Shackleton commenced his famous traverse of the island. The traverse should take four to five days, and if conditions allow we hope to ski some of the summits along the route.


Icebird will pick us up at the abandoned whaling station of Stromness, where Shackleton finished his traverse. We shall then sail southwards along the coast of South Georgia, making landings as the weather allows. There are numerous glaciers and bays that we can explore on ski, and colonies of King and Macaroni penguins to visit, as well as the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Stanley. Meet team and spend night on Icebird.
Day 2: Day in Stanley. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3-6: Sail to South Georgia across the South Atlantic. This usually takes 4 to 5 days.
Day 7-8: Arrive in South Georgia and sail towards King Haakon Bay.
Day 9-14: Crossing of South Georgia via Shackleton's route.
Day 15-16: Rest day, then ski from Maikviken to Grytviken.
Day 17-18: Exploration and ski tours in Cumberland Bay.
Day 19: A day at the King Penguin colony in St Andrews Bay.
Day 20-30: Exploration and ski tours in Drygalski Fjord and the SE end of South Georgia.
Day 31-35: Return to Stanley (Falkland Islands).
Day 36: Depart Stanley.




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Antarctic Peninsula December Skiing

Ski the Last Continent
Nov 19 - Dec 19 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

We shall meet in Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina, and after a day of preparations and packing Icebird, sail past Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. We shall make landfall near Anvers Island and then start to explore the many coves, islands and fjords along the Antarctic Peninsula. As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula ski ascents will be attempted of multiple peaks. Most ascents will be single-day tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year.

During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia. Meet team and spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 2: Day in Ushuaia. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3: Pack Icebird and set sail along the Beagle Channel.
Day 4-7: Sail to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.
Day 8-25: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 26-29: Sail across the Drake Passage.
Day 30: Arrive in Ushuaia. Spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 31: Depart Ushuaia.


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Antarctic Peninsula New Year Skiing

Ski with Penguins
Dec 27 - Jan 26 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

See in the New Year in Tierra del Fuego, then sail to Antarctica for the ski adventure of a lifetime!

We shall meet in Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina, and after a day of preparations and packing Icebird, sail past Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. We shall make landfall near Anvers Island and then start to explore the many coves, islands and fjords along the Antarctic Peninsula. As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula ski ascents will be attempted of multiple peaks. Most ascents will be single-day tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year.

During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia. Meet team and spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 2: Day in Ushuaia. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3: Pack Icebird and set sail to Puerto Williams in Chile. This delightful little village is home to the infamous Micalvi, the yacht-club bar inside a sunken ship, where we shall see in the New Year.
Day 4-7: Sail to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.
Day 8-25: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 26-29: Sail across the Drake Passage.
Day 30: Arrive in Ushuaia. Spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 31: Depart Ushuaia.


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Sail & Fly

Avoid the Drake
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Expedition Overview:

If you want to ski in Antarctica but are short of time, or really don't fancy crossing the Drake Passage both ways, then this could be for you! We have teamed up with DAP airlines to fly one leg of the journey across the Drake Passage between Punta Arenas (Chile) and Antarctica. Either meet us in Ushuaia and fly back from Antarctica, or fly from Punta Arenas and sail back with us to Ushuaia. Once in Antarctica, Icebird will sail along the Antarctic Peninsula, stopping for ski ascents, wildlife and historic sites along the way. Most ascents will be single-day ski tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. We tailor each expedition according to what you want to do! The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year.

During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.


Expedition Itinerary (SailIn-FlyOut):

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia. Meet team and spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 2: Day in Ushuaia. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3-6: Pack Icebird, then sail to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.
Day 7-21: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 22: Sail to King George Island.
Day 23: Return flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.



Expedition Itinerary (FlyIn-SailOut):

Day 1: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island (Antarctica). Join Icebird.
Day 2-17: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 18-21: Sail across the Drake Passage.
Day 22: Arrive in Ushuaia. Spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 23: Depart Ushuaia.


We recommend that expedition members arrive in Punta Arenas one day early for this expedition.


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