The Lemaire Channel with glassy waters at sunset, flanked by 2 snow-covered mountain ranges. seen during the Great Austral Loop luxury Antarctica voyage.
A group of king penguins walk over bright green grass & small stones during the Great Austral Loop luxury Antarctica voyage.
A Zodiac with polar travelers views a whale tail as it appears above water during the Great Austral Loop luxury Antarctica voyage.
A pair of large icebergs reflect icy blue into glassy waters during the Great Austral Loop luxury Antarctica voyage.
An Antarctic tern with white body, black head & dark red beak sits on a rock during the Great Austral Loop luxury Antarctica voyage.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

The Great Austral Loop

On this 17- or 18-day luxury Antarctica voyage between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, discover the most beautiful sites of these southern lands. Set sail from the fascinating city of Ushuaia, which the Argentinians call El fin del mundo (the end of the world). First, chart a course for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty and lush moors are sure to captivate. Next, head to South Georgia with its impressive glaciers and black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence. 

Then sail to the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries. Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds are some of the encounters you may experience in the Antarctic Peninsula, creating indelible memories. Each day, whether on land, aboard the ship or during a Zodiac outing, be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

All departures sail round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina. During the 2020-21 season, the main itinerary begins and ends with a charter flight between Ushuaia and Santiago, Chile. During the 2021-22 season, the main itinerary begins and ends with a charter flight between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 18-day Polar Circle itinerary adds one day attempting to cross the Polar Circle.

Four sister ships cruise the waters of the sub-Antarctic and the Antarctic continent on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition: L’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Lyrial and Le Soleal. Travel in the comfort of a 5-star hotel aboard these luxury French expedition ships that offer refined and attentive service, a plethora of onboard activities and unrivaled elegance. Appreciate understated sophistication, an international feel and top-notch guides aboard these ships with up to 200 guests aboard their luxury Antarctica cruises.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises.



Itinerary

The Great Austral Loop 2020-21 Itinerary

The Great Austral Loop 2020-21 voyage sails round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, bookended by round-trip charter flights to and from Santiago, Chile. Enjoy one day in the Falkland Islands, three days exploring South Georgia and three days aimed at Zodiac and shore excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula. When not exploring, appreciate the 5-star hotel comforts of a luxury expedition ship, complete with a large selection of daily onboard activities and engaging public spaces.

Route map of Beyond the Polar Circle luxury Antarctica voyage, operating round-trip from Santiago, Chile, with embarkation & disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina, & visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, the Antarctic Peninsula & an attempt to cross the polar circle.
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Day 1
Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and spend the night prior to an included group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, for embarkation and the start of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
At Sea

During this day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the ship’s photographers in their dedicated space. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
New Island & Grave Cove

New Island, with its distinctive jagged relief, is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and enter a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands; follow it to the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

The ship then makes her way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerges in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. Step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach and possibly be escorted by a few hospitable Commerson’s dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white. A stroll along the grassy dunes leads to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island, find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
At Sea

During these days at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. These days without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. Enjoy this enchanted interlude of comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 9
South Georgia

Discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found here: king and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and more. Hope to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbor and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay, or to land at Salisbury Plain with its wonderful spectacle of more than 300,000 king penguins in residence, identified by the bright orange mark on their head and neck.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10 - 11
At Sea

Make the most of the plethora of services and activities on board during these days at sea. Enjoy a workout class in the fitness center, or a treatment in the spa. Take in lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. Savor this enchanted interlude of comfort, rest and entertainment before the coming excursions along the White Continent.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 14
Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout the adventure in this icy realm, explore the heart of a spectacular natural decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales and orcas.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the captain and the expedition leader will suggest Zodiac outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabular icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. Sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 16
Drake Passage

Spend these days crossing the Drake Passage. Weather permitting, enjoy onboard activities such as live shows; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; special gastronomic tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides. Situated between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, the Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around the ship.

Accommodations

L'Austral, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Santiago & Depart

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible. Disembark here, catch the return charter flight to Buenos Aires and travel onward.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers program (includes 1-night stay in a Santiago hotel plus dinner and beverage package on night 1, breakfast on day 2, round-trip flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, transfer to lunch in Ushuaia and to the ship for embarkation on day 2, and disembarkation day transfer from the ship to the airport); all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; boot rental and polar parka to keep (no children sizes available in either); port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise, aside from Transfers program; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Great Austral Loop voyage begins and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Economy class group charter flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, Argentina, are included with this trip’s itinerary; see the Transfers program information listed above under Inclusions. Charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Santiago and Ushuaia for Economy class. Premium Economy seating is available upon request for an additional charge. The luggage limit for premium economy is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage. Additional baggage allotment can be requested and purchased for $120 round trip ($60/flight) and is based on availability. On the final day of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier and breakfast is held on board. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Santiago.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Great Austral Loop voyage at the following per person costs (2019-20, note that the 2020-21 & 2021-22 season kayak rates are not yet available): kayaking for $490/Kayaking Discovery program of one outing with no experience required or $990/Kayaking Exploration program of three outings with prior kayaking experience required. Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions, including a possible hike. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

The Great Austral Loop 2021-22 Itinerary

The Great Austral Loop 2021-22 voyage sails round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, bookended by round-trip charter flights to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Enjoy one day in the Falkland Islands, three days exploring South Georgia and three days aimed at Zodiac and shore excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula. When not exploring, appreciate the 5-star hotel comforts of a luxury expedition ship, complete with a large selection of daily onboard activities and engaging public spaces.

Route map of Beyond the Polar Circle luxury Antarctica voyage, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with embarkation & disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina, & visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, the Antarctic Peninsula & an attempt to cross the polar circle.
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Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spend the night prior to an included group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, for embarkation and the start of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
At Sea

During this day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the ship’s photographers in their dedicated space. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
New Island & Grave Cove

New Island, with its distinctive jagged relief, is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and enter a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands; follow it to the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

The ship then makes her way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerges in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. Step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach and possibly be escorted by a few hospitable Commerson’s dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white. A stroll along the grassy dunes leads to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island, find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 5 - 6
At Sea

During these days at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. These days without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. Enjoy this enchanted interlude of comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 9
South Georgia

Discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found here: king and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and more. Hope to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbor and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay, or to land at Salisbury Plain with its wonderful spectacle of more than 300,000 king penguins in residence, identified by the bright orange mark on their head and neck.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10 - 11
At Sea

Make the most of the plethora of services and activities on board during these days at sea. Enjoy a workout class in the fitness center, or a treatment in the spa. Take in lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. Savor this enchanted interlude of comfort, rest and entertainment before the coming excursions along the White Continent.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 12 - 14
Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout the adventure in this icy realm, explore the heart of a spectacular natural decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales and orcas.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the captain and the expedition leader will suggest Zodiac outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabular icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. Sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 15 - 16
Drake Passage

Spend these days crossing the Drake Passage. Weather permitting, enjoy onboard activities such as live shows; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; special gastronomic tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides. Situated between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, the Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around the ship.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 17
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Buenos Aires & Depart

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible. Disembark here, catch the return charter flight to Buenos Aires and travel onward.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers program (includes 1-night stay in a Santiago hotel plus dinner and beverage package on night 1, breakfast on day 2, round-trip flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, transfer to lunch in Ushuaia and to the ship for embarkation on day 2, and disembarkation day transfer from the ship to the airport); all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; boot rental and polar parka to keep (no children sizes available in either); port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise, aside from Transfers program; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Great Austral Loop voyage begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Chile (SCL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Economy class group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina, are included with this trip’s itinerary; see the Transfers program information listed above under Inclusions. Charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Santiago and Ushuaia for Economy class. Premium Economy seating is available upon request for an additional charge. The luggage limit for premium economy is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage. For the 2020-21 season, additional baggage allotment can be requested and purchased for $120 round trip ($60/flight) and is based on availability; prices for the 2021-22 season are not yet available. On the final day of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier and breakfast is held on board. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Santiago.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Great Austral Loop voyage at the following per person costs (2019-20, note that the 2020-21 & 2021-22 season kayak rates are not yet available): kayaking for $490/Kayaking Discovery program of one outing with no experience required or $990/Kayaking Exploration program of three outings with prior kayaking experience required. Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions, including a possible hike. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Beyond the Polar Circle Itinerary

The Beyond the Polar Circle voyage operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with one day in the Falkland Islands, three days exploring South Georgia, three days aimed at Zodiac and shore excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula and one day with the goal of crossing the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle. When not exploring, appreciate the 5-star hotel comforts of a luxury expedition ship, complete with a large selection of daily onboard activities and engaging public spaces.

Route map of Beyond the Polar Circle luxury Antarctica voyage, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with embarkation & disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina, & visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, the Antarctic Peninsula & an attempt to cross the polar circle.
Read More
Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spend the night prior to an included group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, for embarkation and the start of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
At Sea

During this day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the ship’s photographers in their dedicated space. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
New Island & Grave Cove

New Island, with its distinctive jagged relief, is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and enter a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands; follow it to the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

The ship then makes her way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerges in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. Step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach and possibly be escorted by a few hospitable Commerson’s dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white. A stroll along the grassy dunes leads to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island, find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

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Days 5 - 6
At Sea

During these days at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. These days without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. Enjoy this enchanted interlude of comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 9
South Georgia

Discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found here: king and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and more. Hope to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbor and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay, or to land at Salisbury Plain with its wonderful spectacle of more than 300,000 king penguins in residence, identified by the bright orange mark on their head and neck.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
At Sea

During this day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the ship’s photographers in their dedicated space. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 13
Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout the adventure in this icy realm, explore the heart of a spectacular natural decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales and orcas.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the captain and the expedition leader will suggest Zodiac outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabular icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. Sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Weather permitting, cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
At Sea

During this day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the ship’s photographers in their dedicated space. Lovers of the open sea may visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 16 - 17
Drake Passage

Spend these days crossing the Drake Passage. Weather permitting, enjoy onboard activities such as live shows; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; special gastronomic tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides. Situated between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, the Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around the ship.

Accommodations

Le Lyrial, Le Soleal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina, Fly to Buenos Aires & Depart

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible. Disembark here, catch the return charter flight to Buenos Aires and travel onward.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers program (includes 1-night stay in a Buenos Aires hotel plus dinner and beverage package on night 1, breakfast on day 2, round-trip flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, transfer to lunch in Ushuaia and to the ship for embarkation on day 2, and disembarkation day transfer from the ship to the airport); all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; boot rental and polar parka to keep (no children sizes available in either); port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise, aside from Transfers program; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Beyond the Polar Circle voyage begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Economy class group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina, are included with this trip’s itinerary; see the Transfers program information listed above under Inclusions. Charter flights are unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia for Economy class. Premium Economy seating is available upon request for an additional charge. The luggage limit for premium economy is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage. For the 2020-21 season, additional baggage allotment can be requested and purchased for $120 round trip ($60/flight) and is based on availability; prices for the 2021-22 season are not yet available. On day 12 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier and breakfast is held on board. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Beyond the Polar Circle voyage at the following per person costs (2019-20, note that the 2020-21 & 2021-22 season kayak rates are not yet available): kayaking for $490/Kayaking Discovery program of one outing with no experience required or $990/Kayaking Exploration program of three outings with prior kayaking experience required. Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions, including a possible hike. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Nov 02 - Nov 18, 2020
Le Soleal • 17 days
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Dec 21 - Jan 07, 2021
Le Boreal • 18 days
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Le Soleal • 18 days
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Jan 18 - Feb 03, 2021
L'Austral • 17 days
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Feb 16 - Mar 05, 2021
Le Soleal • 18 days
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Le Lyrial • 18 days
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Le Boreal • 17 days
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Learn About the Luxury Expedition Ships on Your Itinerary

The Great Austral Loop voyage is operated by four sister ships that each carry a maximum of 200 guests on their Antarctic departures. Each vessel in this sister ship fleet of refined, luxury expedition ships ensures an elegant, upscale cruise that offers regular off-ship excursions complemented by a multitude of daily onboard activities. With the exception of Deck 6 cabin configurations, these expedition ships are identical, with public spaces including a fitness room, spa, two restaurants, a library, state-of-the-art theater and open bridge.

Expedition Ship
L'Austral

The 200-to-264-guest L'Austral is a sophisticated, luxury expedition ship cruising Antarctica. Enjoy her chic-yet-casual private yacht atmosphere created by a blend of precious materials, discreet elegance and gastronomic delights, paired with an engaging program of lectures and adventure activities.

Expedition Ship
Le Boreal

The 200-to-264-guest Le Boreal combines high comfort with adventure. Cruising Antarctica and the Caribbean, experience luxury, gastronomy, wellness, entertainment and active programming in remote destinations.

Expedition Ship
Le Lyrial

The 200-to-244-guest Le Lyrial is a refined, luxury expedition ship cruising Antarctica & the Mediterranean. Enjoy her private yacht atmosphere, understated elegance and culinary delights, paired with an engaging program of lectures, onboard entertainment and off-ship adventures.

Expedition Ship
Le Soleal

The luxury 200-to-264-guest Le Soleal offers a cruise experience with a French touch. Enjoy sleek and stylish decor, welcoming and attentive service, cutting-edge technology, 5-star cuisine and fascinating itineraries in remote regions.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

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Expert Aboard: L’Austral, Le Soleal, Le Lyrial & Le Boreal Review

Learn from an AdventureSmith luxury cruise expert what it’s like to travel aboard L’Austral and her identical fleet of sister ships Le Boreal, Le Lyrial and Le Soleal.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Antarctica Cruise

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7 Day Land Tour
Torres Del Paine Trek

The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains to enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations by night.

From $1690USD
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Explora Patagonia

This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.

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This comprehensive Antarctica voyage aboard 170-guest Hondius or Janssonius is an animal-lover's dream come true. Experience the famed wildlife of the Falklands and South Georgia, a unique visit to Elephant Island and South Orkney Islands, and an attempt to reach the polar circle.

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