The Shackleton Crossing will be lead by British sailor, engineer and polar explorer Seb Coulthard FRGS. The overall group size will have a maximum of 12 participants accompanied 3 Mountain Leaders with extensive experience in the Polar Regions & alpine environment.
Potential team participants will need to demonstrate previous experience and take part in a training session in the USA, France or the UK. For more information please click here.
Expedition price per person: USD $5055 (GBP £3995)
Overland expedition retracing Sir Ernest Shackleton's route across South Georgia Island.
Witness a historical re-enactment of Shackleton, Crean & Worsley (all equipment and artefacts faithfully reproduced)
Expert advice on mountaineering, cold-weather survival, and mountainous polar travel techniques.
Numerous perks before, during and after the Crossing (expeditions participants only).
All Mountain Leaders for your safety
Government permit fees
Medical, Travel and Evacuation Insurance
Personal mountaineering clothing and footwear
Training is excluded but available in the USA, UK, Norway & France
International or Domestic Flights
Cruise ship fares
Additional extras or services not mentioned above
Ship fares start from: USD 13,995 to USD 23,995
DAY 1 BUENOS AIRES The capital of Argentina, the birthplace of Tango, the home of Asado, the “Paris of South America”. Welcome to Buenos Aires. The city is rich in culture and style and a vibrant gateway for our voyage.
DAY 2 EMBARKATION Arriving at the MS Hebridean Sky, our accomodation for the next days in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward.
DAYS 3–5 SOUTHERN OCEAN Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail South are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.
DAY 6 WEST FALKLANDS The western most settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside Albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Macaroni Penguin rookeries while Striated Caracaras patrol overhead and Upland Geese graze at the water’s edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.
DAY 7 STANLEY, EAST FALKLANDS Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley’s lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including Sea Lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s Dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.
DAYS 8-9 SOUTHERN OCEAN There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
DAYS 10-13 SOUTH GEORGIA (The Shackleton Crossing) Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding Penguins, Seals, and Sea-birds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellated and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia’s leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge Elephant Seals, aggressive Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins, Albatross, Petrels, Skuas, and Gulls. King Penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
DAYS 14-15 SCOTIA SEA Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.
DAYS 16-19 ANTARCTICA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
DAYS 20-21 DRAKE PASSAGE We will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 22. DAY 22 USHUAIA DISEMBARKATION Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight homeward or extend our stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.