The ultimate Antarctic voyage to the very heart of Antarctica. The Ross Sea is one of the most remote regions in the world and is only accessible for two months each year when the ice thaws. Steeped in history, the gateway was discovered by Sir James Clark Ross in 1842. It was to the Ross Sea region that many of the most famous explorers and adventurers came. They included Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Richard Byrd, Sir Edmund Hillary and others. We plan to visit 5 historic huts which capture the history of these explorers and their achievements. The Ross Sea region is the breeding ground for millions of Adelie and Emperor penguins and we have regular encounters with both these species. New Zealand, America and Italy maintain scientific bases in the Ross Sea and welcome the few visitors that come each year. Our Ross Sea Expedition includes Subantarctic Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands and aims to visit Cape Adare at the tip of the Ross Sea, home to the largest Adelie Penguin rookery in Antarctica.
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|DAY 1||Arrive Invercargill, overnight hotel|
|DAY 2||Board The Spirit of Enderby and depart for Snares Island|
|DAY 3||Snares Island|
|DAYS 4/5||The Auckland Islands|
|DAY 6||At Sea|
|DAYS 7/8||Macquarie Island, home to millions of Penguins|
|DAYS 9/12||Travel southward crossing the Antarctic Circle|
|DAYS 13/22||Explore the historic Ross Sea following a flexible itinerary to include some of the following: Cape Adare, Cape Hallett, Terra Nova Bay, Franklin Island, Ross Ice Shelf, Ross Island (Sir Ernest Shackleton's hut & Scott's hut), McMurdo Sound, within 780 miles of the South Pole and several other islands and stations|
|DAYS 23/26||At Sea|
|DAY 27/28||Campbell Island|
|DAY 29||At sea|
|DAY 30||Disembark Invercargill where trip concludes|