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ROSS SEA - WESTERN EXPLORER WITH HELICOPTERS

ROSS SEA - WESTERN EXPLORER WITH HELICOPTERS

POLAR CIRCLE & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA and ISLANDS

Departing from Ushuaia on the tip of South America, this expedition with two onboard helicopters travels to the Antarctic peninsula, then West around the Arctic circle through the Ross Sea visiting Peter I Island, Macquarie Island and Campbell Island before disembarking in New Zealand.

Ross Sea Explorer helicopter
Emperor Penguins, Ross Sea Explorer
Helicopter flight deck Ross Sea Expledition
Seal pup Ross SEa expedition

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PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots. During these voyages, we transfer our passengers to shore using Zodiacs. We also operate our two helicopters in sites where Zodiacs cannot be used. Potential areas for helicopter transfer are Cape Evans (the location of Scott’s hut), Cape Royds (the location of Shackleton’s hut), the Ross Ice Shelf, Peter I Island, and the Dry Valleys. Our plan is to make five helicopter-based landings, though a specific amount of helicopter time cannot be guaranteed in advance. Helicopters provide us a great advantage in reaching certain landing sites that are otherwise almost inaccessible, but this is a true expedition in the world’s most remote area: weather, ice, and other forces of nature dictate the final itinerary. Conditions may change rapidly, impacting helicopter operations. Please understand and accept this. Safety is our greatest concern, and no compromises can be made. The vessel is equipped with two helicopters. If one helicopter is unable to fly for whatever reason, helicopter operations will cease or be cancelled. One helicopter always needs to be supported by a second functioning helicopter. No guarantees can be given, and in no event will claims be accepted.

Special note - Crossing the International Date Line:
Depending on which direction one travels across the International Date Line, a day is either lost or gained. (Crossing westward, a day is gained; crossing eastward, a day is lost.) Please take note of this when calculating your actual time travelled. The days listed in the itinerary duration reflect the actual time travelled.

Curious elephant seal pup Ross Sea Expedition
Curious Elephant Seal pup
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