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WEDDELL SEA HELICOPTERS & EMPEROR PENGUINS

WEDDELL SEA HELICOPTERS & EMPEROR PENGUINS

JAW-DROPPING SAFARI TO THE LEAST EXPLORED ANTARCTIC REGION

See the largest penguin on earth in this incredible and jaw-dropping safari to the least explored regions of Antarctica.

We will journey through the Weddell Sea, known as the ‘iceberg factory’, with its magnificent ice breaks in our search for the most elusive and magnificent wildlife species living in this little-visited part of the frozen continent.

Weddell Sea helicopter expedition
Zodiac cruising Weddell Sea
Halfmoon Island, Weddell Sea
Adelie Penguins

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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. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots. If ice conditions are favorable and the route to Snow Hill Island is free of multi-year pack ice, you have the chance for ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to Snow Hill Island – roughly 45 minutes walking distance from the emperor penguin rookery. If successful, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Even so, remember that nature writes the final itinerary out here: Attempts to reach Snow Hill Island during the voyages of 2012 – 17 did not always succeed. In 2013 and November 2017 conditions were favorable to land by helicopter on Snow Hill Island and to visit the emperor penguin rookery

Helicopter departure Weddell Sea Expedition