Antarctica Expedition
FEX-682912/214921 Antarctica
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Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arguably the southernmost city in the world, the Argentine city of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, is a perfect base from which to embark on journeys to the Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This colourful and picturesque town is best viewed from the Martial Glacier, where visitors will be able to look out over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. It's position on the channel makes it a fantastic starting point to any Antarctic cruise. Wildlife is abundant in and around the city with attractions including local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas living in the Beagle Channel. 

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Day 3
West Point Island, Falkland Islands

West Point Island is a member on the Falkland Islands archipelago and has some of the most stunning coastal scenery out of all the islands. The dramatic island coastline includes the highest cliffs in the Falklands, reaching up to 1,250 feet. West Point Island enjoys a varied selection of plant life, which supports a number of sea birds including, Black-browed albatrosses and Southern Rock-hopper penguins. One of the main attractions however is the Commerson’s dolphins which frequent the surrounding waters. West Point receives many expedition vessels every summer, their passengers taking Zodiacs and tenders ashore to explore this magnificent island.

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Day 3
Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

Saunders is the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands, and is run as a sheep farm. The island consists of three peninsulas, reaching up to 1,499 feet high, which are connected buy narrow necks of coastline. Conservation Is important on the island as it supports much marine and bird life including southern elephant seals, whales, and significant colonies of king penguins, gentoo penguins, southern rockhopper penguins and macaroni penguins.

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Day 4
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Port Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands and is, today, home to more than 2,115 people. Many of the city’s residents are employed by the government, including the tourism sector. Ownership of the Falkland Islands has been disputed between Argentina and the UK in recent years, which ultimately led to conflict between the two nations in 1982. If you would like to learn more about the conflict and the effect it had, the Falkland Islands Museum offers a wealth of information. Other landmarks in the city include the fascinating Christ Church Cathedral, which features an arch made from the jawbones of two blue whales.

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Day 7
South Georgia Island, Antarctica

The sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, along with the South Sandwich Islands, is administered by the UK. South Georgia is located 1,390 km southeast of the Falkland Islands. The remote location and lack of human interference has resulted in the creation of an environment that is home to a plethora of wildlife including fascinating colonies of King Penguins. 

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Day 12
Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Elephant Island is an ice-covered and mountainous island off the coast of Antarctica; its name comes from the early sightings of elephant seals on its shores. It’s central location places it within the Antarctic claims of Argentina, Chile and the UK and is a popular cruise destination for Antarctic explorations. Significant features of the island include Endurance Glacier, Cape Lookout and Padro Ridge.  Elephant island also supports significant numbers of Gentoo penguins, seals and chinstrap penguins.

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Day 13
Antarctic Sound, Antarctica

The Antarctic Sound is a body water located at the northeast tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, measuring roughly 30 nautical miles long and 7-12 nautical miles wide. As well as being a barren and icy wonderland, it is also a designated Important Bird Area, providing a home for gentoo penguins, brown skua, Antarctic Tern, Wilson’s storm petrel and many more rare birds.

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Day 14
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Situated at the northernmost tip of the base of the southern hemisphere, the Antarctic Peninsula consists of a string of bedrock islands which are covered by a huge sheet of ice. Although it has the mildest climate of Antarctica, it remains intensely cold throughout the year. There is an abundance of flora and fauna on the peninsula including a variety of lichens and a collection of seals, seabirds and penguins. Cruises departing from Ushuaia in Argentina often travel through the Antarctic Peninsula for stunning views of the unique scenery.  

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Day 16
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

The South Shetland Islands are situated 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. These uninhabited islands form part of the British Antarctic Territory and despite the harsh conditions they support a unique range of flora and fauna that is made up of seabirds, penguins, and seals. 

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Day 17
Drake Passage, Seas

The body of water situated between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica is known as the Drake Passage. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who, in 1578, was blown far enough south to suggest there was an open connection between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This infamous passage became famous during the age of discovery, as it involves sailing around the treacherous Cape Horn. Today, however, the modern vessels of the 21st century are able to pass through Drake Passage with minimal difficulty. Ships in the Passage are often good platforms for the sighting of whales, dolphins and seabirds including giant petrels. 

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Day 19
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arguably the southernmost city in the world, the Argentine city of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, is a perfect base from which to embark on journeys to the Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This colourful and picturesque town is best viewed from the Martial Glacier, where visitors will be able to look out over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. It's position on the channel makes it a fantastic starting point to any Antarctic cruise. Wildlife is abundant in and around the city with attractions including local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas living in the Beagle Channel. 

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