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3 reasons
to go to the Antarctic
with RUSARC

EXPEDITIONS 2022/2023
1
Pristine nature
The Antarctic is one of the few places on Earth where one does not feel the presence of people. Apart from polar explorers from a few stations, no one has properly settled on this far, inaccessible continent covered with permafrost, snow deserts and unparalleled landscapes.
2
Unique wildlife
Most likely the first wildlife representatives you'll see will be penguins, the funny birds that are so clumsy on shore and as quick as lightning in the water. The Antarctic peninsula is inhabited with hordes of penguins, and also with whales, seals, southern elephant seals, blue-eyed shags, sea leopards… These are only some of the animals you'll be able to watch in their natural habitat.
3
Overnight stays in amazing locations
Apart from several stops at polar stations you are going to wake up among wild nature, sometimes to penguins' chirping: in an extinct volcano crater, next to a sunken ship, in bays surrounded by cliffs and glaciers.
This expedition
is organized
on AURORA Yacht
1 - Crew cabin
3 - Galley
4 - Saloon
5 - Drying closet
6 - Master cabin
7 - Triple cabin
2,8,9 - Double cabins
10,11 - Heads
1 - Crew cabin
3 - Galley
4 - Saloon
5 - Drying closet
6 - Master cabin
7 - Triple cabin
2,8,9 - Double cabins
10,11 - Heads
Program of the expedition
to the Antarctic with RUSARC
Day 1
Day 1
Meeting in Ushuaia. The Beagle Channel
You'll get accommodated on board and will get to know the boat and the team. After leaving Ushuaia we get straight into the Beagle Channel. Congratulations: your dream starts coming true! Right after the departure the team will give you instructions on how to behave on board and on shore as well as on how to use the life-saving equipment. If you have a photo camera, you'd better have it prepared in the Beagle Channel already, because you may see whales, dolphins and Magellanic penguins there.
Days 2–5
Days 2–5
The Drake Passage
Crossing the Drake Passage is the most difficult part of the expedition. It takes around four days in the open sea. We are not going neither to scare, nor to comfort you as each time this passage is different. Sometimes everything is clear, sometimes we have to experience some trouble. Most of the guests are afraid of the sea sickness, but first of all you might be immune to it, or even in case you are not, just take enough patches that ease the motion sickness.
Day 6
Day 6
Bellingshausen Polar Station
At this point you will be able to see the silhouette of the South Shetland Islands on the horizon already. Our first landing spot is the Antarctic polar station Bellingshausen located on Waterloo Island. Here you will see how Russian polar explorers live; we'll attend the southernmost church on the Earth — the Saint Trinity Church; and if the master of the stations allows — we'll have a chance to experience a Russian sauna.
Day 7
Day 7
Yankee Harbour Islands and Halfmoon Island
We are going to the Yankee Harbour Islands and Halfmoon Island. Yankee Harbour is a protected harbour with a pebble coast. Here you'll find Gentoo penguin colonies, elephant seals and even fur seals. As for Halfmoon Island, you might have guessed that it has the shape of a half moon. Some of its surface is covered with Antarctic moss. Elephant seals, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins as well as giant petrels live here.
Day 8
Day 8
Deception Island
We'll spend a night in a submerged caldera of one of the active volcanoes on Deception Island. The island structure resembles a horseshoe with the best natural harbour inside where one can find shelter and wait till the rough weather subsides. There was a whale factory here at the beginning of the 20th century; its remains are still here. The Bailey Head headland, located on the outer part of the island, is inhabited by the largest colony of Antarctic penguins. This is an amazingly beautiful place — and it is equally amazing to land. In order to get there we'll need zero wind and still ocean.
Day 9
Day 9
Trinity Island
As a rule we do not step ashore here, instead we sail on a motorboat among huge icebergs and cliff arches coming out of the water.
Day 10
Day 10
Enterprise
We'll moor for a night to a sunken ship in the place called Enterprise. In the daytime we'll be looking for whales here. If you are lucky, you'll see one of the most stunning wildlife activities — bubble net feeding, the process when whales blow bubbles from their noses to encircle their food like a net, and then several whales come up to the surface at once and gulp up the krill caught into their bubble trap. From above these bubbles look like an even spiral. That is an unbelievable, breathtaking show!
Day 11
Day 11
Orne Harbour Island. Cuverville Island
We'll head for Orne Harbour, an island with Gentoo penguins colony and blue-eyed shags. If the water is clear, you'll have a chance to climb some hill and watch the whales and seals. Those who'll venture to reach the uppermost part of the island will see a panorama of the neighbouring island cluster and a bay with icebergs.

We will stop at the Cuverville Island Bay and Neko Harbour, which are close to each other. Cuverville Island is a dark, cliffy island with a bay filled with icebergs. A colony of papua penguins lives here, and in the coastal waters you'll easily see seals enjoying themselves on the ice floes. Another penguin colony inhabits the Neko Harbour, however we make a stop here for a different reason — to have a look at a gigantic glacier with ice chunks calving off it and falling into the water with a roaring sound and a huge wave.
Day 12
Day 12
Lemair Channel. Yalour Islands
Lemair Channel separates Booth Island from the Antarctic Peninsula mainland. The most narrow point of the Channel is only 300 meters wide: one can see sheer cliffs up to 400 meters high rising from both sides of the vessel. Sailing through this channel is one of the brightest moments of the Antarctic cruise. Orcas and humpback whales visit these waters quite often.

Yalour Islands is a group of low rocky islands not far from the Academic Vernadsky station. This is one of a few places on the Antarctic peninsula inhabited by a colony of Adélie penguins. The island itself is surrounded by icebergs and ice floes with seals resting on them.
Day 13
Day 13
Port Lockroy
It's time to send postcards from Port Lockroy station. It used to be a whale factory at the beginning of the 20th century, then it was turned into a British Antarctic Exploration Centre, and in 1996 they transformed the station into a museum and the southernmost post office in the world. The museum is open only during the tourist season, from November till March. You can send a postcard or a letter from here, and buy some souvenirs. They do accept card payments.
Days 14-17
Days 14-17
The Drake Passage
It's the Drake Passage again — several days in the open sea and you'll find yourself in Ushuaia. You now might take a breath, take a shower, go to the yacht club and share your emotions there. We'll enjoy a traditional barbecue at the end of the expedition: we'll have a lot of meat, Argentinian wine and good mood. Welcome to RUSARC!
Note:
Please, take into account that the start date, the described route and the duration of stops during the expedition to the Antarctic might vary upon the captain's understanding depending on weather conditions and other circumstances.

Price
€10,000


Expedition Dates:

04.12.22 — 21.12.22
13.01.23 — 29.01.23
02.02.23 — 18.02.23
25.02.23 — 13.03.23
02.03.23 — 18.03.23

Price includes:
- accommodation in cabins;
- bed linen and towel;
- berthing expenses (water/electricity);
- fuel duty;
- three meals per day on board;
- professional sailing team service;
- cook's service
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