Antarctica solar eclipse cruise, December 2021

“Witness the rare phenomenon of a total solar eclipse in Antarctica. This unforgettable small ship cruise also explores South Georgia and the Falklands.”

Highlights

December 2021 total solar eclipse | Antarctica | Travel with an ex-NASA scientist | Beagle Channel | South Georgia | Falkland Islands (Malvinas) | Sail aboard a luxurious expedition vessel | Zodiac boat trips and shore excursions | See the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton | Penguins, whales, seals and many seabirds among the wildlife | Fascinating talks throughout on the region’s wildlife, history and geology |

Description of Antarctica solar eclipse cruise, December 2021

To witness the 2021 Antarctica solar eclipse you need to be on a boat. There’s no better way to enjoy this magnificent natural phenomenon than with a responsible, small ship cruise.


December 2021 marks only the second time that humans have ever been able to admire a total solar eclipse in Antarctica. This 20-day small ship cruise offers a thrilling itinerary taking you from Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, through the historic Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego archipelago, to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, pausing halfway through to witness the eclipse in the Scotia Sea.


This will be a unique experience, not only because of the rarity of the event and the challenge of catching an eclipse at such a southern latitude. You will be accompanied by an expert of practically unrivalled knowledge – Fred Espenak, formerly of NASA and a veteran of 29 eclipse expeditions around the world, popularly known as ‘Mr. Eclipse’. He will be there to share his expertise on eclipse-watching through talks on subjects such as astronomy and meteorology. Special eclipse glasses will be handed out on the morning of December 4th, and there will be a celebratory dinner that evening.


And of course Antarctica cruises employ specialist crews. As well as escorting you on shore excursions to vast penguin and seabird colonies, showing you how to snowshoe, and taking you to historic sites such as whaling and sealing stations, or the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, they will provide a series of onboard talks and discussions. These will cover subjects such as Antarctic geology, wildlife and history, and make an entertaining accompaniment to what you’ll see every day from your ship’s decks and observation lounge.


Antarctica expedition vessels are comfortable and well-equipped, and you will be dining every day on sustainable, locally sourced food. This is definitely the most sustainable way to explore such a fragile and beautiful destination.

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
25 Nov 2021
£14500
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 25 Nov 2021 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Reducing Emissions and Waste:
Our eco-conscious approach means we travel to remote and pristine destinations differently than others in the industry. Our vessel burns Marine Gas Oil (MGO) – a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor- and despite being far more expensive, it is the only fuel we consider using. We also reduce consumption and emissions by tailoring our itinerary to operate at a more leisurely pace, rather than going full steam ahead at all times. Our smaller Zodiac landing crafts are more lightweight and nimble and they are powered by low-emission engines as well. We offer a carbon offsetting option for clients and make a collective effort to minimise excess waste on board, disposing of everything on land.

On Board Efforts:
We strictly adhere to all international policies regarding disposal of waste at sea and only use recycled and acid free paper on board and in brochures. Clients are also encouraged to recycle and reduce waste by providing a re-usable water bottle for the trip. Cabins are fitted with eco-friendly amenities and even the laundry is done with green detergents.

Local Sourcing:
We plan to take advantage of local products as a means of boosting communities local to us and reducing our carbon footprint on the whole. This is evident in the meals provided, which are created with sustainability in mind. Seafood, for example, will always be fresh and purchased based on the responsible management of the fishery for each particular species and will observe guidelines similar to the MSC and Audubon Society. Our gift shop only sells items which have been thoroughly researched as to where an item has come from, whether it has been produced fairly, what it is made of and distance it has had to travel.

Staff and Client Preparation:
We have developed a comprehensive staff training and accreditation program which ensures that our staff is fully aware of responsible tourism issues and that they are kept updated with refresher courses. From safety to environmental sustainability, our team of lecturers, specialists and crew are able to pass vital information on clients in briefings. We also send extensive preparatory packs out to every group including guidelines from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), of which our local operator is a full voting member. We emphasise that the protection of this pristine yet fragile environment and its wildlife is at the forefront of what we do.

Charity:
The South Georgia Heritage Trust do conservation work for important historic sites such as the Grytviken church in South Georgia and they run a habitat restoration project for the area. A particular problem for the wildlife, and particularly birdlife, in the area is the threat of foreign species such as rats, which were introduced by whalers over the last two centuries. On each voyage, we conduct passenger auctions and a portion of the money goes towards keeping these threats at bay. This is driven by our ‘leave no trace’ policy, which includes being vigilant with litter disposal and avoiding approaching animals any closer than 5 metres.


Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Although this tour is predominantly concerned with dramatic natural landscapes and the many species of whale, penguin, seals and seabirds which inhabit these areas, we try to benefit local people where we can as well. Before we set out in Ushuaia, clients are encouraged to explore and to use local businesses. We also stop at Port Stanley in the Falklands, where we spend a day visiting churches, museums and mingling in the pub. By supporting these small cultural sites and businesses, we are giving necessary income and employment alternatives to some very remote communities.

Climate

Popular similar holidays

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica cruise

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica cruise

The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

From €10500 - €12400 21 days excluding flights

Classic Antarctica cruise & South Shetland Islands

Classic Antarctica cruise & South Shetland Islands

Experience all that this remarkable area has to offer

From US $4860 - US $7990 11 days excluding flights

Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea cruise

Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea cruise

A diverse polar wilderness journey

From €6890 12 days excluding flights

Antarctica small ship cruises

Antarctica small ship cruises

Water, wilderness and breath-taking wildlife

From £7990 - £17450 22 days excluding flights

Convert currencies