Our small 12-passenger exploration boat, Hans Hansson, allows us to visit the incredible remote islands of the Antarctic Peninsula that larger vessels simply don’t visit. Fewer passengers means more intimacy and flexibility when exploring the Antarctic, plus adventures tailored to meet the expectations of participants, as well as greater face time with the crew. Daily landings provide adventures to last a lifetime: enjoy the company of penguins, seabirds, whales and seals in the unparalleled beauty of the pristine waters and calm bays around the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Small exploration boat allows us to visit locations larger ships can’t reach
- With only 12 passengers, onshore explorations are flexible and longer in duration
- Enjoy delicious meals made from locally-farmed ingredients in the Falkland Islands, home of the ship and her crew
- Landings are contingent on weather and ocean conditions; embracing the unexpected is a rewarding part of adventure expedition travel
Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile
The vibrant port city of Punta Arenas is situated at Chile’s southernmost tip, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas now offers attractions and adventure in abundance, including historic sites, museums, the Otway Sound and the penguin reserve, plus activities like hiking, sea kayaking and whale watching.
Day 2 — Fly to King George Island and Embark
The flight across the Drake Passage takes just four hours, shaving precious time off the two days it normally takes our larger vessels to make the journey by sea. The descent to King George Island provides an excellent view of the continent when skies are clear!
Days 3 to 16 — Antarctic Peninsula
Your cruise adventure around the islands of the Antarctic Peninsula begins when you board Hans Hansson. The ship’s small size allows us to navigate places few vessels can, and with only 12 passengers, shore excursions last longer and can be customized to passenger expectations.
Day 17 — Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas
With your intimate Antarctic adventure at an end, you’ll disembark at King George Island and relax during a comfortable, convenient charter flight back to Punta Arenas. Enjoy local cuisine and explore the city for one more evening before starting your homeward journey.
Day 18 — Depart Punta Arenas
If you’ve chosen to enjoy Punta Arenas for a few layover days, have a sumptuous breakfast before heading out in the morning to explore. If not staying longer, head to the airport, your suitcase full of souvenirs and your head full of memories.