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Akademik Ioffe: Classic Antarctica

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Designed and built in Finland as a scientific research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability while still permitting excellent maneuverability. The Ioffe has an ice-strengthened hull and a maximum cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. She accommodates 96 guests and has been refitted and refurbished in recent years to enhance guests' comfort and the caliber of onboard facilities.

2014/2015/2016 Itineraries, Dates & Fees

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Antarctica Peninsula Adventure Itinerary

Join us on the ultimate first-time experience to the Antarctic. As the ice recedes from the Antarctic Peninsula, profusions of penguins, flocks of seabirds, pods of whales and rafts of seals overtake the area. We take this opportunity to immerse ourselves by zodiac and on foot in the wildlife of the Antarctic. Experience everything the area has to offer from towering glaciers and massive icebergs, to mountainous landscapes and the natural Antarctic beauty. Come join us as we discover a true Antarctic Peninsula Adventure!

Marine Mammals in Antarctica Itinerary

The 10-day trip will be accompanied by Dr Ari Friedlaender, a Research Scientist at Duke University, who has been to the Antarctic nearly 20 times on scientific voyages and whose work focuses on the feeding behavior and movement patterns of marine mammals around the world. Ari, who is actively studying how climate change and global warming are affecting whales and other krill predators, is currently leading a project to track the long-term movement patterns of humpback whales around the Antarctic Peninsula to understand how they are being affected by changes to their environment.

Participants will learn how to document whale numbers, help to conduct photo surveys, determine movement patterns and identify individual animals. They will also be able to locate and document behavior of whales that have previously been fitted with satellite tracking devices.

Els Vermeulen, international marine consultant and founder of the Marybio Foundation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of marine mammals in Argentine Patagonia, will also join the voyage. Els is scientific advisor to the Belgian delegation in the International Whaling Commission, and a perfect companion to have on board during this special interest expedition.


Antarctic Circle Voyage (12 night) Itinerary

Designed for those who want to go farther south amidst the pancake and frazil ice. Let us greet the Antarctic Circle with champagne and GPS as we cruise the ice-laden waters at the most southern point in our journey. With additional time in Antarctica, this voyage provides an extended exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Let's take our time and explore.

Antarctic Circle Voyage (13 night) Itinerary

The same great itinerary as the 12 night itinerary, but with one more day in the Antarctic Peninsula.