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.
2016/2017 Itineraries, Dates & Fees
Please click on the dates below to see the specific dates, fees, itinerary, map, inclusions, and exclusions.
Antarctica Peninsula Adventure
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!
Off the Beaten Track
An extended itinerary consisting of 12 nights along the Antarctic Peninsula, we bring all adventure options to life. Overnight sea kayaking, full day ski touring, expedition photography, and expedition snow-shoeing are only some of the brilliant options available on this specialty departure. Pairing the best adventure with the most remote region on the planet—Antarctica Off the Beaten Track.
Christmas in Antarctica
Join us for the ultimate ‘white Christmas’ on a memorable voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favorite activities each and every day make this voyage the perfect introduction to the white continent.
Journey Below the Antarctic Circle
This journey take us further south than at any other time in the season. We witness expansive landscapes, sizable Adelie penguin rookeries and we hope to see the large tabular icebergs that have drifted north from the Bellingshausen Sea. We always anticipate exciting ice navigation on this expedition.
With favorable weather and ice conditions we hope to reach our objective -Detaille Island. This is a spectacular location. The snowy peaks which surround us, soar more than 2,000 meters above the ice-strewn waters. We aim to cross 66°degrees, 33’ minutes South of latitude, which officially marks the position of the Antarctic Circle on the global map. We then return north, along the heavily glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing through the Argentine, Fish and Yalour Island archipelagos along the way and into the Gerlache Strait region.
Marine Mammals of Antarctica
On this voyage we plan to visit several known locations along the Antarctic Peninsula that are the focus of long-term research projects by esteemed academic institutions including Oregon State University (USA) and Stanford University (USA). We are joined on the ship by several world renowned cetacean (whale) experts and observe their important fieldwork in close proximity. They share with us unique underwater footage and scientific data and interpret the behavior, migration characteristics and feeding patterns of adult whales and their calves. Their participation on our voyage is greatly valued and provides a fascinating glimpse into world of Antarctic science.
For those with a passion for whales and seals -and an interest in the important science happening in Antarctica, this unique voyage should not be missed. Oh, did we mention it’s also our favorite time of the year for blistering orange and pink Antarctic sunrises and sunsets?