In Shackleton's Wake

Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn

with Viva Expeditions

Join us on the adventure to the southernmost and the most extreme continent on Earth. Travel the track of the legendary Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, an inspirational leader of twentieth century, who led three expeditions to the Antarctic and became famous for the impressive rescue efforts of his crew. On this trip you will step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, discover Elephant Island, witness magnificent mountains and glaciers of South Georgia and visit the Falkland Islands before disembarking in Puerto Madryn. Discover awe-inspiring scenery of ice bergs in all shapes and sizes, massive glaciers and extraordinary wildlife.


  • Follow in the footsteps of a famous Polar explorer
  • Encounter leopard seals, king penguins and large albatross colonies
  • Visit South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula



Day 1 -Ushuaia

On arrival, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
There will be an evening a briefing at 7:30pm to run through details of embarkation the following day. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego, with a dramatic setting overlooking the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains. It is a major port for Antarctic bound vessels and an interesting city to explore
Overnight in Ushuaia

Day 2 - Embarkation

This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia and pick up any essential supplies before boarding the ship in the mid-afternoon. Highlights of Ushuaia include the award-winning Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, (Maritime & Prison of Ushuaia Museum), located in Ushuaia’s former prison, in buildings dating back to 1906, and nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park that can be reached by the “End of the World Train”. Stroll along the main street of Avenida San Martin with its many cafes, shops and restaurants, explore the Argentinean leather markets and maybe taste a succulent lamb dish for which Patagonia is famous. On embarkation you will meet the expedition crew and be shown to your suite. In the early evening we sail down the majestic Beagle Channel past magellanic penguin, rock cormorant and sea lion colonies as we head towards Antarctica. We will enter the legendary Drake Passage just after midnight.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 3-4 - Drake Passage

We cross this famous stretch of water which sits between the Antarctic continent and South America and which takes its name from the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Our on board lecture program will commence today with our Antarctic experts giving you a fascinating insight into the continent with presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, preparing us for what lies ahead. On the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. You will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. If weather permits, head out on deck to look for whales, dolphins and trailing sea birds such as albatrosses, prions and petrels. Depending on sea conditions we may reach the South Shetland Islands by nightfall of day 4.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 5-9 - Antarctic Peninsula

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and awe-inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Over the next four days we will explore the islands and waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula. Making use of our on board Zodiacs, we will cruise amongst ice-filled bays, looking out for wildlife as well as making shore landings. Here we will be greeted by a host of animals and may encounter Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins as well as elephant seals. The scenery will take your breath away as you gaze at majestic mountains, incredible glaciers and vast beautifully sculptured icebergs.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 10-11 - At Sea

We set sail again for the open seas and retrace Shackleton’s path to South Georgia. Spend time looking out for seabirds, whales and other wildlife, listening to expedition lectures from our on board Antarctic experts and soaking up the ice-swept seascape. Enroute we head towards Elephant Island, where weather permitting we will attempt to make a landing. Elephant Island is the desolate island where Sir Ernest Shackleton left 24 of his men for months while he embarked on one of the greatest survival stories of all time, on a mission to South Georgia in the hope of returning and saving them all.
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Day 12-14 - South Georgia

South Georgia has been a British Overseas Territory since 1775. At 3,755 square kilometres, it is the largest island in the territory and one of the wildest and most remote places on earth with dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers. The island is home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. In the 19th century South Georgia was a prominent whaling base, but whaling ceased in the 1960’s and the only remnants are museums and well-preserved buildings. South Georgia teems with wildlife due to the currents that bring nutrients to the island from the Atlantic. Huge numbers of penguins and seals breed here and it is also home to many fascinating sites, including Shackleton’s Grave. Over the next few days we will explore the wonderful island of South Georgia and see why the island is known as the “Galapagos of the South”. With enormous quantities of sea birds, penguin colonies numbering in the hundreds of thousands, sea lion pups and a wealth of history, this promises to be the highlight of any trip. We will visit the old whaling settlement of Gritviken and pay a visit to the grave of the legend himself - Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 15-16 - At Sea

We leave South Georgia and chart a course for the Falkland Islands. Spend time out on deck scanning the horizon for seabirds and other wildlife and maybe take in an expedition lecture on the dramatic history and rich wildlife of the Falkland Islands.
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Day 17 - Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory, is an archipelago that lies 490kms east of Patagonia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by decades of controversy, the Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas as they are known in Argentina) have been settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina. The two main islands (East Falkland and West Falkland) have much to offer and provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity, extraordinary scenery and history of the southern islands. The Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world and five species of penguin breed on the islands (gentoo, king, macaroni, magellanic and rockhopper). Port Stanley, the capital and located on East Falkland Island, offers an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters. Today, we explore Stanley, chosen as the capital for its sheltered harbour and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel. Take a historical walking tour of the town to learn more about Stanley’s rich and colourful history. If time permits we will also visit nearby bird and penguin colonies.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 18 - Falkland Islands

Set sail to West Falkland Islands where you may visit two of the most popular islands - West Point Island and Carcass Island. West Point Island is famous for its spectacular scenery and impressive wildlife. Home to a vast colony of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browned Albatrooses, nesting together in close vicinity. Carcass Island is renowned for exceptional birldlife due to it being a rodent-free island. Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins also nest here.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 19-20 - At Sea

As we sail towards Puerto Madryn, there is time to reflect on the spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife encountered during the voyage, and the endeavours of explorers such as the legendary Shackleton.
Overnight on board Ocean Atlantic in your chosen cabin

Day 21 - Disembark in Puerto Madryn

Depart - We disembark the ship in Puerto Madryn and you will be transferred to Trelew airport or a centrally located hotel in Puerto Madryn. Please note it is very important to book flights from Trelew to depart after 2pm today.

Why not consider adding on a couple of days at the end of the tour to explore the Valdes Peninsula, one of the best places on the planet to spot orcas hunting their prey on the beaches. Puerto Madryn is the gateway to Península Valdés. It is the second largest fishing port in Argentina and home to the country’s first aluminium plant, built in 1974. Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh settlers in 1886, and along the shoreline statues of immigrants and Teheulche pay tribute to the history of the town.

Please note that the timings in each location are only a guide. Depending on weather conditions and opportunities during the journey we may spend more or less time on the Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia and/ or the Falkland Islands. Being an expedition trip, we will try to make the most of the conditions to provide the best experience possible and this may mean operating a slightly different itinerary to that shown.

Ocean Atlantic

Welcome onboard the Ocean Atlantic. This small, ice-class expedition cruise ship with spacious outdoor areas underwent a full modernisation in 2015 so has a contemporary and expertly designed feel. The cabins are well equipped, the suites spacious and you can relax in the tastefully decorated communal areas. With 140 crew members, every passenger can expect outstanding service while onboard. 

The Ocean Atlantic:

  •     Is an ice-class vessel
  •     118 cabins inside or outside 
  •     Private bathrooms
  •     Hairdryers, individual temperature control
  •     Smallest suite is a roomy 215 sq. feet (22 sq. metres).
  •     15 suites have balconies.
  •     Owner's Suite is an extraordinary 437 sq. feet (40 sq. metres).
  •     Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
  •     Bar
  •     Optional camping and kayaking, climbing and cross-country skiing
  •     Every suite has an exterior view
  •     10MB communications access card included in every trip

Please note: Prices shown are based on low season travel. Ask your travel specialist to price based on your intended travel dates.

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person, sharing

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  • One-night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Triple Inside Cabin onboard Ocean Atlantic
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All scheduled landings/ shore excursions
  • Guiding and lectures by expedition leader and team
  • A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
  • All port fees
  • All landing fees
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on day 2 in Ushuaia and ship to Trelew airport or central city poi
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