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AN EXPEDITION TO EXPLORE NEW FRONTIERS OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY

Antarctica

THROUGH THE EYES OF EXPLORERS

With no obstacles to the breadth of exploration across land and sea, explore Antarctica - cover uncharted mountains, participate in active marine research and sail the spectacular Lemaire Channel.⁣

 

On a single journey, the varied perspectives of glaciologists, marine biologists, ecologists and adventurers will coalesce to reveal deep and truly unique insights about the region.

DAY 1

EDGE OF THE WILD 

Touch down in Santiago, Chile. A team awaits to ensure a seamless onward journey by plane to Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia. Transfer to a luxury lodge cradled by the peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the evening acclimatising to Patagonia’s photogenic wilderness. 

DAY 2

IN PATAGONIA

Strike out on a day of exploration in Torres del Paine, 700 square miles of snow-capped peaks, azure lakes, forest and glaciers. Ride Corralero horses across deserted pampas as morning sun bathes the mountains, then connect with expert local guides to discover the park’s finest views along high-altitude trails. A sunset flight affords inspiring vistas of the park’s namesake trio of granite towers aflame. After dark, unwind around the fire, gaucho-style, for an authentic Patagonian barbecue. 

DAY 3

THE VOYAGE OUT 

Fly by charter to King George Island in the South Shetlands. Embark for the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Legend, an ice-breaking superyacht equipped with twin helicopters, submersible and tenders. Passage to Deception Island, Antarctica’s most active volcano. From the air, enjoy panoramic views of the flooded caldera, last erupting in 1970. Bathe in geothermal waters before a cleansing polar plunge. Enjoy a celebratory welcome dinner in the company of the elite expedition team. 

DAY 4

LAST WILDERNESS

At Cierva Cove, Graham Land, join the world-renowned experts as they study the climactic fragility of Antarctica. Observe glacial calving up close from a Zodiac craft with Prof Julian Dowdeswell. Track the identifying flukes of whales with Professor Ari Friedlaender. An esteemed explorer leads a helicopter expedition on to the untrodden Sikorsky Glacier. Back aboard Legend, dine with the experts and hear tales of their own trailblazing Antarctic endeavours.

DAY 5

THE ETERNAL SILENCE

Discover the ignoble legacy of Port Lockroy, a century ago the epicentre of Antarctica’s whaling industry. Venture into the deep aboard Legend's on-board submersible to see the skeletal vestiges of a harpooned blue whale. Sail the spectacular Lemaire Channel, and learn how best to capture its ethereal beauty with support from the onboard photographer. After dinner, fly into the silent void for the ultimate Antarctica experience: an overnight wilderness camp on the ice with an expert explorer.

DAY 6

DEEP SOUTH

Fly over Graham Land to join Legend in Waddington Bay, the most southerly point of the Antarctic expedition. Explore the remote Yalour Islands and learn how climate change impacts its 8,000 pairs of Adélie penguins. Heli-hike through uncharted mountain territory north of Collins Bay, capturing data for the British Antarctic Survey. 

DAY 7

TO A DISTANT ISLAND

Explore the Argentine Islands in the Wilhelm Archipelago. The submerged face of an ice wall is the setting for an underwater voyage led by Dr Friedlaender. Enjoy kayaking or diving in the placid waters around Legend. Drop in at the Vernadsky Research Base on Galindez Island, deliver fresh fruit to its isolated researchers, and raise a glass at the world’s most southerly bar. As the sun dips, Legend’s onboard Balinese spa awaits. 

DAY 8

ICEBOUND

Arrive at Paradise Harbour, girdled by peaks and blue-white glaciers, for forays into the Bryde Channel and Wiencke Island. Participate in vital research assessing the impact of human noise on whales in Antarctica. Cruise to Andvord Bay for a heli-hike to Mt Theodore, or strike out for Mt Britannia over Rongé Island. From the air, observe the treacherous Weddell Sea, its crushing pack ice devouring Shackleton’s three-masted Endurance in 1915. 

DAY 9

HOMAGE TO ANTARCTICA

‘Notoriously inhospitable’ Brabant Island abounds with marine wildlife, presenting a final opportunity to explore Antarctica’s underwater world with expedition leader Jamie Watts. Dr Friedlaender invites guests to participate in researching the contamination levels of whales, asking just how clean are the Antarctic waters? The 15-hour passage to King George Island affords an opportunity to review the incredible images captured throughout the voyage. Legend’s world-class culinary team prepare a celebratory farewell dinner.

DAY 10

LONG WAY HOME

“It is good to know”, wrote Captain Scott in his diary, “that there remain wild corners of this dreadfully civilised world”. Bid a final farewell to Antarctica, Legend and her expedition team before re-entering civilisation via private charter to Puerto Arenas and onward to Santiago. Those seeking to extend their adventures in Patagonia can reroute to Puerto Natales. 

EXPLORATION YACHT

SPECIFICATIONS

  • LENGTH - 77.4M
  • BEAM - 13.5M
  • DRAFT - 6.5M
  • SPEED - 12KT
  • CREW - 28

ON-BOARD

  • BALINESE SPA
  • PIANO & WHISKY BAR
  • CINEMA
  • WORLD CLASS CHEFS
  • GYM

EQUIPMENT

  • 1 SUBMARINE
  • 2 HELICOPTERS
  • 4 TENDERS

EXPEDITION FLEET

  • LEGEND EXPEDITION YACHT
  • SUPPORT VESSEL

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