- We will sail from Ushuaia, optional Puerto Williams.
- We will make a complete navigation on a sailboat round trip.
- We will sail through the mythical Beagle Channel and look for the most suitable weather window to cross the Sea of Sickles / Drake Passage. We will leave Cape Horn to our starboard side and head south towards the White continent.
- We will arrive at Deception Island in about 4 days. We will visit its abandoned whaling factory. We can bathe in its hot springs and tour its beaches.
- We will head south and after sailing 70 miles we will be on the Antarctic continent.
- We will sail between icebergs and learn a lot about the different ices, from the hand of our expedition leader.
- We will go out in the auxiliary boats to see whales, seals, birds, we will feel completely integrated into nature.
- When the time is right we will set sail north to cross the Sea of Hoces/Drake Passage.
- We will sail again through the Beagle Channel and arrive in Ushuaia, optional Puerto Williams.
It will tell the story of Fridtjof Nansen, scientific pioneer and Nobel laureate who had much to do with Amundsen's victory as the first human to reach the South Pole.
It will be defined on the date, it depends a lot on the weather.
Captains: Pedro Jimenez
Expedition Leader: Daniela and Santiago
- This expedition is cataloged within the medium level, that means that it is suitable for almost all audiences, but it is necessary: to have good health, to have good physical condition, to have some experience in adventure trips, trekking, navigation or any activity that carries with it some capacity of resistance and willpower.
- Recommended from 18 to 75 years old.
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FRIDTJOF NANSEN Crossing
If you want to enjoy a first-class crossing, the Fridtjof Nansen crossing is a journey that you should know. Aquí vamos a ver en qué consiste esta travesía y aprenderemos más acerca de la figura de Fridtjof Nansen. The Fridtjof Nansen crossing is a journey that begins in Ushuaia and where you sail through the mythical Beagle Channel. Thanks to the modern technology that accompanies us we will look for the most appropriate weather to travel, since we will cross the hectic Drake Passage, one of the most convulsive routes worldwide and then head south towards Antarctica.
The arrival at Deception Island is scheduled in 4 days and, once arrived on the island, we will visit the whale factory that has been abandoned. One of the attractions of this excursion is to be able to bathe in the hot springs it has, since it is a great experience to be able to bathe in this way in a frozen continent such as Antarctica.
After having enjoyed the beaches of Deception Island you can sail between icebergs where you can not only enjoy these wonders of nature, but you can also learn much more about the different ice you can find in the arctic.
Not all excursions will be made on land. Proof of this is that during this expedition we can go out in the auxiliary boats of the boat to enjoy the marine fauna of the region. We will be able to see whales and seals up close like nowhere else and we will also be able to enjoy the birds of the region, an experience of communion with nature. Once we have enjoyed everything that the excursion can offer us, we will return again to the adventure of crossing the Drake Passage and we will head through the Beagle Channel towards Ushuaia.
Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian naturalist who was born in 1861 and died in 1930. He was an expeditionist who came to explore the Arctic in 1888 surpassing several of his predecessors.
From a very young age he already showed interest in knowing the world. Fridtjof Nansen passed in 1880 the examination to enter the university where he wanted to study zoology. Fridtjof Nansen himself knew that these studies would help him to know part of the world and, not in vain, Professor Robert Collet already proposed to Nansen the first trip by sea to be able to study Arctic zoology first hand.
This first adventure of Nansen by the sea lasted 5 months and during it he was able to soak up his scientific studies. Several achievements should be highlighted, for example, demonstrating that sea ice forms on the surface of the water instead of at its depth as previously believed.
His first adventure in Antarctica was not without problems, as the ship in which he was traveling ran aground on the ice. Fridtjof Nansen and his expedition were looking for seals and also became a great marksman. Unbeknownst to him, Fridtjof Nansen would no longer pursue studies at the university as he accepted a position as curator in the zoology department of the Natural History Museum in Bergen. Later he would spend a few months sabbatical in Europe and, in time, his expeditions would arrive.
If Fridtjof Nansen has been recognized for something, it has been for his role as an explorer. In 1888 he embarked on his own Arctic adventure, travelling east to west across Greenland, a territory where, at the time, his insular status was completely ignored. Fridtjof Nansen explored in Greenland the area between Umivik and Ameralikfjord which was several kilometers south of the Greenland capital Godthaab. Despite the importance of these expeditions for Fridtjof Nansen and how precursors they were, they were nothing more than training for what was to come, his conquest of the North Pole.
After his expeditions through Greenland, Fridtjof Nansen would take some time off that he took advantage of to publish his book “Through Greenland”. In 1891, Fridtjof Nansen would devote all his forces to his most important expedition, which had to do with the North Pole.
Fridtjof Nansen was quite clear and drew up a plan of the most audacious. Fridtjof Nansen’s idea was to take advantage of the drift of the ice to achieve his goal and, to achieve this, he designed a ship capable of sailing on these polar ice blocks until reaching the polar point, the Fram. Fram’s preparations allowed the expedition to be successful. This ship was built under very specific plans where a large number of technical sections were detailed. The hull was sharpened so that it could slide off the ice and was made of high-quality Norwegian wood, stored for more than 30 years.
Both the bow and stern were properly reinforced and had a retractable rudder and propeller with vertical travel so that the ice could not damage them. The heart of the Fram was a triple expansion engine of 220 hp with which it could sail up to a maximum of 7 knots. The Fram withstood the resistance of the ice very well and was key in the arrival to the Antarctic continent.
On board the Fram, in 1893 Fridtjof Nansen began an adventure that would take him three years. During his voyage he penetrated the Arctic Ocean reaching the Russian archipelago of New Siberia. To reach New Siberia it would circle the Laptev and East Siberian Seas.
From this starting point was when the plan he had established began to take shape, letting himself be carried away by a large ice bank that drifted to the northeast until it reached 84º 4′ latitude. It would be at this point where Fridtjof Nansen and his companion Johansen would camp to spend the polar night and start their sleigh trip the next day. This trip would take them to the northern end where they had to face the most adverse weather. After many hardships they would achieve their first milestone reaching 86º 12′ latitude, a place where no one had reached before.
The journey was wearing down the scouts a lot and by that point the forces were scarce. Despite having the dream at his fingertips, Fridtjof Nansen did not see the strength to reach the little less than four degrees he had left to reach the pole, so he ended up giving up and started the return trip.
The return trip was just as stormy, a real test of endurance over several days until his arrival in the archipelago of Franz Josef Land. On board the Fram, they resumed their journey in a northeasterly direction and then turned south and reached the Norwegian port of Tromso. Fridtjof Nansen was received on his arrival in Oslo, ancient Christiania, as a true hero. Between 30,000 and 40,000 people filled the streets to welcome him celebrating the adventurer’s achievements. In fact, the importance of the expedition was such that that same year the Norwegian Geographical Society was formed.
Finally, Fridtjof Nansen would end up teaching at the zoological institute of the University of Christiania being in charge of the zoological collection of the city.
In the same way that he would do with his previous adventures, this expedition would be reflected in his book Towards the pole. Fridtjof Nansen was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 thanks to the ability he demonstrated to overcome Arctic adversities and the scientific rigor with which he carried out his expedition.