All meals, including snacks, coffee and tea, are provided onboard and most dietary requirements can be catered for by the chefs.
Clothing & Equipment
A full clothing and equipment checklist will be sent to all expedition members once their booking is confirmed, however members are expected to provide personal equipment for specific activities as follows:
Mountaineering – Glacier travel equipment will be provided (ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons). Participants will bring their own personal protective outdoor clothing, mountaineering boots (leather or plastic) suitable for using crampons.
Snowshoeing - We offer the free rental of lightweight snowshoes and rubber boots with a good walking profile.
Basecamp Voyages are aboard either the M/V Ortelius or the M/V Plancius. Both vessels accommodate passengers in simple but comfortable quadruple, triple or twin cabins with attached bathrooms, and deluxe or superior options available. The ships are comfortable, with tasteful decor, but are not luxury vessels. They have been kitted out for explorers and equipped with inflatable zodiacs, a restaurant, bar/lecture room and observation lounge. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible.
The M/V Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and is now a completely reconditioned and converted 116-passenger vessel. Also accommodating 116 passengers, the M/V Ortelius was built in 1989, and served as a research vessel for the Russian Academy of Science before being reconditioned.