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8-Day Submersible Expedition | Departure: March 14, 2000
Day 3 - 5
At Ice Station Beechey, large dome tents have been constructed over two dive holes drilled in the ice. Inside these tents, members of "group one" join their pilots aboard the Aquarius and Dual DeepWorker 350 submersibles and dive into a fascinating undersea world. Tethered from above, the subs descend to the sea floor, where the Breadalbane sits, well preserved through time.
The powerful lights of the subs reveal that two of her masts are still upright, and beautiful orange-colored soft coral have attached themselves to her wooden hull. Just a few feet away, we'll peer inside the hatches to see that she is essentially still intact — the crew left the ship in a hurry, and supplies were literally left standing in place. As our submarine circumnavigates the wreck, we also begin to realize that the place is alive with rare creatures of the deep sea: plankton, bioluminescent comb jellies, swimming snails, sea stars, shrimp, sea anemones, and even ringed seals. Our submarines maneuver nimbly, offering great photographic angles. And with visibility up to 150 feet, we'll take home stunning images of these rare creatures and the famous shipwreck. We will enjoy this incredible deep-diving experience three to four times during the expedition, and on each dive will witness something new… and memorable.
Meanwhile, "group two" is viewing the scene on TV monitors inside the domes, and helping to pilot the ROV (remote operating vehicle) camera, which sends back dramatic images from below. This is the next group to rotate into the submersibles.
"Group three" is enthralled in a number of non-diving activities in this fascinating world of ice and snow. A description of the various activities follows:
Polar Bear Scouting Excursions
Lectures and briefings
Build an Igloo
What's Included: Two nights accommodations in our hotel in Edmonton and/or Ottawa; one night accommodations in our hotel in Resolute; four nights accommodations at Ice Station Beechey; all meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8; all group activities, including dives in submersibles as outlined on the itinerary; services of our expedition staff including lectures, briefings, and slide/film shows; group transfers; round-trip chartered flight to and from Resolute Bay and Ice Station Beechey; all gratuities to the staff.
What's Not Included: Air transportation to/from home city gateway and Resolute; airport arrival and departure taxes; excess baggage charges; independent transfers for individual arrivals and departures; personal items such as laundry, bar charges, wine, liquor, fax/phone/cable charges; insurance; passport and visa fees.
Airfare: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. DeepSea Voyages will contact you at least 120 days prior to departure to finalize your flight plans.
All rates are per person, quoted in US dollars, and must be paid in US dollars. Rates are subject to Governmental taxes, if applicable. Rates and itinerary are subject to change.
What to Expect: Adding to this intriguing adventure is the unique experience of actually living on the ice. Specially built for the rigors of arctic exploration, a series of trailers provide warm, comfortable accommodations, that are appointed appropriately for their expeditionary use. Rooms are double occupancy. Separate restroom facilities are available for men and women. Expedition members gather at a central dining area for hearty meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will include excellent selections of fresh foods.
Activities: For most activities, a relatively low level of exertion is required. You will need to climb in and out of the submersibles; staff and crew members will be on hand to assist. The interior of the subs is comfortable and dry. A few of our excursions may have rough, uneven terrain covered with ice or snow. As expedition team members, be prepared for everything. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities these expeditions offer if they travel with a spirit of adventure.
Weather: During this time period, temperatures in the Arctic Circle remain below freezing. Although it is light for much of the time, lowest temperatures generally occur between midnight and 7:00am. Dress very warmly and in layers, allowing a natural level of air between your clothing and your person. Exposure to the elements will be minimal, as facilities for activities are all protected and are within short walking distances. Outside of Ice Station Beechey, there are no reference points such as trees or buildings, and the distance to walk or travel anywhere is further than it appears. Detailed packing and reading lists will be provided to you prior to departure.
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