Polar Hero’s final journey to the place he loved best of all

Polar Hero’s final journey to the place he loved best of all

Nearly two years after Lt Col Henry Worsley died traversing Antarctica, his ashes will be taken to Grytviken, South Georgia, gateway to Antarctica, to be buried with his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton.  The 18-night voyage onboard the 96 passenger ice-strengthened vessel, One Ocean Navigator/Akademik Ioffe, will leave from Ushuaia, on the southern tip of Argentina, on the 30 November 2017 and will sail to South Georgia, via the Falkland Islands, before heading south to Antarctica.

In 2014, the 55-year old SAS officer was the historian on the Ice Tracks expedition honouring Sir Ernest Shackleton’s centenary.  This was the last time Henry Worsley visited Grytviken so loved by whalers, sailors and polar explorers. Yet it was not his first visit; at the age of 22 he unfurled his sleeping bag and slept next to the grave of Shackleton.  An experience that would daunt many, but Worsley loved the remoteness of the graveyard that lies someway from the now deserted whaling station.

Joanna Worsley, Henry’s grief stricken wife, and their children, Alicia and Max, embraced the decision for his ashes to make their final journey to South Georgia.  “I want to see him in this place that he so loved. I want to say my final goodbye to him there,” said Joanna Worsley, who has put her faith in Ice Tracks Expeditions to take family, friends and admirers on a journey that befits a man who strode in the steps of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen.

The 18-night Henry Worsley Commemorative Voyage departs from Ushuaia, 30 November 2017.  Prices start from $13,695 per person in a triple share (cruise only); twin share $15,695 per person and a Shackleton suite $20,495 per person and include transfers, shipboard accommodation, all meals on board, daily excursions, activities, workshops and use of high-quality wet weather gear.  For bookings received before the 28 February 2017, there is a discount of US$750pp for friends and admirers of Henry Worsley who would like to join the voyage.

For more information on the Icetracks Henry Worsley Commemorative Voyage please visit or email

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About Ice Tracks Expeditions – This will be the second time Ice Tracks Expeditions is returning ashes to Grytviken. Angie Butler, co-founder with Carolina Mantella, discovered the long lost ashes of Shackleton’s right hand man, Frank Wild, in a vault in Johannesburg. They were reunited with Shackleton in 2011. Ice Tracks is a small and perfectly formed travel company that is able to offer a unique, personal service to sensational, off-the-beaten track destinations.



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