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A little bit about South Georgia & The Falkland Islands

Discover stunningly beautiful South Georgia Island & The Falkland Islands, home to incredible wildlife, once visited, not easily forgotten.

Discover the magnificent mountains and glaciers of South Georgia, a place that overwhelms with wildlife and incredible scenery. Once a popular spot for many historic Antarctic expeditions and a centre of whaling industry, nowadays it is only left with amazing wildlife. Visit the South Georgia Museum and a grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken, an inspirational leader of the 20th century. See stately king penguin colonies on a single beach, enjoy a view of nesting albatrosses and share a beach with massive elephant seals. 

The Falkland Islands are known as the Islas Malvinas in Argentina, and are a remote South Atlantic archipelago that lies 490 km east of Patagonia. There are two main islands, East and West Falkland, and they are home to spectacular wildlife. Five types of penguin (gentoo, king, macaroni, magellanic and rockhopper) breed there as well as colonies of elephant seals and black-browed albatrosses. Discover Stanley, a small capital of Falklands, which is a hub and main shopping centre of the islands and see the jawbones of two massive blue whales called the Whalebone Arch that is situated next to another iconic attraction of Stanley: the Christ Church Cathedral.

Choose from our range of unique trips or contact us and we’ll be happy to tailor the perfect itinerary to suit your requirements. 

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When is the best time to go?

The austral summer is the best time to plan a trip to South Georgia or the Falkland Islands, between October and April. November to February are the warmest months, though snow and rain can be possible at all times of the year.

Where is South Georgia Island situated?

South Georgia is situated in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands nearly 1,400 kilometres southeast of the Falkland Islands. 

Do I need to be fit to go to South Georgia or the Falkland Islands?

Being fit is not a must, however, being in a good health is. You need to be able to get in and out of zodiacs during land expeditions, knowing that it can be slippery. A doctor is on board during the tour, but you are still a long way from any other medical assistance.

Is it safe to travel to South Georgia or the Falkland Islands?

All our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you are doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. One of our biggest concern is the weather conditions to ensure you have the best adventure without risk of injuries to you or the vessel. For your safety, activities may occasionally need to be rescheduled or cancelled.

Do I need a visa to travel to South Georgia?

A visa is not required to travel to South Georgia. If your Antarctica cruise is departing from an Argentinian port such as Ushuaia, no pre-arranged visa is required to enter Argentina by citizens of the UK, Australia, Ireland, the European Union, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the USA. Other nationalities should check with their closest Argentinean embassy or consulate. Canadian citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, but a fee based on what Argentinean citizens pay for visas to Canada. The fee must be paid online and in advance for arrival at all airports. 

What money can I use in South Georgia?

The currency is the Falkland Islands pound

What language do they speak in South Georgia?

As it is a British Overseas Territory, English is the official language. 

Where are the Falkland Islands situated?

The Falkland Islands are situated 483 kilometres from the South American mainland and 1,365 kilometres north of the Antarctic Circle, midway between Argentina and South Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean. 

Do I need a visa to travel to the Falkland Islands?

No visa is needed for passengers visiting the Falkland Islands. If you are flying into Port Stanley to board a Falkland Islands Antarctica Cruise, or if you are planning to spend additional time in the Falkland Islands before or after your cruise, you may need a visa. Visas are not required by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, the European Union, Canada, USA and South Africa. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact their nearest British Embassy or Consulate to check visa requirements for the Falkland Islands.

If your Falkland Islands Antarctica cruise is departing from an Argentinian port such as Ushuaia, no pre-arranged visa is required to enter Argentina by citizens of the UK, Australia, Ireland, European Union, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the USA. Other nationalities should check with their closest Argentinean embassy or consulate.

Canadian citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, but a fee based on what Argentinean citizens pay for visas to Canada. The fee must be paid online and in advance for arrival at all airports. 

How long will I spend in the Falkland Islands?

Exploring the Falkland Islands usually takes no more than 2 days. 

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Some of the main Attractions

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Shackleton’s Grave

Polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, led three British expeditions to the Antarctica with an attempt to be the first men to reach South Pole. He is known as one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century.

Witness a colony of king penguins

It is no fewer than 450 000 pairs of penguins that you can find on this remote island.

South Georgia Museum

Originally established as a whaling museum in 1992, South Georgia Museum has grown and also includes the history of the island. The museum includes exhibits that display the discovery of the island, sealing, whaling and natural history.

Stanley

Stanley is the capital of Falkland Islands. The town is home to around 2000 people and is the main shopping centre on the islands. Visitors can enjoy the British flavour of Stanley due to the iconic red phone boxes as well as the Victorian Police Station.

Christ Church Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch

Christ Church Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch are two most iconic attractions in Stanley. The southernmost Anglican Church is an example of Victorian style building with coloured glass windows and the Whalebone Arch is made of blue whale bones.

Carcass Island

Largest of the West Point Island Group of the Falkland Islands, Carcass Island is a haven for small bird species, magellanic penguins, gentoo penguins and other marine animals. Covered with rocky hills, the island is a great place for hiking enthusiasts.

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