Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

This voyage is an animal lovers dream! We sail to very remote regions of the planet: Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands. Here in these stunningly wild and rugged landscapes marvel at close encounters with thousands of King Penguins,  whales, birds and elephant seals.

Experience the culture and life on the Falklands, when we visit Port Stanley, hopefully we will  call in at Carcass Island full of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, or Saunders Island to see albatross. South Georgia is a must visit destination, where millions of Antarctic fur seals breed, as well as large King penguin colonies strutting their stuff around lazing elephant seals. There is a good dose of Antarctica history to boot, abandoned whaling stations and perhaps Shackleton's grave.

More adventure awaits in the Antarctica continent itself, where you can step foot on the amazing white continent and witness out of this world scenery. Join us on one of these epic journeys, there are plenty of departures and vessels to select from!

 

 

 

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"This voyage allows you to meet at least 6 penguin species, including gentoo, king & rockhopper penguins!' Tara, Team Viva

South Georgia is a must see - overwhelmed with wildlife and incredible scenery

Enjoy the local culture in Stanley, Falkland (Malvinas) Islands

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife.

**Some departure dates have additional days, a couple dates start/end in Puerto Madryn, please ask us for the full itinerary for your departure date

Embarkation in Ushuaia and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2
At sea

In the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3-4
Falkland Islands

The Falkland (Malvinas) Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands are largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

During this segment of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:

Carcass Island – Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding Magellanic penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds) live here.

Saunders Island – On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoos are also found here.

The capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley has some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of 19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War. Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage.

Day 5-6
At sea

Travel to South Georgia observing several species of albatross, shearwater, petrel, prion and skua.

Day 7-10
South Georgia

Today you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely dictating the program.

Over the next several days, you have a chance to visit the following sites:

Prion Island – This location is closed during the early part of the wandering albatross breeding season (November 20 – January 7). From January on, the breeding adults have found their partners and are sitting on eggs or nursing their chicks. Enjoy witnessing the gentle nature of these animals, which possess the largest wingspan of any birds in the world.

Fortuna Bay – Near beaches inhabited by various penguins and seals, you have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. This path cuts across the mountain pass beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall, and as the terrain is partly swampy, be prepared to cross a few small streams.

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour – These sites not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they’re also three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for Antarctic fur seals. Literarally millions breed on South Georgia during December and January. Only during the mid-season do they peak in their breeding cycle. Watch the large bulls keep a constant vigil (and occasionally fight) over territories where dozens of females have just given birth or are about to deliver. Watch your step and stay cool when walking the beaches during this time.

Grytviken – In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do. Here you might be able to see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

Day 11
At sea

Spend the day on the water, where the ship will be followed once more by a multitude of seabirds.

Day 12
South Orkney Islands

Depending on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific station on Laurie Island in the South Orkney archipelago. The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can enjoy expansive views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit isn’t possible, you may instead land in Coronation Island’s Shingle Cove.

Day 13
At sea

Cruising en route to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 14-16
Antarctic Peninsula

If the ice conditions permit, you now sail into the Weddell Sea. Here colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself.

If conditions aren’t favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait, between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Here you can attempt to access the Antarctic Sound from the northwest.

The breathtaking scenery continues in the southern Gerlache Strait, and if ice conditions allow, we may even reach Lemaire Channel. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 17-18
At sea

Cross the Drake Passage en route to Ushuaia.

Day 19
Ushuaia

Disembarkation this morning.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation onboard M/V Plancius, Ortelius or Janssonius
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Included Copy 20 Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Included Copy 7 Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights, passport and visa expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges
Transportation
M/V Plancius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

108 Passengers

M/V Ortelius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

108 Passengers

M/V Janssonius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

170 in 80 cabins Passengers

Activities

  • Included Visits to South Georgia, South Orkney, and Falkland Islands
  • Included Land in Antarctica
  • Included Possible exploration of Elephant Island or Weddell Sea
  • Included Zodiac cruising to explore iceburgs and more
  • Included Learn about the history of Shackleton
  • Included Walk and experience local culture in Port Stanley
  • Included Photograph at least 6 species of penguins
  • Included Fantastic wildlife numbers: penguins, fur seals, elephant seals
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Duration

19 days

Price from

$12,600 USD

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