Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
During this 19- to 21-day Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica expedition, follow in the footsteps of the great explorers to Antarctica. Along the way marvel at the magnificent flora and fauna that Darwin first documented on the islands of South Georgia and the Falklands. Pass through the Weddell Sea into the Antarctic Peninsula through spectacular channels and bays of icebergs, seals, penguins and more, and be one of the few to set foot on the continent of Antarctica!
Enjoy shore-based walking opportunities, including the Shackleton walk. Zodiac cruises reveal at least six different penguin species. Take in Victorian-era charm at Port Stanley. Seek out Shackleton’s grave on South Georgia Island, which may also provide chances to see large wandering albatross sitting on eggs or nursing their chicks.
At Grytviken, see an abandoned whaling station, where king penguins now walk in the streets and elephant seals have taken residency. Fin whales may follow the ship on its way south to the Antarctic Peninsula. Possibilities exist to sail the Weddell Sea, Bransfield Strait, Gerlache Strait and Lemaire Channel, and the ship may set course for Elephant Island. Flexibility is key to making the most of any Antactica small ship cruise.
The main 19-day Falkland, South Georgia & Antarctica itinerary travels east from Ushuaia to the Falklands and South Georgia Islands, then turns south for the South Orkney Islands and three days on the Antarctic Peninsula. Finish the journey back to Ushuaia after crossing the famed Drake Passage aboard either the 108-passenger M/V Plancius, the 108-guest M/V Ortelius or the 170-guest M/V Hondius.
Additionally, there is a 20-day alternative itinerary that spends one additional day exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as a 21-day alternative itinerary that begins in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Whichever you choose, the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica voyage is truly a trip of a lifetime.