Days
17
Price from
€13,600EUR

Discover the wild Falkland Islands on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure

Charter a course through true frontier country on this intimate yet comprehensive exploration of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). As one of just 12 passengers aboard the small Hans Hansson, you’ll sail to far-flung locations where bigger ships can’t go and help customise your group’s itinerary. After flying from Santiago to Stanley, spend a few days exploring historic East Falkland Island before setting sail through the archipelago. Each day brings new excursions, landscapes and wildlife sightings, from teeming colonies of rockhopper penguins to Commerson’s s dolphins and even reindeer. Back on board, sit down to dinner with your captain and crew and share stories of adventure.


Start
Santiago, Chile
Finish
Santiago, Chile
Countries
Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Code
PPIF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 8

Why we love this trip

  • From rugged mountains to sheltered white beaches, discover the beauty and diversity of the Falkland Islands on daily landings and excursions

  • Enjoy a few days to thoroughly explore East Falkland Island. Visit the historic battlefields of the Falklands War on a full day tour, watch penguins waddle at Volunteer Point and stay in the friendly port town of Stanley

  • Aboard the small exploration vessel of the Hans Hansson, get to hard-to-reach locations that bigger ships can only dream of 

  • As part of an intimate group of 12 passengers, you'll have longer excursions, more face time with the captain and plenty of flexibility. You'll also play a role in shaping the group's itinerary

  • Your experienced crew have a lot of stories to tell. Who better to show you the Antarctic than a captain born and raised at sea?

  • Magellanic penguins, black-browed albatrosses, southern giant petrels - the Falkland Islands are home to some incredible birdlife. As many islands are free of predatory species, small bird populations flourish 

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although the Hans Hansson is built for polar conditions, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness. Please be prepared with medications to combat this.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). You may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. This is the perfect opportunity to relax with a book or listen to the stories of your captain and crew.

Itinerary

Welcome to Santiago, Chile's beautiful capital! One of our representatives will meet you on arrival and escort you to the airport hotel. There will be a welcome briefing at the hotel later this evening.

If you arrive early into Santiago, there is plenty to see and do. Perhaps browse the shops, sample the excellent local wine and cuisine or check out the city's many museums (the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos tells the history of the Pinochet years and is particularly poignant). Another must-see while in town is the sprawling Parque Metropolitano, one of the largest parks in the world.  
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today will mostly be spent travelling. Board a flight to the Falkland Islands with your group, making a stopover in Punta Arenas, Chile. From here fly to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falklands, transferring to your hotel in Stanley on arrival. Stanley is located on the island of East Falkland and is the region's capital, trading centre and main port. While there's lots to see and do, the town still retains a bit of a wild frontier feel, and is home to friendly and welcoming locals.


Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today enjoy a full-day tour of East Falkland by land. Step back through history as you visit significant cemeteries, battlefields and memorials, including San Carlos, the site of the 1982 British landing. A small nearby museum houses artifacts from the conflict. You'll also see Goose Green, the site of the longest battle of the Falkland's War. Check out the Goose Green Social Club, a community hall where 114 islanders were held capitive by Agentine forces during the war. At the end of the day, return to Stanley for the night.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today head out to explore Volunteer Point, a headland located a couple of hours from Stanley. You may be surprised by the area's white sandy beaches, turquoise water and most importantly, penguins! Lots and lots of them. In fact, Volunteer Point is home to the largest accessable king penguin colony on the island, as well as gentoo and Magellanic colonies and plenty of other wildlife. Make sure you bring your camera to capture special photos of the birds in their beautiful natural habitat. 

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is embarkation day! In the late afternoon, head to the East Jetty and climb aboard the Hans Hansson. This small explorer boat will be your home for the next 11 days. After settling into your cabin, you'll be briefed on safety protocols and sit down to a family style meal with your new captain and crew. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and hear some of their epic tales of adventure. Your skipper, Dion Poncet, was born and raised on a yacht in South Georgia and knows this part of the world better than anyone. By the end of the day, you'll be more than ready to set off on your circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands. 

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Over the next 10 days, discover the rugged beauty and incredible wildlife of the Falkland Islands aboard the Hans Hansson. Each day you'll make exciting new landings. The small size of the vessel allows us to navigate to hard-to-reach locations, and with only 12 in your group, excursions last longer and can be adapted to suit passenger interests. You'll have plenty of input into where you go and what you see.

If the weather permits, make one of your first landings on Sea Lion Island, which is home to abundant wildlife. Alternatively, check out the world famous birdlife of Bleaker Island. Because many of the islands in the archipelago are free of introduced predators such as rats and cats, small bird populations thrive. 

Keep an eye out for penguins, elephant seals, seal lions and the southern giant petrel. In the Beaver Islands, you might also spot Patagonian foxes and reindeer, along with more than 40 of the Falkland's breeding bird species. 

If you visit West Point Island, explore the Devil’s Nose and Mount Ararat, where you can spot black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. If you're lucky, you may even see Commerson’s dolphins (also known as skunk or panda dolphins) frolicking in the surf. Wherever the group (and weather conditions) dictate you go, each day will offer something unique and unforgettable. 

POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, ice and weather conditions to guide your route and itinerary details. The below is a tentative outline of some of what you might experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed and no expedition will include them all. 

BEAVER GROUP
West-facing sheer cliffs, rocky eastern coastlines and protected coves mark the mountainous Beaver Group, which also offers great hiking opportunities. Home to large numbers of smaller birds, these islands feature the second largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, as well as rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguin populations.

CARCASS ISLAND
This picturesque island northwest of West Falkland is owned by locals Rob and Lorraine McGill. Songbirds nest in the rolling landscape. The island is named after the Royal Navy ship the HMS Carcass, which arrived in 1766.

GEORGE AND BARREN ISLANDS
Home to the southernmost working farm in the Falklands, these islands are free from introduced species and rich in birdlife. Elephant seals, southern sea lions, Southern giant petrel, gentoo and Magellanic penguins can also be found here. 

JASON ISLANDS
The Jason Island archipelago is a chain of remote islands off West Falkland. Grand Jason, as its name suggests, is the largest of the group. Cat and rat free, the Jason islands are home to a large number of small birds, as well as striated cara-cara, rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguins. The islands are either privately owned nature reserves or government owned National Nature reserves. Unpredictable weather and strong tidal currents can make landing here difficult.
NEW ISLAND
The most southwesterly island in the archipelago is about 13 kilometres (eight miles) long and 800 metres (half a mile) wide. The western side of the island is a towering cliff, while the eastern side slopes to the sea. Ownership of the island is held by Tony Chater and Ian Strange. Both men have turned their portion of the island into nature reserves.

SAUNDERS ISLAND
In addition to black-browed albatross, and king, Magellanic and gentoo penguins, there’s a good chance you’ll spot Commerson’s dolphins off the coast of this island's stunning beaches. 

WEST POINT ISLAND
The Napier family has owned this island since the 1860s. Rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses nest in colonies along the western coastal cliffs, while dolphins are often seen in the surrounding waters.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (10)
  • Lunch (10)
  • Dinner (10)
After almost two weeks cruising and exploring the Falkland Islands, return to Stanley and bid farewell to your captain and crew as you disembark the Hans Hansson. As your Santiago-bound plane lifts into the sky, we hope you'll be taking a wealth of new memories, photos and friends with you. On the final night of your adventure, catch up on sleep at the Santiago airport hotel. 

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast this morning, it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and head on home.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners

Transport

Plane, Ship, Zodiac

Accommodation

Expedition ship, hotel

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement. On Hans Hansson itineraries, the deposit is A$5000pp and the balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

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