Days
18
Price from
€11,600EUR

Explore the islands of the Falklands and South Georgia

While South Georgia is famous for the exploits of Ernest Shackleton it also offers encounters with wildlife that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else on earth. Travel from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands and then South Georgia – commonly referred to as the Galapagos of the Antarctic – to experience one of the world’s most fertile breeding grounds for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins — king and macaroni penguins, in particular. On a visit to Shackleton’s final resting place, retrace the steps of a man whose death in 1921 closed the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration.


Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Countries
Antarctica, Argentina
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar
Code
PPFIG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 132

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the remote landscapes, wildlife and rich history of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia

  • On-board lectures by polar experts provide great insight into the unique history, geology and wildlife of the region

  • Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent, but you'll be one of them

  • Stand upon beaches teeming with thousands of king penguins in some of the largest rookeries in the world

  • Visit abandoned whaling stations and the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton in the remote outpost of South Georgia

  • Take a refreshing 'polar plunge' in the icy sea and experience the ultimate in Antarctic weather

  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking among seals and icebergs can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast

  • See abundant species of whales, seabirds, seals and penguins on regular Zodiac excursions

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.

  • 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). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Boats

Ocean Adventurer

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Adventurer

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Itinerary

Your trip begins in the port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Explore the town, perhaps stopping for hot chocolate in a cafe, before a welcome meeting in the evening.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
You can arrive anytime today, although there will be a welcome and information meeting at the hotel at around 6.00pm so it is recommended to arrive before then.
After a free morning you’ll embark and cruise through the Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel is rich with birdlife, so keep your camera ready to capture images of penguins, cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
There will be plenty to keep you occupied on the high seas. Browse the ship’s library, attend a series of presentations by your expedition team or become familiar with the seabirds gliding alongside the ship. You will also be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
As you approach the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), see a treasure-trove of birdlife emerge. Kelp Geese, rockhopper penguins and Magellanic penguins are native to the area, so use your newfound knowledge to identify the various species you come across. The archipelago contains two main islands — East Falkland and West Falkland. Depending on the weather, daily Zodiac trips will take you to various landing sites around the Falklands. Hike up rocky beachheads and socialise with the friendly local residents in Port Stanley. As the largest settlement here, it’s an interesting British outpost where you can wander from the pub to churches and a museum.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Heading towards South Georgia will take you across the Antarctic Convergence – the biological boundary dividing Antarctica from the rest of the southern seas. This meeting of oceans, where cold Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is what creates the abundance of krill that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Your first sight of South Georgia will be jagged, snow-capped mountains. Keep an eye out for wandering albatross and giant petrels, and don’t be surprised if you spot the odd reindeer, introduced in the early 20th century by Norwegian whalers. Over the next four days, planned activities include a series of landings at king penguin rookeries, abandoned whaling stations and the lonely gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. As always, potential excursions are determined by weather and ice conditions, but you can count on new wonders awaiting at every landing.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (6)
  • Lunch (6)
  • Dinner (6)
Farewell South Georgia as the boat turns north towards Ushuaia. Relive wildlife encounters with shipmates and savour the sea’s quiet.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Farewell your expedition team and fellow travelers as your trip ends after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, zodiac

Accommodation

Expedition cruise ship 16 nights, hotel 1 night

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). 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.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential and a good level of fitness is required for cross country skiing and mountaineering. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this 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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