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.
- Physical rating
- 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.
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Adventurer
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Special InformationYou 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.
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Meals17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners
TransportExpedition cruise ship, zodiac
AccommodationExpedition cruise ship 16 nights, hotel 1 night
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.
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.