Once merely a stepping stone to the Antarctic Peninsula, today the islands of Antarctica attract those with a thirst of adventure.
The Falklands surpass your ideas of natural beauty, filled with active wildlife and harbours that hold an intriguing history. South Georgia was once the homestead of whalers and lonely explorers but now you’ll find a protected area with dedicated Antarctic research teams. Home to breeding pairs of king penguin nests at St. Andrew’s Bay, the largest king penguin rookery on South Georgia – a wildlife spectacle to behold.
Highlights of the Subantarctic Islands
Experience the small-town charm of Stanley
As the pint-sized capital of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic archipelago, Stanley is renowned for its friendly hospitality – where you’ll most likely rub shoulders with the locals in the pub. The town’s fascinating maritime history and British colonial influence have shaped the settlement to what you see today.
Navigate islands filled with Antarctic wildlife
The islands of the South Atlantic Ocean are a sanctuary for populations donning feathers, fins and fur. Colonies of penguins perform rituals that have carried on for centuries, seals and sea lions hunt and play alongside the shore, and whales frequent the waters being abundant feeding grounds for mothers and their young.
Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers
Antarctica is famed as a driver for the greatest feats of human exploration and the fabled attempts to conquer the most extreme place on Earth. Learn about legendary polar explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and discover the history and stories buried beneath the ice.
Excursions and experiences
Each of our tailored itineraries offer what we call ‘Peregrine Moments’. These experiences are shared yet highly personal, reflecting the candid style of our trips. Here are a few moments from a polar expedition to the Canadian Arctic.
Travel from Ushuaia to the incredible Falkland Islands and then to South Georgia – commonly referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the Antarctic’.
See a treasure-trove of birdlife, from kelp geese, rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins to black-browed albatross.
Take daily zodiac excursions, exploring onshore and over water with the chance encounters of fin and humpback whale.
Hike up a rocky beachheads and wander through the British outpost in Port Stanley.
Your home on the sea
We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while onboard, which is why we’ve chosen vessels equipped with modern conveniences like LED televisions and internet connectivity, along with luxurious touches that make each voyage a true pleasure. Each ship boasts onboard chefs to prepare a range of hearty, quality meals, and onboard experts to ensure you spend more time seeing the sights and less time thumbing through a guidebook.
There's only so much you can read in a guidebook, especially when it comes to such rare and extraordinary locations. That's why we have a range of specialists onboard for every polar journey, from historians to marine biologists and hiking guides. With experts at hand, you can be assured that no question will be left unanswered.
Annie – Marine biologist
"I love my job because everyday you don’t quite know what’s going to unfold. For me, a big part of it is about being able to educate and shift people's understanding of wildlife, and to give them an experience that will last in their memories for a lifetime"
Todd – Naturalist
"I’m a firm believer in conservation and creating awareness through education and sharing our experience. I love sharing the polar regions with guests, connecting people to the environment and using my job as a platform to teach people."
Wayne – Expedition guide
"The most important piece of advice I can give is to come here with an open mind and open heart. Take the wholeexperience in, from thevast landscapes, to the glaciers and the incredible wildlife that lives here."
Take your Antarctica experience to the next level with some outdoor adventures. These activities are offered on many of our trips.
You can find quite the line-up of wildlife in the Antarctic Peninsula. Weddell, leopard, southern elephant and crabeater seals; Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins; orca and fin whales are all likely to be encountered on your journey.