FALKLAND ISLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTICA
Next DepartureDec. 16, 2022
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, Kayaking, Lectures, Photography, Wildlife observations, Zodiac
On this extraordinary 20-day voyage, explore the Falkland Islands and spend days around the enigmatic South Georgia Island before heading to the South Shetlands Islands and the Antarctic peninsula. A complete voyage with many highlights.
Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, our first adventure will be a visit to the fascinating Falkland Islands. The capital of Port Stanley with its quaint English architecture is on our list as well as Zodiac landings and wildlife observations on pristine and sheltered beaches. Our next stop is South Georgia Island, which is one of world’s greatest natural wonders. Wildlife-packed beaches, active research stations, former whaling stations and a visit to Shackleton’s final resting place are on our agenda for the next days. From here we plot our course towards the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Once at the South Shetland Islands, we will make Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts. The Subantarctic islands and Antarctic Peninsula are a nature photographer’s paradise and we will attempt as many shore landings as possible per day, weather conditions permitting, bringing you close to Antarctica’s beauty.
After leaving the Antarctic behind us, we spend the last seadays bird watching from the top deck and attending lectures, workshops and photo re-caps in one of the ship's lounges as we cross the mighty Drake Passage.
ARRIVAL AND EMBARKATION IN USHUAIA
Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. Afterwards we embark the ship Ocean Victory, our home for the coming days.
Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.
AT SEA TOWARDS THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
While we make our way towards the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) there will be plenty of time to get to know the ship as well as participating in the many activities offered on board. Lectures about wildlife and the history of the Falkland Islands will be held, and our experienced expedition team will share stories and lectures that vary based on the locations we visit and their areas of expertise.
FALKLAND ISLANDS, VISIT PORT STANLEY
As we approach the Falkland Islands we will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots, where penguins and other sea birds gather.
During following morning we approach the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley and cast anchor. Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), a remote South Atlantic archipelago. Utilizing our Zodiacs, we will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.
AT SEA TOWARDS SOUTH GEORGIA
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. From photography workshops to lectures on the regions we visit by our knowledgeable expedition team and guest lecturers. Additionally, a raffle or auction onboard usually takes place during this time, to raise funds for charitable organizations focused on global issues and local environmental solutions. In this case, for example, South Georgia Heritage Trust, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and more. Take this opportunity to give back to the world while educating yourself on the subjects that these organizations support in a fun and enjoyable time.
SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND, WILDLIFE PARADISE OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC
South Georgia has a dramatic setting with glacier-clad rugged mountains. Lying in the Southern Ocean south of the Antarctic convergence, the cold sea is booming with life. The island, often referred to as “The Galapagos of the Poles”, can only be reached by ship. There is no permanent human settlement, but seabirds and seals breed in the millions. The difficulty of getting there and the restrictions to protect the environment, makes South Georgia one of the least-visited tourist destinations in the world. Today the island has been largely left to recover from human over-exploration, resulting in dramatic increases in the number of whales, seals as well as penguin and seabird populations. The itinerary and activities over the next days are largely dependent on the weather and the sea.
We will have a chance to visit Salisbury Plain, home to one of the largest king penguin colonies on the island, estimated between 250,000 and 5,000,000. Gentoo penguins, giant petrels and Antarctic prions also breed on the island.
The British administration at Grytviken, a former Norwegian whaling station, is also worth a visit. The famed British explorer Ernest Shackleton died in Grytviken on his second visit, and is buried south of the station. The endemic South Georgia pipits and South Georgia pintails may be seen around the buildings.
AT SEA TOWARDS THE SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. LECTURES AND BIRD WATCHING
The next days are spent travelling on the South Atlantic Sea's southern waters, crossing the 60th parallel south and from hence on, we are in the Southern Ocean's swells.
During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers.
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Over the coming days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent.
The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Days at sea are great for enjoying the seascapes, relaxing, or participating on the program onboard.
CROSSING DRAKE TOWARDS USHUAIA
Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. Enroute, we will cross the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.
During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to dwell on some of the fantastic moments we have witnessed during our great voyage.
ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA AND DISEMBARKATION
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our voyage, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.
- 21-day cruise with accommodation in a shared outside double stateroom with private facilities
- Shuttle transfer from city centre to ship/from ship to city centre or airport (Ushuaia)
- All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
- Expedition parka
- Rubber boot rentals
- Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
- English-speaking expedition team
- Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
- Free tea and coffee daily
- Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
- Special photo workshop
- Welcome and farewell cocktails
- Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
- Taxes and port fees
- Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
- Meals not on board the ship
- Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
- Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
- Personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’