Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula via Montevideo - 22 days

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula via Montevideo - 22 days

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula via Montevideo - 22 days

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The only expedition to depart directly from Montevideo, you can’t find a more complete Antarctic experience than this. Arrive early to Montevideo, then venture to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and the always impressive Antarctic Peninsula. Diversity and discovery are the hallmarks of this voyage, which offers numerous pristine landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities. The expedition ends in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, offering you an opportunity to visit Patagonia on the return trip.

In brief:

  • Convenience of starting your Expedition from Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot
  • Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers
  • See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, which includes more than 30 species of breeding birds and four species of penguin
  • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his grave;
  • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands
  • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar specialists
Day 1: Montevideo

Arrive early and enjoy some steak and wine in Uruguay’s capital before the expedition ahead.

Day 2: Embarkation

ExpeditionNEWTrade your land legs for sea legs, meet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. Your journey ahead is a blank slate, full of possibilities. The Expedition Team will ensure your comfort and safety, while also planning out a daily schedule that will optimize your wildlife viewing and shore landings for the days ahead.

Days 3-5: At Sea

You can spend time on deck identifying seabirds, taking in lectures by your Expedition Team or chatting with your new ship friends. Days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire, during these first few days the Expedition Team will inform you on procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Days 6-7: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

theglobeUpon arrival in the Falklands you’ll be greeted by abundant wildlife and a feeling of rugged remoteness. The Falkland archipelago is ideal for exploration via zodiac excursion. Port Stanley, a unique British outpost, has a ramshackle charm to it with plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as some friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the local pub.  See Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins, or possibly you’ll even spot some king penguins here as well. Other impressive birds you can expect to see here include black-browed albatross and two endemic species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

Day 8-9: At Sea

Once you cross the invisible, moving, line called the Antarctic Convergence you’ll know you’ve officially reached Antarctic waters. Encircling the continent, cold northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and microscopic marine life that attracts hungry whales and other species.

Days 10-13: South Georgia

seagullsWith a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. You will also see many remnants of the whaling and sealing days gone by, including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. Perhaps the most historic and famous site on the island is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia is sometimes called the Galapagos of the Poles as it is home to a remarkable number of inquisitive creatures. Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife; one day may be a beach filled with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins, the next may present some close encounters with massive elephant seals or the smaller fur seals.

Days 14-15: At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, next stop: Antarctica! Your days at sea are enjoyed out on deck or taking in presentations by the Expedition Team. With a bit of luck, there may time for a landing in the South Orkney Islands, which are officially part of Antarctica.

Days 16-19: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

antarctic-pen1Shock, awe and speechlessness are common reactions to arriving in Antarctica. The indescribable feeling of stepping foot on this untouched, unique environment is something you’ll remember forever. Antarctica is a land of extremes; one moment it will be utterly silent and calm, until a penguin waddles by or a glacier calves in the distance. Your camera will be focused on Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Minke and humpback whales are also commonly sighted in the clear Antarctic waters. You will take guided hikes to glaciers, research stations and snowy mountains to help you appreciate the landscape and what it takes to live in such an extreme environment.

Days 20-21: Drake Passage

Homeward bound, your journey across the Drake Passage is a time for reflecting on all of the places you’ve been and sights you’ve seen. It is always a bittersweet moment to turn the ship away from the penguins and icebergs and toward Ushuaia.

Days 22: Ushuaia

After enjoying a final breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye. A transfer to the airport for your homeward flight will be offered.