This is our most far-reaching polar expedition itinerary and includes visits to three different locations. The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. There are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Seabirds, including many of the albatross species call these islands home, nesting and raising their young in this wild and remote environment. Both locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery.
To the south lies Antarctica – the frozen continent and our final destination on this remarkable voyage. Icebergs in all shapes and sizes fill the waters, and yet more unique wildlife can be found living in sizable colonies. The waters are full of life and we frequently encounter whales including humpback, minke and orca.
On this voyage, our days are spent exploring on shore in the company of expert guides – including naturalists, marine biologists, ornithologists and adventurers as well as our resident photography professional. Cruising in our inflatable Zodiac boats is another memorable activity. For the adventurers, we provide plenty of opportunities to explore on long hikes ashore, or by sea kayak.
This voyage timed to coincide with the arrival of spring as the region emerges from the long and frigid winter. It is an exceptional time to visit. Late October marks the beginning of the wildlife migration and commencement of the breeding cycle for many species. In South Georgia, scenes of male elephant seals battling for control of the beaches (and the female harems), and the intimate and beautiful courtship rituals of the albatross, will have you believing you are ‘on the set’ of your very own wildlife documentary. The ice and snow conditions in Antarctica are pristine.
|Day 1||Ushuaia, Argentina|
|Day 2||At Sea towards the Falkland Islands|
|Days 3 & 4||The Falkland Islands|
|Days 5 & 6||At Sea|
|Days 7 to 9||South Georgia|
|Days 10 to 13||Scotia Sea Crossing, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica|
|Days 14 & 15||Antarctic Peninsula and Gerlache coastline exploration|
|Days 16 & 17||Antarctic Sound and Elephant Island|
|Days 18 & 19||At Sea towards the Falkland Islands|
|Day 20||Port Stanley, Falkland Islands|