Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife.
December 13 - 29, 2018 & December 27, 2018 - January 12, 2019: Read first paragraph of day by day description.
February 2 - 18, 2019: Read second paragraph of day by day description.
Punta Arenas, Chile
Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas. We gather at a central location and transfer to the airport f...
Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas. We gather at a central location and transfer to the airport for the flight to the ship. Upon arrival , we embark our ship via Zodiac. After settling into our cabins and exploring our new surroundings, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome refreshment and set sail.
Days 2 - 4
Antarctic Peninsula | Falkland Islands & Southern Ocean
For the next three days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Planned visits could include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour o...
For the next three days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Planned visits could include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay is another favourite location where we frequently encounter pods of humpback whales. | Approaching Sea Lion Island, we first note the very barren and windswept landscape, exposed to the prevailing weather that originates in the Drake Passage. We launch the zodiacs and go ashore to view the incredible diversity of wildlife found at this location. After our excursion, we set sail towards South Georgia. The seabirds once again join us in the Southern Ocean for our two day sailing. Our educational presentations continue and are always popular.
Days 5 - 8
Elephant Island & Scotia Sea | South Georgia
On our way towards Elephant Island, we are heading north towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to...
On our way towards Elephant Island, we are heading north towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. Elephant Island is forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition a century ago. Onboard experts keep us busy with fascinating presentations and lead lively discussions throughout the day on our journey towards South Georgia. The great pelagic seabirds are sure to keep us company – and we anticipate excellent sightings of albatross and giant petrels soaring on the winds of the South Atlantic Ocean. | South Georgia has often been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ – and as we approach the deep bays of this rugged, rocky outcrop, you will begin to see why. Launching the Zodiacs we begin our exploration of the island, in the vicinity of Elsehul Bay. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal will line the dark sand beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations, including Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross as they fill the skies above, coming and going from the nest.
Days 9 - 11
South Georgia | Southern Ocean
Rounding the remote south-eastern end of South Georgia, we spend the next days thoroughly exploring the coastline. Dark sand beaches, tussock cover...
Rounding the remote south-eastern end of South Georgia, we spend the next days thoroughly exploring the coastline. Dark sand beaches, tussock covered hinterland and a backdrop of towering peaks and glaciers are a feast for all the senses. Locations we hope to visit include Gold Harbour, Royal Bay, St Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain. |
Weather and ice will dictate our crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica.
Days 12 - 16
Southern Ocean & Falkland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
On our last day of South Georgia, we slowly head towards the Falkland Islands. Spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species ...
On our last day of South Georgia, we slowly head towards the Falkland Islands. Spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species are our constant companions as we cross the Southern Ocean. | Around 60 miles off the coast of the Antarctic mainland we find the South Shetland Island chain. Weather conditions permitting we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. After so much anticipation, we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Along the shoreline in the bays and harbors of the Peninsula lives an incredible abundance of wildlife. Large rookeries are home to chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins. Seals live on the ice floes, including the powerful leopard seal that we hope to encounter. Gulls, skuas and cormorants are also found nesting and feeding at many sites along the Antarctic Peninsula. We explore by Zodiac boat and ashore where a range of exciting activities await. Locations we hope to visit include Wilhelmina Bay, Orne Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel.
Punta Arenas Chile
This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac to board our special charter flight. This flight is included in th...
This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac to board our special charter flight. This flight is included in the price of your voyage. Upon arrival into Punta Arenas a transfer from the airport into town is provided. The departure 'Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica' is operating the itinerary in the reversed direction. Please have a look at the detailed itinerary.