The Most Comprehensive Exploration—and with Active Options

Overview

Experience the three epic destinations of the Southern Ocean: the wildlife oasis of the Falkland Islands, breathtaking South Georgia Island, with its legends of Shackleton, hanging glaciers, and spectacular throngs of stately king penguins, and the celebrated Antarctic Peninsula, an otherworldly realm of massive icebergs and mountains rising straight from the sea. On this small-ship expedition, set out for adventures by go-anywhere Zodiac amid drifting bergs, hike amid chattering penguins and basking elephant seals, and learn from expert naturalists who illuminate the dream world of the Antarctic.

Itinerary

Days 1-7
Ushuaia / Falkland Islands

From Ushuaia, voyage to the rugged Falklands, where you enjoy encounters with Magellanic penguins, nesting gentoos in their burrows, and dashing rockhopper penguins, with their teeming cliff colonies and devil-may-care surf landings. You’ll also visit Port Stanley, the quaint and very British capital. On Days 6 and 7, head out to sea, watching for whales while crossing the Antarctic Convergence to South Georgia.

Days 8-11
South Georgia Island

Rearing 10,000 feet out of the sea, supremely isolated South Georgia is one of the most spectacular islands in the world—and home to one of the greatest concentrations of Subantarctic wildlife on the planet! Landings include Salisbury Plain, with its thousands of king penguins, and the old Norwegian whaling station of Grytviken, where fabled explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Days 12-20
Scotia Sea / South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

Cross the Scotia Sea to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, a breathtaking realm of ice-covered mountains and incredible wildlife. Visits may include Paulet Island, with its stunning tabular icebergs, Deception Island, a sea-filled volcanic crater the ship enters through the dramatic Neptune’s Bellows, and awe-inspiring Lemaire Channel. You’ll walk amid teeming penguin colonies, visit a research station, explore by Zodiac, and take a bracing dip in the hot springs at Deception Island. Return to Ushuaia and depart on Day 20.

Highlights

Highlights

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falklands—all on one fantastic journey!
Epic wildlife experiences including South Georgia’s thousands of king penguins
Expert Antarctic naturalists and historians to enrich your experience
Sea kayaking options on several departures

Details

Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

20-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather
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