Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula, 19 days
Antarctica's diversity is the focus of this 19-day expedition itinerary. This extended cruise itinerary encompasses the wildlife paradise of the remote Falkland Islands, South Georgia as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Zodiac boat excursions and landings enable you observing various kinds of penguins, whales and seals in immediate proximity. Have a first-hand experience of standing on a beach surrounded by thousands of penguins. All activities are offered with regard to environmental protection. Some departures include kayaking as a possibility.
We recommend combining this package together with Buenos Aires package.
Day 1 Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
We embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals.
Day 2 At the Sea
At sea, in the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
Day 3 Falklands Islands
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.
Day 4 Stanley, Falkland Islands
In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).
Day 5-6 At Sea
On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.
Day 7-10 South Georgia
In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins.
One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays. At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.
Day 11 At Sea
Where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.
Day 12 South Orkney Islands
We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.
Day 13 At Sea
Day 14-16 Antarctic Peninsula
We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.
Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache during the 1897–99 Belgica expedition and named after the fiancée of Georges Lecointe, Gerlache's executive officer, hydrographer and second-in-command of the expedition.The topography of the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice. Charlotte Bay is often filled with icebergs. Mostly we see seals on floes in Charlotte Bay, and occasional, kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. In Wilhelmina Bay we will admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Arctowski Pensinsula.
At Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands (Half Moon) to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.
Day 17-18 At Sea
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 19 Ushuaia - Disembark
Ushuaia - We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
Please remember, the price can increased by fuel surcharge, when applicable.
Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined on board.
Price per person in a double or twin cabin
Final price is subject of departure date, availability and cabin standard.
*Shipboard accommodation* All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea* All shore landings per de daily program* Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff* All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.* Free use of rubber boots aboard* All miscellaneous service taxes and port changes throughout the program* Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)*
*Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary* Pre- and post land arrangements* Passport and visa expenses* Government arrival and departure taxes* Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified* Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance* Excess baggage charges* Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified* Cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)* Tips*
Extended stay in Chile / Argentina
Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price
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