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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

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Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Travel in the footsteps of legendary explorers to the bottom of the world and discover an otherworldly land of ice, snow, and unique wildlife. On this sweeping exploration of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands, you’ll become one of the few to step foot on the Great White Continent; explore shores bursting with hundreds of penguins—and hear the pitter-patter of their feet as they make their way along penguin highways; witness fur and elephant seals napping on the beach; cruise through a labyrinth of perfectly-sculpted icebergs and view magnificent glittering glaciers; and step back in time while visiting historical and cultural sites, including the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Daily Itinerary

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Itinerary

Antarctica, south Georgia, and the Falkland islands
  • Day
    1 & 2

    Depart Home / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia

    Board your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight. (D)    

  • Day
    3

    Ushuaia / Embark Island Sky

    Today, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Board the Island Sky this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands. (B,L,D)

    Island Sky
  • Day
    4

    At Sea

    Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights of your Antarctica cruise. (B,L,D) 

  • Day
    5

    Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

    On Saunders Island, you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as nesting black-browed albatross. (B,L,D)

    antarctic cruise - rock hopper penguin
  • Day
    6

    Stanley, Falkland Islands

    Step ashore in Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands and enjoy a short tour of this British-flavored town. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7 & 8

    Cruising the South Scotia Sea

    Lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists in search of the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    9-11

    South Georgia

    Flexibility in this area is a must. Many of our leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in our favor, may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. Call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you will see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places we plan to visit on South Georgia; some of them are pending final government approval. (B,L,D Daily)

    Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo in the bay.

    Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.

    Stromness Bay – The site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.

    Grytviken – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins and marine mammals can also be found here.

    Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels and with luck, light-mantled albatross.

    antarctic cruise - Gold Harbour
  • Day
    12 & 13

    At Sea

    Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    14

    Elephant Island

    Today arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and the opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony. (B,L,D)

    antarctic cruise - elephant island
  • Day
    15-18

    Antarctic Peninsula

    As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is also the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of this voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops; in the past we have visited the locations below. This list serves as a guideline only of the places you may experience. (B,L,D Daily)

    Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adelie, and hundreds of gentoo penguins, make their home here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.

    Deception Island – As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater and explore the ruins of a 20th-century whaling station.

    Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.

    Antarctica Cruise - Whale watching
  • Day
    19 & 20

    Drake Passage

    During your Drake crossing, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    21 & 22

    Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / Arrive Home

    Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight. (B)

Accommodations

Island Sky

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator and television.

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Field Leaders

Dan Olsen

Dan Olsen

Expedition Leader

Dan has lived in Seward, Alaska for over a decade, where he is the captain of a 150-passenger tour boat that offers guests the opportunity to observe the whales, seals, puffins, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan spent many years teaching Outward Bound courses in mountaineering, sailing, and kayaking in Alaska, Washington, Florida, and Mexico and he continues to lead kayakers in the Arctic and Antarctic. Dan is currently studying acoustic killer whale dialects to identify pods (families) by their calls, and is working on a Master’s degree thesis on killer whale foraging habitat. Dan is a world traveler and enjoys scuba diving, paragliding, performing improv comedy, playing flamenco guitar, and fire juggling!  

 

Kelsey Simmons

Kelsey Simmons

Expedition Leader

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2006 with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling in Europe and living in various parts of California and Oregon before the lure of the Pacific Northwest brought her back to the Seattle area. Kelsey's wanderlust then turned her to a career in adventure travel with Zegrahm Expeditions. In her time at Zegrahm, Kelsey has traveled to all seven continents aboard a variety of expedition vessels in the capacity of both Cruise Director and Expedition Leader. She regularly leads travelers to the Arctic and Antarctic, two of her favorite destinations. Kelsey has toured the countries surrounding the Black, Adriatic, and Mediterranean Seas, and recently completed the last leg in her circumnavigation of South America. When Kelsey isn't traveling, she makes her home on Whidbey Island in Washington, where she enjoys water skiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter.

 

Tim Baughman

T.H. Baughman

Historian

Dr. T.H. Baughman is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Oklahoma and currently teaches at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. T.H. has taught European history for more than 30 years, and has been leading travelers around the world for 25 years. He is the author of ten books, lectures widely on European and polar history, and teaches courses in 20th-century European history. His tales of the history of regions visited bring to life their vibrant story. T.H. combines a scholar's rigor with a storyteller's images to describe and explain the past.

 

Conrad Field

Conrad Field

Naturalist

A resident of Homer, Alaska, Conrad is a professional naturalist and biologist as well as an accomplished artist in the media of pen-and-ink and scrimshaw. He owns Northcountry Nature, a small natural history publisher, and has cowritten and copublished guides and children’s books on marine life. Since 1989 Conrad has been a naturalist-lecturer aboard a variety of expedition vessels, primarily in polar and sub-polar regions, including more than 70 voyages to the Antarctic. He has lectured on natural history, seabird biology, marine mammals, whaling, the art of scrimshaw, marine invertebrate life, and local flora and fauna.

 

Richard Jacoby

Richard Jacoby

Naturalist

Richard’s love of the sea began at a young age, and he has worked on boats from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean, Central America to Alaska, and beyond. He has worked as the captain of a training schooner with a focus on celestial navigation and offshore sailing, and was third mate on the 150-foot topsʼl schooner Californian from Norfolk to San Diego. He eventually settled in Alaska, where he has been running glacier and wildlife cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park for over 20 years. Richard also works as an instructor with the Alaska Maritime Training Center, teaching basic and advanced operations and safety training topics for professional mariners. He spends his free time exploring the remote Alaskan shores aboard his 36-foot sailboat, playing the Flamenco guitar, and learning bluegrass guitar and banjo.

 

Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe

Geologist

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Tom is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Tom has over three decades of experience of interpreting geology for a wide range of audiences, through talks, lectures, field trips, exhibitions, and publications.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

Ornithologist

Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. He is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years of birding experience in Ireland, Europe, USA, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic. Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide, and broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science and pathology IT administration. He has written a number of books including, The Birds of Ireland – A Field Guide (2013), Shorebirds of Ireland (2009), Irish Garden Birds (2008) and An Identification Guide to Irish Whales and Dolphins (2006). He has produced two educational DVDs, Bats of Ireland (2009) and Whales and Dolphins of Ireland (2004). He also co-produced an iPhone app called Antarctic Wildlife Guide (2015), the first photo-ID guide app to the birds, whales, dolphins, and seals of the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Beagle Channel, and Ushuaia. As well as being involved in many national and international conservation projects, he set up the long-running national Irish Garden Bird Survey. He was national chairman of Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s equivalent of the Audubon Society and is a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

 

From: $23,480 per person
Duration
22 Days, 21 Nights
Guest Capacity
100 Guests
Trip Type
Sea
Destinations

Trip Highlights

  • 2019 Departure: January 24
  • Touring the Falkland Islands, home to huge populations of rockhopper, gentoo & Magellanic penguins
  • Spotting the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia—king, macaroni, gentoo & chinstrap—as well as large numbers of elephant & fur seals crowding the beaches.
  • Hiking on the Antarctic continent & photographing snow-capped peaks, mighty glaciers & glistening icebergs.
  • Learning about early polar exploration & whaling history, including a visit to the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton.