Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands / Malvinas

An extraordinary 19-day voyage


Falkland, South Georgia, Antarctica
ALB © Agustin Ullmann

Follow in the wake of courageous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica and the South Shetlands before heading via Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea to South Georgia and Falkland Islands.

Duration: 19 days
Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ends: Ushuaia, Argentina
Language: English speaking voyage


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Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, you cross the mighty Drake Passage en route for the South Shetland Islands. Here you will make Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts. Continuing southward, you will explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search for wildlife.

Sailing onwards between Elephant Island and South Georgia offers a small glimpse into the passage made famous by Shackleton 100 years ago, when he navigated the 1300 km course through open seas of Drake Passage in an effort to save his stranded crew. South Georgia is one of world’s greatest natural wonders. Wildlife-packed beaches, active research stations, former whaling stations and a visit to Shackleton’s final resting place are on our agenda.

On your last leg towards Argentina, you will pay a visit to the fascinating Falkland Islands. The capital of Port Stanley with its quaint English architecture will be your first call before venturing further west for Zodiac landings and wildlife observations on pristine and sheltered beaches.

After leaving the Falklands/Malvinas, the last seadays can be spend bird watching from the top deck and attending lectures, workshops and photo re-caps in one of the ship's lounges.

Itinerary

© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL AND EMBARKATION IN USHUAIA.
Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, you board the ship.

The journey begins as you navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

DAY 2-3 | AT SEA. DRAKE PASSAGE, KING GEORGE ISLAND
Sailing onward, you cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory/Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with the first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, you will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes you will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, it is hoped to make the first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

DAY 4-7 | ANTARCTIC SOUND AND WEDDELL SEA
Over the coming days, you will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the captain and the expedition team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. It ia aimed to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

DAY 8-13 | DRAKE PASSAGE AND SOUTH GEORGIA
From the Weddell Sea you continue your journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did more than one hundred years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance deep south in the Weddell Sea they moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. From here started one of the most remarkable boat journeys in polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men for two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. You, on the other hand, will reach the mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of the fjords you will explore – not least in Grytviken, the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922. You will explore the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow.

DAY 14-15 | SOUTH ATLANTIC, APPROACHING FALKLAND ISLANDS
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures and and other activities hosted by the expedition team, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. Or just to relax.

DAY 16-17 | PORT STANLEY AND FALKLAND ISLANDS
During the morning you approach the Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Victory/Albatros will cast anchor on the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Utilizing the Zodiacs, you will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.

On the following day you will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.

DAY 18-19 | AT SEA TOWARD SOUTH AMERICA. USHUAIA, DISEMBARKATION
You are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading back to Ushuaia.

After a hearty farewell to the vessel and crew, you disembark in the morning after breakfast.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL AND EMBARKATION IN USHUAIA.
Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, you board the ship.

The journey begins as you navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

DAY 2-3 | AT SEA. DRAKE PASSAGE, KING GEORGE ISLAND
Sailing onward, you cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Victory/Albatros, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself! In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with the first sight of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, you will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes you will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, it is hoped to make the first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

DAY 4-7 | ANTARCTIC SOUND AND WEDDELL SEA
Over the coming days, you will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the captain and the expedition team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. It ia aimed to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

DAY 8-13 | DRAKE PASSAGE AND SOUTH GEORGIA
From the Weddell Sea you continue your journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did more than one hundred years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance deep south in the Weddell Sea they moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. From here started one of the most remarkable boat journeys in polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men for two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. You, on the other hand, will reach the mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of the fjords you will explore – not least in Grytviken, the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922. You will explore the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow.

DAY 14-15 | SOUTH ATLANTIC, APPROACHING FALKLAND ISLANDS
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures and and other activities hosted by the expedition team, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. Or just to relax.

DAY 16-17 | PORT STANLEY AND FALKLAND ISLANDS
During the morning you approach the Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Victory/Albatros will cast anchor on the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Utilizing the Zodiacs, you will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.

On the following day you will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.

DAY 18-19 | AT SEA TOWARD SOUTH AMERICA. USHUAIA, DISEMBARKATION
You are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading back to Ushuaia.

After a hearty farewell to the vessel and crew, you disembark in the morning after breakfast.


© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann
© Agustin Ullmann


INCLUSIONS

• 19-day cruise with accommodation in a shared double stateroom featuring en suite facilities
• All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
• Expedition parka
• Rubberboots provided for entire voyage
• Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
• English-speaking expedition team
• Free photo workshop from experienced photographer onboard
• Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
• Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
• Welcome and farewell drinks
• Online visual journal access after your voyage with photos, species list, log and more!
• Taxes and port fees

EXCLUSIONS

• Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
• Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
• Meals not on board the ship
• Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
• Tips for the crew
• Personal expenses
• Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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