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South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 18 Days | Round-trip Buenos Aires or Santiago
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details

 

Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to the spectacular isles of the South Atlantic, discovering remote landscapes seen by few others on Earth. In the Falklands, see symbols of British culture while hiking amid dramatic landscapes harboring rookeries of rockhopper and gentoo penguins, as well as massive colonies of fur and elephant seals. Continue to South Georgia Island to explore glacier-draped coastlines, and witness thousands of stately king penguins flocking on a single beach.

Trip Highlights

    • Cross Steeple Jason Island to view the world’s largest colony of black-browed albatross, and glide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands.
    • Sail a catamaran amid the islands of the Beagle Channel, spotting wildlife along the way.
    • Walk among 200,000 stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia.

Itinerary - 18 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion) and set out on a guided city tour.
Sofitel Buenos Aires or Grand Hyatt Santiago
(Day 2: L)

Days 3 & 4 — Ushuaia/At Sea

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Join a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking the ship for our journey across the South Atlantic.
(B,L,D)

Day 5 — Falkland Islands

Each Falkland Island is distinctive in its beauty, and the archipelago boasts the largest albatross colony in the world, thousands of irresistible Gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as herds of fur and elephant seals. Stroll white-sand beaches, sail beneath vaulting cliffs, and hike across windswept moors where the waving tussock grasses glow with sunlit yellows and sage greens.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 6 & 7 — At Sea

As we journey across these southern waters, there's time to take full advantage of the ship's amenities: relax in the spa, sauna, or observation lounge.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 8 through 12 — South Georgia Island

The following days are devoted to exploring the spectacular coastline of South Georgia Island. The schedule is flexible, and throughout our journey there will be opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking, and taking Zodiac excursions. (B,L,D daily)

Depending on weather and sea conditions, we plan to make some or all of the following stops:

King Haakon Bay
This is the site of Shackleton's landfall after his rigorous voyage in the 23-foot lifeboat, James Caird. Its untouched beaches, mountains, glaciers, and nesting wandering albatross offer a great introduction to the wilds of South Georgia.

Grytviken/Shackleton's Grave
Wander on foot, visiting the ruins of the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken and its onsite museum on the island’s natural history and the role of the whaling industry here. A host of seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can be seen as we hike along the coast to the cemetery where Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Salisbury Plain/Elsehul Bay
At the height of breeding season, the northern tip of South Georgia is said to have more wildlife per square foot than any place else on Earth. Here, we are likely to spot thousands of king penguins; colonies of gray-headed, black-browed, and wandering albatross; colorfully crested macaroni penguins; and fur and elephant seals.

Right Whale Bay
Land on black-sand beaches, inhabited by southern fur seals, elephant seals, and king penguins, plus dozens of other bird species.

St. Andrews Bay
St. Andrews Bay is teeming with wildlife. Hike past fur and elephant seals and a colony of more than 100,000 king penguins.

Gold Harbour
Gold Harbour is home to elephant seals, thousands of fur seals and tens of thousands of penguins, including a colony of aristocratic king penguins.

Cooper Bay
Whalers once sought shelter in this small bay. Here we are likely to encounter king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins; prions; petrels; terns; and perhaps Weddell seals.

Stromness Bay
Stromness offers views of cliffs and glaciers that Shackleton and his companions descended in order to complete their famed crossing with the Endurance in 1916. Explore the glacier's ice face by Zodiacs; and walk along a pebble beach, passing king and gentoo penguins, and hundreds of fur seals.

Days 13 & 14 — At Sea

As we journey across these southern waters, there's time to take full advantage of the ship's amenities: relax in the spa, sauna, or observation lounge.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 15 & 16 — Falkland Islands

We return once more to the island archipelago that teems with the wonders of nature and wildlife. Take a last walk along the beautiful white-sand beaches, and visit the remote Victorian town of Port Stanley.
(B,L,D)

Days 17 & 18 — Ushuaia/Buenos Aires or Santiago/U.S.

Our journey ends in Ushuaia this morning, with time to explore before boarding our chartered flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion). Continue on an overnight flight to the U.S.
(B,L)

Please note there is an additional day in the Falkland Islands on the Mar. 7, 2017, and Mar. 6, 2018 departures.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by March 31, 2017 and receive free international round-trip airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires, as well as round-trip charter airfare between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia on the March 7 and October 23, 2017 departures. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

Expedition Team

Accompanying this expedition is a diverse team of experts — including biologists, naturalists, and regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the birds, wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Jay Dickman

Jay DickmanPulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.

Jay will join the following departure:

Mar 06 - 24, 2018

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2017
  • Oct 23 - Nov 09, 2017
2018
  • Mar 06 - 24, 2018
  • Oct 22 - Nov 09, 2018
2019
  • Mar 06 - 24, 2019

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

Add a pre-trip extension to Buenos Aires or a post-trip extension to Easter Island. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

October 2017
Explorer
Category 1 $15,930
Category 2 $16,990
Category 3 $17,930
Category 4 $18,990
Category 5 $22,990
Category 6 $26,580
Category 6 $30,830
Solo Suite A $21,240
Solo Suite B $22,410

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Categories 1 through 7.

International airfare to and from Buenos Aires and charter airfare to and from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires is $890.

March 2017/2018
Explorer
Category 1 $16,990
Category 2 $18,130
Category 3 $19,130
Category 4 $20,350
Category 5 $24,580
Category 6 $28,350
Category 6 $32,880
Solo Suite A $22,660
Solo Suite B $23,910

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Categories 1 through 7.

International airfare to and from Buenos Aires and charter airfare to and from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires is $890.

Please note: the March 2017/2018 pricing above is valid for the October 22, 2018 and March 6, 2019 departures when booked by June 1, 2017.

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