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South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

  • Trip Style: Expeditions
  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 18 Days | Round-trip Buenos Aires or Santiago

Expedition Details


Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion 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.

Travelers on our October 2016 departures will also have the special opportunity to join explorer Peter Hillary as he follows in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic hike across South Georgia.

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.
    • Join explorer Peter Hillary to hike the homestretch of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic traverse of South Georgia Island (October 2016 departures only).

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.

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Falkland Islands/At Sea

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 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.

Travelers on our October 2016 departures will have the opportunity to meet up with renowned explorer Peter Hillary for an exclusive hiking excursion. He’ll be following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton on the 100th anniversary of his historic trek across the island, and we have the opportunity to join him—along with explorer Jeremy Lindblad—for the home stretch. Walk from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay, and then celebrate the occasion with a Halloween masquerade ball on deck.
(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)

Day 15 — 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.

Day 16 — At Sea

Our final day at sea offers a final chance to view the marine life of the South Atlantic. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner.

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.

Please note there is an additional day on the Oct. 22, 2016, Mar. 7, 2017, and Mar. 6, 2018 departures.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book now and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires or Santiago and round-trip charter airfare between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires or Santiago on the Oct. 22 and 24, 2016 departures. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

October 2016 Special Event

Special Event on October 2016 voyages:
Arrive on South Georgia to join Sven Lindblad, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay as they follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary trek across the island. Hike the final stretch of the route, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay. During our time in South Georgia, the Orion and Explorer will anchor side-by-side, allowing guests to tour the neighboring ship and mingle during a celebratory masked ball on Halloween night.

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.

Michael Melford

Michael MelfordNational Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced more than a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. Some of Michael’s recent assignments have focused on Russia, Israel, and North America’s national parks. He has produced photography for eight books for National Geographic, including three on Alaska, his favorite being Treasures of Alaska, for which he spent four months traveling to every corner of the state. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography and sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge.

Michael will join the following departures:

Oct 24 - Nov 10, 2016
Mar 07 - 25, 2017


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Oct 24 - Nov 10, 2016
  • Mar 07 - 25, 2017
  • Oct 23 - Nov 09, 2017
  • Mar 06 - 24, 2018

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

Expedition Cost

Orion October 2016
Category 1 $15,930
Category 2 $16,990
Category 3 $18,990
Category 4 $22,990
Category 5 $26,580
Category 6 $30,830

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing, add $7,960 to Category 1 and $9,490 to Category 3. International airfare to and from Santiago and charter airfare to and from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare from Ushuaia to Santiago is $990.

Explorer October 2016/17
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

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing, add $4,250 to Category 2 and $4,480 to Category 3. 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.

Explorer March 2017/18
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

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing, add $4,530 to Category 2 and $4,780 to Category 3. 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.

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