South Georgia and the Falklands

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 19 Days | Round-trip Buenos Aires
  • 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

    • Join our naturalists for an interpretive walk among 200,000 stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia.
    • Each departure of the National Geographic Explorer is accompanied by a National Geographic photographer who offers insight on capturing the compelling stories of the South Atlantic.
    • Glide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands, and view an impressive colony of black-browed albatrosses.
    • Sail a catamaran amid the islands of Beagle Channel, spotting wildlife along the way.

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.
Alvear Art Hotel 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 daily)

Days 5 & 6 — 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 7 & 8 — 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 9 through 13 — 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 14 & 15 — 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 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.

Days 17, 18, & 19 — Ushuaia/Buenos Aires or Santiago/U.S.

After a day at sea, our journey ends in Ushuaia the next 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.
(Day 17: B,L,D; Day 18: B,L)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by December 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires, plus free round-trip charter airfare on all departures.

Solo Travelers

Book the Category A Solo or Category B Solo cabins on the March 6, 2018 departure and receive the standard double rates for Category 2 and Category 3, respectively. 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


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


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

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

Please note the March 6, 2018 departure includes an additional day in South Georgia, and end with a flight from the Falklands to Santiago, Chile. Please call for details.

Prior to your voyage, add a two-day extension in Buenos Aires. Or add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island or a three-day post-voyage extension to Iguazú Falls. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

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, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

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-$1,240 per person depending on departure date (subject to change).

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.