Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica (19 Days / 18 Nights)
Ushuaia, Carcass Islands, Stanley, South Georgia, Grytviken, South Orkney Islands, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Deception Island, Drake Passage
Embark the expedition ship in the afternoon from the pier in Ushuaia in southern Argentina. Settle in your cabin, explore the ship and meet the expedition team and fellow passengers.
Sailing north east towards Falkland Islands you will be accompanied by many seabirds. You can photograph these birds from the deck of the ship, or learn more about the ship and its operations from the captain. The cruise lines also arrange for presentations about the environment, wildlife, history of the Southern ocean and the locations which you can attend.
On arriving at Falkland Islands, you will go on your first shore excursion. You will explore the remote islands of West Falkland archipelago. The day will be full of bird watching and first penguin sighting on Island of West Point, moving on to Carcass Island.
You will arrive in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands today. Wandering through the charming streets there are a host of things you can visit: Stanley museum, the waterfront memorial and the famous philatelic museum.
Cruise towards South Georgia. At sea the whole day, you can attend the educational presentations.
On arrival at South Georgia, you will proceed for on shore excursion. Explore Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour. You will be in the company of fur seals, elephant seals and nesting albatross.
Observe several of the old stations at locations including Leith, Husvik and Stromness.
Visit Grytviken – the largest of the whaling stations, situated at the head of Cumberland Bay. Here you visit the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton (the great explorer), museum and the restored church.
Today the ship will cruise from South Georgia to Antarctica. Depending on weather conditions you will head either to South Orkney Islands or Elephant Island.
As you move towards the frozen continent you can sight large icebergs from the deck of your ship. If weather allows you will be able to visit these islands and if you are really lucky you will be able to see the dark cliffs of Elephant Island and land at Point Wild on Elephant Island.
Arrive at South Shetland Island chain around 60 miles off the coast of the Antarctic mainland. You could possibly land at King George island/Half Moon Island/Yankee Harbour or Hannah Point.
If the weather conditions permit the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Here you can do some outstanding hikes and explore the old whaling station and aircraft hangar.
Entering the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will be greeted by the snow covered mountains and abundant wildlife. On shore exploration you can visit Wilhelmina bay, Orne Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel.
Further explore the Antarctic Peninsula hike snowy mountains, visit a science base and enjoy sea kayaking.
At sea, if weather conditions allow make a rounding of Cape Horn.
At sea, enjoy the last day on the deck of the ship.
On arrival at Ushuaia proceed for hotel to explore the town or to the airport for return flight home.
|We Recommend :||that you keep the approach flexible during your cruise as weather and ice conditions may cause change in itinerary. Also take along some cash in US$ for onboard expenditure. Check out www.oneoceanexpeditions.com|
|Perfect For :||Solo traveller, Bunch of buddies, All boys trip, A Couple|
|Best time to visit :||November to March is the season for this itinerary
|Keywords :||Beat the heat, Bird watching, Cruise, Hiking, Island hopping, Kayaking, Museums, Once in a lifetime, Peace and quiet, Whale watching, Wildlife|
|Country :||Argentina, Falkland Islands (UK), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (UK),Antarctica|
|Image Credit :||pixabay.com|