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Kayaking the Arctic

Sub-Antarctic Safari

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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This Sub-Antarctic adventure takes you to the wildlife sanctuaries of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia. Join on-board photography workshops and capture the region's untouched beauty while seeing the fascinating fauna that inhabits these unique islands. Get up-close with one of the world's largest king penguin rookeries at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia, observe the majestic wandering albatross, keep an eye out for funny rockhopper penguins in the Falklands, or watch male elephant seals fight for territory!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Falkland Islands (Malvinas) | Embark
Day 2 : Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Days 5-12 : South Georgia
Days 13-14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Falkland Islands (Malvinas) | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the rarely-visited Steeple Jason Island in the West Falklands
  • Visit Saunders Island's working sheep farm
  • Take advantage of the amazing bird-watching opportunities in Carcass Island
  • Discover South Georgia's pristine beaches alive with fur & elephant seals

Ship

Polar Pioneer

Places Visited

Activities

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking the Arctic Unforgettable wildlife encounters Photographing in the snow. Elephant Seals hanging out on the beach. A fleet of zodiacs will carry you to remote landscapes

Day 1 Falkland Islands (Malvinas) | Embark

Travel to the Falkland Islands today and transfer from the airport to the Polar Pioneer. Enjoy a tour of Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands located in the east side of the island. Go back on the ship and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2 Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a visit to the rarely-visited Steeple Jason Island in the West Falklands, home to the world's largest colony of black-browed albatross, followed by Saunders island, the second-largest offshore island in the archipelago. Saunders is a working sheep farm, rich in wildlife including four species of penguins. Carcass Island offers amazing bird-watching opportunities, including the endemic Cobb's Wren, the dark ground tyrants, tussac birds and more.

Day 3-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular seabirds on your way. Prepare yourself for the next stop through a series of informative talks and lectures on wildlife and history of the region.

Day 5-12 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Before your first landing on South Georgia, receive guidelines and instructions on the wildlife and some insight on the Antarctic Treaty. As a true wildlife sanctuary, South Georgia boasts some of the world's largest king penguin rookeries and majestic bird life including the wandering albatross. Playful seals and basking elephant seals provide entertainment as you explore the pristine, kelp-strewn beaches. Zodiac cruise through the magnificent Elsehul Bay and visit Grytviken, once a Norwegian whaling station, now the administrative capital of South Georgia.

Day 13-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Start cruising back to the Falkland Islands, accompanied by fascinating sea birds. Reflect on your adventure and enjoy more lectures and talks, as well as opportunities to sort or exchange photos.

Day 15 Falkland Islands (Malvinas) | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, cruise into Stanley harbor in the Falkland Islands/Malvinas. Extend your stay in the Falklands, or continue directly on the afternoon flight to Punta Arenas and on to Santiago.

Polar Pioneer

Per person starting at
$10,900
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
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Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
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Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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Suite
The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Notes

Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions: 
  • Return flight from Santiago OR Punta Arenas to Stanley (no reduced fare for starting or finishing in Punta Arenas)
  • Accommodation during the voyage on board Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from your expert team
  • Access to an on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites
Voyage Exclusions: ‚Äč
  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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