The breathtaking cliffs at West Point are home to busy rookeries of rockhopper penguins and Magellanic penguins nest in the tall tussock grass on privately owned Carcass Island, where you may see a variety of land birds. Here, hope to observe oyster catchers, geese and the endemic steamer duck along the rocky shores.
The next day visit Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, with its brightly painted houses and renowned philatelic bureau and museum. Learn about the historic importance of the harbour in Stanley that served as a major port during the 19th century for sailing vessels attempting to round the Horn, or seeking refuge after completing the formidable journey.
Hope to get ashore at Salisbury Plain where colorful king penguins crowd the beaches in numbers that are simply astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of adult birds and their young literally carpet the vast area. Another 75,000 pairs of king penguins nest at St Andrews Bay. Everywhere, albatross, skuas and giant petrels wheel overhead and fur seals are found in good numbers along the shore or frolicking in the water.
At Grytviken, visit an old whaling station as well as the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the greatest Antarctic explorers of all time.
You’ll attempt a landing at Coronation Island, known for its extensive moss beds, nesting penguins and beautiful snow petrels. You may also visit the Argentinean meteorological station located on the seldom-visited island of Laurie.
Spend several days cruising among the South Shetlands, an archipelago of bays, channels and some 20 islands off the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy frequent shore excursions via zodiac boat, exploring various islands such as King George, Half Moon, Aicho or Livingston. Here on these beautiful islands, enjoy superb wildlife encounters with Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, as well as several species of seal.
Weather permitting, enter the flooded caldera of Deception Island and enjoy a spectacular walk to the higher points of the crater rim, or explore an abandoned whaling station nearby.
Finally, arrive at the Antarctic mainland in Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. Here witness some of the most dramatic scenery on the planet. Hope for temperate weather so you can undertake a shore excursion and set foot on the Antarctic continent.
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