Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Rinie van Meurs
Franco Banfi
A young seal warms itself on the ice
Mellany Van Der Hulst-Oceanwide Expeditions
Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
Wim Van Passel-Oceanwide Expeditions
Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
A humpback whale breaches the polar waters
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Ortelius' dining area.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 20-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, pay your respects at Shackleton's grave, and embark on this voyage voted #1 to observe all of Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands on this Antarctic expedition voyage.

Day 1

    Arrive Puerto Madryn, Argentina / Embark Ship

    In the afternoon, we embark the vessel and sail to the Falkland Islands.

    Days 2-3

      At Sea

      At sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

      Day 4

        Falkland Islands

        In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons. In addition, on Saunders observe Rockhopper Penguins, Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

        Day 5

          Stanley, Falkland Islands

          In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. A visit to the local church and museum are recommended.

          Days 6-7

            At Sea

            At sea, on your way to South Georgia cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence you will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

            Days 8-11

              South Georgia

              In the afternoon of day 7 arrive at your first landing site in South Georgia. You might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights might be your visit to Prion Island, where you will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays.

              At Fortuna Bay try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken you’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken visit the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. Depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.

              Day 12

                At Sea

                At sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point you might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where you might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

                Day 13

                  South Orkney Islands

                  Planning a visit at Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show you their facilities and you can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

                  Day 14

                    At Sea

                    Days 15-17

                      Antarctic Peninsula

                      Sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Plan to visit Brown Bluff where you may set foot on the Continent.

                      Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache during the 1897–99 Belgica expedition and named after the fiancée of Georges Lecointe, Gerlache's executive officer, hydrographer and second-in-command of the expedition.

                      At Portal Point there used to be a Falkland Islands Dependency Survey (British Antarctic Survey from 1962) hut which was built there between Brabant Island and the Danco Coast in 1956. The hut has been removed to the Falkland Islands Museum in Stanley. Portal Point served as the gateway for a route to the polar plateau. Immediately behind the low point on which the hut was located the (usually snow-covered) land rises steeply upslope toward the plateau. The topography of the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice. Charlotte Bay is often filled with icebergs. Mostly see seals on floes in Charlotte Bay, and occasional, kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. From the slope above Portal Point, and at its highest point, there are excellent views of Charlotte Bay. In Wilhelmina Bay admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Arctowski Pensinsula.

                      At Deception Island, try to land at Baily Head home to a colony of ten thousands Chinstrap Penguins (please note this landing is not always guaranteed and is only possible in good weather conditions). Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while your ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island.

                      Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Leave from here to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

                      Days 18-19

                        At Sea

                        On your way north you are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

                        Day 20

                          Ushuaia / Disembark / Return Home

                          Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airports for flights home.
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                          Fares include:
                          • Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
                          • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
                          • Free use of rubber boots aboard the Ortelius.
                          • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
                          • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
                          • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
                          • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                          • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

                          Not included:
                          Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

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