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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

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Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands, making Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, we will explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search of wildlife. Sailing onwards between Elephant Island and South Georgia offers a small glimpse into the passage made famous by Shackleton 100 years ago when he navigated the 1300 km course through open seas of Drake Passage in an effort to save his stranded crew. South Georgia is one of the World’s greatest natural wonders. Wildlife-packed beaches, active research stations, former whaling stations and a visit to Shackleton’s final resting place are on our agenda.
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 2-3 : King George Island
Days 4-6 : Antarctic Sound | Weddel Sea
Days 7-11 : South Georgia
Days 12-13 : At Sea
Days 14-15 : Port Stanley | Falkland Islands
Days 16-17 : At Sea
Day 18 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Discover South Georgia's king penguins, seals and seabirds
  • Explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain
  • Visit the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley

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Ocean Atlantic

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Nights in Ushuaia Antarctic sunset Seals in Antarctica with zodiac in background Abandoned whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia Ushuaia

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship, Ocean Atlantic.

Your journey begins as you navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2-3 King George Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing onward, crossing the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds, heavy sea, and its nickname ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider the Drake Passage a lifetime achievement – and soon you can tick it off on the list yourself!
 
In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view with our first sight of seals, penguins, and albatrosses. Having crossed the Drake, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, we hope to make our first landfall on King George Island before continuing further south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 4-6 Antarctic Sound | Weddel Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Over the coming days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the Captain and the Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.
 
The itinerary and activities over the next few days depending on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Day 7-11 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
From the Weddell Sea, we continue our journey into the open sea, just as Ernest Shackleton and his men did more than a hundred years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance deep south in the Weddell Sea they moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats until they reached Elephant Island. From here started one of the most remarkable boat journeys in the polar history, when Shackleton and five of his men for two weeks navigated the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. After passing Elephant Island at close distance we, on the other hand, will reach mighty South Georgia after just a few days at sea!

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of the fjords we will explorer – not least in Grytviken the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922. We will explorer the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

Day 12-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions, and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from the top deck. Or just to relax.

Day 14-15 Port Stanley | Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During the morning we approach the Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon, Ocean Atlantic will cast anchor the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Utilizing our Zodiacs, you will land in the town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley. On the following day, we will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.

Day 16-17 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You are now into the last leg of this adventurous voyage, heading back towards Ushuaia.

Day 18 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After a hearty farewell to vessel and crew, we disembark in the morning after breakfast.

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For new bookings made from April 7, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit amount of 15% of the cruise fare. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
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Notes

INCLUDED 
- 9-15 nights voyages according to program 
- Accommodation in shared inside or outside cabins
- English-speaking expedition team
- Shore landings by Zodiac
- Information briefings and lectures by the expedition team
- Full board on the ship
- Free coffee and tea on the ship
- Boots in all assorted sizes, suitable for shore landings
- Port fees, taxes, and tariffs + Parkas for all guests

EXCLUDED
- Flights to/from Ushuaia
- Hotel accommodation in Ushuaia
- Travel insurance
- Cancellation insurance
- Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Single cabin supplement and cabin upgrades
- Meals not on board the ship
- Beverages (other than coffee, tea, and ice water) 
- Tips for ship crew (approx. 13.5 USD per person per day)
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