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On our Falkland Islands cruises & tours, days are spent spotting wildlife from boats, exploring the islands' white sandy beaches, visiting small communities, historic sites, and local farms. The Falklands Islands can be explored on a dedicated tour of the Falklands, or from many cruise ships on their way to Antarctica that stop and spend a day or two in the Archipelago. For a complete Falklands, experience do a dedicated trip like Falklands Quest where you’ll see a myriad species of seabirds, and varied marine mammals such as elephant seals, sea lions, dolphins, and orcas. Do you want to see penguins? We'll spot King Penguins, Rockhopper, Magellanic, Gentoo, and, if we're lucky, some Macaroni penguins. Choose from our Falklands tours below or call us to design your perfect trip! 
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8 Best Falkland Island Tours for 2023-2024

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10 Best Falkland Islands Cruises for 2023-2024

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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey$2409521Dec 19, 2022This 21-day roundtrip Ushuaia voyage aboard Sylvia Earle encompasses the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South …
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia$3199523Jan 29, 2023From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this …
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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia$1970521Dec 27, 2022Board MS Seaventure in Ushuaia, Argentina, cruise through the Beagle Channel on your way to the Falkland Islands, then on to South Georgia, and …
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Wildlife Week$50958Dec 3, 2022Spend a wildlife-packed week seeking out the exotic fauna on remote islands in the Falkland archipelago. Visit Sea Lion Island's colonies of …
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Falkland Island Life$41328Dec 3, 2022An ideal introduction to the culture and history of the Falklands! Visit historical sites, tour a working sheep farm, and explore several prime …
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South Georgia Wildlife and Photography Expedition$1399515Feb 24, 2024Explore the wildlife-rich shores of the South Georgia Islands and make numerous stops while developing your photography skills. Board the Polar …
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Falklands Quest$786015Dec 3, 2022Spend two full weeks exploring the far reaches of the Falklands! View the plentiful wildlife on Saunders, Pebble, and Sea Lion Islands; explore …
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Antarctica Complete$2639523Mar 13, 2023Explore Antarctica along with South Georgia and the Falkland - Malvinas islands on this 23-day adventure cruise aboard the Sylvia Earle. Enjoy the …
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula$1355019Jan 14, 2023Explore all of the best sub-Antarctic highlights and the Antarctic Peninsula on an unforgettable 19-day Antarctic cruise aboard M/V Plancius. Meet at …
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Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica$1249020Dec 16, 2022On a unique 21-day journey, discover the pristine beaches of the Falkland Islands, Ernest Shackleton's final resting place in the South Georgia …
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10 Best Falkland Islands Luxury Cruises & Tours for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey$2409521Dec 19, 2022This 21-day roundtrip Ushuaia voyage aboard Sylvia Earle encompasses the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South …
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia$3199523Jan 29, 2023From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this …
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Antarctica Complete$2639523Mar 13, 2023Explore Antarctica along with South Georgia and the Falkland - Malvinas islands on this 23-day adventure cruise aboard the Sylvia Earle. Enjoy the …
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Antarctica Complete$2829523Dec 27, 2023Embark on a 22-day unique experience, where you'll visit Antarctica and cross south of the Antarctic Circle while aboard the Greg Mortimer. Expect a …
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey$2449521Dec 27, 2022Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train to explore South Georgia and the Antarctic on a 21-day voyage. …
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey$2239521Mar 10, 2023Discover the serenity and grandeur of the most remote place on earth, where penguins nest, whales feed, and captivating seals frolic in ice-speckled …
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands$3200022Feb 17, 2023This extraordinary 22-day adventure is a guarantee on all of our Antarctica expeditions. Take full advantage of rare wildlife sightings, watching …
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Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands$3200022Feb 17, 2023Marvel at vast colonies of penguins, spot majestic whales, look for a variety of species of seals, and watch soaring sea birds. Explore rugged, …
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands$2720022Feb 16, 2023Journey to an extraordinary 22-day Antarctica expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Enjoy an extra day at the Peninsula …
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South Georgia and the Falklands$2309017Feb 27, 2023This 17-day journey across South Georgia's stunning shoreline wildlife spectacle is hosted by National Geographic Endurance. Explore expansive …
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Our 6 Favorite Cruise Ships Visiting The Falklands for 2023-2024

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Akademik Shokalskiy48$4700Originally designed for polar and ocean research, the Akademik Shokalskiy is small, nimble, and fully ice-strengthened, a capable vessel for …
MV Plancius112$10500Built in 1976 and reconstructed in 2008, the MV Plancius is fully equipped for polar expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica, and …
MV Ushuaia88$9900The MV Ushuaia is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and recently converted for passenger voyages to …
National Geographic Explorer148$27200The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art luxury expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, …

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Getting to the Falkland Islands

By Air
While technically a British Territory, the Falklands are remote islands off the eastern coast of South America also claimed by Argentina, where they are known as the Islas Malvinas. Many of our tours start from the Mount Pleasant Airport, which is easily reached by flights from Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile

Once you're in the Falkland Islands, you will either fly to your various hotels or to your cruise boarding destination on a low-flying local aircraft that will give you a tremendous aerial view of this Atlantic archipelago. 

Cruises visiting the Falklands

Cruises visiting the Falkland Islands generally embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, while some may start in Buenos Aires or Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Many sail onwards to explore the South Georgia Islands, the Antarctica Peninsula, the remote Weddell Sea and other Antarctic destinations as well.
Favorite Wildlife Watching Islands of the Falklands

Sea Lion Island
The southerly-most inhabited island and one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, Sea Lion Island may have the highest wildlife density in the islands. Forty-seven different species of birds, Elephant Seals and yes, Sea Lions, will be spotted.

Saunders Island
Still an active sheep farm and was the site of the first British settlement in 1765, the highlights here are penguins and the black-browed albatross colony which stretches to the narrow sandy isthmus known as The Neck.

Carcass Island
Possibly the most picturesque of the outer-lying islands, it attracts many small birds such as Black-chinned siskins, the Cobb’s wren, and the Falklands thrush.
Wildlife of the Falkland Islands

While quite similar to the wildlife found in Patagonia, the Falklands have no native reptiles, amphibians or even terrestrial mammals. On your trip to the Falklands, you can expect to see:
  • Penguins: gentoo, rockhopper, giant, macaroni and magellanic.
  • Seabirds: Striated caracara, Antarctic skuas, Southern giant petrels, and Passerines, among many others.
  • Land birds: Night herons, ruddy-headed geese, and blackish oystercatchers.
  • Whales:  Orcas, southern right whales, humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, and sperm whales.
  • Dolphins: Peale's dolphins, Commerson's dolphins
  • Sea lions
  • Elephant seals
  • Leopard seals
Activities & Highlights of Falkland Islands tours

Wildlife viewing, leisurely strolls on the white beaches, and history lessons are at the center of the Falkland Islands tours. Each itinerary balances a mix of these activities in engaging daily excursions.
  • Learn the history of the 1982 conflict between Britain and Argentina and visit the cemeteries and battlefields that mark its memory.
  • Transfer by plane to more remote islands for a stunning aerial view of the Falklands.
  • Hike to the inland lagoons and grasslands where sheep and land birds reside. 
  • March among the various penguin species that call the Falklands their home. 
  • Spot wildlife on land and marine life in the water.
  • Explore historical Stanley on East Falkland Island.
  • Enjoy the strangely "Caribbean" feel of the white sand beaches and turquoise blue seas.
  • Depart the Falklands towards neighboring South Georgia Island or perhaps even an exploration of the ice-encumbered Antarctic
Best Falkland Islands Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024
  • Silversea Cruises - provides two routes to Antarctica. Choose between flying into Antarctica in 2 hours or sailing the renowned Drake Passage for a memorable adventure. Their expedition staff is the pride of the business, trained in everything from penguin spotting to glacier photography. Embark Silver Cloud to see penguins, dolphins, and learn about the Falkland Islands' history.
  • Ponant - offers an "à la carte" approach to organizing your trip. You get to choose the options and select the places you want to see and visit based on your preferences. Discover the wild archipelago of the Falkland Islands aboard Le Lyrial during five ports of call: New Island, Carcass, Saunders, Volunteer Point, and Port Stanley.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - has over 50 years of exploration experience, with expedition leaders and naturalists who are recognized authority in their professions. On National Geographic Resolution, explore the Falkland Islands' magnificent colonies of nesting albatross and rockhopper penguins.
  • Aurora Expeditions - pioneered ship-based adventures 30 years ago with expedition cruises to Antarctica and remained committed to small low-impact groups. Their epic voyages to Antarctica aboard the Sylvia Earle include additional time in the Falklands~Malvinas to discover the islands' fascinating history and encounter the spectacular birdlife. 
  • Polar Latitudes -  founder-owned and run, focused on delivering a boutique luxury experience for people who want a more immersive Antarctic journey. On the MS Seaventure, discover Falkland Islands/Malvinas, home to some of the most unique and abundant wildlife on earth. 
  • Quark Expeditions a leader in polar adventure, forever driven to forge new paths in polar explorations. Sail the Falklands, known for their wildlife (penguins and bird species are plentiful) as well as their dramatic history aboard Ocean Adventurer.
  • Poseidon Expeditions - is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Be sure not to skip the Falkland Islands on your Antarctica voyage if you're an avid wildlife and bird lover! Cruise aboard the luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit
  • Antarctica 21 - sails on the Magellan Explorer to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica.

 
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