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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. 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! 

10 Best Falkland Island Tours for 2019-2020

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10 Best Falkland Islands Cruises for 2019-2020

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings$1549520Feb 14, 2020Experience a true polar expedition to the northernmost tip of Antarctica on this 20-days small ship cruise aboard the Ocean (Sea) Adventurer. Visit …
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia$1799521Jan 19, 2021Board the luxurious Hebridean Sky in Ushuaia, Argentina, cruise through the Beagle Channel on your way to the Falkland Islands, then on to South …
South Georgia and the Falklands$1794017Oct 24, 2019Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts will revel in this 17-day cruise of South Georgia and the Falklands aboard the luxurious expedition ship …
Explorer's Antarctica$2097019Jan 16, 2020Follow in the footsteps of early explorers on this 19-day expedition cruise on board the luxury Silver Explorer. Encounter a myriad of wildlife and …
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings$1659520Feb 27, 2020Join a truly epic adventure through the remote Falkland Islands, the paradisaical South Georgia, and the extraordinary landscapes of the Antarctic …
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula$1275019Nov 30, 2019Embark on the M/V Plancius for an unforgettable 19-day polar voyage exploring all of the best sub-Antarctic highlights and the Antarctic Peninsula. …
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Puerto Madryn$1429521Nov 2, 2019Take part in this unique polar voyage through the Antarctic Ocean aboard the Hebridean Sky. Enjoy the scenic waterways and unique wildlife on your …
Ushuaia, Cape Horn & the Falklands$49958Oct 17, 2020Embark in Port Stanley of the Falkland Islands for your 8-day cruise aboard the Magellan Explorer. Admire the dramatic cliffs contrasting with …
Ushuaia, Cape Horn & the Falklands$49958Sep 26, 2020During this 8-day cruise aboard the Magellan Explorer, embark in Ushuaia, Argentina and sail to Cape Horn, Chile. If the weather permits, you can …
The Falklands and South Georgia$999015Oct 3, 2020In the austral spring, summer, and fall, large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate in the Southern Ocean to feed and …

Our Favorite Small Cruise Ships Visiting The Falklands

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Akademik Shokalskiy50$10000Originally designed and built in Finland for Polar and ocean research, the Akademik Shokalskiy is small, nimble and ice-strengthened, capable of …
MV Plancius112$1650Built in 1976 and reconstructed in 2008, the MV Plancius is fully equipped for polar expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica, and …
MV Ushuaia88$4860The MV Ushuaia is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and recently converted for passenger voyages to …
National Geographic Explorer148$9810The 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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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.
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.
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

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