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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! 

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10 Best Falkland Islands Cruises for 2017-2018

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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula$1369519RelaxedVoyage to Antarctica, the Falklands, and South Georgia Islands on this 19-day voyage aboard the Akademik Ioffe. Zodiacs allow up-close wildlife interaction, and for the adventurers, there are plenty opportunities to explore by hikes ashore & kayak.
Explorer's Antarctica$1755019RelaxedFollow in the footsteps of early explorers on this 19-day expedition cruise on board the luxury Silver Explorer. Encounter a myriad of wildlife and learn about the history of each region as you visit the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Shetland, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula$1425020RelaxedThis Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. This 20-day expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula$1310019RelaxedEmbark on the M/V Plancius for an unforgettable 19-day polar voyage exploring all of the best sub-Antarctic highlights and the Antarctic Peninsula. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, and pay your respects at Shackleton's grave on this expedition cruise voted #1 to observe all of Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands.
Falkland Islands Exclusive$560010RelaxedBoard the ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius for a 10-day deep exploration of the remote Flakland Islands, home to wildlife sanctuaries, historic sites and science bases. Cruise around these wild, isolated and extreme islands, and enjoy its rich diversity and spectacular landscapes.
South Georgia and the Falklands$1593017RelaxedIf the epic stories of discovery, endurance and polar explorers like Shackleton, or the sheer magnificence of ice-capped peaks don’t grab you, the wildlife certainly will: penguins (king, gentoo and macaroni), sea lions, fur seals and enormous elephant seals cozy up to these shores. This is the expedition for wildlife or photography enthusiasts.
The Falklands and South Georgia In-Depth$949515RelaxedSail to the exceptional Falkland Islands and South Georgia on this 15-day small ship cruise. Called the most staggering wildlife show on earth, be dazzled by the abundance of seals, sea lions, penguins, whales, and albatross. Immerse yourself in the 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean' for an unrivaled expedition.
Sub-Antarctic Safari$1090015RelaxedExplore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia's wildlife sanctuaries in this 15-day Sub-Antarctic expedition. Enjoy on-board photography workshops and capture Antarctica's highlights, including West Falkland's colony of black-browed albatross and South Georgia's king penguin rookeries.
Antarctica, South Georgia + Falkland Islands$1909520RelaxedJoin the Akademik Sergey Vavilov on this fabulous 20-day journey that follows the course taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton whose epic small boat journey, from Elephant Island across the Scotia Sea to South Georgia, remains one of the greatest feats of navigation in history.
Quest for the Antarctic Circle$1069512RelaxedFor a relatively short voyage, this 12-day trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, historic, and scientific interest. Visit several of Antarctica's classic locations such as Petermann Island, the Lemaire Channel, and King George Island, and enjoy daily explorations by foot and Zodiac to the most incredible spots.

Our Favorite Small Cruise Ships Visiting The Falklands

Ship NameCapacityFromSummary
Akademik Ioffe96$Designed as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. Carrying 96 passengers on …
Akademik Sergey Vavilov110$The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is widely recognized as the best expedition-style ice-strengthened cruise vessel operating in Polar waters. She is 'state …
Akademik Shokalskiy48$Originally designed and built in Finland for Polar and ocean research, the Akademik Shokalskiy is small, nimble and ice-strengthened, capable of …
MV Plancius112$Built in 1976 and reconstructed in 2008, the MV Plancius is fully equipped for polar expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica, and …
MV Ushuaia88$The MV Ushuaia is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and recently converted to passenger voyages to …
National Geographic Explorer148$The 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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