Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica

Most comprehensive expedition with greatest wildlife viewing opportunities
Overview

overview

This is a far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland, offered with our partner, One Ocean Expeditions.  View thousands of penguins, enormous turquoise icebergs, humpback whales feeding on krill, and the endless sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica.

Depart from Ushuaia and make your first stop in the Falkland Islands. Here, you will find a relatively warm climate where an abundance of unusual wildlife thrives. Sixty species of migratory birds and the rare rockhopper penguin inhabit these islands.

Your voyage on the well-appointed Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov, continues through the Antarctic convergence to the pristine island of South Georgia. Towering glacier-covered mountains are merely the backdrop to spectacular wildlife sightings including rookeries of the pompous king penguin, several seal species and the laughable macaroni penguin. You may see the South Orkney Islands, often cloaked in mist, as we make our way to the South Shetland Archipelago and Antarctica.

Experience a deep sense of awe when you first glimpse the much-anticipated continent. Even our One Ocean Expeditions' leaders, who have led more than a hundred expeditions, are still overcome by its formidable beauty. You are greeted by thousands of icebergs that look like modern art sculptures lining the bays of Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. Meanwhile an overwhelming profusion of wildlife is on display from penguins torpedoing through the water to predatory leopard seals staking their claim on ice floes. We hope to stand on the mainland of the White Continent itself. From this vantage point, it is easy to understand why legendary explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton were so captivated by this haunting region. As with all our voyages, safety is our top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change our itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploring. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Ushuaia

    Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city near the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with 'our home' for the next 18 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

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  • Day 2: At Sea
    Swooping Albatross

    Our guests have the chance to spend plenty of time with our onboard polar experts. They will be educating us as we go on the wonders of Antarctica. Sailing northeast, we will likely be joined by swooping seabirds including the wandering albatross, who we will come to know well on this journey.

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  • Days 3-4: Falkland Islands
    Sunset in Antarctica

    Arriving in the Falklands overnight, by morning we are all excited to make our first shore excursion. Our plan will be to explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago, home to a profusion of seabirds and migratory birds including the black-browed albatross. Our first penguin sightings will be on the island of West Point with its bustling rookeries of rockhoppers. On Carcass Island, we will observe nesting Magellanic penguins along with oystercatchers, geese and the flightless steamer duck who is a permanent Falkland resident. The next day we will make a stop in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. As we wander through the charming streets of brightly painted houses, we will learn how this quiet harbour was once a major port in the 19th century for ships attempting to round the formidable waters of Cape Horn. We will also make a stop in Stanley's famed philatelic museum with its impressive collection of historic stamps.

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  • Days 5-6: At Sea
    Visit the bridge and study the charts

    Now we sail southeast bound for the island of South Georgia. These days at sea are never dull. Much of our time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals as well as seabirds. Our friendly onboard experts continue to fill minds with heroic stories of some of the earliest daredevils to explore Antarctica. We will also learn about Polar conservation - a theme particularly close to the hearts of our One Ocean Expeditions' guides and crew. The anticipation grows particularly as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and notice a dramatic drop in temperature.

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  • Days 7-9: South Georgia
    King Penguin photo opportunity

    Majestic snow-covered mountains greet us on the island of South Georgia - the most rugged island in this region. We will cruise the protected waters of the eastern coast looking for suitable landing spots such as Salisbury Plain and St Andrews Bay. The highlight of both these excursions is the mind-boggling abundance of king penguin adults and young that live in these locations by the hundreds of thousands, covering every inch of the shore. That is not the only wildlife on display. Fur seals can be seen poking their heads above the water, skuas and giant petrels swoop in the skies above, and the albatross our constant companion is never far away. We hope to explore an old whaling station at Grytviken (Greet-vik-in) and visit the grave of the most famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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  • Days 10-12: Scotia Sea and South Orkneys

    As we cross the Scotia Sea, sailing ever closer to Antarctica, we hope to visit the South Orkney Islands. Linked to the Antarctic Peninsula by an enormous sub-marine mountain range these islands, often shrouded in mist, are protected by large icebergs and sea ice. If we are lucky, there will be an excursion to Coronation Island to observe penguins nesting in moss beds alongside graceful snow petrels. We may also stop at the remote island of Laurie and visit the Argentinean meteorological station located there.

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  • Days 13-16: South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Mainland
    Deception Bay

    Elephant Island, en route to the South Shetland Islands, will be our next destination if conditions are suitable. Here, we will learn more about the famous Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea.

    Next, we will spend some time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. Dazzling wildlife sightings await us on our excursions to some of these islands including King George, Half Moon, Barrientos or Livingston. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins thrive here, as do several species of seal. We even hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill off King George Island.

    Weather permitting, we will visit the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. With rugged scenery, great sites of geologic interest and an overwhelming display of whaling and scientific exploration history, Deception Island is a perfect museum of natural and exploration history. For those wanting to stretch their legs, a spectacular hike to the crater rim offers a challenge. Finally, after so much anticipation, we will arrive at the Antarctic mainland in Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. The scenery here from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet is truly breathtaking. Weather permitting, we hope to undertake a shore excursion and set foot on the White Continent itself.

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  • Days 17-18: Drake Passage
    Artistic Antarctic Iceberg

    As we leave this magical place and make our way back, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special dinner.

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  • Day 19: Ushuaia

    In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
     

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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jan 31-Feb 18, 2015 Aboard the Ioffe
Feb 6-24, 2015 Aboard the Vavilov
Land Cost:
$11,995
- $22,695
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in JOURNEYS' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$8953-11963
twin cabin available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost; no supplement if willing to share
Need to Know

Need to Know

Dates and Rates for 2014-2015

                            Dates 

 Ship  Triple

Twin semi-
private

Twin private

Superior

Shackleton Suite One Ocean Suite

Nov 3-Nov 21, 2014

Vavilov $11,990 $13,695 $15,495  $16,295  $19,495  $21,190

Nov 20 - Dec 8, 2014
photography symposium

Ioffe $11,995 $13,695 $15,495 $16,295 $16,695 $19,495

Nov 21 - Dec 10, 2014

Shackleton Centenary
Celebration Voyage

Vavilov $12,595 $14,395 $126,395 $17,195 $18,095 $20,495

Jan 31 - Feb 18, 2015

Ioffe $13,895 $16,595 $18,295 $19,395 $20,095 $22,695

Feb 6 - Feb 14, 2015

Vavilov $13,895 $16,595 $18,295 $19,395 $20,095 $22,695

 

 

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Registered name:     Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Built: 1989, Rauma, Finland
Length: 117m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draft: 6 m
Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller  
Max speed: 14.5 kts
Crew and staff: 63
Passengers: 92

 

Akademik Ioffe

Registered name:     Akademik Ioffe
Built: 1989, Rauma, Finland
Length: 117m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draft: 6 m
Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller  
Max speed: 14.5 kts
Crew and staff: 63
Passengers: 96

 

Green Voyaging: Sustainable Tourism in the Polar Regions

One Ocean Expeditions staff are pioneers in the area of environmental responsibility for expedition cruising. We have built our reputations as leaders in the field of sustainable tourism management so our ships will meet and exceed the latest marine environmental protocols.

We burn cleaner fuels and treat our waste in the greenest way possible. We have also implemented an industry leading responsible purchasing system, taking great care to ensure the products we buy are not derived from endangered species nor does the use of these products contribute to loss of sustainability in the region from which they came.

We aim to use ‘green’ products wherever possible. We are even taking measures to understand and mitigate our carbon footprint while offering all passengers the chance to carbon offset their One Ocean Expeditions’ journey.

We are confident our overall practices concerning environmental responsibility and sustainability are unrivalled in the expedition cruise industry.

Zodiac Operations

All of our polar excursions off the ship are made possible via inflatable Zodiac boats we carry onboard our vessel.

With a total approximate capacity of 92-96 passengers, we are able to comfortably transport all our passengers to and from the ship. It also means we can cruise the waters at the same time, exploring beautiful coves and catching exciting wildlife sightings together in small intimate groups.

Optional Activities

Sea Kayaking

Our kayak excursions will be offered in conjunction with the Zodiac excursions whenever weather conditions permit. Our Kayak Guides and Adventure Concierges will help to explain the choices of activities at each landing site and provide some suggestions on what to participate in, based on your own interests.  Please inquire regarding additional cost.

Overnight Camping

Spending one night camping is an option on most voyages, depending on weather conditions, and is free of charge.

Duration:
19 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
Group Size:
96
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

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