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Falklands, S. Georgia & Antarctica

Falklands, S. Georgia & Antarctica

20 Days/19 Nights
Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence makes South Georgia home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife will greet you at every turn.

We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Departures:  

  • Jan 03 – Jan 23, 2021 ISK
  • Jan 19 – Feb 08, 2021 HSK
  • Feb 23 – Mar 15, 2021 ISK

Day-by-Day Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Ushuaia
  • Day 3: Embarkation
  • Day 4: Southern Ocean
  • Day 5: West Falklands
  • Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland
  • Day 7-8: Southern Ocean
  • Day 9-12: South Georgia
  • Day 13-14: Scotia Sea
  • Day 15-18: Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 19-20: Drake Passage
  • Day 21: Disembarkation

Day 1, Arrival

We’ve eliminated the anxiety of missed connections and flight delays by providing a two-night hotel stay at the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa. Most flights arrive in Ushuaia in the late afternoon or early evening. Bring your bathing suit, lounge in the spa, or take a bath, and then get over your jet lag with good night’s sleep. You’ll have a full day on day two to relax at the resort or explore town, before embarkation on day three.

Day 2, Ushuaia

Today is all yours: explore some of the sights that Ushuaia has to offer, from museums to Argentinean leather markets, or continue relaxing at the lovely Arakur. Our optional evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers. All guests need to arrive at the hotel no later than the evening of day two.

Day 3, Embarkation

After a complimentary buffet breakfast, you’re free to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Once on board, you’ll be greeted by our Expedition Team and the ship’s officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on our early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past porpoising Magellanic penguins, Rock Cormorant, and Black-browed Albatross.

Day 4, Southern Ocean

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south, are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Our experts will begin their presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in our comfortable lounge.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in SeaBird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way.

Day 5, West Falklands

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water’s edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 6, Stanley, East Falkland

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley’s lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Day 7-8, Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 9-12, South Georgia

Welcome to South Georgia! Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 13-14, Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Day 15-18, Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory.  Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Day 19-20, Drake Passage

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 21, Ushuaia disembarkation

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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START DATE TRIPLE PORTHOLE WINDOW PROMENADE DELUXE VERANDA PENTHOUSE OWNER’S
Jan 03, 2021$17,995$22,495$24,795$26,195$26,595$28,295$30,995$32,995
Jan 19, 2021$17,995$22,495$24,795$25,495$25,895$28,295$30,995$32,995
Feb 23, 2021$14,295$17,595$19,495$20,495$20,995$21,995$24,595$26,495
All voyages include TWO hotel nights prior to embarkation

START DATE TRIPLE PORTHOLE WINDOW PROMENADE DELUXE VERANDA PENTHOUSE OWNER’S
Jan 03, 2021$17,995$22,495$24,795$26,195$26,595$28,295$30,995$32,995
Jan 19, 2021$17,995$22,495$24,795$25,495$25,895$28,295$30,995$32,995
Feb 23, 2021$14,295$17,595$19,495$20,495$20,995$21,995$24,595$26,495
All voyages include TWO hotel nights prior to embarkation

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Most suites have a sofa, which converts to a bed suitable for persons up to 5’10” in height.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • The dates & prices for all of the itineraries listed above include two complimentary, pre-departure hotel nights at the port of embarkation.
  • Prices quoted are per-person based on double/triple occupancy.
  • A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.
The most experienced team on land, water, or ice

World class marine biologists, environmental scientists, ornithologists, and modern day explorers are all part of our expedition team - highly experienced, synced to your needs and interests, and with safety always top of mind. More than a team, though, this is a tight knit family. Most of us voyage together year after year, all share a deep love for Antarctica, and all take immense pleasure in making your trip one you’ll never forget.

Polar Latitudes is one of the few operators that require all operational staff to be certified as crew under the International Maritime Organization’s STCW standards. Furthermore, we are the first polar operator to adopt the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) guide qualification framework, a world first in training and certifying polar guides in the skills and experience required for our unique industry. Read more about why you should consider choosing PTGA accredited guides here.

Check out some of our amazing Expedition Staff below!

Expedition Team changes for each departure and is composed of at least one of each of the roles below.
Team details are sent via email approximately 90 days prior to departure.

Hayley Shephard
Hayley Shephard
Director of Expedition Operations
Hannah Lawson
Hannah Lawson
Expedition Leader
Nate Small
Nate Small
Expedition Leader
Pablo Brandeman
Pablo Brandeman
Assistant Expedition Leader
Maria Cashin
Maria Cashin
Assistant Expedition Leader
Heather Thorkelson
Heather Thorkelson
Passenger Service Manager
Mariela Cornejo
Mariela Cornejo
Passenger Service Manager
Conny Bartl
Conny Bartl
Passenger Service Manager
Seb Coulthard
Seb Coulthard
Antarctic Historian
Bob Gilmore
Bob Gilmore
Citizen Science Coordinator
Annette Bombosch, PhD
Annette Bombosch, PhD
Marine Mammals
Jeff Reynolds
Jeff Reynolds
Marine Mammals
Jim Gardner
Jim Gardner
Geologist
Tracy Allen
Tracy Allen
Geologist
Marty Garwood
Marty Garwood
Ornithologist
Sophie Ballagh
Sophie Ballagh
Kayak Guide
Ewan Blyth
Ewan Blyth
Assistant Kayak Guide
Steve Schellenberg
Steve Schellenberg
Assistant Kayak Guide
Ben Osborne
Ben Osborne
Photography Coach
Philip Stone
Philip Stone
Photography Coach
Mathew Farrell
Mathew Farrell
Photography Coach
Will Rogan
Will Rogan
Photography Coach
Adam Rheborg
Adam Rheborg
Photography Coach
Tim Warren
Tim Warren
Adventure Guide
Randy Bulicka
Randy Bulicka
Musician
Falcon Scott
Falcon Scott
Historian
Hella Martens
Hella Martens
Marine Mammals
Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton
Adventure Guide
Kurtis Randall
Kurtis Randall
Kayak Guide
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Whether you’re voyaging on Hebridean Sky, or her sister ship Island Sky, superior comfort and attentiveness are the rule of every day. Recent ten-million-dollar upgrades on both ships ensures the very latest in safety and style, including state-of-the-art stabilization, ice-strengthened hulls, the very latest communication systems, and beautifully designed rooms and common areas.

We like to refer to our service, style and general atmosphere as “effortless luxury,” providing ubiquitous creature comforts and attention to detail, with none of the stuffiness that often accompanies the word “luxury.”

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  • Complimentary Wine or Beer with Dinner
  • Complimentary 24-hour Coffee/Tea station
  • 200 MB of WiFi data for your personal device
  • Free internet on computers in the Library
  • DVD Movie Library
  • Certified Emergency MD and Clinic
  • Voyage Photographer
  • Dedicated Passenger Service Manager