Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica: Wildlife Cruise
A very popular expedition cruise with One Ocean Expeditions, exploring the wildlife populated coasts of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. South Georgia the 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean' is one of the Antarctic's hidden jewels. An adventure offering wildlife photography, zodiac cruising, up to eight species of penguin, while following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, leader of the Endurance Expedition.
These Antarctic expeditions utilise a flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands to save almost a day and half at sea - which maximizes the time you can spend exploring incredible Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic Falkland and South Georgia Islands. We'll encounter a spectacular proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife on our journey - there are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, albatrosses, and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Beyond these islands lie Antarctica, where we will experience icebergs of all shapes and sizes and encounter whales, including humpback, minke and orca.
Your ship: Akademik Ioffe The Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need.
A separate lounge and bar, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.
The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in our dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad of activities offered throughout the voyage.
Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There's also a dedicated expedition 'mud-room' where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile > Falkland Islands Our journey commences this morning in Punta Arenas, where we board our flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. After a short 90-minute journey we are met on arrival and transferred to the pier. Stanley is home to 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a charming, rural town in coastal Britain, full of brightly coloured houses, flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several pubs. There is time to explore the town before we embark our ship.
Day 2: Falkland Islands We will cruise down the eastern coastline of the Falkland Islands overnight, arriving at the far south-eastern end of the archipelago. Near the barren and windswept Sea Lion Island, we launch the Zodiacs for our first shore excursion. If good weather conditions we may be able to visit neighbouring Bleaker Island, another settlement on this remote eastern coast of the Falklands. In the evening, we navigate into the Scotia Sea towards South Georgia.
Day 3 & 4: Southern Ocean The seabirds join us as we leave the Falklands. Stand out on the decks watching the giant albatross and petrels as they duck and weave on the winds of the South Atlantic. Our onboard photographic guide will be able to give you tips about image composition, the subtle polar light, and the basics of good camera craft.
Days 5-7: South Georgia South Georgia has often been called the 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean'. We explore the island from our Zodiacs. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal will line the dark sand beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross, filling the skies above as they come and go from their nests. South Georgia is a thrilling location for history buffs: we will plan to visit the rusting relics of the early whaling industry, including several old stations, and the gravesite of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Days 8-10: Scotia Sea Weather and ice will dictate our crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica, leading us perhaps to the South Orkney Islands or Elephant Island. As with all of our itinerary planning, our expedition leader and captain will make a decision based on the conditions at the time. As we edge ever closer to the frozen continent, we will see large icebergs on our arrival in Antarctic waters.
Days 11-15: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Possible landing sites in the South Shetland Island group could include King George Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour or Hannah Point. Weather conditions permitting we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Finally, after so much anticipation, we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Snow covered mountains soar from the dark waters. Along the shoreline in the bays and harbours of the Peninsula lives an incredible abundance of wildlife. Large rookeries are home to chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins. Seals live on the ice floes, including the powerful leopard seal that we hope to encounter. Gulls, skuas and cormorants are also found nesting and feeding at many sites along the Antarctic Peninsula. We explore by Zodiac boat and ashore, where a range of wonderful activities await: join the photographic guide and take close up photos of the penguins or the impossibly blue ice; enjoy a hike to the top of a snowy mountain saddle with one of our adventure guides; or perhaps visit a science base or an old historic hut. The sea kayakers may range up to several miles from the ship, for a truly memorable experience. Each day, you will have a range of great choices.
Day 16 &17: Drake Passage and Cape Horn After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, it's time to return to South America. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It's a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition to some of the most remote corners of the planet.
Day 18: Ushuaia, Argentina In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
• 17 nights accommodation • All meals on board the ship • Activities as per the itinerary • Includes flight from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands • Extensive pre-departure information package • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures • All zodiac and landing excursions • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs • Welcome reception & welcome dinner • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub) • Natural essential oil amenities • Services of English speaking medical officer • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers • Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage - valued at US$1,000 Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants Comfortable insulated rubber boots Water resistant binoculars Waterproof backpack Trekking poles available on shore • Transfers from/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures) • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin
Optional • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$795 (Antarctic) per person. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. • Stand up Paddle boarding • Overnight Camping ( included in the voyage price) including high quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions.
Pricing (per person) $USD
2018 February 3 October 20
Booking conditions • Sea Kayaking in Antarctica - additional USD$795. Kayak excursions are offered whenever weather conditions permit and you can expect to paddle around six or seven times over the course of your voyage, for periods up to three or four hours. The programme is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and some prior paddling experience. If you are considering travelling solo to Antarctica and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, you can be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. It's a system that works well and saves you having to pay a single supplement. If we can't find someone suitable to share a cabin with, you'll have sole use of the cabin at no extra cost. Ask us for details. Twin Private Cabin
Located on decks 4 and 5 these spacious, well-appointed cabins feature two lower berths, with private washroom facilities (sink, shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet). There are tall wardrobes
with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.
• Sea Kayaking in Antarctica - additional USD$795. Kayak excursions are offered whenever weather conditions permit and you can expect to paddle around six or seven times over the course of your voyage, for periods up to three or four hours. The programme is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and some prior paddling experience.
If you are considering travelling solo to Antarctica and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, you can be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. It's a system that works well and saves you having to pay a single supplement. If we can't find someone suitable to share a cabin with, you'll have sole use of the cabin at no extra cost. Ask us for details.
Twin Private Cabin Located on decks 4 and 5 these spacious, well-appointed cabins feature two lower berths, with private washroom facilities (sink, shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet). There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.