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+44 1756 706500

Crossing the Antarctic Circle via Falklands and South Georgia

Cross the Antarctic Circle to venture further south than traditional Antarctic cruises, and discover the wildlife havens of the Falklands and South Georgia, with an expert Expedition Team and exciting Zodiac excursions

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22 nights from £13600pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Penguins in South Georgia
  • Antarctica
  • Falkland Islands
  • South Georgia

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Crossing the Antarctic Circle via Falklands and South Georgia Special Offer

Embark on an epic adventure on this Antarctica expedition cruise to experience the spectacular flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands and the unique history and exquisite rare wildlife of South Georgia. An expert team of lecturers on board will give presentations on Antarctica's geology, history and wildlife.

In South Georgia there are more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of penguins. This is also the site of Sir Ernest Shackleton's perilous voyages and his final resting place. Discover the isolated Falkland Islands, renowned for stunning white beaches, penguin colonies and albatrosses, and visit the fascinating capital of Stanley with its English pubs and iconic red phoneboxes. This in-depth voyage also explores the stunning bays and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula with an unforgettable crossing of the Antarctic Circle.

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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet boasts many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants that you can enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking. Transfer from the airport to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Ushuaia

As you embark, the anticipation grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. Since every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. On board to ensure your comfort and safety, your team will also help make your wildlife dreams come true.

Day 3 - At sea

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks.

Day 4 - 5 - Falkland Islands

Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore during daily Zodiac excursions and landings. Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums. The Archipelago is rich in wildlife, especially birds, and home to Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—the flightless Falkland steamer duck and possibly the elusive Cobb’s wren. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Day 6 - 7 - At sea

Sailing southeast to South Georgia, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix and mingle with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, helps create the abundance of krill that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team will notify you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area.

Day 8 - 11 - South Georgia

This remote, mountainous island was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and seals. Today, island wildlife populations are rebounding, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. One significant and historic site is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, plus a museum, gift shop, church and small research station. Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the tremendous abundance of wildlife that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Each landing you make on South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, will open your eyes to the wondrous lives of new, enthralling creatures. One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach blanketed with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and interwoven relationship is something your Expedition Team will explain to you during your time here.

Day 12 - 13 - At sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival.

Day 14 - 16 - South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula

The experience is hard to put into words, but the most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and solitude; the next, you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin. Zodiac cruising, visits to historical sites and, of course, communing with seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling every day. Perhaps you’ll catch sight of the fearless penguin eater, the leopard seal, or maybe you’ll come eye to eye with an Antarctic minke whale while you are cruising in a Zodiac. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy. If you find yourself wanting more, treat yourself to an optional kayaking adventure (reserve in advance when booking your trip) or a plunge into Antarctic waters.

Day 17 - 18 - Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as few expeditions reach so far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line at 66°33´ S, we’ll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun and fantastic iceberg sightings.

Day 19 - 20 - Antarctic Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage. You will continue to make excursions by Zodiac as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

Day 21 - 22 - Drake Passage

After more than three weeks of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of approval on your Antarctic adventure.

Day 23 - Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

Price Includes

  • 21-night full board cruise
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overnight pre-cruise stay in Ushuaia
  • Wine and beer with dinner during the cruise
  • Soft drinks during bar opening hours during the cruise
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water at all times during the cruise
  • Zodiac landings and shore landings, walks and hikes
  • Lectures by the Expedition Team
  • Quark Parka to keep
  • Loan of waterproof knee-high boots
  • Port charges and taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights to Ushuaia – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers
  • Optional excursions such as paddling and kayaking
  • Gratuities
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 19th - Ushuaia and back - Sailing on: Ocean Diamond From: £13600
      Triple Suite Twin Window Twin Obstructed View Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £13600 Blue Water Price from: £22200 Blue Water Price from: £18900 Blue Water Price from: £17730 Blue Water Price from: £19890

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 28th - Ushuaia and back - Sailing on: Ocean Diamond From: £14940
      Triple Suite Twin Window Twin Obstructed View Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £14940 Blue Water Price from: £22032 Blue Water Price from: £20331 Blue Water Price from: £19278 Blue Water Price from: £23085

2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 22nd - Ushuaia and back - Sailing on: Ultramarine From: £22950
      Explorer Triple Explorer Suite Balcony Suite Deluxe Balcony Suite Terrace Suite Penthouse Suite Owners Suite Ultra Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £22950 Blue Water Price from: £27540 Blue Water Price from: £30294 Blue Water Price from: £35802 Blue Water Price from: £37179 Blue Water Price from: £39933 Blue Water Price from: £49572 Blue Water Price from: £55080

Price Information

  • Please note dates shown are based on cruise departure date, but a compulsory one-night pre-cruise stay in Ushuaia is included
Map for Crossing the Antarctic Circle via Falklands and South Georgia