Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

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Trip code: 
PFK
Way to Travel:
Voyages
Activity:
Polar Marine and Wildlife
Max group size:
100
Min age:
17

Revel in the incredible scenery of snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs—a photographer’s dream

This is one of our only expeditions to be offered annually since 1992, this voyage represents expeditionary travel at its finest. Our singular departure combines the very best that the region has to offer and is timed during the height of austral summer—the best time to see penguins tending to their chicks, with long days that are perfect for extended exploration.

Our leaders have visited the Antarctic numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, geology, and wildlife of this intriguing region. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see.

Highlights

  • Tour the beautiful Falkland Islands to view huge populations of rockhopper, gentoo, and Magellanic penguins, as well as the regal black-browed albatross.
  • Witness the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia—king, macaroni, gentoo, and chinstrap—as well as large numbers of elephant and fur seals  crowding the beaches.
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent and revel in the incredible scenery of snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs—a photographer’s dream.
  • Learn about early polar exploration and whaling history, including a visit to the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Key information

  • 20 days land only
  • 19 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 19 dinners
  • 18 nights aboard the Island Sky, 1 night hotel
  • Countries visited: Falkland Islands, Argentina

What's included

  • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Complimentary parka
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Ushuaia
to
Ushuaia
  • Day 1

    Depart / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia

    Board your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.     

    Accommodation: The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Ushuaia / Embark Island Sky

    Today, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Board the Island Sky this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands.   

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    At Sea

    Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

    On Saunders Island, you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as nesting black-browed albatross.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Step ashore in Stanley

    Step ashore in Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands and enjoy a short tour of this British-flavored town.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Cruising the South Scotia Sea

    Lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists in search of the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 8-10

    South Georgia

    Flexibility in this area is a must. Our leaders will take advantage of every opportunity for exploration, if the weather is in our favor, they may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. You’ll visit some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you will see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places we plan to visit on South Georgia; some of them are pending final government approval:

    Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo in the bay.

    Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.

    Stromness Bay – The site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.

    Grytviken – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this abandoned whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can also be found here.

    Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 11-12

    At Sea

    Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Elephant Island

    Today arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and the opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 14-17

    Antarctic Peninsula

    As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is also the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of this voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops; in the past we have visited the locations below. This list serves as a guideline only of the places you may experience.

    Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adelie, and hundreds of gentoo penguins, come ashore to breed here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.

    Deception Island – As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by seawater and explore the ruins of a 20th-century whaling station.

    Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 18-19

    Drake Passage

    During your Drake crossing, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters.

    Accommodation: The Island Sky

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 20

    Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / Home City

    Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight and the tour ends here.

    If flying to the USA, you'll arrive the following day.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Falkland Islands

No visa required.

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Australian citizens. The amounts is as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry). This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Vaccinations

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Argentina with an update to the Health section – an outbreak of Hantavirus has been reported in Epuyén, Province of Chubut in southern Argentina; for more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances, unaided, over rough terrain (rocky, uneven beaches in the sub-Antarctic islands, and occasional ice and snow on the Antarctic Peninsula). Temperatures will range from 45º – 55ºF in the Falklands and South Georgia and may get as cold as 30º – 40ºF on the Antarctic Peninsula itself.

Featured Leaders
Our leaders have visited the Antarctic numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, geology, and wildlife of this intriguing region. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see. Leaders from additional fields of study will join the leaders featured below.
DAN OLSEN (EXPEDITION LEADER) – Dan has lived in Seward, Alaska for over a decade, where he is the captain of a 150-passenger tour boat in Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan spent many years teaching Outward Bound courses in mountaineering, sailing, and kayaking, and he continues to lead kayakers in the Arctic and Antarctic. Dan recently received a Master’s degree on his work recording killer whale dialects to identify pods by their calls.
TOM SHARPE – Originally from Glasgow, Tom is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Tom has over three decades of experience of interpreting geology for a wide range of audiences. JIM WILSON – Jim hails from the city of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland and is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 35 years of birding experience in the Antarctic, Ireland, Europe, and Africa. He is a full-time freelance wildlife filmmaker, broadcaster, and the author of three books—two on Irish birds and one on the whales and dolphins found in the waters surrounding Ireland.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

The Island Sky

GENERAL

  • Five decks of guest facilities.

- Magellan Deck – guest suites, restaurant, doctor’s office.
- Columbus Deck – guest suites, lounge, reception.
- Marco Polo Deck – guest suites, club, library.
- Erikson Deck – guest suites with balconies, bridge, outdoor bar, and café.
- Explorer Deck – guest suites with balconies, salon, and sun deck.

  • Stairs and an elevator service all guest decks.
  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
  • Smoking is permitted in designated areas.

SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views and have two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American-style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
  • Magellan Deck suites are 230 square feet and have two to four portholes.
  • Columbus Deck suites are 240 square feet and feature a large picture window.
  • Marco Polo Deck suites range between 225 to 240 square feet with a sliding mirrored glass door leading directly to the promenade.
  • Erikson Deck suites are 270 square feet including 40 square foot private balconies.
  • Explorer Deck suites are 325 square feet including 80 square foot private balconies. The two-room owner’s suite is 385 square feet with a 110 square foot balcony.

DINING

  • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
  • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.
  • Breakfast is served in the restaurant with a la carte and buffet options.
  • When weather permits, meals can be served on deck, but are usually served in the main restaurant.
  • Afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge; coffee and tea are available in the club.

SERVICES

  • Island Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, a small tender, and is equipped to offer scuba diving.
  • Public spaces include a large lounge, club and bar with piano, and library with games, reference books, novels, DVDs, and computers with Internet access.
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi is available for all guests.
  • There are two sun decks: one on the aft of the Erikson Deck with an outdoor bar and café, and one on the Explorer Deck.
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning), a hair salon, and a small doctor’s office are available. Rates are posted on board.
  • The U.K. pound is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]