Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer

About the Experience

Voyage in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour on our Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer adventure! You’ll journey from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, and back. Marvel at the teeming marine and birdlife of the southern ocean as you follow in the wake of Shackleton and other great Antarctic explorers. Discover the towering ice to the unspoiled realm of Antarctica and add the great southern continent to your travel bucket list!

 

Experience the unique culture and history of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia! Famed for their role in whaling and exploration history, the Falkland Islands—a British overseas territory—offer an intriguing cultural experience. Today, the islands are known for their sedate British rural lifestyle, high-quality wool, rare birds, and thriving marine life!

Appreciate the Shackleton legend at South Georgia Island and Elephant Island. Legendary Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton‘s journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in an open boat is considered one of the greatest sea voyages in history. Appreciate Shackleton’s astonishing feat in the South Georgia Museum, and visit his grave at Grytviken, South Georgia. Conditions permitting, you’ll also visit Point Wild, at Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men were stranded and later rescued.

Enjoy regular Zodiac excursions and landings amid spectacular scenery! To set foot on the continent of Antarctica is a rare privilege only a few can claim. Via Zodiac, you will be able to appreciate the Antarctic ice and landscape up close. Photograph stunning vistas set above still, clear water and explore Antarctica’s fascinating and beautiful terrain on guided landings.

Learn about Antarctic history from expert guides. No moment is wasted aboard Ocean Endeavour. You’ll be fascinated by the history of exploration in Antarctic waters, delivered by our onboard resource staff. Take your pick of our extensive collection of carefully curated books that will help you dive deeper into everything you learn along the way!

Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains, and volcanoes. Geology, glaciology, volcanology: in Antarctica, the mighty forces of the Earth are everywhere in evidence! View the variety and beauty of icebergs, glaciers, and rugged mountains—many formed by volcanic activity.

Visit one of the world’s great wildlife viewing destinations on our Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer Adventure! The pristine waters of Antarctica are home to giant elephant seals battling for control of beaches, vast colonies of penguins, nesting grounds of mighty albatross by the thousands. Plus, there will be extraordinary opportunities for viewing whales!

 

 

 

 

 

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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer

About the Experience

Voyage in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour on our Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer adventure! You’ll journey from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, and back. Marvel at the teeming marine and birdlife of the southern ocean as you follow in the wake of Shackleton and other great Antarctic explorers. Discover the towering ice to the unspoiled realm of Antarctica and add the great southern continent to your travel bucket list!

 

Experience the unique culture and history of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia! Famed for their role in whaling and exploration history, the Falkland Islands—a British overseas territory—offer an intriguing cultural experience. Today, the islands are known for their sedate British rural lifestyle, high-quality wool, rare birds, and thriving marine life!

Appreciate the Shackleton legend at South Georgia Island and Elephant Island. Legendary Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton‘s journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in an open boat is considered one of the greatest sea voyages in history. Appreciate Shackleton’s astonishing feat in the South Georgia Museum, and visit his grave at Grytviken, South Georgia. Conditions permitting, you’ll also visit Point Wild, at Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men were stranded and later rescued.

Enjoy regular Zodiac excursions and landings amid spectacular scenery! To set foot on the continent of Antarctica is a rare privilege only a few can claim. Via Zodiac, you will be able to appreciate the Antarctic ice and landscape up close. Photograph stunning vistas set above still, clear water and explore Antarctica’s fascinating and beautiful terrain on guided landings.

Learn about Antarctic history from expert guides. No moment is wasted aboard Ocean Endeavour. You’ll be fascinated by the history of exploration in Antarctic waters, delivered by our onboard resource staff. Take your pick of our extensive collection of carefully curated books that will help you dive deeper into everything you learn along the way!

Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains, and volcanoes. Geology, glaciology, volcanology: in Antarctica, the mighty forces of the Earth are everywhere in evidence! View the variety and beauty of icebergs, glaciers, and rugged mountains—many formed by volcanic activity.

Visit one of the world’s great wildlife viewing destinations on our Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer Adventure! The pristine waters of Antarctica are home to giant elephant seals battling for control of beaches, vast colonies of penguins, nesting grounds of mighty albatross by the thousands. Plus, there will be extraordinary opportunities for viewing whales!

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where a wild women representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. They will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the emergency contact details of our representative office.

The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

The remainder of the day is at leisure, and you are free to explore, perhaps making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets or relaxing in a café. Visit the excellent museums along the main street, Avenida San Martin, or wander the streets and take in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

 

 


DAY TWO: EMBARKATION IN USHUAIA

This morning is again free for you to explore Ushuaia further, or maybe discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park of South America. The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead you through the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastline, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats, and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean Condor, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Kelp Goose, Austral Parakeet, and Torrent Duck.

Late this afternoon, we transfer to the port of Ushuaia in time for embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers will be waiting to welcome you aboard.

This evening we sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As we leave the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic Penguins, Rock Cormorants, Petrels, and Black-browed Albatross from the deck, as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

 

 


DAY THREE-FOUR: DRAKE PASSAGE

The infamous Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. It is unpredictable—often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake—so be prepared!

Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities: Downward dog together in a yoga class or attend a presentation or two given by the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead—from the geology of Antarctica to its history and wildlife, and even the ice!

Sailing towards Antarctica, there is a fall in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales, and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south.

Head out on deck to look for the mighty Albatross that fly overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the observation deck.

We continue our course south and hope to make landfall by the evening of Day 4, depending on the weather conditions. Keep on the lookout for the first sighting of land—that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

 

 

DAY FIVE-EIGHT: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

The next four days are spent exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals travellers. We explore by Zodiac, cruising among the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where we mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views, and maybe visit a scientific or historic base. There may even be opportunities to kayak and snowshoe and, of course, learn more about photography with one of our experts.

Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery, from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs, and ice-strewn channels. Not to mention the wildlife—from extensive colonies of Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, to crabeater, Weddell, fur and elephant seals, and a plethora of fascinating seabirds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the mighty crack of a glacier calving. Maybe you will be one of the brave few to take a polar plunge in the icy waters! Every day brings a new experience and new landing sites.

As we cruise from one landing site to the next, enjoy the continued lecture program and take in the scenery from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Make the most of the ship’s health and fitness facilities, from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

 

 

DAY NINE: ELEPHANT ISLAND

We leave the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands behind us as we chart a course for historic Elephant Island. If conditions permit, we will attempt to take the Zodiacs to Point Wild.

Elephant Island has its place firmly etched in polar history, as this is where Shackleton’s crew from the 1914-17 Trans-Antarctic Expedition took refuge when their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. They set up camp at Point Wild, a harsh and inhospitable place and waited for over four months, while Shackleton sailed with five other men in the James Laird lifeboat to South Georgia. This is one of the most incredible adventure stories and most heroic survival stories of all time.

 

 

DAY TEN- ELEVEN: AT SEA

Leaving Elephant Island, we chart a course northeast towards South Georgia. Spend time learning to identify the seabirds that follow in the wake of the ship or glide alongside, including Albatross, Storm Petrels, Shearwaters, and Diving Petrels. Look out for whales and dolphins as you enjoy the silence of the sea.

Attend lectures and presentations by the Expedition Team as they prepare you for what lies ahead in South Georgia—from the history and geology to the incredible wildlife. Take in the panoramic views from the observation lounge and spacious decks, or make the most of the onboard facilities that include a spa, saunas, saltwater pool, gym, and yoga classes.

If weather conditions are favourable, we hope to make landfall on South Georgia by late evening on day twelve.

 

 

DAY TWELVE-FIFTEEN: SOUTH GEORGIA

South Georgia captivates every traveller that steps foot on its shores. Home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on the planet, here penguins number in the hundreds of thousands, blanketing beaches as far as the eye can see.

We spend three days exploring this stunningly beautiful island, an island that is not only overrun with an incredible array of fauna but one that is steeped in history. South Georgia was an intrinsic part of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition and was once the centre of the whaling industry.

South Georgia—known as the ‘Galapagos of the South—is home to over 30 million breeding birds, thousands of seals, the introduced Norwegian reindeer, nesting sites of the Wandering Albatross, four breeding species of penguin, and the largest colony of King Penguins on the planet. If the wildlife is not enough of a draw card, the spectacular scenery against which it is set can only enhance your visit: emerald green bays, snow-covered peaks, and blue glacier ice.

We explore by Zodiac and kayak and on foot, with opportunities to learn more about photography from one of our expert guides.

Every day provides a different experience and a different location. Stand in awe amongst tens of thousands of penguins, look out across beaches carpeted with elephant seals, visit the remains of abandoned whaling stations, and even the grave of Shackleton himself.

 

 

DAY SIXTEEN- SEVENTEEN: AT SEA

Saying goodbye to the wildlife of South Georgia, we head west towards the isolated and sparsely populated Falklands archipelago, where the silence is broken only by the call of birds. Attend lectures and presentations by the Expedition Team, relax and unwind in the saunas and spa, and take advantage of all the other amenities on board.

 

 

DAY EIGHTEEN- NINETEEN: FALKLAND ISLANDS

Have your camera ready as we approach the ruggedly beautiful Falklands archipelago to capture not only the abundant wildlife but also the incredible scenery.

Over the next couple of days, we explore East and West Island by Zodiac and on foot as we make daily shore landings and maybe even discover smaller inlets by kayak.

Learn about the intriguing and controversial history of the Falkland Islands as we explore the quaint capital of Port Stanley, with its British outpost feel. Near the town, you may see Southern Giant Petrels, the endemic Falkland Steamer Ducks, Kelp Gulls, and Dolphin Gulls. There are also Black-crowned Night Herons, Red-backed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Turkey Vultures.

As we explore the islands, look out for the five species of penguins found here, large populations of Black-browed Albatross, elephant and fur seals, Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins, orcas, and a myriad of bird species, including the Falkland’s Flightless Steamer Duck, Imperial Shags, and Cobb’s Wrens.

 

 


DAY TWENTY: AT SEA

After our exploration of the Falkland Islands, we set sail on a course west, bound for the city of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

 

 

DAY TWENTY-ONE: DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA

We are scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia early this morning, and we disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

 

 

 

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OCEAN ENDEAVOUR

The Ocean Endeavour our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

 

 

Cabin Category 1 - Single

Deck 5


  • One lower berth
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 2 - Triple

Deck 4


  • Three lower berths
  • Two private baths

Cabin Category 3 - Interior Twin

Deck 4


  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 4 - Exterior Twin

Deck 4

  • Porthole window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 5 - Main Twin


Deck 5



  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath

Cabin Category 6 - Comfort Twin


Deck 4




  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath



Deck 7




  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator



Deck 8




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Refrigerator

Cabin Category 7 - Select Twin


Deck 5




  • Window
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath



Deck 8




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Regrigerator

Cabin Category 8 - Superior Twin


Deck 5




  • Windows, some with partially obscured views
  • Two lower berths
  • Private bath
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator



Deck 7 Forward-Facing




  • Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Approximately 180 square feet



Deck 7




  • Windows, some with partially obscured views
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator

Cabin Category 9 - Double Junior Suite


Deck 5




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bathroom, some with bathtub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator



Deck 7




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath, some with bathtub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator

Cabin Category 10 - Double Suite


Deck 7




  • Window
  • Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
  • Private bath with full tub
  • Sitting area
  • Refrigerator

 

FAQ

When booking your voyage, please enquire about international and domestic flights and transfers to and from your destination. We can arrange tour accommodation pre- and post-trip. Optional activities such as sea kayaking, snowshoeing and camping need to be booked prior to your journey. Drinks, souvenirs, laundry services and any communication charges are not included and need to be purchased separately.
Comfortable accommodation and comprehensive pre-departure information ensure the essential details are taken care of. Our onboard chefs pride themselves on all meals provided, with tea and coffee available around the clock. On departure, you will be provided with rubber boots to use for the duration of your trip so you are ready to explore. On all our polar expeditions, you have the option to step off the ship onto our fleet of sturdy Zodiac boats. Opportunities for bird and wildlife watching are the backbone of our expeditions. Groups are hosted by world-renowned naturalists and ornithologists, giving you insights to the Antarctic environment and its wildlife.
All of our Antarctic trips are accessible to people of all levels of fitness with no major mobility issues and do not require any physical preparation. Activities onshore and excursions involve a bit of walking, but all are optional. You may have to cross uneven ground and take on challenging conditions underfoot. You will have support stepping on and off the Zodiac boats.
Vaccinations vary from country to country. We strongly recommend you visit your travel doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure, so allow plenty of time.
The waters of the Antarctic can be rough, especially when crossing the Drake Passage. If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before departing. It's also recommended that passengers come equipped with motion sickness tablets or patches and avoid eating greasy foods or consuming alcohol. There is a doctor on board to assist in severe cases!
As Antarctic trips are seasonal, they tend to book out quickly! Our advice is to book as soon as you've made the decision to travel – you can look at availability on the trip page. International flights are available for booking approximately 11 months prior to the tour departure date. Please contact us to discuss booking options.
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