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Falkland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

This adventure brings you to highlights the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. See penguins, seals and whales, take hikes on the ice and kayak among icebergs.

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Falkland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Falkland Islands

A true paradise for bird and nature enthusiasts. The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) are home to over 200 interesting and uncommon bird species, including five types of penguin (Gentoo, King, Macaroni, Magellanic and Rockhopper). Those birds are nesting between the most unusual species. Thirteen endemic plants can be found on the islands, including snake plant (Nassauvia serpens), with its long stalks and tiny leaves, and Felton’s flower (Calandrinia feltonii), a caramel-scented, magenta-blossomed annual until recently thought to be extinct in the wild. Vanilla daisy (Leuceria suaveolens), while not endemic, is still interesting – its flowers smell remarkably like chocolate. There are no remaining native land animals.


The White Continent will impress you with the abundance of wildlife including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of Gentoo, Adélies and Chinstraps as well as a profusion of seabirds from Albatross to Skuas. It is nature you will experience up close and personal on frequent excursions inland.

The scenery is overwhelming while you explore the deep bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula where massive glaciers flank a rugged spine of snowy mountains.

Note: This is a sample itinerary. We do our utmost to guarantee the best experience, unfortunately we have no control over the weather or wildlife behaviour. Ports of embarkation and disembarkation and sites may change depending on vessel and departure dates, weather- and ice conditions.

  • Santiago de Chile

    Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile, is diverse and exciting. There are many things to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.


    You fly to Punta Arenas where the vessel is ready for this expedition to Antarctica.

  • Chilean Fjords

    We are cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

    Drake Passage

    When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56 degrees south, it is the southernmost point of South America. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions.

    We will sail in 1½ to 2 days across the Drake Passage, depending on the weather conditions. The Drake Passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world. About 95 to 150 million cubic metres of water per second are transported from west to east. The weather can be terrible on the Drake, but it can also be placid, often called the “Drake Lake”. Usually, it’s somewhere in between.

  • Antarctica

    Antarctica, isolated from the rest of the world, and known as the White Continent. 90% of the world's ice can be found here, 4.000 meters thick, covering the landmass. In winter it is forming more sea ice off the coast - virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals that, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea.

    We are visiting a place that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! What is so overwhelming about Antarctica is that its location makes every voyage to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment.
    Therefore, we need to be pragmatic; we change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often ideal conditions – spend hours ashore, on the water with kayaks, hiking or simply cruising amongst huge pods of whales. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our programme and schedule.

    We will try to visit several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. All of these places offer untouched nature, opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, glaciers, icebergs and old whaling stations.

  • At sea

    After exploring this beautiful, diverse continent, we set course back for The Falkland Islands. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690. We will continue our lecture series that focuses on the history and wildlife of the islands as we keep a watch for wandering albatross.

  • Falkland Islands

    After visiting Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings.

    The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. As we reach the westernmost points in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations.

    The sheep graze alongside colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. Bird lovers will rejoice if we go ashore on Carcass Island.
    This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees. We use our Zodiacs to go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at all the birds.

  • As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.
    We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post voyage extension to experience the impressive region.

Dates & Rates

  • Greg Mortimer Falkland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

    • 22nd Oct - 6th Nov 2023
    • Embark: Santiago
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices per person from
    16,895 USD


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