Falklands (Malvinas) and South Georgia – Islands of The Southern Ocean (18 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Ushuaia, Argentina to Ushuaia, Argentina
Dates: 22 Nov 2018 - 09 Dec 2018

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22 Nov 2018
Ushuaia, Argentina

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

23 Nov 2018
Ushuaia, Argentina

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead and seals and sea lions lounging on land. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you'll see land, you'll be in a wildlife wonderland!

24 Nov 2018

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you're at sea. Learn to identify seabirds gliding alongside the ship, attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team, relax in our polar library or simply spend some time out on deck. You will also be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, so you can make the most of the adventure that awaits.

25 Nov 2018
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

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. The archipelago is home to thriving Magellanic, gentoo, and rockhopper penguin colonies, and if you're lucky, you may even spot king penguins, too! Your team of specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna as well. You can expect to see black-browed albatrosses on West Point Island. Originally known as Albatross Island, West Point has been identified as an Important Bird Area for its several significant bird species, including the endemic Cobb's wren and Falkland's flightless steamer duck. Despite its grim-sounding moniker, Carcass Island (named after HMS Carcass, which surveyed the island in 1766) rewards with spectacular scenery and wildlife, including gentoo and Magellanic penguins. With no predators, the island's songbird population has flourished, creating an aural experience unlike any other. Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is another favored landing site, as the charming town offers a unique British outpost feel. You'll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums.

26 Nov 2018
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
27 Nov 2018

Sailing south 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, is what creates 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.

28 Nov 2018
29 Nov 2018
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, wildlife populations have rebounded, but you'll still find remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts scattered across the island. Although South Georgia's storied history is an important attraction, it is the abundant wildlife that is sure to captivate. Landing sites on the island are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever landing sites we visit, they'll provide you with wildlife encounters that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else on earth. South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins—king and macaroni penguins, in particular. The island is also a paradise for bird lovers, who will marvel at the plentiful petrels, albatross, and burrowing seabirds. With each landing you make on South Georgia—often referred to as the Galápagos of the Poles—you'll discover a new wonder. One day you may see hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next day you may visit another beach scattered with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The island's beaches, grasses, and mountains all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species. This fragile, symbiotic relationship is something your Expedition Team will explain while you're here. A couple of shore landings that best represent what you can expect in South Georgia are Gold Harbor and Cooper Bay. Perhaps the most picturesque site in all of South Georgia, Gold Harbor provides a dizzying amount of wildlife, all in one location. Here, you'll be enchanted by the view of the overhanging Bertrab Glacier to the east, a massive king penguin colony in the distance, an abundance of southern elephant seals and fur seals, and nesting albatross high above in the tussock grass. Cooper Bay will bring you close to macaroni, gentoo, or king penguins, and perhaps even Weddell seals, before you set sail for a scenic cruise through the dramatic Drygalski Fjord, where jagged, sharp peaks rise straight out of the sea. We also hope to visit truly uncharted waters at King Haakon Bay, a long, narrow inlet in an area that hasn't yet been fully mapped. This is where the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton made landfall in his lifeboat in 1916, searching for rescue for his Endurance crew, who were marooned on Elephant Island. A favorite location of ours is the beach at Salisbury Plain, where assertive fur seals and thousands of curious king penguins are likely to greet us on shore, practically begging you to take their picture. Flanked by glaciers, it makes for a breathtaking backdrop, and photographers will want to capture the surreal spectacle. Not to be outdone, the beaches at Elsehul, Royal Bay, Right Whale Bay, and St. Andrews Bay are also sure to delight, teeming with playful king penguins and fur and elephant seals. One of the most historic sites you will visit on the island is Shackleton's resting place. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. You'll have time to visit the museum, gift shop, church, and small research station before sailing to Godthul (Norwegian for "good hollow"). Linking past and present, one landing we'll attempt during the voyage is on the eastern shore of Fortuna Bay. Landing here, surrounded by soaring mountains, you'll head out on the "Shackleton hike", a trek that has you hiking along the final miles of Shackleton's traverse of South Georgia into the Stromness whaling station, where the explorer finally found rescue for his crew. To reach the abandoned station, you'll stroll along a pebbled beach littered with hundreds of fur seals and king and gentoo penguins.

30 Nov 2018
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 10
01 Dec 2018
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 11
02 Dec 2018
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 12
03 Dec 2018
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 13
04 Dec 2018
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 14
05 Dec 2018

After two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Mingle with your fellow shipmates, sharing stories and photos in the lounge. The noisy, busy world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can, enjoying your final moments on deck, reflecting on all the amazing creatures you've met.

DAY 15
06 Dec 2018
DAY 16
07 Dec 2018
DAY 17
08 Dec 2018
DAY 18
09 Dec 2018
Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.

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About the Ship

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This newly renovated vessel, formerly the Sea Adventurer, offers guests a new look and feel throughout, a forward lounge and observation deck to enjoy mesmerizing views, and technical enhancements – including two new engines – to improve fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.

What's Included



    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)

    • All shore landings per the daily program

    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities

    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program

    • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages

    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled

    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage

    • A pair of waterproof expedition (Muck) boots on loan for shore landings

    • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep

    • Life jackets and immersion suits

    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock

    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin

    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative reader

    • A group transfer upon disembarkation from the ship to the local airport

    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

    • All luggage handling aboard the ship

    • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Not Included


    • For some specified departures, the purchase of a transfer package including charter or domestic flights, and hotels where specified, in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory. The applicable per-person cost is indicated on the Dates and Rates summary

    • Passport and any applicable visa expenses

    • Government arrival and departure taxes

    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable

    • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance

    • Excess baggage charges

    • Laundry and other personal charges

    • Telecommunications charges

    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

    • On 50 Years of Victory, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board

    • Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage

About Us

Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. The spirit of exploration runs deep in our polar pedigree and we are passionate about creating transformational experiences for fellow adventurers visiting these regions.

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