FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA – SOUTH GEORGIA THROUGH the CAMERA LENS 

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15 DAYS

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Stanley, Falkland Islands, Embarkation Fly from Santiago to Falkland Islands, boarding your luxury expedition ship
Days 2 & 3At SeaHead towards South Georgia, crossing the Antarctic Convergence, briefings for arrival South Georgia, photography master classes
Days 4 - 12South GeorgiaSouth Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing
Days 13 & 14FalklandsBack toward Falkland islands, pass seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks. Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and end-of-voyage slide show
Day 15StanleyDisembark Stanley and flight to Santiago

SHIP OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

SEA SPIRIT

The Sea Spirit was built in Italy in 1991. She’s a very comfortable ice-strengthened, small (114 guests), all-suite expedition ship. The vessel was updated in late 2010 and had additional refurbishment in April 2017. All suites have private facilities and exterior views. Some of the suites feature private balconies for enjoying fantastic landscapes of Antarctica.

She has a fleet of ten rubber inflatable zodiac boats for landings, an experienced crew, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing. This ship features an open bridge, 2 rear outdoor viewing areas, an outdoor viewing area at the front of the vessel, a bar, lounge, presentation room and dining area all lined with windows. There is also a gym on-board as well as a library and media centre.

Day 1 Stanley, Falkland Islands

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We suggest that our guests arrive in Santiago de Chile a day earlier to have a good rest after a long flight before your Subantarctic adventures begin. A pre-cruise night is not included in the price of the itinerary, but we highly recommend the Holiday Inn Hotel due to its most favourable location in the airport terminal.

 

Your expedition starts early morning in Santiago de Chile airport, taking a transfer flight to the Falkland Islands. Welcome to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands and the starting point of our cruise. Embarkation in the Falklands minimizes days at sea, allowing more time for landings and photography! In the afternoon, transfer to the pier for a welcome aboard your expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come.

Days 2 & 3 At Sea

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As we sail east towards South Georgia, witness incredible wildlife, cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.

Attend briefings and lectures from expert staff and prepare yourself for the arrival in South Georgia.

This cruise was designed for amateur photographers of all skill levels, so use this chance to make new friends, exchange your photo experience and attend our photography master classes. Discussing ISO and exposure is always better in our cozy bar, restaurant, or lounge.

Days 4 – 12 South Georgia

South Georgia

South Georgia is the best place on Earth for wildlife and landscape photographers with incredible locations for the best light. The archipelago’s home to hundreds of thousands of king penguins, making South Georgia the best spot to photograph them. Visiting the most picturesque sights such as Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay, Drygalski Fjord and other great places. Beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, where over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

However, our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place and take the best wildlife photos.

Days 13 & 14 Falklands

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This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Your route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions that you encounter. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to you by nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. Every safe opportunity is taken to go ashore in this amazing place.

South Georgia’s scenic wilderness is an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife. The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. Grytviken is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

Day 15 Stanley

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Our adventure finishes in Port Stanley. We disembark after breakfast and provide transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight to Santiago. We recommend you to explore the wonderful capital of Chile and spend more time here. Now when the first emotions have subsided you will have time to look back to your unforgettable Subantarctic experience and maybe to make plans for your next polar adventure?

To book this cruise call 1300 784 794 or email contact@antarcticatravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

Extend your trip to Patagonia

To make the most of your time in South America we can tailor a holiday to Patagonia to suit your voyage dates. If you have a bit more time we can create a tailor-made itinerary to some of the highlights of South America. Take a look at the Patagonia sample itineraries below and contact us to begin creating your perfect holiday.