2021 Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia

October 20-November 11, 2021

Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia – October 20-November 11, 2021 – 23 days

I am happy to announce that I have partnered with Poseidon Expeditions for the October 31-November 21, 2021 program (22 days) aboard the beautiful Sea Spirit, a round-trip from Ushuaia which includes the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

Since my first trip in 1977 I have traveled to Antarctica 27 times and have seen many changes, including a high volume of tourism.  Every year bigger and bigger ships cruised to Antarctica and more and more restrictions are coming up where the big ships can land.  That’s why I am happy to have found a small, but very comfortable ship, the Sea Spirit, operated by Poseidon Expeditions with more opportunities to have a great Antarctica experience.

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The rates start at $16,695!  Please email me for a more detailed itinerary!

This itinerary will take you to the best places an Antarctica trip can offer: visiting the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.  You will see thousands of penguins, other seabirds, seals and whales.  The time of this expedition is perfect for photography and to experience this wilderness.  The penguins are at the beginning of their nesting season and nice and clean in compare to a few weeks later when the guano is building up at the colonies.

 

There are only a few spaces left and not all cabin categories.  You still have the choice of your cabin as long as you sign up immediately.  Booking through me, has also the advantage that you will get a $500 discount per person. The single supplement is 70%. Email me at info@phototours.us so I can reserve your spot and send you the registration form as well as the details.

Please contact me with any questions.  Thank you.

Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina with bronze equestrian statue of General Manuel Belgrano and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace) in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital city of this gracious country. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping, a variety of dining options, and perhaps a tango show in the city center.

Day 2: Embarkation in Buenos Aires

In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your South Georgia and Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

 

Day 3-4: South Atlantic Ocean

We continue heading southeast toward the Falkland Islands. We keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

Day 5-6: Falkland Islands

The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.       We also intend to visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 7-8: Southern Ocean

SCOTIA SEA, WANDERING ALBATROSS IN FLIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 9-13: South Georgia Island

SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND, ST. ANDREWS BAY, KING PENGUINS, RESTING ON SNOW AFTER RETURNING FROM SEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. 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.        South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for sub Antarctic 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. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.            Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 14-15: Southern Ocean

After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 16-20: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

An Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) on an iceberg near Brown Bluff, Antarctic Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions in the early season, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.         The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area begins to come alive in the Spring with penguins coming ashore to build nests. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.

Day 21-22: Drake Passage

From Antarctica we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 23: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

View of Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, from the Beagle Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already