Banner image

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure

With a good choice of departure dates through the season across three medium-sized ships, this 19-22 day trip stands out for its value for money and the broad range of cabin categories available, including Quads, which are rare.

Please send me the full itinerary for
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure

Thank you for your enquiry

Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

19-22 Days


$13,550 -$29,350

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure - 19-22 Days - $13,550

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 10 days ‘off ship’ exploring: The Falklands (2), South Georgia (4), South Orkneys (1) and Antarctica (3)
  • Includes the little visited South Orkney Islands (weather dependent)
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1996
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:10
  • Encounter six species of penguin and four species of whale
  • Discover the region's past on board and on land, visiting historical sites and museums 
  • Experience scuba diving on some departures (additional cost)

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Embark the vessel in Ushuaia

Begin your journey in Argentina, embarking in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego – the southernmost city in the world. Leave in the afternoon, then sail through the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel into the evening and beyond.

Day 2: At sea towards the Falkland Islands

The expedition team of naturalist guides will use this time to go through some mandatory briefings, as well as begin the comprehensive educational programme of lectures. 

Several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels often follow the ship, so now’s the perfect time to warm up your camera with some bird photography. 

Days 3 to 5: Exploring the Falkland Islands

The Falklands (Malvinas) have an abundance of wildlife. This collection of 700+ islands includes largely unknown gems, home to many bird species, including Magellanic and rockhopper penguins. Keep a lookout for Peale's and Commerson’s dolphins too, which can sometimes be spotted in the surrounding waters.

The Falkland Islands offer some fantastic options for wildlife-rich hikes across the rugged terrain. Elegant black-browed albatrosses are found nesting on the cliffs here, often interspersed with shags and penguins, making for an eclectic mix.  The white-sand beaches feel at odds with the windswept vistas, and there is a curious visual juxtaposition of grazing sheep and cattle with nesting penguins! 

During your time in the Falklands you may also visit the capital of the islands. Port Stanley has a quirky charm with colourful houses, well-tended gardens and English-style pubs. 

The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War. Approximately 2,500 people live in Port Stanley. You will have some free time to explore – we recommend checking out the archway by the church, made from the jawbones of two blue whales. There are also some artisan shops stocked with souvenirs. 

Days 6 & 7: At sea towards South Georgia

On the way to South Georgia, you will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the convergence, you will see a multitude of southern seabirds, including several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Days 8 to 11: South Georgia

Today, you will reach the spectacular and remote island of South Georgia. Please keep in mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely dictating the programme. Your Captain and Expedition Leader will look for the best and safest opportunities for your adventures here. 

As the location is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping wildlife, you will want to keep your camera and binoculars with you at all times. Here, king penguins can be found in their thousands, recolonising areas once covered by glaciers. In the early season, the beaches are littered with elephant seals and male fur seals setting out their territory. Later on in the season, curious fur seal pups carpet the coastline. 

As well as phenomenal wildlife, the island also has a rich human history, though not all of it pleasant. During your time exploring you may see the rusting vestiges of the whaling industry, including at Grytviken. Here, you may drop anchor to head to the cemetery to toast "The Boss" – legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who is buried here. 

Day 12: At sea towards the South Orkney Islands

Set off towards the little-visited South Orkney islands. Look out for the delicate snow petrels, which could join the other seabirds trailing the vessel south.

Day 13: South Orkney Islands

South Orkney is rarely visited by expedition ships but is a glorious place to explore. Here, penguins and skuas nest among richly coloured lichens, with glaciated craggy mountains as a stunning backdrop. There are various penguin colonies, including Adelies and chinstraps, and this is also a fantastic location to look out for seals. 

Days 14 & 15: At sea towards Antarctica

Enormous icebergs and a chance of fin whale sightings (the “greyhounds of the sea”) ensure there's never a dull moment as you continue south towards the White Continent. Your best chance of spotting Antarctic petrels is here, too. Depending on weather conditions during your crossing, your expedition team will aim to begin Antarctic activities on the afternoon of Day 14.

Days 16 & 17: Antarctic Peninsula

If the conditions permit, you will now sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. You might visit Brown Bluff, where you may be able to step foot on the continent. 

If the conditions aren't favourable enough to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the ship will set course towards Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait, between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, they may attempt to access the Antarctic Sound from the northwest.

The breathtaking scenery continues in the southern Gerlache Strait, and if ice conditions allow, the ship may even reach the picturesque Lemaire Channel. 

Conditions on the Drake Passage will determine the time you set sail towards Argentina. 

Days 18 & 19: At sea towards Ushuaia

As you make your way north you will again be followed by a wonderful selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

The educational program will continue, and this is also a good time to start sorting through your thousands of photos and videos. 

Day 20: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast.

NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expedition cruise.

Why our customers love Swoop

Expert impartial advice at no extra cost

Expert Impartial Advice SVG

Choosing the right voyage is complicated, Swoop makes it easy. We offer no-nonsense advice on 1500 voyages across 30 ships to find you the right trip, cabin, price - and we don’t charge a fee.

The Antarctic Experts. No Compromises

Depth Of Knowledge SVG

Our team has visited Antarctica over 150 times and has 100 collective years of polar experience, so from which trip is right for you to what shoes to bring - there’s no question we can’t answer.

The only B Corp certified Antarctic specialist

Ends Of The Earth SVG

We want to protect Antarctica for future generations - which is why we became a certified B Corp and set up our own conservation fund. So your adventures can be a force for good.

A full concierge service, unlike booking direct

With You SVG

We leave nothing to chance in delivering your perfect trip and have over 6500 happy travellers to show for it. With a dedicated Antarctic co-ordinator & support throughout - you’re in safe hands.

Customer review background image

What our customers think of Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure trips scored 4.4/5 from 54 reviews

Close encounters with wildlife

Travelled: April 2024

Karen Mae -

Seeing the giant king penguin colony in Fortuna Bay, South Georgia.

Travelled: March 2024

Jeff -

Being surrounded by Humpback whales off Portal Point! tied with The King Penguin colony at Fortuna Bay.

Travelled: February 2024

Bernard -

Hondius was much more better than what I thought!

Travelled: February 2024

Anonymous -

Stepping on the Antarctic Peninsula and seeing the biggest iceberg in the world A23a

Travelled: February 2024

Ian -

wildlife, icebergs

Travelled: February 2024

Elizabeth -

There were so many memorable moments! If I had to choose, it would be our days in Antarctica, the hike to the caldera on Penguin Island, our first landing on the continent, the hikes to the top of hills for magnificent views, the zodiac cruises to see wildlife and icebergs. Getting to see the wildlife in their natural habitat was nothing short of amazing!

Travelled: February 2024

Deb -

Every wildlife moment was precious

Travelled: February 2024

Parvathi -

The afternoon and evening in Foyn Harbor surrounded by whales while we had a BBQ on deck. It was a magical confluence of nature and fun.

Travelled: January 2024

Kristen -

The day we saw the Orka and the humpback whales feeding.

Travelled: January 2024

Gerry -

Very difficult to answer - the immensity of all that was around us every day was spectacular, the individual sightings of things like orcas and beak nosed whales, the wildlife, the blues of the ocean and the icebergs, the friendly and fun staff. It was all part of the memories.

Travelled: January 2024

Steve -

Wildlife encounters up close while kayaking (with humpback whales and seals and penguins)

Travelled: January 2024

Jennifer -

St. Andrews Bay and seeing the entire beach covered in king penguins and their babies. Also cruising through icebergs and seeing the calm/still sea in Antarctica.

Travelled: January 2024

Mary -

All of it, for different reasons: the weather, wildlife, nature, the expedition team and the boat plus its staff all contributed to making it a great experience!

Travelled: January 2024

Meike -

We were in the South Georgia Islands on on Christmas day. It was snowing/sleeting and the swell was almost two meters. The expedition team were skilled at getting my friends and I getting into the zodiac and touring us along the shore line to see macaroni penguins, fur seals, gentoo penguins, elephant seals and Weddell seals up close and personal. It was certainly a Christmas I will never forget.

Travelled: January 2024

Diane L. Douglas, Ph.D. -

Watching the Penquins.

Travelled: January 2024

Diane -

Circumnavigating Couverville Island on Zodiac. Icebergs with a rogue Emperor penguin on one.

Travelled: January 2024

Roger -

There were so many memorable moments. Seeing a pod of Killer Whales, setting foot on the 7th continent, the Elephant Seal pups looking up with those adorable eyes, the King Penguin chicks running and flapping around trying to shake off their down coats. What a trip!

Travelled: December 2023

Neil -

Penguins - hands down. Walking among them on shore was the best. Zodiac trips a poor second but in the bird flu situation, understandable.

Travelled: December 2023

Rosemary -

Being able to stand in front of the colony of king penguins.

Travelled: May 2023

Carolina -


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on two people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.




Additional Notes

Departures on the following dates are:

  • 19 days long: 17-Dec-24, 04-Jan-25, 16-Jan-25, 11-Dec-25, 21-Dec-25 & 19-Jan-26
  • 20 days long: 06-Dec-24, 10-Dec-24, 01-Feb-25, 27-Nov-25 & 28-Jan-26

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are permitted on this trip. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40% discount. Please contact us for details. 

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Polar diving Polar diving $1,350 Programme costs vary from $1200-1600 per person depending on the voyage length. Available on selected departures only and subject to ice and weather conditions. Group size: minimum 8, maximum 24 divers. Cold water and dry suit experience required.


  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots and snowshoes for the voyage's duration
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on embarkation day
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia directly after disembarkation
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites (except additional fees for museums in Port Stanley, Falklands)


  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. diving)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

Questions about this Voyage?