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South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands Explorer

Looking for an Antarctic adventure without compromising on comfort and service? This stylish 139-passenger ship, with its cavernous suites, fine dining and compelling itinerary, offers a polished Southern Ocean adventure at a fair price.

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Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

21 Days

From

$19,795 -$41,485

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Comfort & Adventure

South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands Explorer - 21 Days - $19,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 10 days ‘off ship’ exploring: The Falklands (2), South Georgia (4), Antarctica (4)
  • The perfect amount of time spent at each destination
  • This very comfortable ship’s state-of-the-art stabilisers and amazing guides really help make the difference
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2012
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:7, which ensures a high level of personalisation
  • Optional kayaking (additional charge)
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary pre-cruise stay in a 5* hotel in Ushuaia, with parka jacket and 500Mb free Wi-Fi

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands Explorer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today. On arrival you have an included transfer to your hotel.  Here you will enjoy a complimentary 2 night stay at Ushuaia's finest 5 star hotel, boasting spectacular views out across the Beagle Channel.

Please note that for voyages operating from November 2025-March 2026, it will be a 1 night stay included in Ushuaia rather than 2 nights.


Day 2: Ushuaia

You have a free day to explore the trails, soak in the spa with the pool's incredible view, or jump on the shuttle into town for some culture at the local museum. Alternatively Swoop could arrange a tour for you, perhaps into the Tierra del Fuego National Park or to sample the local delicacy of king crab. The evening briefing is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.

Please note that for voyages operating from November 2025-March 2026, this will be the first included night of your trip.


Day 3: Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.


Day 4: Southern Ocean

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and the Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in sea bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You're likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. If you're lucky, you may see some of them fully breach from the sea.


Day 5: West Falklands

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.


Day 6: Stanley, Falkland Islands

Chosen for its sheltered harbour and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as shops and most services are centred on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbour or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.


Days 7 & 8: Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.


Days 9 to 12: South Georgia

South Georgia's unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometre island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Macaroni penguins, Albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to grown adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We plan to visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.


Days 13 & 14: Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.


Days 15 to 18: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice and opportunity. We will approach the Antarctic Peninsula from the east to cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea, where a large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands.

Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Our route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.


Days 19 & 20: Drake Passage

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. Sailing through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.


Day 21: Ushuaia, Disembarkation

Morning disembarkation allows you to catch an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires or extend your stay in Ushuaia.


Please 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 expeditionary cruise.

Why Swoop

Expert Impartial Advice At No Extra Cost

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Antarctic travel options are complicated. We help you choose the right ship, the right cabin, and at the right point in the season.

A Depth Of Knowledge On Board

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As a team of ex-guides, tour leaders, & polar adventurers our Antarctic knowledge is leagues ahead of the rest.

For The Ends Of The Earth

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Swoop is proud to be B Corp Certified as we know sustainability is more than our carbon footprint (but we’re reducing that too).

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We’ll make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime.

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What our customers think of South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands Explorer

South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands Explorer trips scored 4.6/5 from 50 reviews

Seeing the Orcas, two days in a row.

Travelled: February 2024

Jessica -

Landing on the 7th Continent! The surreal feeling of like walking side be side with a David Attenborough cameraman filming for the Frozen Continent documentary.

Travelled: January 2024

Cheng Keat -

Watching the icebergs, and large pods of whales and Orca’s.

Travelled: January 2024

Eric -

Playing my guitar and singing my original song on Antartica also doing the polar plunge. Visiting Shackleton’s grave, hiking the last 3/12 miles into Stromness , seeing whales close up and many more!

Travelled: January 2024

Pete -

The first time I saw Antarctica proper, it took my breath away.

Travelled: January 2024

Christen -

Visiting Fortuna Bay with its abundance of wildlife.

Travelled: January 2024

Chun Wai Wong -

Waking and being the first on deck for the first week and seeing the sunrise with the tabular icebergs for the first time...or was it the first Wandering albatross...or maybe the Southern Ocean...whales...penguins (you're not in Wisconsin anymore!). Most memorable? See me in 20 years when I've lost most of my memory and see what's left. ;)

Travelled: January 2024

Mark -

Kayaking with the humpbacks

Travelled: January 2024

Bill -

So close with the wild life is a amazing experience.

Travelled: January 2024

Lam Choong -

the team just made every experience unforgettable

Travelled: January 2024

Sunita Mei Lin -

Learnt a lot. Well organised trip, amazing scenery & numerous wild-lives colonies, and fun.

Travelled: January 2024

Anonymous -

Seeing the penguins, seals, whales was the highlight of my trip. Seeing the biggest iceberg in the world was pretty awesome too.

Travelled: January 2024

Jean -

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

Travelled: January 2024

Jennifer -

Kayaking in Paradise Bay.

Travelled: January 2024

(Aaron) Boo Boon -

St Andrews Bay and the whales circling us while kayaking in Neko Harbour

Travelled: March 2023

Barbara -

Zodiac trips through the ice in amazing antarctic scenery.

Travelled: March 2023

Roger -

Our first landing in South Georgia when the king penguins just walked up and greeted us on the beach. It still makes me grin and tear up to think of it!

Travelled: March 2023

Elizabeth -

Being in the midst of a raft of swimming penguins on board a RIB and having a leopard seal surface next to the same!

Travelled: March 2023

Hugh -

Both South Georgia and the Antarctic rate equally but meeting the wildlife was incredible

Travelled: March 2023

Mike -

There is no one memorable moment. The entire Polar Latitudes Cruise was phenomenal. The excursion crew was excellent as was all the service. The shore excursions were all breathtaking. Stepping onto the Antarctic continent was a moment never to be forgotten.

Travelled: February 2023

Lindley -

Review:

This ship has so many strong attributes, but for me it’s Seaventure's wide expanse of windows in every social area. The wrap-around windows in the Panorama Lounge make for a perfect spot to defrost after a busy day exploring, without missing any of the jaw-dropping landscapes!   

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

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Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like 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 solo passengers willing to share a cabin.

Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing. 

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 Kayaking Kayaking $895 An immersive full kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow) with a maximum of 10 fixed participants. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $250 One-off discovery paddle session with a maximum of 14 participants per session. Available on select departures, subject to weather conditions. Previous kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Includes

  • All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers on Day 1
  • For trips departing from October 2023 - March 24: all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included (some super premium brands are excluded). For trips departing October 2024 - March 2025: beer/wine/soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • For trips operating from November 2024-March 2025, 2 pre-cruise hotel nights will be included in Ushuaia. For trips running from November 2025-March 2026, 1 pre-night will be included.
  • Complimentary 500Mb of Wi-Fi (option to purchase more at additional cost)
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • 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 for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

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

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