Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 8 days in South Georgia & 2 days in The Falklands
- Special photography focused one-off departure
- Includes flights to and from The Falklands saving a 36 hour sail in each direction
- With a maximum of only 54 people on board, this small ship is ideal for such a special focus trip
- Complimentary parka jacket + post trip voyage journal
Day 1: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
If you travel to the Falkland Islands today with the rest of the group, you will be transferred from the airport to Polar Pioneer with a tour of Stanley included. If you wish to see more of the Falkland Islands you may book your flight to arrive one week early to explore this very British outpost. If you do so you will make your own way to the pier to board the ship. Please Note: There is only one flight a week to Stanley, each Saturday. It is subject to availability and may involve an additional surcharge.
Day 2: West Falklands and Saunders Island
Start the day by a visit to the rarely-visited Steeple Jason Island in the West Falklands, home to the world's largest colony of black-browed albatross, followed by Saunders Island, the second largest off shore islands in the archipelago. Saunders is a working sheep farm, rich in wildlife including four species of penguins. Carcass Island offers amazing bird-watching opportunities, including the endemic Cobb's Wren, the dark ground tyrants, tussac birds and more.
Days 3-4: At sea towards South Georgia
We'll sail between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular sea birds we'll encounter on our way, or prepare for our next stop through a series of informative talks and lectures on wildlife and history of the region.
Days 5-12: South Georgia
Before we first land on South Georgia, you'll receive guidelines and instructions on the wildlife and some insight on the Antarctic Treaty. As a true wildlife sanctuary, South Georgia boasts some of the world's largest King Penguin rookeries and majestic bird life including the wandering albatross. Playful seals and basking Elephants seals provide entertainment as we explore the pristine, kelp-strewn beaches; we Zodiac cruise magnificent Elsehul Bay and visit Grytviken, once a Norwegian whaling station, now the administrative capital of South Georgia.
Days 13-14: At sea towards Falklands
We'll start cruising back to the Falkland Islands, accompanied by fascinating sea birds; time will allow to reflect on our adventure and for some more lectures and talks as well as opportunities to sort or exchange photos.
Day 15: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
This morning we'll cruise into Stanley harbour in the Falkland islands/Malvinas; you'll have the choice to extend your stay in the Falklands, or continue directly on the afternoon flight to Punta Arenas and on to Santiago.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.
About The Ship
- One of the smallest ships, only 54 guests
- Speedy logistics = up to 3 landings a day
- Time saving flights on some departures
- High 1A ice class + active stabilisers
- Optional camping, kayaking & snorkeling
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
I've known this ship for many years now and she remains a firm favourite with a loyal following.
Alex Mudd General Manager
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.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $10,900 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.
Kayaking ($1.250) - all departures. Basic competency required.
Shackleton Walk in South Georgia (complimentary) - all departures.
Single Supplement and Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children aged 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing.
- Return flights Santiago or P. Arenas/ Stanley
- Transfers as indicated
- Guided tour of Stanley
- Printed voyage photo book (1 per booking)
- Antarctic wildlife guide
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board basis
- 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
- Any flights to & 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 & communication
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)