Falklands and South Georgia Tour | Polar Unbound | Antarctic Safari

Departing from the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia, this comprehensive 20-day itinerary takes in the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Meet locals in the remote farms and capital of the Falkland Islands, witness the magnificent glacial landscapes and historic stations of South Georgia and immerse yourself in the breathtaking channels and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. 

Itinerary

Ushuaia

Your expedition begins in Ushuaia, with a day to explore its Argentinean leather markets and award-winning museum. Ushuaia is also on the doorstep of the dramatic Tierra del Fuego National Park which can be accessed along the famous “Train at the End of the World”.

ACCOMMODATION : Arakur Hotel and Resort

Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel and a leisurely morning exploring Ushuaia, you will be transferred to the ship in the mid-afternoon. Meet your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, then relax on deck as we set sail through the Beagle Channel in the evening, passing colonies of Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants and sea lions. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Southern Ocean

Today will be sent sailing across the Southern Ocean, accompanied by albatrosses, prions and petrels which often follow the ship, as well as the occasional sighting of whales and dolphins. A series of informative lectures will be presented by your Expedition Team on the wildlife, history and geology of the Falkland Islands, as well as briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

West Falklands

We’ll arrive today in the West Falklands where remote farms have been operated by families for generations. Sheep graze alongside colonies of albatross, rockhopper, king and Magellanic penguins, while striated caracaras soar overhead. Meet the hardy locals who live in this dramatic part of the world over a cup of tea and cake. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stanley, East Falkland

This morning we’ll cruise into the sheltered harbor of Stanley which is the capital of the Falkland Islands. You’ll have plenty of time to wander its shops and museum which are a short walk from the port, together with lively pubs where you can chat with the locals. It’s also possible to experience the Falkland’s abundant wildlife from town, with sea lions and dolphins often spotted in the harbor and a number of seabird species in nearby Gypsy Cove. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Southern Ocean

We’ll spend the next couple of days sailing across the Southern Ocean, passing the Antarctic Convergence and officially entering the waters of Antarctica. Our onboard presentations will continue with a series of fascinating lectures about our next destination - South Georgia. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Georgia

Located within the Antarctic Convergence but outside the yearly sea ice limit, South Georgia boasts an abundance of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Over the next few days, you’ll explore its magnificent mountain scenery and glaciers, as well as the dramatic, iceberg-dotted coastline. We’ll launch the zodiacs to visit colonies of elephant seals, fur seals, albatross, petrels and skuas, as well as impressive king penguins as they fatten up their chicks. We also hope to visit the historic Grytviken whaling station which is home to its own museum, together with the Norwegian seaman’s church, the working British Antarctic Survey station and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Scotia Sea

We’ll continue sailing south across the Scotia Sea as the icebergs become more plentiful, accompanied by informative presentations about the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. 

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

We’ll approach the Antarctic Peninsula from the east, crossing the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea which drives cold water and ice north to South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Keep an eye out for whales and numerous species of seabirds as we cruise through its iceberg-dotted waters, exploring the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula. Destinations may include Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay and the Lemaire Channel, together with the Neumayer Channel and the wildlife-filled waters of the Penola Channel. We’ll launch the zodiacs to visit penguin rookeries, seal wallows and bird colonies, as well as working scientific bases such as Poland’s Arctowksi or the U.K.’s Port Lockroy. The itinerary will be largely determined by weather, ice and wildlife opportunities, with the chance to see Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, together with orcas, minke and humpback whales.

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drake Passage

We’ll depart the Antarctic Peninsula on our return trip across the Drake Passage, continuing our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we reflect on this incredible expedition.

ACCOMMODATION : MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ushuaia

This morning you will disembark the vessel for your flight back to Buenos Aires or an extended stay in this southern city.

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Nov 03, 2018 to Nov 24, 2018
Hebridean Sky - Starts Puerto Madryn
$18,995£0€0$0$0$18,995£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Dec 31, 2018 to Jan 19, 2019
Hebridean Sky
$23,695£0€0$0$0$23,695£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Feb 12, 2019 to Mar 03, 2019
Island Sky
$16,995£0€0$0$0$16,995£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

Date: November 3, 2018 - November 24, 2018
Rates: Starting at $18,995
Camping Option: $125
Sea Kayaking Option: $695
Ship: Hebridean Sky
Starts Puerto Madryn and ends Ushuaia - 22 Days

Cabin Options:

 Owner's    LIMITED
 Penthouse$24,295 Per Person
 Veranda$21,595 Per Person
 Deluxe SOLD OUT       
 Single                                                          NA
 Promenade $18,995 Per Person
 WindowLIMITED
 PortholeLIMITED
 Triple                                                           LIMITED

 

 
Date: December 31, 2018 - January 19, 2019
Rates: Starting at $23,695
Camping Option: $125
Sea Kayaking Option: $695
Ship: Hebridean Sky

Cabin Options:

 Owner's     SOLD OUT
 Penthouse SOLD OUT
 VerandaLIMITED
 Deluxe SOLD OUT       
 Single                                                          NA
 Promenade $23,695 Per Person
 WindowLIMITED
 PortholeSOLD OUT
 Triple                                                            LIMITED

 

Date: February 12 - March 3, 2019
Rates: Starting at $16,995
Camping Option: $125
Sea Kayaking Option: $695
Ship: Island Sky

Cabin Options:

 Owner's   LIMITED
 Penthouse $29,695 Per Person
 Veranda $26,995 Per Person
 Deluxe LIMITED     
 Single                                                          NA
 Promenade $23,995 Per Person
 Window $22,995 Per Person
 Porthole $20,795 Per Person
 Triple                                                            $16,995 Per Person 

 

Included: 
  • One night Hotel accommodations in embarkation city. 
  • Transfer from Airport in embarkation city
  • Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
  • Group transfer from ship to airport or central location on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa available 24 hours a day
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail
  • House wine, berr and soft drink with dinner
  • Expediton Jacket (yours to keep)
  • Insulated rubber boots for use durring the voyage
  • Wifi on Library computers
  • 100 minute Wifi Card (for use on personal devices)
  • All port fees
  • All landing fees
  • Digital voyage log
  • In Owner's Suite, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Single and Promenade categories: champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 gift shop credit

Excluded: 

  • Airfare
  • Transfers from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
  • Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • Alcohol and soft drniks on board (except as listed in inclusions)
  • On board communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, wifi from personal devices in excess of 100 minutes provided
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Ship Details

Hebridean Sky Technical Specifications

Passengers: 118*
Crew: 75 (includes Staff)
Manager: Salén Ship Management AB, Sweden
Registered in: Nassau, Bahamas
Built by: Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Italy
Built in: 1991
Refurbished: May, 2016
Length: 90,6 m
Width: 15,3 m
Tonnage: 4 200 GRT
Class: B.V. Ice Class 1C
Stabilization: Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology

*To enhance our guest experience, we carry a maximum of 114 passengers

 

Island Sky Technical Specifications

Passengers: 118*
Crew: 75 (includes Staff)
Manager: Salén Ship Management AB, Sweden
Registered in: Nassau, Bahamas
Built by: Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Italy
Built in: 1992
Refurbished: Sept, 2015
Length: 90,6 m
Width: 15,3 m
Tonnage: 4 200 GRT
Class: B.V. Ice Class 1D
Stabilization: Blohm & Voss Stabilization System with wave-anticipation roll technology
*To enhance our guest experience, we carry a maximum of 112 passengers 
 

 

Staterooms

All Suites

  • Exterior views
  • Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
  • Sitting area with sofa and side chair
  • Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
  • Telephone
  • Independent temperature controls
  • Mini-Bar
  • Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • 220 square feet or more
  • Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

Promenade, Deluxe, Single, Veranda & Penthouse Accommodations Include all of the features above plus: 

  • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
  • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • En suite Nespresso machine

*Please see the deck plans for additional informaiton regarding cabin options. 

Ship Photos

Deck Plans

FAQ & More

Are flights included?

No flights are included in the cost of your trip.  While we are not licensed to purchase international air we can recommend an excellent flight broker to assist you with your travel to Ushuaia, Trelew or Puerto Madryn (depending on your itinerary).

Are pre or post trip hotels included?

Day 1 of every departure is your arrival day at your embarkation city and a hotel stay is included.  You can arrive any time this day and you will be guaranteed your room will be ready.  If you arrive on the scheduled day of departure there will be an airport transfer provided.

Do I need a passport or visa for this trip?

Currently all you require as a US citizen is a valid passport – we recommend having at least 6 months validity remaining beyond your planned return date – while Argentina is not currently enforcing this it is a requirement for many other South American countries and we cannot be held responsible if you are denied entry because your passport is close to expiration. 

Currently citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Argentina (please double check however if you require to pay and entry fee). Please be sure your passport has sufficient blank pages for entry and exit stamps.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

Yes. Travel insurance in mandatory.  You must be covered for personal injury, medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation expenses.  This must include coverage for pre- existing medical conditions.

Can I kayak or camp on this trip?

Sea Kayaking is available on all of our trips and camping is available on the Antarctic Peninsula voyage.  These options have limited availability and are an additional cost.  Please inquire about these options early as they sell out quickly.

What clothing do I need to bring?

Please refer to our packing list for specific packing suggestions.  In general pack for dressing in layers with an outer waterproof layer on top (We will provide you with a Helly Hansen waterproof jacket that is yours to keep as part of your trip cost).

Do I need rubber boots?

Most landings will involve stepping into water so we provide these for you. We recommend a thick pair of thermal socks for wearing under these to keep your feet warm.

What is the on-board dress code?

Dress on board is casual and always informal and again we suggest dressing in layers for moving between different parts of the ship.  A pair of sneakers or trails shoes with a sturdy, non-slip sole are all that you will need.

What is the weather like?

Typical day time temperatures are 28 to 39 degrees Fahrenheit but it can change in an instant.  Winds can also make the temperatures feel considerably colder so it is best to be dressed for wet and windy conditions all the time.

What amenities are in the cabins?

All cabins will have a personal bathrobe and slippers, a hairdryer, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and shower gel).  Refrigerator / minibar.  There is a laundry service on board and the pricelist will be in your cabin.

Is there a fitness room on board?

There is no fitness room but we do have some fitness equipment available for guests.  These are available on a first come first served basis from reception.

Electricity?

Ship voltage is 110V with US style 2 flat pin sockets.

Should I be concerned about motion sickness?

Once in the Antarctic motion sickness should not be a problem however crossing the Drake Passage can be particularly rough and you should be prepared.  Please make sure you start taking motion sickness medication before the ship departs.

What currency should I bring?

The US Dollar is the on board currency.  On board expenses will be charged to your account and you can settle these using Visa or Mastercard at the end of your voyage.

What Gratuities are recommended?

All gratuities are entirely at your discretion.  Should you wish to tip the suggested amount is $12 per person per day.  This can be added to your onboard account and paid by credit card.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Wi-Fi is available from anywhere on board.  Each passenger will receive a 100 minute card for access from personal devices. Additional cards will be available for sale.

What language is spoken on the ship?

English is the official language of the voyage. All briefings and presentations will be in English.

Is there an available Doctor?

There will be an English speaking physician on board however be aware that full medical facilities may be days away.

Can I travel with my Children?

While these trips are not aimed at children we are happy to welcome families on board.  If you intend to travel with children younger than 16 please talk to us to discuss what trip would be appropriate.

How often do guests explore off the ship?

While we are in Antarctica we typically manage two landings/excursions per day. This is always weather dependent but we make every effort to maximize our time outside exploring on land and/or cruising via zodiac. Given our guest capacity we are able to get all guests off for every activity. The experienced crew and staff make for a seamless and efficient operation.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

We can accommodate most dietary specialties as long as we have advanced notice.  Every meal will have 3 key options: Meat, Fish and Vegetarian. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style.

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