Falkland Islands Explorer

Rockhopper penguins
from £5182 9 nights | Oct Exc. flights See price details
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  • Oct


This wildlife focussed expedition cruise circles the majestic isles of the Falklands, home to gold sand beaches, quintessentially British cultural features, a multitude of marine mammals, several endemic bird species and countless comical penguins.


  • Photograph up to 5 different species of penguin
  • Look on as elephant seal bulls battle over harems of females
  • Encounter albatross, cormorants, shags and many other birds
  • Watch for whales and dolphins riding the waves
  • Admire the scenic streets and well maintained gardens of Stanley

Make daily shore landings on some of the most notable islands in this remote south Atlantic archipelago. The journey will offer fantastic opportunities for photographing an array of wildlife including rockhopper, gentoo, Magellanic and king penguins, elephant seals, albatross and a variety of dolphins and whales. You may also encounter birdlife found no-where else on earth, such as Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: embark in Puerto Madryn
Embark in Puerto Madryn (Argentina) and sail towards the Falkland Islands. The waters here are famed for sightings of the southern right whale.
Days 2-3: at sea
As you continue towards the Falklands, the ship will likely be followed by several species of albatross, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. The expedition team will also begin the lecture program, ensuring you are well prepared for the exciting experiences ahead over the next few days.
Days 4-8: Falkland Islands exploration
The Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) are best known to the wider public for the war between the UK and Argentina in 1982. However, they are fast becoming one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife watching destinations, boasting not only various species of marine mammals and sea birds, but magical close up encounters with the friendly penguin locals.

Locations visited may include:

The rarely visited Steeple Jason Island. This is a wild place dominated by wind and waves. The weather and swell conditions will dictate if a landing can be made here. Steeple Jason is the home of the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world.

Carcass Island - This rodent free isle has a bounty of birdlife from breeding Magellanic and gentoo penguins, to numerous waders and passerine birds including several endemics to the islands, such as the Cobb’s wren and tussock bird.

On Saunders Island, see the majestic black-browed albatross and their sometimes-clumsy landings near their nesting site, along with breeding Imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoo penguins are also present here.

West Point Island is also inhabited by a great number of black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins.

The large white sandy beach at Volunteer Point is rather exposed but offers the second largest king penguin colony in the world, along with a plentiful other birdlife.

Sparrow Cove/ Kidney Cove on the northeast shore of Berkeley Sound, not far from Port Stanley, offers a great hike to enjoy the view over the surrounding scenery.

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, you can experience the island culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as quaint Victorian charm; colourful houses, well-tended gardens, and English style pubs. In the surrounding area you can see a number of stranded clippers bearing witness to the hardships of sailors in the 19th Century. The small, but very interesting museum is also well worth a visit.

On Bleaker Island there are excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Dark-faced ground-tyrants and Magellanic snipes both inhabit the area, along with large numbers of gentoo, Magellanic and rockhopper penguins. King cormorants nest inland, often accompanied by eagle eyed skewers after an easy meal.

Sea Lion Island is the home of the largest breeding colony of southern elephant seals in the archipelago, with approximately 2000 individuals on the northern beaches in early summer. A good hike will lead to a southern sea lion haul out.

Coffin’s Harbour offers a hike which brings rewards such as nesting black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. A more strenuous hike to Land’s End Bluff may offer great views of South American fur seals.
Day 9: at sea
Journey back towards South America, again keeping watch for seabirds and whales
Day 10: disembarkation in Ushuaia
Arrive back in Ushuaia for disembarkation and to begin your journey home.

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and wildlife conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in these regions!

Accommodation Options

M/V Ortelius

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Prices & Dates

2018/19 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

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29 Oct 2018 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,182

Inclusions and exclusions

M/V Ortelius

Includes: Group transfer from ship to airport directly after disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea and cocoa • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Comprehensive pre-departure material • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Excludes: Return airfares • Admission fees to local attractions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

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