Frozen South Adventure (Was Mingling With Penguins)

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Run by: Wildlife Worldwide

Reference number: 15500

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This unique wildlife expedition sails from Ushuaia to the Falklands and thence to South Georgia. The trip is led by Mark Carwardine, a great friend of Wildlife Worldwide, who has accompanied many trips over the past few years, and lectures regularly at our Festivals of Wildlife.

This special photographic departure visits a wealth of scenic, wildlife-rich and historical locations, to capture the natural wonders of South Georgia, and offers fabulous video and photographic opportunities, with tuition and workshops from experts Mark Carwardine and Joe Cornish. We will visit key sites in the Falkland Islands, before moving on to the remote island of South Georgia, home to a mind-boggling variety of wildlife and wild scenery.

Our base for this wonderful wildlife cruise is the comfortable ice-strengthened Akademik Sergey Vavilov, which we have exclusively chartered for 19 nights. We will spend plenty of time ashore to enjoy the overwhelming scenery in long hours of daylight, mingling with hundreds of thousands of penguins and huge elephant seals along the way. Our wildlife voyage takes us across to the Scotia Sea, meeting researchers, visiting Ernest Shackleton's grave, and enjoying an outstanding itinerary of entertaining and informative lectures, talks, workshops and seminars by polar and wildlife experts, and professional photographers.

November in this region offers plenty of daylight and the snow is pristine. The wildlife activity is exceptional, with many courting penguins and fur seal pups being born. On South Georgia, this is the only time to see male elephant seals fighting on the beaches and it is also an excellent time for photography; we should encounter a few picturesque snowstorms, as well as a mix of sunny and overcast days.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina & sail
  2. Day 2: En route to the Falkland Islands
  3. Day 3: Shore excursions In the Falkland Islands
  4. Days 4-5: Crossing to South Georgia
  5. Days 6-10: Exploring South Georgia
  6. Days 11-13: Crossing the Scotia Sea
  7. Days 14-17: The South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
  8. Days 18-19: En route back to Ushuaia
  9. Day 20: Arrive Ushuaia & disembark

You should note: This trip is highly dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. Although we will stick to the itinerary as closely as possible, this may change to make the most of local conditions. It’s all part of the fun of polar exploration!

  • Available*: Nov
  • Group size: 94 (exclusive charter)
  • Price excluding international flights: From £11,495 pp; Price based on twin-share cabin (shared facilities)
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return transfers between Ushuaia airport & ship
    • 19 nights on board Akademik Sergey Vavilov
    • All meals
    • Shore landings & excursions during voyage
    • Services of Mark Carwardine
    • Loan of polar jacket, trousers & boots
    • Flights to Ushuaia are NOT included (optional flight & hotel package available from £1,995)
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Photography
    • Walking

Departures

This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

** If you see this next to a price, a specific price in your currency has not been provided, this is an estimated-only price based on a currency conversion, the price you pay may be different to that shown

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