Small Group Safari

Antarctic Peninsula Penguin Discovery

Explore the frozen Antarctic continent and the sub-Antarctic region in search of up to eight different species of penguin. Sail the frozen seas through magnificent ice sculptures and dramatic scenery as you marvel at the stillness of this frozen continent.

Duration 12 days
Price From $10,800
When Jan - Feb 2019
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

Explore the last great, truly wild, continent. Sail through the most dramatic and breath-taking landscapes you are ever likely to encounter, on a trip that will leave you changed forever. Watch in wonder as penguins splash through the water, and curiously wander towards you as you sit mesmerised on the beach. Hike the hills of the beautiful Falkland Islands, and photograph as many as eight incredible species of penguin.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • See up to eight different species of penguin, more than almost all other Antarctic trips.
  • Test your photography skills as you cruise alongside incredible ice formations.
  • Visit the beautiful Falkland Islands to encounter the impressive king penguin.
  • Enjoy the absolute peace and quiet as you relax on board one of the quietest ships in Antarctica.

A penguin focussed safari exploring the white continent, and the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands.

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Day by day

Day 1

Punta Arenas – King George Island

Today, your adventure begins in the town of Punta Arenas, on Chile's southern tip. After getting to know your fellow passengers, you'll board a 2-hour flight across the Drake Passage to King George Island, which lies around 120 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Upon arrival, you'll climb on board inflatable zodiac boats which will take you to your expedition ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov D

Days 2-4

Antarctic Peninsula & Deception Island

Overnight, the Vavilov will have navigated south across the Bransfield Strait, which means you'll awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. During the next three days you'll be able to enjoy a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline of Antarctica. If ice conditions allow, the ship will also cruise through the Lemaire Channel. Possible destinations include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour, Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries of Cuverville Island. Your Captain will eventually chart a course towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway to the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way a visit is also planned to Deception Island, so named as the island is in fact the caldera of an active volcano, eruptions from which have damaged scientific research stations in the past.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 5-7

Weddell Sea

As you navigate into the Weddell Sea, the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap will be unveiled for the first time. Make sure to spend some time on deck watching in awe as the ship becomes increasingly surrounded by tabular icebergs. This always makes for exciting navigation and stunning photographic opportunities. Weather permitting, you will be able to spend a night camping on the snow.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 8

Elephant Island

Point Lookout, on the southern tip of Elephant Island, is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Both elephant and Antarctic fur seals are often found lounging around on the beaches here, so have your camera at the ready to capture these impressive creatures. If conditions permit, you may be able to visit Point Wild on Elephant Island's northern coast. It was here, in 1916, that the famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men were encamped for four months under their upturned life boats, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia. Miraculously, all 22 sailors left behind on Elephant Island survived, after Shackleton returned on board a ship from the Chilean Navy. Landings at this location are tricky due to the stong currents and surf on the beach.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 9-10

Southern Ocean

Sailing north to the Falkland Islands, a spectacular array of seabirds will be constant travelling companions as they soar above the ship. Educational programmes, interactive presentations and lively discussions can be enjoyed on board during the voyage.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 11

Falkland Islands

After arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, explorations of either West Point Island or neighboring Carcass Island will be on the itinerary. These locations are best known for their colonies of rockhopper penguin and black-browed albatross. Close by is Saunders Island – the fourth-largest of the Falklands – where four species of penguin live in close quarters. With luck, you'll be able to spot king, gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins here. Your final night will be spent charting a course for the port of Stanley, the Falklands' capital, and you'll also be invited to a special dinner attended by the ship's Captain.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 12

Falkand Islands – Punta Arenas

This morning, disembark in Stanley and take some time to explore the quaint little town and pick up some souvenirs, or send a postcard home. You will then make your way to the airport to catch a return flight to Punta Arenas, and onwards to home.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small-group, set departure on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov – one of the quietest and most stable ships sailing Antarctic waters – during which you'll explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands.

2019 Departure  Price
Jan 22 – Feb 2  From £8,210 per person

Please note that all prices exclude the cost of international flights.


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