Start: Port Stanley Finish: Port Stanley
Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging
Tour code: PUI
Group size: 0 - 96
18 to 99
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Fit for KingsThere may be better places to photograph in the world than South
Georgia, perhaps the plains of East Africa when the herds are in full flight,
but it is debatable. South Georgia is a combination of staggering scenery:
with towering mountains, sparkling hanging glaciers and charcoal volcanic
beaches choked with literally millions of King penguins and countless other
species.The legacy of Ernest Henry Shackleton is never far away, this distant
South Atlantic faunal stronghold being the final part of his epic journey
after the Endurance had become entombed in a crushing and mortal grip of
Weddell Sea ice. The most valuable commodity on any Antarctic journey is
time and with a spanking new 96 berth vessel specifically designed for these
waters, with magnificent facilities and with an impressive top speed, we will
be making the most of this fortnight. The Magellan is in a class of its own
and perfect for this sort of adventure. This is a photographic expedition
which, put simply, aims to utterly maximise every daylight hour in both South
Georgia and the Falklands. Weather is a capricious mistress at best in the
South Atlantic and therefore we cannot be bound by rigid timetables. There
should be huge Elephant seals competing for beach space, often resulting in
violent skirmishes in the surf. Having had to move the clock in the past to
enjoy sunrise in the past (honestly) it will be good to enjoy some dawn and
dusk. Rest assured there is also plenty of daylight too.Flying straight into
Stanley saves a lot of sea time as most departures leave from Ushuaia and the
plan will be to do at least two big Falklands landings as well as some time
in the capital Stanley.For photographers, wilderness fans, and those who have
ever dreamed about spending time in this remote backwater, this is a must.
Many people travel to the South Atlantic and have their journeys compromised
by having to split landings on account of the 100 people maximum. This ship
is 96 berth and not this size by co-incidence and the two weeks on board are
going to be very exciting if perhaps a little exhausting. Most journeys to
South Georgia are on cruise ships allocating maybe three days at best in this
fabled faunal nirvana. This almost borders on insult and this expedition
(notice the different description please) plans five days at least in South
Georgia before returning to the fertile Falkland islands. Hundreds of times I
have heard people bemoaning the fact they did not have long enough in South
Georgia, well, not on this expedition. The colonies of St Andrews Bay, Gold
Harbour and Salisbury Plain are the biggest penguin colonies anywhere and
need long, extended landings. Despite being a formidable obstacle to their
almost crusade-like journey to Stromness whaling station, Worsley, Crean,
McNeish and the Boss himself were captivated by this island as you will be
.... the comfort levels have improved a little since the James Caird
though!King for a day.....well it will be a little more than that. If walking
in the footsteps of Shackleton, gazing at coruscating glaciers, watching huge
seals batter seven barrels out of each other and then witnessing thousands of
King and other penguins in and out of the surf is your thing, I really look
forward to welcoming you on board.As for photography there .... it really is
the sport of kings.Georgia on your minds...? It should be. - Paul
You will be picked up at the Port Stanley Airport and transferred into town. There will be time to explore the town of Port Stanley before boarding the ship.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
During a morning visit to Saunders Island, we enjoy the long white-sand beach. A wilderness experience, the main attractions there are Rockhopper penguins, nesting Black browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic Gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, we visit Carcass Island. There is an option for an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical Falklands tea experience.
We visit New Island today, a classic West Falklands experience, with albatross and penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions, in the afternoon, we could visit Weddell Island.
Morning landing at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds. In the afternoon, we head to South Georgia.
As we sail toward South Georgia, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales.
Depending on sea conditions over the previous days, arrival is planned for the afternoon. Provided we receive approval from the South Georgia government, we plan to do an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.
Our first landing is at Grytviken. We clear Customs and then visit the historical site, with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. In the afternoon, we land at Fortuna Bay/Stromness to see King penguins. Here we learn more about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional 2-3 hour 'Shackleton walk'.
In the morning, we plan a landing at Gold Harbour. This is a spectacular location with King penguins, Elephant seals and hanging glaciers. There are also Sooty albatrosses here. In the afternoon, we visit Cooper Bay to see Macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.
St Andrews Bay is the destination of our morning excursion. We see the largest King penguin colony, and Elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, we plan a Zodiac cruise and landing at Ocean Harbour. The highlights here are a shipwreck and remains of the whaling industry.
In the morning, we plan to visit Prion Island to see the nesting Wandering albatross. In the afternoon, we head to Salisbury Plain for more King penguins and stunning landscapes.
As we make our way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) our program of lectures and presentations continues.
Upon arrival at Port Stanley we disembark and transfer to the airport for the ongoing flight.
11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.
All meals while on the ship included and offer a variety of choices. A full
selection of drinks is served by waitstaff. Breakfast and lunch are offered
buffet-style, where your choice of main course is plated by a chef and can
then be complemented by side dishes, salads, fruits, and pastries. Dinner is
sit-down, with full service. Beers and premium Chilean wines are included
with lunch and dinner. Depending on the weather, a barbecue on deck may be
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