South Georgia In Depth | Overview

Introduction

Home the most astounding wildlife show on the planet, South Georgia delights and amazes every intrepid visitor willing to make the journey to this remote outpost in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

South Georgia is home to the largest King Penguin rookery on earth. Set against a dramatic backdrop of jagged peaks, the Salisbury Plain stretches out before you, packed with hundreds of thousands of King Penguins.

Departing from Punta Arenas, you'll fly to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Here, we you find a relatively warm climate where an abundance of unusual wildlife thrives. Sixty species of migratory birds and the rare rockhopper penguin inhabit these islands. 

Your voyage on the well-appointed Akademik Sergey Vavilov then sets out through the Antarctic convergence to the pristine island of South Georgia. Towering glacier-covered mountains are merely the backdrop to spectacular wildlife sightings including rookeries of king penguin, several seal species and the comic macaroni penguin.  

Timed to coincide with the arrival of spring and the beginning of the wildlife migration, You will witness male elephant seals battle for control of the beaches, the intimate courtship rituals of  albatross, and the antics of fluffy young penguin chics, as they are tended to by their doting parents.

 
King Penguins and a gentoo interloper

Highlights

  • Migratory birds and Rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands
  • Vast rookeries of King penguins
  • Massive colonies of Southern elephant seals
  • Historical focus on Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Special Photographic Journey - Oct departure

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