Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 7, 2016
22 Days
Aboard the Ocean Adventurer
110 Guests
From $18,980
Magellanic Penguins

Expedition Highlights

  • Tour the beautiful Falkland Islands to view huge populations of rockhopper, gentoo, and Magellanic penguins, as well as the regal black-browed albatross.
  • Witness the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia—king, macaroni, gentoo, and chinstrap—as well as large numbers of elephant and fur seals crowding the beaches.
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent and revel in the incredible scenery of snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs—a photographer's dream.
  • Learn about early polar exploration and whaling history, including a visit to the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

This is one of those trips of a lifetime, one that requires you to experience it in the first person. No amount of words can adequately describe the variety, majesty, tension, and unparallelled beauty of land, sea, ice, mammals, and birds all converging on the world’s most remote continent. Zegrahm staff, naturalists, directors, and ship personnel combined to provide a lifetime of memories forever imprinted on the brain through a combination of passion, caring, and hard work. Best trip ever!

Joyce & Jim B.

Expedition Team

Ocean Adventurer

The 120-guest Ocean Adventurer will be refurbished in 2017 and is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged natural environments. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft allows us to explore at a moment’s notice. Each stateroom has an ocean view, an in-room music system, and en suite bathroom.

Additional Exploration

Patagonia with Torres del Paine
Pre-Trip Extension:
Patagonia with Torres del Paine
January 2January 9, 2016
From $4,380

Encompassing 615,000 acres of expansive grasslands and the fantastic pinnacles of the Andean mountains, Torres del Paine National Park is a stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Chile’s premier Patagonian destination. Here, peaks of twisted, snow-dusted granite—endowed with waterfalls, emerald lakes, and verdant valleys—tower above the plains of Patagonia.

Trip Preparation: Gear Up!

  • Arctic Sport Boots
Arctic Sport Boots

It’s not every day you find yourself in need of Arctic sport boots—but when you are fortunate enough to be exploring Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands with us, consider renting these incredibly hard-working boots. They’re breathable and warm, waterproof to the knee, and boast a great tread, helping you keep your footing as you’re getting to know the local Adelie penguins or albatross.

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  • South Georgia Pipit, Prion Island

    Habitat Restoration on South Georgia

    May 13, 2016 | Video

    The South Georgia Heritage Trust has done some incredible work for the island, including eradicating ALL rats from South Georgia. Doing so brought back the population of the South Georgia pipit, once very near extinction. Watch as ornithologist Jim Wilson tells you more about the project - and listen to a pipit sing!

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    Southern Elephant Seals

    Elephant Seals: In the Heat of the Battle

    May 12, 2016 | Video

    Please note, this video contains graphic footage; sensitive viewers may find some scenes disturbing. 

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    Photography in Antarctica

    Photography in Antarctica

    May 12, 2016 | Blog Post

    Michael Moore has been working with us for nearly a decade; he earned both his BS in biology and an MS degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution at the University of Illinois.

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  • Cruising the Antarctic Sound

    Why "The Ice" is One of Travel's Hottest Destinations

    May 12, 2016 | Blog Post

    When it comes to dream destinations, the driest, windiest, and coldest place on Earth may not immediately come to mind. Yet for many modern-day explorers, Antarctica ranks high on their trip-of-a-lifetime lists.

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    Wandering Albatross

    High-flying Facts About the Albatross [Infographic]

    May 11, 2016 | Infographics

    To the casual observer, an albatross may appear to be merely an oversized gull. On the contrary—the albatross is so much more than a shore-hugging monarch of pier pilings! View our infographic for more facts on albatross, from the varying species and their keen sense of smell, to just how long they can soar without touching land.

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    Grytviken, South Georgia

    In the Footsteps of Shackleton

    May 11, 2016 | Video

    Long-time Zegrahm leader, naturalist, and historian, Ingrid Nixon, is an incredible story-teller. She has traveled with us to Antarctica several times, and has regaled us with stories of early exploration. Along with historian David Wilson, watch as they share the story of Ernest Shackleton and his voyage to South Georgia.



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  • Black-Browed Albatross

    The Realm of the Albatross

    May 10, 2016 | Video

    On our recent expedition to South Georgia, we observed majestic albatross, soaring very near to us both on the ship and on land. When we stopped at Elsehul, we were able to explore the nesting sites of both light-mantled sooty and gray-headed albatross. Watch as Jim Wilson, ornithologist and long-time Zegrahm leader, describes these enigmatic creatures.  



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    Weddell Sea, Antarctica

    Cool Facts About Antarctica's Polar Deserts

    July 1, 2015 | Blog Post

    The words “polar” and “desert” may seem contradictory, but that’s only because most of us associate the latter with sun-drenched, sand-covered landscapes. Yet desert actually describes any desolate stretch of land that is waterless and without vegetation—and by that definition, Africa’s Sahara doesn’t hold a dowsing rod to the polar deserts of Antarctica and the Arctic.

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    Macaroni Penguin, South Georgia

    Penguins of Patagonia—A Primer

    June 8, 2015 | Blog Post

    Always looking dapper in their natural tuxedos, penguins are amazing little creatures. The dashing appearance of these flightless birds—evolved from sky-bound birds some 40 million years ago and found solely in the Southern Hemisphere—is quite strategic: their black backs provide camouflage to predators from above, while their white bellies blend into the water’s bright surface.

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  • Ushuaia, Argentina

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2014 Field Report

    March 3, 2014 | Field Report

    Monday, January 6, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia: Most of us arrived in Buenos Aries and continued on to Ushuaia to join our fellow explorers at the Las Hoyas Hotel. We unpacked and enjoyed a welcome dinner where our Expedition Leader, Russ Evans, and Zegrahm cofounder Peter Harrison greeted us and welcomed us to the trip of a lifetime.

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    South Shetland Islands

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2013 Field Report

    February 28, 2013 | Field Report

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 - Buenos Aires, Argentina: After arriving in Buenos Aires earlier this morning, we enjoyed a most welcome buffet at our lovely hotel, the Emperador. We then had the afternoon to either relax or sight-see in this colorful Argentinean capital.

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    Brown Bluff, Antarctica

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2012 Field Report

    March 15, 2012 | Field Report

    Saturday, January 14, 2012 - Buenos Aires, Argentina: Don't cry for me, it is with great regret we only had time to quickly meet and pass through your captivating capital of Buenos Aires.

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