Our South Georgia in Depth birding cruise takes us to one of the jewels of the South Atlantic Ocean. This incredibly remote and wild island is home to an abundance of wildlife; and in fact, South Georgia has rightly been called ‘the most staggering wildlife show on earth’! Even our experienced expedition staff, some with more than 100 journeys south, cherish every visit to South Georgia.
Traditionally, our visits to South Georgia last only three or four days and are part of a much longer itinerary that includes time spent in Antarctica. But, after many years of careful preparation and planning, we can now offer our guests the unique opportunity of seven full days of exploration – almost double the time typically spent – in this magical destination. This particular voyage is timed to coincide with the arrival of spring as South Georgia emerges from the long and frigid winter – a really exceptional time to visit! Late October marks the beginning of the wildlife migration and commencement of the breeding cycle for many species on the island. Scenes of male Southern Elephant Seals battling for control of the beaches (and their female harems), and the intimate and beautiful courtship rituals of the albatrosses and antics of the young penguin chicks, will have you believing you are ‘on the set’ of your very own wildlife documentary. For lovers of remote, small-ship expedition cruising, this voyage ticks every box you could possibly imagine. After a short flight from Punta Arenas in southern Chile, we begin our 14-night expedition in Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, from where we will chart a course across the Scotia Sea and make landfall at the northeastern tip of South Georgia. This area is truly rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of astonishing wildlife. Much of early polar exploration history has links to South Georgia and we aim to make this come alive with guided walks ashore, visiting relics such as the old whaling stations and highlighting points of interest and place names – each with its own story to tell. We will be exploring the entire northern coast of the island in depth and can expect some phenomenal encounters with some of our planet’s most astounding – and approachable – wildlife! For photographers in particular, our expedition to South Georgia will leave you with a plethora of images and some amazing memories that are certain to linger for a lifetime! Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.
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King & Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Northern and Southern Royal, Wandering & Light-mantled Albatross, Snowy Sheathbill, South Georgia Diving Petrel, Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Snow, Antarctic, Kerguelen & Great-winged Petrel, South Georgia Shag, Falkland Steamer Duck, chances for South Georgia Pipit
Humpback, Fin, Sei & Minke Whale, Orca, Commerson’s & Peale’s Dolphin, Southern Elephant Seal
coastal and pelagic waters, sub-Antarctic islands
temperate to subzero, sunny and calm to gale force conditions can be expected
easy pace, mostly undemanding walks