Luxury Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula 21 days aboard Hebridean Sky
This excellent expedition aboard the first class vessel Hebridean Sky offers the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travellers! Encompassing the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands, as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes as well as an abundance of unique and exciting wildlife encounters. Travelling at the start of the Antarctic summer, the pack ice will have started to break up, leaving the landscape at its most pristine, and allowing for excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. Sightings of Adélie, Chinstrap, King and Gentoo penguins, Elephant and Furs seals, and birdlife like albatross, marine fulmars, and petrels will be the norm throughout your journey and the photography opportunities will be endless!
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Surprising Falkland Islands
- South Georgia, 'Jewel in the Crown' of Antarctic destinations
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Stunning scenery
- Historical associations
- Exciting kayaking option
- Onboard photography coach
- Two nights pre-expedition hotel accommodation
- Transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Welcome & farewell cocktail
- Free tea & coffee 24hrs
- Complimentary expedition parka
- Use of rubber boots
- Zodiac excursions and shore landings
- Programme of expert lectures
- Onboard photography coach
ITINERARY20 Nights 21 Days
Arrive independently to Puerto Madryn, located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, and spend some time enjoying the sights of the city. A popular resort destination for wildlife excursions, Puerto Madryn is one of Argentina's fastest growing cities and the gateway to the Peninsula Valdés. There are many opportunities here for wildlife excursions including whale watching tours and trips to visit Magellanic penguin colonies.
An overnight hotel stay in Puerto Madryn is included in the price of your package and in the evening you can attend an optional briefing to meet your fellow travellers and ask any questions you may have about the adventures ahead. You can also avail of an optional extra night’s stay in Puerto Madryn free of charge before your itinerary begins. Please enquire for full details.
In the morning you will have time to explore more of this unique Patagonian city before embarkation begins in the afternoon. Your expedition team and ship's officers will welcome you on board and after a safety and orientation briefing you can enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner with your new shipmates. As you settle into your comfortable cabin you can watch the city lights fade behind us as your ship begins its journey south towards the Falklands.
At Sea - Southern Ocean
As your ship sails through the Southern Ocean towards the Falkland Islands you can take this opportunity to join some of the informative and entertaining talks and presentations delivered by your team of onboard experts. You can learn about the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean and prepare for your time on the islands. There will also be briefings on the environmental regulations of the Falklands and expedition safety.
Make sure to spend some time on deck looking for the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your expedition team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area.
As your ship arrives along the western coast of the Falkland Islands your adventure will begin in earnest. Exploring by Zodiac and enjoying daily landings you will visit some of the remote islands that make up the western side of the archipelago. The homesteads that make up these islands have been family-owned for six and seven generations, and a visit here usually includes an invitation for cakes, a cup of tea and a chat about life on the islands’ westernmost settled outposts. Wildlife and birdlife opportunities here are excellent, the sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries, while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge.
On our 2nd day in the Falklands your ship will sail further east where we will stop at Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. Enjoy the sights of this unique town with its quintessentially British feel and its shops and lively pubs. A visit to the museum is recommended and a walk around the lovely harbour may lead to sightings of sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins. You could also enjoy excellent birdwatching opportunities in nearby Gypsy Cove.
As your ship sails further south towards South Georgia you will cross the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Your expedition crew will make sure to notify you as you cross this invisible, yet important line, and expert presentations and talks on history and wildlife will prepare you for your time in South Georgia. Spend time on deck looking for the abundance of marine life following the ship.
Welcome to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia! Upon arrival on this remote and scenic island your first impression may be penguins, penguins and more penguins! Home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults, these fascinating creatures dot the landscape in a sea of activity and you will have more than ample opportunities for capturing that perfect wildlife picture. However, it’s not only the penguins that make this island such a pull for intrepid travellers. As well as penguins, the island is home to millions of seals and seabirds, and as we explore by Zodiac making daily landings you can get up close to the action.
The rugged coastline is punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs and the magnificent mountain scenery makes for excellent photo opportunities. During your time here you can visit the historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
After your thoroughly enjoyable time in South Georgia it’s time for another adventure as your captain expertly navigates your ship towards the white continent, mighty Antarctica. Expert presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica will entertain, whilst the sight of more and more icebergs of all shapes and sizes coming into view is likely to take your breath away.
South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
As you arrive in spectacular Antarctica there may be a feeling of euphoria as you witness nature in all its glory. Your itinerary will be flexible, with your expedition leader and captain deciding each day on the best route to make the most of your time here. Exploring by Zodiac you can marvel up close at the dramatic icebergs and scenic bays, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal.
Places you may visit during your time here include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
Crossing the Drake Passage
As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind it’s time to head back towards South America as your ship sails through the famous Drake Passage, followed by an abundance of seabirds, towards Ushuaia. Take the time to reflect on what will have been an unforgettable journey and join your fellow shipmates at a special slideshow presentation to commemorate the expedition.
After sailing through the scenic Beagle Channel your ship will reach Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning, allowing for disembarkation in time to catch onward or homeward flights. If you wish to spend more time in Ushuaia there are numerous options for excursions including trips to the beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park.
A view from Above
What Our Customers
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We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
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We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.
We had the most fantastic time! Everything exceeded our expectations - the ship, the expedition team, the scenery and the most amazing wildlife experiences - 15 humpback whales around the ship one sunset was particularly stunning. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for your expert advice (the cabin choice was just perfect, especially for the bumpy days!) and guidance and helping made this experience so great. My lifetime's ambition was to visit Antarctica and you all helped make that possible. I should also say that the arrangements in Buenos Aires worked really well too. I think we all have ideas about the next trip - Svalbard or the NorthWest Passage - but maybe in a couple of years, although we do each have $1500 in vouchers from Quark! I am not on Facebook myself but will try to put a review on either of the links below. I've received the new brochure already.
A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
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