Discover the secret
wildlife treasures of the Falklands!
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary
depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The
on-board expedition leader determines the final
itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is
Fortified for both poles of the planet, the
ice-strengthened Ortelius is thoroughly outfitted to
provide you an up-close experience of the Arctic and
Day 1: Sandy Argentine
You embark from Puerto
Madryn in the afternoon, your prow aimed for the
Falkland Islands. Golfo Nuevo is renowned for its
visiting southern right whales, so you have a good
chance of spotting one as you sail toward the open
Day 2 - 3: Sea Life, Sea
Though you’re now at sea,
there’s rarely a lonesome moment here: Several species
of bird follow the vessel southeast, such as
albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving
Day 4 - 8: Finding the
The Falkland (Malvinas)
Islands offer an abundance of wildlife, easily
approachable – with caution. These islands are largely
unknown gems, primarily remembered for the war between
the UK and Argentina in 1982. Not only do various
species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll
see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in
the surrounding waters.
© Dietmar Denger
During this part of the
voyage, you may visit the following sites:
Steeple Jason – Home to the
world’s largest black-browed albatross colony (roughly
113,000), Steeple Jason is a wild and rarely visited
island buffeted by the wind and waves. Weather and swell
conditions dictate the journey here.
Carcass Island – Despite its
name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence
bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding
Magellanic and gentoo penguins to numerous waders and
passerine birds (including Cobb’s wren and the
tussock-bird) live here.
Saunders Island – Here you
can see the black-browed albatross and its
sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial
shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic
penguins, and gentoo penguins are also found here. West
Point Island – Thick with black-browed albatrosses and
Grave Cove – Nesting gentoo
penguins and excellent hiking opportunities abound here.
Volunteer Point – A large white-sand beach, somewhat
exposed but with a large king penguin rookery and other
plentiful birdlife. Sparrow Cove/ Kidney Cove – The hike
up Mt. Low (204 meters, 669 feet) affords great views of
Kidney Cove and Port Stanley.
© Wim vvan Passel
Port Stanley – The capital
and seat of Falkland culture, Port Stanley has some
South American traits mixed in with a little Victorian
charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and
English-style pubs. You can see several century-old
clipper ships in the surrounding area, silent witnesses
to the hardships of 19th century sailors. The small but
interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the
early days of the settlement up to the Falkland War.
Approximately 2,100 people live in the capital, where
you’re free to wander at will – though admission fees to
local attractions are not included. Sandy Bay – Nearby
Big Pond offers excellent wildlife opportunities,
featuring the dark-faced ground-tyrant and Magellanic
snipe. There’s also an easy walk to see gentoo penguins,
Magellanic penguins, rockhopper penguins, and king
© Celine Clement-Chastel;Oceanwide Expeditions
Sea Lion Island – Very
exposed, so you need some luck to make a landing here.
But if a stop is possible, it’s well worth the trip:
This island is home to the largest breeding colony of
southern elephant seals in the archipelago, with
approximately 2,000 individuals on the northern beaches
this time of year. A decent hike leads you to a southern
sea lion haul-out.
© Wim van Passel
Coffin’s Harbour – This
location is a reasonable walk from the landing site at
the New Island South Wildlife Reserve, providing views
of nesting black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper
penguins. A more strenuous hike to Landsend Bluff may
also show you some South American fur seals. The site of
the only land-based whaling station on the Falkland
Islands is south of the landing beach. New Island North
Nature Reserve – Landing here requires a special permit.
If received, you can make a farewell visit to the
black-browed albatrosses (among other bird species) and
South American fur seals that make the Falklands their
Day 9: Once More to the Sea
You’re westward bound, sea
birds trailing you all the way to South America.
Day 10: Southernmost City
In the morning, you arrive
and disembark in Ushuaia. It is commonly held to be the
world’s southernmost city, located on the Tierra del
Fuego archipelago – nicknamed the “End of the World.”
Even so, the memories you’ve made on this expedition
will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Included in this voyage
Voyage aboard the indicated
vessel as indicated in the itinerary
throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks,
coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and activities
throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures
by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
Free use of rubber boots and
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the
vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after
All miscellaneous service taxes and
port charges throughout the programme.
Excluded from this voyage
Any airfare, whether on
scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post- land
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is
Excess baggage charges and all items of a
personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges
and telecommunication charges.
The customary gratuity
at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service
personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Price:- From $5,600 per person. Please contact
us for departure dates and availability