Discover the wild Falkland Islands on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure

Welcome to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), where gentoo penguins crowd on white beaches and black-browed albatrosses nest in cliffs above dolphin-filled waters. Kicking off in Santiago, spend a few days exploring the battlegrounds and frontier towns of East Falkland Island before departing on a 12-day circumnavigation of the archipelago. As one of only 12 passengers on board the small Hans Hansson, you’ll visit secluded bays bigger boats can’t, discover predator-free islands where bird populations thrive and share stories with your local captain and crew over cozy dinners. With a flexible itinerary and diversity of possible landing sites and wildlife encounters, this intimate, unique voyage off the beaten waves is sure to be one you’ll never forget.


Start
Santiago, Chile
Finish
Santiago, Chile
Countries
Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands
Style
Comfort
Theme
Polar, Sailing, Wildlife
Code
GQMIF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 8

Why we love this trip

  • Share a family-style meal with your captain and crew

  • Visit the battlefields of the Falklands War on East Falkland Island

  • See penguins waddle on the white beaches of Volunteer Point

  • Stay in the friendly port town of Stanley

  • Cruise to remote locations in the Falkland Islands

  • Catch a glimpse of a Commerson's dolphin playing in the waves

Itinerary

Welcome to Santiago, Chile's beautiful capital! One of our representatives will meet you on arrival and escort you to the airport hotel. There will be a welcome briefing at the hotel later this evening.

If you arrive early into Santiago, there is plenty to see and do. Perhaps browse the shops, sample the excellent local wine and cuisine or check out the city's many museums (the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos tells the history of the Pinochet years and is particularly poignant). Another must-see while in town is the sprawling Parque Metropolitano, one of the largest parks in the world.  
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today will mostly be spent travelling. Board a flight to the Falkland Islands with your group, making a stopover in Punta Arenas, Chile. From here fly to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falklands, transferring to your hotel in Stanley on arrival. Stanley is located on the island of East Falkland and is the region's capital, trading centre and main port. While there's lots to see and do, the town still retains a bit of a wild frontier feel, and is home to friendly and welcoming locals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today enjoy a full-day tour of East Falkland by land. Step back through history as you visit significant cemeteries, battlefields and memorials, including San Carlos, the site of the 1982 British landing. A small nearby museum houses artifacts from the conflict. You'll also see Goose Green, the site of the longest battle of the Falkland's War. Check out the Goose Green Social Club, a community hall where 114 islanders were held capitive by Agentine forces during the war. At the end of the day, return to Stanley for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today head out to explore Volunteer Point, a headland located a couple of hours from Stanley. You may be surprised by the area's white sandy beaches, turquoise water and most importantly, penguins! Lots and lots of them. In fact, Volunteer Point is home to the largest accessable king penguin colony on the island, as well as gentoo and Magellanic colonies and plenty of other wildlife. Make sure you bring your camera to capture special photos of the birds in their beautiful natural habitat. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is embarkation day! In the late afternoon, head to the East Jetty and climb aboard the Hans Hansson. This small explorer boat will be your home for the next 11 days. After settling into your cabin, you'll be briefed on safety protocols and sit down to a family style meal with your new captain and crew. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and hear some of their epic tales of adventure. Your skipper, Dion Poncet, was born and raised on a yacht in South Georgia and knows this part of the world better than anyone. By the end of the day, you'll be more than ready to set off on your circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands. 
Accommodation
  • Cruise ship (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Over the next 10 days, discover the rugged beauty and incredible wildlife of the Falkland Islands aboard the Hans Hansson. Each day you'll make exciting new landings. The small size of the vessel allows us to navigate to hard-to-reach locations, and with only 12 in your group, excursions last longer and can be adapted to suit passenger interests. You'll have plenty of input into where you go and what you see.

If the weather permits, make one of your first landings on Sea Lion Island, which is home to abundant wildlife. Alternatively, check out the world famous birdlife of Bleaker Island. Because many of the islands in the archipelago are free of introduced predators such as rats and cats, small bird populations thrive. 

Keep an eye out for penguins, elephant seals, seal lions and the southern giant petrel. In the Beaver Islands, you might also spot Patagonian foxes and reindeer, along with more than 40 of the Falkland's breeding bird species. 

If you visit West Point Island, explore the Devil’s Nose and Mount Ararat, where you can spot black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. If you're lucky, you may even see Commerson’s dolphins (also known as skunk or panda dolphins) frolicking in the surf. Wherever the group (and weather conditions) dictate you go, each day will offer something unique and unforgettable. 

POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, ice and weather conditions to guide your route and itinerary details. The below is a tentative outline of some of what you might experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed and no expedition will include them all. 

BEAVER GROUP
West-facing sheer cliffs, rocky eastern coastlines and protected coves mark the mountainous Beaver Group, which also offers great hiking opportunities. Home to large numbers of smaller birds, these islands feature the second largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, as well as rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguin populations.

CARCASS ISLAND
This picturesque island northwest of West Falkland is owned by locals Rob and Lorraine McGill. Songbirds nest in the rolling landscape. The island is named after the Royal Navy ship the HMS Carcass, which arrived in 1766.

GEORGE AND BARREN ISLANDS
Home to the southernmost working farm in the Falklands, these islands are free from introduced species and rich in birdlife. Elephant seals, southern sea lions, Southern giant petrel, gentoo and Magellanic penguins can also be found here. 

JASON ISLANDS
The Jason Island archipelago is a chain of remote islands off West Falkland. Grand Jason, as its name suggests, is the largest of the group. Cat and rat free, the Jason islands are home to a large number of small birds, as well as striated cara-cara, rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguins. The islands are either privately owned nature reserves or government owned National Nature reserves. Unpredictable weather and strong tidal currents can make landing here difficult.

NEW ISLAND
The most southwesterly island in the archipelago is about 13 kilometres (eight miles) long and 800 metres (half a mile) wide. The western side of the island is a towering cliff, while the eastern side slopes to the sea. Ownership of the island is held by Tony Chater and Ian Strange. Both men have turned their portion of the island into nature reserves.

SAUNDERS ISLAND
In addition to black-browed albatross, and king, Magellanic and gentoo penguins, there’s a good chance you’ll spot Commerson’s dolphins off the coast of this island's stunning beaches. 

WEST POINT ISLAND
The Napier family has owned this island since the 1860s. Rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses nest in colonies along the western coastal cliffs, while dolphins are often seen in the surrounding waters.
Accommodation
  • Cruise ship (10 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (10)
  • Lunch (10)
  • Dinner (10)
After almost two weeks cruising and exploring the Falkland Islands, return to Stanley and bid farewell to your captain and crew as you disembark the Hans Hansson. As your Santiago-bound plane lifts into the sky, we hope you'll be taking a wealth of new memories, photos and friends with you. On the final night of your adventure, catch up on sleep at the Santiago airport hotel. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast this morning, it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and head on home.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners

Transport

Plane, Ship, Zodiac

Accommodation

Cruise ship (11 nights), Hotel (5 nights)

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