Peruse our large list of South Georgia trips to find your optimal South Georgia cruise. Whether you’re seeking a Falklands and South Georgia cruise, travel to South Georgia that includes a visit to the Antarctic Circle or just the Antarctic Peninsula, or simply a focused South Georgia Island tour, our hand-selected South Georgia trips offer unparalleled access to this wildlife-rich island. In fact, close to half of our Antarctica cruises include a South Georgia Island tour.
Falklands and South Georgia cruises are popular with past Antarctica travelers who’ve been to the Antarctic Peninsula, but first-time Antarctic adventurers who truly want to experience the best of the White Continent will choose to combine their visit to the Peninsula with travel to South Georgia. For inspiration, read our blog on Why Include South Georgia With Antarctica. When you’re ready to start planning, here are considerations toward selecting your ideal South Georgia cruise:
Places to Visit on South Georgia Trips
Most travel to South Georgia includes a visit to the Falkland Islands which, like South Georgia, features an abundance of penguins. Unlike South Georgia, however, the Falklands are inhabited. Almost any Falklands and South Georgia cruise will visit the East Falkland’s capital of Port Stanley, where the majority of the locals reside. In fact, some Falklands and South Georgia cruises embark or disembark the ship in Port Stanley, connecting to the mainland by air.
South Sandwich Islands
A cruise to South Georgia that includes a visit to the South Sandwich Islands is a rare treat. South Sandwich travelers are rewarded with a chinstrap penguin colony of nearly 1,000,000 members, and the chance to experience this island chain discovered by famous explorer Captain James Cook. Little is known about these islands, and due to their steep peaks and little vegetation, exploration is typically by Zodiac.
South Orkney Islands
These islands offer impressive glaciers and the opportunity to visit Argentinean science station Orcadas Base on Laurie Island—the oldest Antarctic station still in operation, established in 1903—where scientists collect meteorological data.
Travelers interested in polar exploration history will want to ensure that Elephant Island is a stop on your cruise to South Georgia. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance overwintered while he and five men crossed open ocean in a small lifeboat to reach South Georgia and arrange the rescue of their fellow crew members. Certain itineraries will attempt to visit this exact locale, known as Point Wild.
The Antarctic Circle
To truly experience it all, and for an unforgettable highlight, elect for a cruise to South Georgia that includes an Antarctic Polar Circle crossing. Crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33´ South of the equator is an impressive achievement, as it’s a part of the world visited by very few people.
Fly & Cruise to South Georgia
Consider a combination of flying and cruising during your travel to South Georgia. Meet the ship in the Falklands on “fly” itineraries. Both South Georgia cruise itineraries within Antarctica Air Cruise even enable travelers to skip crossing the Drake Passage, for those who are concerned about seasickness.
Solar Eclipse Cruises to South Georgia
On December 4, 2021, a total solar eclipse will be visible to a select few Antarctic travelers. These cruises to see the 2021 solar eclipse in Antarctica include itineraries that travel to South Georgia. Find yourself in the path of totality on these select departures.
Luxury South Georgia Cruises
Want to experience your South Georgia cruise in style? Consider one of our luxury Antarctica cruises that travel to South Georgia. Go with the top guides on a cruise to South Georgia with National Geographic. Travel to South Georgia aboard one of Antarctica’s newest expedition ships. Cruise in the comfort of a 5-star hotel aboard a luxury French expedition ship with refined and attentive service, unrivaled elegance and a unique menu of onboard activities (see our Expert Aboard ship review of L’Austral on a South Georgia island tour). Or for an intimate feel, find yourself aboard one of Antarctica’s smallest ships: Magellan Explorer.
Active South Georgia Trips
While shore excursions and Zodiac cruises are a part of any cruise to South Georgia, most itineraries offer advance-reserve activities to explore in unique ways. Try snowshoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or a one-time paddling excursion. Most activities on a South Georgia cruise will be offered along the Antarctic Peninsula, where exciting options may include camping, cross-country skiing, polar diving and even polar snorkeling. One of our savvy Adventure Specialists can help you secure activity extras.
Starting & Ending Your Travel to South Georgia
Various options exist for the location to begin and complete your South Georgia cruise. While most South Georgia trips operate round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, options also exist to link your South Georgia cruise with Santiago or Punta Arenas in Chile, Buenos Aires or Puerto Madryn in Argentina, or even cruise the Argentinean coastline en route to your South Georgia Island tour.
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Getting Started Planning Your Cruise to South Georgia
Work with a dedicated Adventure Specialist with expertise in South Georgia trips, to research, book and prepare for your small ship cruise. Our crew will handle all the arrangements including pre- and post-cruise transfers, gear rental if needed, hotels, tours and trip extensions. We can also assist in linking your South Georgia cruise with other travels within South America, such as a Patagonia tour.
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