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King Penguins and Elephant Seals, South Georgia

Sail South Georgia & the Falkland Islands



17 Days

Prices Start from

£10,190 (ex. flights)

Welcome to “the most staggering wildlife show on Earth”. This in-depth exploration of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands is a memorable wildlife-centric sailing voyage that travels to one of the planet’s most isolated islands.

Allowing a week for exploration of South Georgia Island, this voyage spends twice as much time in the wildlife haven than the majority of other options. With beaches crammed full of prolific wildlife and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, this journey presents the opportunity to walk amongst some of the hundreds of thousands of king penguins that call this place home.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

King Penguins, Antarctica 1

900,000 King Penguins

Walk amongst the hundreds of thousands of king penguins that inhabit South Georgia.

Elephant Seals, South Georgia 2

Battling Beachmasters

Watch as rival male elephant seal “beachmasters” contend for their harem of females.

Gentoo Penguins, South Georgia Islands, Antarctica 3

Human Population: 0

Visit South Georgia Island, one of the remotest and most inaccessible islands on Earth.

Grytviken Cemetry, South Georgia, Antarctica 4

Shackleton & Wild

Follow in the footsteps of British Antarctic explorers and visit their final resting sites.

On a most of our voyages you can get hands on with the citizen science projects to give whole new perspective on your travels. Gathering critical on-site data on a regular basis is a virtually impossible task for individuals and groups wanting to study the region so taking advantage of the vessels that regularly pass through the same region through their season data can be collected on a regular basis.  This may be anything from counting penguins and taking ocean samples to cloud mapping or taking photo identification images for the whale data bank.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Embarkation in Ushuaia

  • Day 3

    At Sea

    Sailing towards the Falklands in the company of pelagic birdlife

  • Days 4-6

    Falkland Islands

  • Days 7 - 8

    Sailing the Scotia Sea

    Photograph the albatross and petrels swirling around the ship.

  • Days 9 - 13

    South Georgia

  • Days 14 - 16

    Sailing to Ushuaia

  • Day 17


    Disembark in Ushuaia

Day 1


A day to explore the city of Ushuaia prior to embarkation.

Day 2

Embarkation in Ushuaia

Set sail from Ushuaia heading out through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3

At Sea

Days 4-6

Falkland Islands

King Penguins, Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands

Visit albatross and rock hopper penguin colonies, search the seas for Commerson’s & Peale’s dolphins and take in the museum at Stanley.

Days 7 - 8

Sailing the Scotia Sea

Days 9 - 13

South Georgia

King Penguins, Antarctica

Walk amongst the hundreds of thousands of king penguins that inhabit South Georgia, one of the remotest and most inaccessible islands on Earth.

Days 14 - 16

Sailing to Ushuaia

Albatross blue sky wingspan

Sailing back to Ushuaia with full hard drives.

Day 17


Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Gypsy Cove, Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
Macaroni Penguins, Falkland Islands
Macaroni Penguins, Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands

These windswept and isolated islands are home to over 60 species of breeding birds including the great numbers of rock hopper penguins and black browed albatross whose colonies are easily accessible. The surrounding waters are home to Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins along with Orca. After visiting the church and museum sip a tipple in a colourful English pub in the Falkland’s capital of Stanley. sailing past sea ice from calving glaciers to sipping a tipple in a colourful English pub in the Falkland Islands’ city of Stanley, the unique wonders of the South Atlantic Ocean are not overlooked during this voyage.

King Penguins, Beach, South Georgia Islands, Antarctica
King Penguins, Beach, South Georgia Islands, Antarctica
King penguin colony on the beach
Gold Harbour, South Georgia

Millions of King Penguins

Despite its 3,000-metre towering mountains that are permanently covered in snow and ice, the real highlight of South Georgia Island is its wildlife – there are over 50 million seabirds, 5 million seals and 4 million penguin pairs. From rare rockhopper penguins and distinctive fur seals to lazing elephant seals and weaving skuas, there is no shortage of phenomenal wildlife thriving in this glacial region. The jewel in the crown of South Georgia’s biodiversity are the nearly million-strong population of king penguins and colossal elephant seals that battle for control.

Ernest Shackleton's Grave, South Georgia
Ernest Shackleton's Grave, South Georgia

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Seek out the relics of old abandoned whaling stations, which now seem entirely out of place in this pristine and protected environment, and find the graves of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his right-hand man Frank Wild. On-board expert historians will shed light on to their epic crossing from King Haakon Bay in 1916 and it may be possible to follow in their footsteps by hiking across the saddle separating Fortuna Bay from Stromness.

King Penguin, South Georgia, Antarctica
King Penguin, South Georgia
Gold Harbour elephant seals, South Georgia
Gold Harbour elephant seals, South Georgia

Capturing the Light

In the early season, South Georgia Island is veiled in a phenomenal light that makes for a photographers’ paradise. With astonishing compositions around every corner and opportunities to go up on deck to catch the pre-dawn light, this island is the place where veteran wilderness photographers flock.

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Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue forewarned us that there would be no words to describe South Georgia and that our photos wouldn’t do it justice, and how right she was. All we can say is “see for yourself”. Thank you, Sue, for your indispensable advice.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

We were blown away by Sue’s in-depth knowledge of everything from endemic species to the history of Shackleton and his men. No question we had went unanswered, and no little detail was missed.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Greg Mortimer £££££

  • Greenland

Launched in October 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a purpose-built expedition vessel that features a revolutionary X-Bow design. One of the most dynamic and state of the art ships on the seas, it is designed to slice through the water rather than riding over the waves making for comfortable and fast travels through the polar seas.

View Boat

Ortelius £££££

  • Antarctica

Originally built in Poland in 1989 as an ice-strengthened passenger vessel, the 298-foot-long Ortelius spent many years plying the frozen waters of the Arctic and Northern Pacific before being totally refurbished in 2005. Sleeping a total of 108 passengers, the vessel provides comfortable (but not luxurious) cabins that range from quads to suites, each with a private bathroom. She carries a fleet of zodiacs for landings, and on some Antarctic departures helicopters are even used.

View Boat

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the ship and cabin type that your choose. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Low Season
From £10,190 Per person
High Season
From £35,975 Per person

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