South Georgia & Falklands Photographic Charter

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Polar Expeditions
Suitable for:
Age 18+
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
PST
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Photographic Departures
Max group size:
110
Min age:
18

Exclusive photographic charter to South Georgia and the Falklands accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham.

Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham are no strangers to this part of the Southern Ocean yet both profess that there is nowhere wilder or more fertile than the remarkable high carat faunal jewel of South Georgia. This special charter uses direct flights to Santiago and then a non-stop service to Mt Pleasant. This expedition will maximise every daylight hour amongst the huge penguin rookeries, hanging glaciers and battling Elephant seals, to say nothing of the history of exploration.

This itinerary will not only give you some huge landings on South Georgia, weather permitting there should be at least a day for a couple of spectacular landings in the Falklands. These may include Volunteer Point with its Kings on white sand, West Point with Rockhoppers or the equally fertile Carcass or Sealion islands as well as Port Stanley.

Come and join these two charismatic guides for what will be an unforgettable adventure!

Paul Goldstein, Expedition Leader
Exodus guide and award-winning photographer Paul Goldstein has often said that he is happiest on the plains of the Masai Mara or the decks of a Polar vessel. Having completed over twenty expeditions, his choice for our summer months is Spitsbergen, a programme he pioneered eight years ago. Exodus is now the market leader in small ship voyages there. Paul has a ridiculous amount of energy and is, as the Sunday Times described him, ‘a preposterously vivacious guide of almost psychotic gusto’.

Chris Packham – Expedition Leader
Chris Packham is, in the words of the Times is ‘the heir to David Attenborough’, a ‘national treasure’ (Metro) and has garnered many other hundred choice epithets on countless news websites. As a BBC presenter he is without peers, as a Conservationist he is top tier and never afraid of a fight and is particularly strident in championing causes of hen harriers, badgers and millions of songbirds butchered in the Mediterranean. He is the figurehead of the RSPB and he is a quite brilliant photographer. His pedigree has no equals and he is a hugely popular addition to our Polar expeditions.  He and Paul have worked together for many years and are quite a tag team, deep down there is a reluctant admiration but this rarely surfaces above the constant bickering! Chris has earned many legions of new fans with his recent programme on Asperger’s and his endless campaigning for causes is in keeping with the thoughts of many Exodus travellers. We are lucky to have him.

Message from Paul Goldstein:

South Georgia is a remote Southern Atlantic backwater with very few visitors each year. It is also the most fertile wilderness imaginable with over 6 (six) million King penguins, vast numbers of elephant seals, a number of Gentoos, Skuas and terns. It is also a staggeringly impressive canvas making it almost (but not quite) impossible to do justice to with a camera.

As any faunal or wilderness fan knows the magic hours of dawn and dusk are always the grail but when you have an austral summer in full swing, getting those timing ducklings in a row is little short of pointless.

In Novermber 2017, Boris Wise (Expedition leader), Chris Packham and myself hatched a plan to make this happen by changing the clock by an hour each night on the sailing over from Port Stanley. Five mornings later, after a few days of tumultuous landings it all came to fruition at Gold Harbour. This primordial amphitheatre with its hanging glaciers, steep black beach and huge colonies is high carat value even on a grey day, but that morning a false dawn illuminated the beach like never before. I have never seen a colour like it and the images were little short of witchcraft.

It was bewitching, it was mesmerising and it was only made possible by a good tactical decision meaning one hundred people got up at four thirty not one!

They say you can't turn back time .... not true, will we be doing it again come November 2020 on the magnificent and fast Resolute .... what do you think? On behalf of Chris, myself, Boris and One Ocean, I hope you can join us.

Paul

Highlights

  • Exodus Exclusive photographic charter accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham
  • King penguin colonies on the wild and windswept beaches of South Georgia
  • Watch Gentoo penguins surf to the shore in the Falkland islands
  • Travel on board the RCGS Resolute expedition vessel

 

What's included

  • All meals while on the ship
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

    Embark and being exploration.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    At sea sailing towards South Georgia.

    The moment the ship leaves Port Stanley the photographic action starts as birds follow the stern throughout its ocean journey. Those days sailing east are spent honing one’s craft on the ship’s many vantage points with albatrosses, petrels and prions being the favoured targets as they dive and fly sorties above the multi-coloured spray and spume.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-11

    Exploring South Georgia.

    South Georgia has a fascinating history with the triumvirate of legacies from Shackleton, whaling and the war, however this is a photographic charter and the vast bulk of the time will be spent on the fertile beaches of Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour, St Andrews Bay, Royal Bay and Elsehul. By law we have to land at Gritvyken and will spend a morning there but no longer. If the weather is kind there will probably be a few other additions to this unscripted itinerary.

    There is plenty of daylight at the end of November and this expedition plans on using all of it, so be prepared for some very long days. With a ship like the Vavilov and the team of experts on board these five to six days will be remarkable. The principle quarries will be the King penguins, Gentoo penguins,  Elephant seals, Giant petrels and albatrosses – millions of them, as well as the dizzying backdrops that make this remote yet savage island perhaps the most breath-taking in the world.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 12-13

    At sea sailing back to the Falkland Islands

    We say goodbye to South Georgia and head back to the Falkland Islands.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Falkland Islands

    Today we hope to have a couple of landings in the Falkland Islands.  These may include Volunteer Point with its Kings on white sand, West Point with Rockhoppers or the equally fertile Carcass or Sealion islands as well as Port Stanley. Adventurous and exciting, there is nothing 'after the lord mayor’s show about the Falklands although the main emphasis will be on the breath-taking South Georgian beaches. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Disembark and end in Stanley.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Group Information

The RCGS Resolute takes a maximum capacity of 146 passengers but will be limited to approximately 110 for this special voyage.

Visas

Falkland Islands

No visa required.

South Georgia

No visa required for British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports.

Eating and Drinking

All meals while on the ship included.

Typical Meals

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.

Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

Lunch: Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.

Dinner: Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee.

Weather

Late Spring and Early Summer - October & November

The start of the season and the most adventurous time to travel. You’ll encounter truly breath-taking, exquisitely sculpted icebergs emerging from their frozen hibernation. Many of these blue bergs house courting, nesting and brooding penguins. In the Falklands flowers are coming into bloom.

Is this trip for you?

Paul and Chris are hugely excited about this sailing, but occasionally circumstances outside our control prevent all of us from doing things we’ve previously committed to. This is the same for both Paul and Chris, and in the highly unlikely event that either Paul or Chris cannot join the trip for personal reasons, Exodus will do everything possible to deliver this itinerary with the same standard of photographic advice, tuition and passionate talks.

Travelling Conditions

The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers’ wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable with a wet/mud room in which to hang gear and store boots ready for the next adventure.

On the Zodiac cruises you are sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind - if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. On the shore excursions, the majority of landings are ‘wet’ which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers).

There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back on board the cosy ship after each adventure, you can have a sauna and/or a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

RCGS Resolute Polar Adventure Ship

RCGS Resolute is a Polar Adventure Ship named after the HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy Arctic exploration vessel, as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory.

Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, she has public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180-degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in either of our two dining rooms, one of which features our popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180-degree views. Other facilities include our theatre-style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness centre, hot water spa, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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