Saunders Island, Falkland Islands –
Saunders Island is the second-largest of the offshore islands. Apart from its historical importance -this is where the first British settlement was located- Saunders' wildlife is quite varied. Depending on the weather conditions we will attempt a landing at the Neck to see several penguin species, as well as other seabirds and land birds. Gentoo Penguins and King Penguins reside in the open dune and sand flat area, while Rockhopper Penguins, Imperial Shags and Black-browed Albatrosses frequent Mount Richards. Other key bird species are the Black-throated Finch, Ruddy-headed Goose and Falkland Steamer Duck.
West Point Island, Falkland Islands –
Look for Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins while approaching the settlement of West Point Island, where just one family lives. Hike to a Black-browed Albatross colony next to Rockhopper Penguins and Imperial Cormorants. Visit the home of the owners for some tea and home-baked cakes and cookies.
Stanley, Falkland Islands –
Explore Stanley, the Falkland Islands’ capital. See the totem pole and the whalebone arch in front of the town cathedral, or have a beer at one of the charming local pubs. The dockside Falkland Islands Museum is also worth a visit, covering the natural and cultural history of the region.
Elephant Island, Antarctica –
If conditions cooperate, you might take a Zodiac cruise to see where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s men were stranded for more than four months. A bust here commemorates the Chilean captain who finally helped Shackleton rescue the men in mid-winter.
Antarctic Sound, Antarctica –
We will travel to see tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound. The Sound has massive icebergs, which rise out of the water like giant white-blue blocks. Depending on ice conditions, Zodiac cruises and a landing might be possible.
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica –
We will explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the Silver Cloud, on Zodiac cruises and via landings to see seals and penguin colonies. These activities will be expertly selected by your Captain and Expedition Leader while working with the weather and ice conditions. This promontory of land is the furthest-north extension of the Antarctic mainland.
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica –
Several landing sites and remains of whaling stations can be found in the South Shetland Islands. This grouping of islands is 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula and holds sixteen research stations run by Argentina, the US, Chile, Spain and other countries. Sites will be selected based on weather and ice conditions.
Weather depending, Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special expeditionary excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of Antarctica in a peaceful silence.
• Meet the residents of West Point Island and see the capital of the Falkland Islands at Stanley. Learn about the cultural and natural history of the region at the Falkland Islands Museum.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Penguins (Magellanic, Rockhopper, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins)
• Seals (Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals, Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals)
• Whales (humpback whales, Minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, pilot whales, orcas, Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins)
• Birds of note: Blue-eyed Shag, Upland Goose, Grass Wren, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Striated Caracara, Black-browed Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Cape Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Snowy Sheathbill
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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