South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands 2016, Part 1

In late October 2016, Kathleen and I took a Lindblad National Geographic trip on the Explorer for two-and-one-half weeks to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island in the sub-Antarctic. That’s the tip of South America on the top left and Antarctica at the bottom.

Our Route

We saw six different kinds of penguins, four different species of albatross, lots of scenic areas plus lots of other birds and animals. For those of you that only want to look at under 10 pictures, here are a few highlights:

But if you’d like to see more including lots of penguins, continue on for some fun!

The trip started with one day in Buenos Aires, Argentina which is the birthplace of the tango. We saw the balcony where Eva Peron gave her farewell speech (“Don’t Weep For  Me, Argentina” from Evita – the musical) plus the cemetery where she’s buried.

Then onto Ushuaia, the town in Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America near Cape Horn. Total air flying time from Chicago was 17 hours. We left from the Beagle Channel into the Southern Ocean, the roughest seas in the world. (I may have forgotten to mention that to Kathleen.) Fortunately, we didn’t hit any real bad weather. We were on our way to the Falkland Islands, our first stop on board our ship, the National Geographic Explorer.

10 Sec. Video: https://youtu.be/d-8e0RP9Mc4

We made a couple of stops on the Falkland Islands to look at wildlife. There were three different kinds of penguin plus Black-browed Albatross and a number of other land birds. Here are Gentoo and Magellanic penguins.

The Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatross shared a common nesting colony. Their territorial discussions were often loud and raucous.

There were a number of other birds. The only familiar one was a Turkey Vulture but there were some, like the Magellanic Snipe, that were very similar to the ones from home.

Then back out to sea heading ESE (East Southeast) for two days across the Southern Ocean heading to South Georgia Island which is about a quarter of the way to Africa. Along the way, we were accompanied by several different species of pelagic seabirds. Along with the Black-browed Albatross, we saw Wandering Albatross, the largest bird in the world. Once they leave the nest, they go to sea and don’t touch land for 5-7 years.

Let’s do South Georgia Island as part 2:
South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands 2016, Part 2

2 thoughts on “South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands 2016, Part 1

  1. Oh, man! A cruise to Antarctica has been on our travel wish list forever. Reading about your trip and seeing all of the amazing photographs you took makes us want to go all the more. Thanks for sharing!

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