South Orkney Islands

Discover the spectacular landscape and fairy-tale-like atmosphere of the South Orkney Islands. A nature photographers dream.

Cruises to the South Orkney Islands

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Up to 950 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

PLA23-17

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

29 Nov - 18 Dec, 2017

Price:

13100 USD 12150 USD 950 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

PLA22-17

A 20-day cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

Cruise date:

9 Nov - 29 Nov, 2017

Price:

12150 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

OTL25-18

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

16 Dec, 2017 - 3 Jan, 2018

Price:

15950 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

PLA27-18

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

19 Jan - 7 Feb, 2018

Price:

14950 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

OTL29-18

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

2 Feb - 20 Feb, 2018

Price:

14250 USD

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Jörg M. Seifert
PLA 29-17
by Jörg M. Seifert on Antarctica

We were standing in the midst of thousands of penguins, seeing seals, sea-leppards and sea-elephants. Whales, close to touch and birds who were not afraid of humans. In the storm, we were seasick before we could...

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Andrew Gellert

Outstanding 19 days. Fabulous expedition leader David Berg and Assistant Katja Riedel. All the expedition guides gave of their all with hugely informative lectures, great zodiac cruises and careful attention...

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Erika Hahn
Einmaliges Erlebnis
by Erika Hahn on Antarctica

Unsere Reise zum anderen Ende der Welt - tolle Adventure-Crew, viele und gut ausgewählte Informationen, sehr gute und auch individuelle Betreuung, alle sorgten für das Wohl und hohe Erlebnisqualität...

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Elizabeth Turton

Words are not adequate. Astounding scenery - surprising colourful Falklands, historic South Georgia with so many penguins, majestic islands, fascinating and colourful icebergs, sea ice and bergy bits - how many...

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Valerie Spink
A Wonderful Experience
by Valerie Spink on Antarctica

The trip far exceeded our expectations. The staff and crew were professional and knowledgeable. Andrew Bishop and his team took great care of the passengers and ensured that we had the opportunity to land as...

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South Orkney Islands FAQ

What is the Temperature and Weather Like in the South Orkney Islands?

The climate in the South Orkney Islands is typically windy, wet and cold. Summer lasts from December to March, and individuals who participate in an expedition cruise to the South Orkney Islands can expect an average temperature of 3.5 degrees Celsius...

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What Wildlife Can I See in the South Orkney Islands?

Bird enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the South Orkney Islands because of the prevalence of penguins and seabirds. It is common to spot Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, and you may also see Snow petrels, Pintado petrels, Kelp gulls, Sheathbills,...

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Who Owns the South Orkney Islands?

The South Orkney Islands are part of the Antarctic Treaty System, which means that they are not technically owned by any country. However, Argentina and the U.K. have both made claims upon these islands in the past. This region was first discovered by...

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What Unique Features Do the South Orkney Islands Have?

Coronation Island has the region’s highest point with Mount Nivea, which is located on Sunshine Glacier and stands 1,265 meters (4,050 feet) tall. This combined with the high percentage of glaciation and diverse mixture of seabirds and penguins...

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How long has Oceanwide Expeditions been running expeditions?

Even though Oceanwide Expeditions was founded in 1996, we look back at 32+ years of experience in expedition cruising with a thorough knowledge of the areas visited. The Dutch “Plancius Foundation“(1981-1996) was the predecessor of Oceanwide...

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Who owns the ships that the expeditions of Oceanwide Expeditions are on?

Oceanwide Expeditions owns its own ships. We have 4 vessels on our disposal; m/v Ortelius, m/v Plancius, s/v Rembrandt van Rijn and s/v Noorderlicht is a charter vessel. 

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About South Orkney Islands

South Orkney Islands Weather

The overall climate you’ll experience on your South Orkney Island expedition is cold, wet, and usually quite windy. During the summers (December through March) temperatures hover at just a little bit over 0°C.

During the winter (around July) the average temperature falls to around -10°C.

Facts about The South Orkney Islands

  • The South Orkney Islands sit about 600 kilometres to the northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • The only inhabitants are the people working at one of the two research stations (one British, one Argentinian).
  • Despite the cold of the region the South Orkney Islands do support some plant life – algae, lichen, and mosses.
  • The South Orkney Islands are considered to be an archipelago (chain of islands). There are four main islands – Coronation Island, Laurie Island, Powell Island, and Signy Island. The rest of the archipelago is made up of smaller islands such as the Saddle Islands and the Robertson Islands.
  • Almost 90% of the South Orkney Islands surface area is covered in glaciers.
  • The South Orkney Islands were originally called “Powell’s Group” after George Powell a Brittish sealer joining the  American Nathaniel Brown Palmer, who discovered them in 1821.
  • The oldest ongoing research station in the whole Antarctic region was established on Laurie Island in 1903 by Scottish Oceanographer William Speirs Bruce. He sold the station to Argentina in 1904. Orcadas Station is still operational today. 

Travel to the South Orkney Islands

A trip including South Orkney Islands takes you into the heart of one of the most important breeding grounds in the world for Adélie and Chinstrap penguins. Your South Orkney Islands expedition affords you the chance to take in some incredible bird watching, say hello to a variety of seals, and make friends with the local penguin populations.