South Orkney Islands

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Cruises to the South Orkney Islands

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica - Birding

Meet at least six penguin species!

OTL21-21 A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

25 Oct - 14 Nov, 2021

Price:

12600 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

HDS21-21 A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

6 Nov - 26 Nov, 2021

Price:

12600 USD

Falkland Islands – South Georgia – SOLAR ECLIPSE – Antarctic Peninsula

A riveting cosmic event only fully experienced along a narrow terrestrial pathway

PLAEC-21 Though you can see the total solar eclipse along a few key path locations around the globe, none of them offers as unique a “venue” as Antarctica. Com

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

23 Nov - 12 Dec, 2021

Price:

16400 USD

Antarctic Peninsula - SOLAR ECLIPSE - South Georgia - Falkland Islands

A riveting cosmic event only fully experienced along a narrow terrestrial pathway

JNSEC-21 Though you can see the total solar eclipse along a few key path locations around the globe, none of them offers as unique a “venue” as Antarctica. Com

m/v Janssonius

m/v Janssonius

Cruise date:

25 Nov - 14 Dec, 2021

Price:

16400 USD

Antarctic Peninsula - SOLAR ECLIPSE - South Georgia - Falkland Islands

A riveting cosmic event only fully experienced along a narrow terrestrial pathway

HDSEC-21 Though you can see the total solar eclipse along a few key path locations around the globe, none of them offers as unique a “venue” as Antarctica. Com

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

26 Nov - 15 Dec, 2021

Price:

16400 USD

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11 South Orkney Animals: Whales, Seabirds, and Penguins Aplenty

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South Orkney Islands cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 13 votes

Todd DiCello
Life Changing Expedition
by Todd DiCello

Although it's impossible to sum up our Oceanwide trip on Hondius from Ushuaia to The Falklands/Malvinas, South Georgia, South Orkneys, Elephant Island, South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula below t

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Fulfilled a lifetime dream
by Michael Sewell

This trip fulfilled a lifetime dream for my spouse, Pat and I. We cannot say enough good things about Oceanwide Expedition's Leaders, Adam Turner and Sara Jenner.  These two individuals are extreme

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falklands south georgia and antarctica
by david gabbott

excellent throughout we had a wonderful time and found all the staff helpful and knowledgeable . our cabin was very clean and comfortable and had all we required. the condition of the entire ship was really

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One of the most amazing things I've ever done!
by Shannon Farley

This trip to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica was amazing! I honestly had no idea how fabulous it would be. I am so glad my mom suggested it! Our expedition leader, Ali, and her expedition

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Unglaublich schöne Reise
by Susanne Dinten

Wir haben schon sehr viel von unserer wunderschönen Erde gesehen. Was wir auf dieser traumhaften Reise kennen lernen durfte, war unglaublich. Die super gute Reiseleitung unter Ali war herrlich. Dazu die

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Linda Krugman
Life-changing experience
by Linda Krugman

This 18-day expedition was an amazing, life-changing experience. Everything about it was more than I could have ever expected. The entire crew and expedition team were fantastic, the educational talks were v

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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 Celsiu

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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, Sheathbill

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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 b

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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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What equipment is needed to make photos of the solar eclipse, and do passengers have to bring that equipment themselves?

That depends on whether they only want eclipse photography or also pictures of wildlife and landscapes. Advise the passengers to look at the photography pages on our website. We avoid saying what specific equipment they might need, as this is very su

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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. 

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