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The Science of Antarctica: South Georgia, Falklands and Antarctic expedition cruise

Join this one-in-a-lifetime expedition to the most remote continent on this planet, Antarctica. Discover historic Stanley in the Falklands Islands, stand in awe before the world’s largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia and experience the grandeur of gigantic icebergs as you navigate ice-choked channels in Antarctica. With a full programme of talks, shore visits and Zodiac boat safaris.

Travel aboard a new state-of-the-art polar expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer, where you will experience the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South Georgia. Discover the historic Falklands Islands and stand in awe before the world’s largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia. In Antarctica, experience the serenity and grandeur of the most remote place on earth, where penguins nest, whales feed, and captivating seals frolic in ice-speckled seas.

With only 130 guests, amazing viewing space and a ship built to minimise negative environmental impacts, the Greg Mortimer guarantees a far more enjoyable guest experience than the other older and larger expedition ships. 

This style of cruising tends to attract like-minded people, who love to connect with the natural world, so an ideal environment for couples, friends and solo travellers to relax.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in AE’s unique Citizen Science Program, which is designed to be a hands-on, immersive, and transformative experience that helps you protect the beauty of our planet. Various sampling and data collection projects will be conducted on your voyage, and a Citizen Science Coordinator will be on hand to introduce and assist you.

Onboard Expert

Oceanographer Russell Arnott will accompany you on the activities and also give a series of private talks and fireside chats covering a broad range of polar science.

Russell holds a combined Masters in Oceanography at the University of Southampton, a PhD in marine biology from the University of Bath and has worked as a commercial oceanographer. His research has taken him all over the world from the Southern Ocean with the British Antarctic Survey up to the Gulf of Bothnia in Northern Sweden.

With a passion for public engagement, Russell works with the charity Incredible Oceans, speaking at science events across the world. He has also made many marine-focused TV and radio appearances including BBC Radio 4’s Natural Histories. 

Russell joined the University of Bath in September 2016 to study phytoplankton morphology and its influence on turbulent interactions and is currently lecturing in polar science at Exeter University.

Having worked as a science consultant on a number of books, Russell recently debuted his inaugural publication, Ocean Endangered; a book that combines up-to-date marine science with a balanced look at the state of our ocean, empowering the reader to take action for a better planet.

The onboard expedition team (at least one for every eight passengers) will help you experience a range of activities centered around daytime exploration via Zodiac boat safaris (investigating coves, icebergs and wildlife), guided hikes (exploring pristine beaches and stunning wilderness) and photography (helping you to improve your skills with a camera). In the evening and whilst transferring between sites, the team will give informative lectures on board covering wildlife, marine biology, exploration, history, photography and research.  

In addition, there will be unique and engaging encounters with the ship's operational crew, allowing you the opportunity to go behind the scenes of polar exploration and cruising. 

• How to navigate in the polar environment.

• Reading the weather patterns, the ice and the currents.

• If operational circumstances allow, we will take you in small groups for informative tours around the bridge and the engine room.

Your expedition can be as active or as leisurely as you want it, and no activity or talk is mandatory.


  • Experience the immensity of Antarctic ice and enormous icebergs.
  • Be awestruck by the array of wildlife that frolic, forage and hunt in Antarctic Sound including whales, penguins and seals.
  • Travel aboard the recently launched purpose-built expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer.
  • In the Antarctic Peninsula, whales start to arrive to feed on plentiful krill after a marathon migration to here. 
  • In South Georgia in November, king penguins are sitting on eggs, chicks are hatching, juveniles are moulting and fledging. 
  • Hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness and enjoy striking views of the abandoned whaling station with our vessel anchored in the bay. 
  • Photograph ice seals as you Zodiac-cruise through glassy waters, marvelling at the iridescent blues of icebergs. 

Price Includes

  • 19 nights aboard the polar expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer.
  • One nights accomodation at five-star hotel in Buenos Aires and one nights accomodation a four-star hotel in Ushuaia.
  • Full board throughout your time on the Greg Mortimer including snacks, tea and coffee. Plus beer, house wine and soft drinks at dinner.
  • Talks and activity support from the onboard expedition team and Russell Arnott.
  • All Zodiac cruising and landing activities led by the expedition team.
  • Captains welcome and farewell receptions.
  • Free wi-fi onboard.
  • 3-in-1 AE Expeditions polar jacket.
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage.
  • Digital photo log book.
  • Transfers between airports, hotels and your ship.
  • Internal return flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia in economy class.
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees.
  • Gratuities for onboard crew.
  • 24-hour support.
  • Initial consultation with the ship's doctor.

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 020 8038 1630 or enquire here


Day 1 - Arrive Into Buenos Aires

After touching down in Buenos Aires, check into the five-star Sofitel Buenos Aires, located in the Recoleta district of the city, home to grand buildings, fine restaurants and the Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. You may choose to arrive a few days earlier and explore this cosmopolitan and historic city.

In the evening, our partner Polar Routes will hold a drinks reception where you will be briefed on the expedition ahead and you will also enjoy an introductory talk from the Russell Arnott.

Day 2 - Travel To Ushuaia, The End Of The World
Day 3 - Explore Ushuaia Then Embark On The Greg Mortimer
Days 4 & 5 - Drake Passage Crossing
Days 6 To 9 - Antarctic Peninsula, The Weddell Sea And Shackleton
Days 10 & 11: Scotia Sea Crossing
Days 12 - 16 - South Georgia
Days 17- 18 - At Sea
Days 19 - 20 - Falklands Islands
Day 21 - At Sea
Day 22 - Arrive Into Ushuaia And Explore The Tierra Del Fuego National Park

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We'll compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!

As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.

All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.


Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.