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Ultimate Falklands

Falkland Islands

Spend two weeks with Greg Downing in one of the world’s BEST locations for wildlife photography. The Falkland Islands host 5 species of penguins, as well as the worlds largest colony of black-browed albatross and many other birds, seals and sea lions! We have painstakingly designed this itinerary to coincide with peak bird breeding and brooding activity and to put you in the best locations to capture dramatic images.

*The January itinerary differs from our December itinerary in that we expect to see black-browed albatross chicks at Saunders Island and a chance to see king penguin chicks at Volunteer Point. Most other chicks will be hatched and growing quickly by this time, chasing parents around for much needed food but this varies from year to year.

Includes 3 nights at “the neck” and 2 nights at the settlement on Saunders Island—often described as one of the most fantastic wildlife spectacles on the planet—where we wake up each morning and go to sleep each evening with wildlife at our doorstep at this amazing location! If a Falklands itinerary does not include Saunders Island then you are missing the best part of the Falklands!

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Itinerary

Day 1 • Saturday, January 6

Day 1 - November 25, 2017

Participants should plan to arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport via LAN. There we will have a personal meet and greet with our representative and transfer overland to Stanley and our accommodations for the next two nights.

Malvina House Hotel (L,D)

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Participants should plan to arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport via LAN. There we will have a personal meet and greet with our representative and transfer overland to Stanley and our accommodations for the next two nights. We take it easy today and tour the city or visit the museum as the next morning is an early start! NOTE: Travel to Mt. Pleasant may require flying into Santiago Chile and spending one night there at your expense. We will aid in coordination of flights and additional nights required enroute.

Malvina House Hotel (L,D)

Day 2 • Sunday, January 7

We’ll have an early morning excursion to Volunteer Point and return in the afternoon. Traveling overland we’ll pass Johnsons Harbour and arrive at Volunteer Beach where we’ll visit the largest colony of breeding King Penguins, as well as Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins. We have an early dinner and prepare for our departure the following morning to Sea Lion.

Day 3–5 • Monday, January 8–Wednesday, January 10

Today our adventure will begin with a transfer to Stanley airport for our flight to Sea Lion Island. We’ll spend the next three days exploring this amazing location where wildlife is within reasonable walking distance of the lodge. We’ll search for Elephant Seals, Gentoo Penguins, Rockhopper Penguins, King Cormorants, and much more.

Sea Lion Lodge (B,L,D)

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Day 6–8 • Thursday, January 11–Saturday, January 13

Today we’ll fly to Saunders Island where we will spend the next three days in shared accommodations in a rustic cabin in the Neck wildlife area before moving to the settlement accommodations for an additional two nights. We will prepare our own self-catered meals which we have sent from Malvina House. Saunders Island is home to King, Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins, plus the world’s largest colony of Black-browed Albatross. The lodging is basic and very rustic but it's well worth it as it's the best of the Falklands!

Day 9–10 • Sunday, January 14–Monday, January 15

Today we will transfer to Saunders Island Settlement on the opposite side of the island from the neck where we will spend the two nights in their basic but private accommodations and again cook our own self-catered meals. Saunders Island Settlement is where you will see the rest of world’s largest colony of Black-browed Albatross, in larger concentration, as well as a large colony of rockhopper penguins at the famous “shower” where the penguins take turns bathing under a small waterfall. It’s quite a sight to see! The lodging is basic and very rustic but it's well worth it as it's the best of the Falklands!

Day 11–13 • Tuesday, January 16–Thursday, January 18

Today we’ll fly to Bleaker Island for three nights. This is a smaller, flatter island which offers easy walking to wildlife locations such as pond areas and beautiful beaches. We’ll search for Imperial Cormorants, and the Rockhopper Penguin colony which is just a few minutes from our lodge. The large white sand beach is the best place to photograph Gentoo penquins “flying” out of the water and onto the beach.

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Day 14 • Friday, January 19

We’ll head back to Stanley today (via internal flight) and transfer to Malvina House. We will have a bit of downtime where you may explore and take in the sights such as the Whalebone Arch, and Christ Church Cathedral as well as various monuments along the sea wall. If our flight arrive in time (flight times vary) we'll head back to Volunteer Point or just relax and prepare for the journey home, depending on our preference and time available.

Malvina House Hotel (L,D)

Day 15 • Saturday, January 20

Early morning transfer overland to Mount Pleasant Airport for departures to Santiago.

Depending on your departure flight, you may also choose to secure an extra evening at the Santiago Hilton on January 20. This night is not included in the workshop. Hotel and meals this day are not included.

Includes

  • Photographic instruction
  • All internal flights
  • All accommodations throughout (most consist of cottages or smaller, modest lodges)
  • All meals from the time we arrive in Mt Pleasant until the time we depart Mt. Pleasant
  • Driver/guide services
  • Airport transfers between Stanley and Mt. Pleasant

Does Not Include

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (medical, travel, and evac insurance required)
  • Personal purchases (including curious, spirit liquors, telephone calls, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Meals or accommodation before or after the workshop
  • International flights to and from the Falkland Islands

Travel to Mt. Pleasant may require a night on each end in Santiago Chile at your expense. We will help coordinate these arrangements including discounted room rates and airport transfers for participants.

If you would like to register for this workshop, please fill out our registration form. A non-refundable deposit (listed above) is required to reserve your spot. Please refer to our workshop information section for our cancellation and refund policies.

Workshop Information
  • Dates: Jan. 6-20, 2018 SOLD OUT
  • Cost: $7,995
  • Deposit: $1,500
  • Participants: 7

Very few single supplements are available at $1,200.

The single supplement fee reflects our actual cost and is subject to availability. If you are a single traveler and we are unable to place you with a roommate, you will be placed in a single room and charged the single supplement fee.
Leader

Greg Downing

Greg Downing

Greg has been traveling the world teaching professional and amateur photographers for more than 15 years hosting his instructional workshops and seminars. Instructing photographers of all experience levels Greg has earned a reputation for his gracious and generous teaching style.

Greg’s images are known for their unique style, exacting composition and strict attention to detail. Continue reading »

Testimonials
The workshop was absolutely terrific—some of the best wildlife photography I have ever experienced. Greg was incredibly helpful in sharing ideas for compositions and opportunities for shots in the field. His help allowed me to capture some of my favorite and best images from the trip.

Greg is an exemplary tour leader and teacher. His organizational and people skills are terrific. He made a concerted effort to suggest photographic compositions and offer technical tips. He helped me capture images that I would not have obtained otherwise. It was one of the best workshops I have taken. Simply a wonderful experience.
Keith K.
Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands
The Ultimate Falklands workshop offered the best combination of location, timing, and leadership that I've experienced to date. Greg worked tirelessly to see that all details were perfect and to offer guidance to all participants regardless of ability level. He was always alert to those small details that make a big difference.
Paul S.
Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands
Greg is a great photographer and more importantly he is a fantastic person. He attends to everyone's needs and had a good rapport with each of the folks at the lodges. He knows how to bring people together and have them function as a cohesive unit under challenging circumstances. I will never forget the day at Sea Lion Island when the wind gusts were 85 knots (97 mph). We were both out there loving it, even though we had a hard time seeing each other from 20 feet away with the blowing sand and rocks. For craziness, I knew I had met my match with Greg. When we filled out the form for what we expected from the trip, I had asked for a tutorial on flash photography. Sure enough he not only had read what I had wrote but gave us an excellent tutorial on use of flash. This to me is the mark of a person who listens and who wants to please his clients. I highly recommend Greg, without reservation, for anyone interested in his workshops. I now consider him a true friend. Thanks!
John G.
Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands