& the Falkland Islands
South Georgia was once a piece of land that connected the Antarctic Peninsula with South America, but got ripped away with the opening of the Drake Passage which isolated Antarctica from the rest of the world. The island is geologically quiet young (all rocks younger than 200 ma) with most of it being sedimentary from turbidites. There are impressive folds to be seen and very dramatic glaciers.
The Falkland Islands have a very interesting geological history. The rock, which is virtually all sedimentary, was formed as part of the continent of Africa, but then became wrenched off to join South America in the process that created the South Atlantic. It also has amazing wildlife with some of the world's most important albatross colonies.
Trips to South Georgia and the Falkland Islandsare on polar expedition cruise ships. These voyages are not operated by GeoWorld Travel, instead we place people on them as a polar travel consultancy. We have our own separate website for this purpose - PolarWorld Travel, which is embedded below (please click here if you would prefer to view it in a new tab). GeoWorld Travel's Director James Cresswell has ten years’ experience as a polar expedition guide, he has guided on all the voyages listed below, and he uses his expert knowledge to place you on the voyage that is right for you.
The voyage Antarctic: with South Georgia, visits both South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
The voyage Atlantic Islands: Atlantic Odyssey also visits South Georgia