Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands

Uruguay - Antarctica - Falkland Islands - Uruguay

Spectacular wildlife, remote islands and dramatic landscapes - embark on a 20-day expedition from Buenos Aires to the last frontier, Antarctica before we set sail for the Falkland and South Georgia Islands. Sail in the wake of great explorers and explore some of the last untouched places on Earth - a thrilling adventure reminiscent of another century.

  • Sail in the wake of historical explorers and see the landscape as they saw it - unchanged, remote and awe-inspiring
  • Voyage to Antarctica at the beginning of the season where the growing penguins are at their most fluffy and whales breach the surface of the water
  • Experience one of the best wildlife experiences in the South Atlantic Islands
  • Join our extensive onboard programme including lectures on Antarctica's history, environment and wildlife


Your journey begins in Buenos Aires with an overnight hotel stay before flying to Ushuaia where MS Fram awaits. From here, we set sail through the Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before arriving at the end of the Earth. As the ship closes in on Antarctica, lectures on history, environmental issues and wildlife prepare passengers further for the adventure to come.

Like nothing else on earth

In Antarctica, we land at different historical places like the ring-shaped Deception Island that used to harbour whaling ships until 1905, Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of Chinstrap penguins, the British station Port Lockroy from the 2nd World War; and Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here. Brown Bluff is recognisable by the 750 metre cliffs that dominate the landscape.

The landings offer you the chance to go hiking in alpine mountains, take kayaks out on the water among whales breaching the surface, meeting the local penguins and traversing glaciers.

From Antarctica we head north to the island of South Georgia, where en route you may attend a number of presentations on the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history. Among all the intriguing places to visit in South Georgia, we call on Grytviken and the great Shackleton’s final resting place, which provides ample food for thought.

MS Fram then sets course for the Falkland Islands. In this British settlement you will find a world of contrasts from the red buses and English pubs in Stanley, the capital, to seamless horizons, vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and a rich wildlife with penguins and albatrosses.

After an amazing journey of discovery and activities, we make landfall at Uruguay's capital, Montevideo.


Price includes: 

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to flight 
  • Economy flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities


  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

23 February 2017

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1
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Photo: Trixi Lange-Hitzbleck Photo

Birthplace of the Tango

Location: Buenos Aires

Discover the ”Paris of South America” for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of the Tango has to offer. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires allowing you to explore the city at your leisure or join an optional excursion in the afternoon.

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

All aboard

Location: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning which gives you a few hours to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world. In the afternoon MS Fram sets her course for the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic adventure that awaits.

Days 3-4
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Where two oceans meet

Location: The Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is the stretch of ocean between the southern tip of Latin America and the Antarctic Peninsula. It was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have had the chance to experience. On our way towards 'the ice' you can learn a great deal about Antarctica's wildlife and history which you are destined to experience.

Days 5-7
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Isolated from the rest of the world

Location: Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour. On Petermann Island you will see thousands of adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors.

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic sound are home to an estimated half million adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet. Our interesting lectures will be focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica.

Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Days 8-9
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More wonders of the Deep South

Location: Southern Ocean

We spend two days cruising southward to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in a number of presentations about the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history.

South Georgia’s rich history of exploration, whaling, and conflict is a formidable backdrop to its rugged scenery and bustling wildlife. Our expedition team is well versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of sooty albatross and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the ill-fated Endurance and how they were saved through astonishing feats of bravery and seamanship.

Days 10-11
Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

An explorer's playground

Location: South Georgia

There is nowhere, in any latitude, quite like South Georgia. It offers magnificent mountain scenery with majestic glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife. Its unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometre island home to millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds.

During our stay here, you will see Elephant seals lounge on the sand, fur seal pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and king penguins by the thousands. We also plan to visit some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations, a whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the tiny graveyard where we can pay our respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Days 12-13
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

Onwards to the Falklands

Location: South Atlantic Ocean

We spend two days cruising towards the beautiful Falkland Islands. The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones with an estimated population of 3,000 persons.

As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge.

Days 14-15

Wanderlust and wildlife

Location: The Falkland Islands

Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot as the museum, post-office, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and perhaps most importantly Stanley’s lively pubs are all centred on the port. The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. The penguins will come close to you, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities!

Days 16-19
Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

A new understanding

Location: South Atlantic Ocean

With our bow pointed north and a collection of unforgettable images and experiences, we are invited to gain a new understanding of the Antarctic, South Georgia and the Falklands/Malvinas.

We leave the Sub-Antarctic climate after some fascinating encounters with magnificent nature and varied wildlife. During the cruise to Montevideo, our Expedition Team will conclude the extensive on board academic programme.

Day 20
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The vibrant capital

Location: Montevideo

After a spectacular journey, we make landfall at the vibrant and welcoming city of Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. This city boasts a modern metropolis with a historical centre. We recommend a visit to the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio or one of the white, sandy beaches surrounding the city.

14 March 2017

Location Montevideo, Uruguay
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