Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia – The Ultimate Expedition (2021)

Join our most extreme expedition cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, as we attempt to cross the legendary Antarctic Circle. We venture far into remote waters to explore with ice-cruising, landings and activities designed for you to enjoy areas teeming with wildlife – penguins, seals, birds, whales and more.

  • Enjoy ice-cruising and landings in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica
  • See incredible wildlife in South Georgia, the `Galapagos of the Poles’
  • Explore as far south as possible, well beyond the limit of ordinary cruises
  • Chance to hike, camp and kayak in unforgettable landscapes
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £500 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


Itinerary

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 12 January, 02 February & 23 February 2021

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview

Beyond the Horizon

Nature is in command in this magnificent wilderness, so it’s best to travel with an open mind and expect the unexpected on this truly exciting expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Starting in Buenos Aires, discover the `Paris of South America´ before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. From there, we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Magical Falklands

We cross open sea before to reach the seamless horizons, white sandy beaches and wildlife like penguins and albatrosses on the Falklands.

Captivating South Georgia

Onboard lectures will prepare you for the incomparable diversity of life on South Georgia, where the mountainous fjords and vast beaches provide a perfect environment for wildlife to flourish.

The Wonder of the Antarctic Peninsula & Antarctic Circle

MS Fram qualifies for the largest range of possible landing sites in Antarctica to enhance your experience. Depending on conditions, we will visit the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula before we sail beyond the usual limits with the aim of landing south of the Polar Circle. An unforgettable experience!

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Explore the `Birthplace of Tango´

Hotel

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the `Paris of South America´ for yourself.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego

Embarkation

The following day, you fly to Ushuaia. The flight leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking on MS Fram as we sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3: At sea

Across the Open Sea

We cross the open sea towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

Day 4-5: The Falkland Islands

Where Nature is Still in Charge

The Falklands teem with wonders of nature, offering clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white beaches. Here the sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and penguins, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge.

Fearless penguins waddle close, then continue on their way, giving you some great photo opportunities! Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the excursions we offer. We will be docked the whole day, giving you enough time to discover the town on foot.

Day 6-7: At sea

The South Atlantic Ocean

We spend two days cruising to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in lectures about the area’s wildlife, whaling and polar history.

Our Expedition Team is well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of seals and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the men of the ill-fated Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery.

Day 8-10: South Georgia
Highlight

The Galapagos of the Poles

Next, we explore the unique beauty and incomparable wildlife of South Georgia. The area´s history, incredible scenery and diversity of life make it a favourite locale for nature photographers.

South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the yearly sea ice - makes it a perfect home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds, and our activities are designed to bring you close, without disturbing the wildlife.

We also hope to visit a whaling museum and to pay our respects at the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 11: At sea

Towards Antarctica

As we sail, learn more about the wonders of Antarctica, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the continent. Watch out for the different Albatross species which follow our ship. We will cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island.

Day 12-20: Antarctica
Highlight

Penguins, Icebergs and the Antarctic Circle

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! As we approach, the air becomes crisper and colder, and you will begin to spot penguins and icebergs in the water. This is true wilderness, and our captain will work with the elements to design the very best itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We will attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula to show you the diversity of the incredible landscape and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.  
On this special voyage, we hope to cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’ south, far beyond the limit of most cruises in Antarctica, venturing far into the areas that are permanently iced down and unnavigable in the winter.

Whenever opportunities arise, our Expedition Team will take you for landings and ice cruising to get close to the powerful beauty of Antarctica. In addition, we will invite you to kayak among the icebergs, and perhaps pitch tents ashore or take unforgettable hikes to explore the some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet.

Day 21-22: The Drake Passage

The Voyage North

At Sea

On our way back to civilisation, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 23: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

The Southernmost Town in the World

Disembarkation

We make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, and your journey back continues with a flight to lively Buenos Aires. Our Post-Programme offers great experiences if you wish to extend your trip from Buenos Aires.

Arrival 03 February, 24 February & 17 March 2021

Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia incl. an orientation tour

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment neededfor optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)  
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo programme with our Expedition Photographer   
  • Travel insurance  
  • Luggage handling

NOTES:

Life on board

Your ship: MS Fram

MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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