Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition

Join us for a fantastic expedition cruise to the Falklands and untouched South Georgia before our ultimate exploration of Antarctica. Our team of experts from Norway and around the world lead ice-cruising and landings as we hike, explore and get close to wildlife in the most remote continent on Earth.

  • Enjoy landings to see thousands of animals: seals, penguins, birds and whales
  • Hike, kayak and go ice-cruising in stunning Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
  • Chance to come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
  • Experience an in-depth exploration of the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’, South Georgia, home to vast numbers of King penguins
Save £750 per person

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 £750 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 10 November, 01 December & 22 December 2020

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview

Pristine, Remote and Truly Awesome

Go far beyond the horizon to explore the largest true wilderness on Earth with us. Nature is in command here, so expect the unexpected as we sail to the powerful beauty of Antarctica.

Starting in Buenos Aires, you have a chance to discover the `Paris of South America´ before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, as we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Magical Falklands

Our expedition cruise to Antarctica begins as we sail the open sea to the Falkland Islands, with their seamless horizons, white sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife like penguins and albatrosses.

Captivating South Georgia

Onboard lectures will prepare you for our visit to South Georgia to enjoy mountainous fjords, visit historic whaling stations, and discover long beaches that support a rich variety of wildlife.

The Wonder of Antarctica

Thanks to her small size, MS Fram qualifies for the largest range of landing sites in Antarctica for your expedition cruise. Depending on conditions, we will visit a variety of landing sites on the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to show you the diversity of the region´s wildlife and landscape.

At every opportunity, the Expedition Team will seize the chance to take you hiking or ice-cruising and offer you the chance to kayak among icebergs or camp in the footsteps of the great explorers.

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

Your flight to Ushuaia leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing time to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking on MS Fram. In the evening, 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 4-6: The Falkland Islands
Highlight

Where the Natural World Rules

The Falklands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white beaches. Here, the sheep graze alongside colonies of penguins, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge. Penguins waddle close to take a look, then continue on their way, providing great photo opportunities!

We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at all the birds. Stanley makes an excellent starting point for our excursions. We will be docked in the capital the entire day, giving you time to discover on foot, as most shops and services are clustered around the port.

Day 7-8: At sea

Cruising the South Atlantic

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 9-13: South Georgia
Highlight

The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

We explore the thriving ecosystem and rich history of South Georgia. The area is known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean and is a world-famous location for wildlife photographers.

South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the limit of sea ice - makes an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. During our stay here, you will see adult seals lounge on the sand while their pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and penguins cluster in their thousands. Enjoy the sight of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic lagoons.

You will also visit a museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia also offers good hiking, and one of our favourite trails follows part of Shakleton´s route on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for the 22 men left on isolated Elephant Island.

Day 14: At sea

Towards Antarctica

As we continue towards Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the region. With favourable conditions, we aim to cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.

Day 15-20: Antarctica
Highlight

The Most Beautiful, Pristine Places on the Planet

Antarctica is a world apart from anything else on Earth! The first signs of our approach may be penguins in the water, or blue-white icebergs drifting by.  This is true wilderness, and our captain will work with the elements to design the very best itinerary for your expedition cruise.

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. 

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to show you the diversity of the reigion´s wildlife and landscape.

Whenever opportunities arise, our Expedition Team will offer the chance to go out on kayaks, pitch tents ashore or take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Every day will be different, and each will be carefully crafted by our Expedition Team to create lasting memories.

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

Docked - 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 Buenos Aires. If you crave some sun after exploring Antarctica, we recommend you join one of our Post-programme adventures in Buenos Aires.

Arrival 02 December & 23 December 2020, & 13 January 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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