Antarctica – Exploring the Frozen Continent

This exciting expedition cruise ventures far into the breathtaking wilderness of the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and as far south as the Antarctic Circle. Discover the rich wildlife and stunning icescapes of the most remote place on Earth and enjoy ice-cruising and landing activities led by our Expedition Team.

  • Enjoy ten full days of adventure in Antarctica
  • Be one of the few who venture as far south as the Antarctic Circle
  • Chance to see incredible wildlife: penguins, whales, seals, albatross and many more
  • Explore with ice-cruising, landings and more led by our Expedition Team
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.


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 15 February & 02 March 2021

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Ultimate Antarctica Adventure

Join us as we explore the most remote place on Earth with our hybrid powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. This extended voyage is filled with ten full days of adventure and activities on the pristine continent of Antarctica

Icebergs, Wildlife and History

The adventure starts in Ushuaia and takes you across the famous Drake Passage, escorted by albatross and petrels, before arriving in remote Antarctica. Things quickly become increasingly exciting – behind every new iceberg, a new highlight appears.

This is true wilderness, so our experienced Captain will work with the conditions to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We aim to visit the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula before exploring further south with the goal of reaching the Polar Circle. An unforgettable experience!

Our expert Expedition Team will lead you on fantastic ice-cruising and landing activities to see teeming penguin colonies, and spot seals, whales, birds and more. There may be a chance to join in optional activities like kayaking, hiking and even tenting on the world´s most remote continent.  An expedition cruise in Antarctica is like nothing else on Earth!

Day 1: Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires Photo

Vibrant Metropolis


This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself on a warm spring/summer day or extend your stay by an optional pre-programme to explore Wild Patagonia.

Day 2: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego

Flight & embarkation

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a Welcome dinner.

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage

At Sea

Our Expedition Team will prepare you for your intense polar exploration with fascinating lectures and presentations in the Science Center. On the way to Antarctica, we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where two oceans meet, creating nutrient-rich seas that attract marine and avian life. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife from deck.

Day 5-14: Antarctica

Antarctica … Impossible to Describe!

Welcome to the most remote area on earth! Our Expedition Team will lead you on ice-cruising and landings to come ashore to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and come closer to penguins, seals and ice.

Antarctica inspires awe. Ninety per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4,000 metres thick in some places. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

The ten days of our exploration ensure an unforgettable Antarctica experience with lots of landings and activities.

This is true wilderness, so our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We aim to land as often as possible, on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula, and to sail through the world-famous Lemaire Channel before we venture further south to Marguerite Bay to cross the legendary Antarctic Circle.

Every moment in Antarctica is full of rich experiences.  There are icebergs of every shape and colour, magnificent glaciers, vast horizons and astonishing encounters with fearless wildlife.

An expedition cruise here is an amazing experience that is hard to sum up in a few short words. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.

Day 15-16: Drake Passage
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica Photo: Mark McDermott Photo

Heading back to civilisation

At Sea

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun and learning in the Science Center or enjoying the many onboard amenities.

Day 17: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

The End of the World

Disembarkation & flight

Our expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.  For more adventure, you can extend your stay and enjoy our optional Post-programmes.

Arrival 03 March & 18 March 2021

Location Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina
What's included


  • 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 including one orientation tour


  • 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  


  • 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


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • 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   


  • 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


Life on board

Your ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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