Antarctica - Highlights of the Frozen Continent

This classic Antarctica expedition cruise is perfect way to experience spectacular wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy five full days in Antarctica with landings and ice-boat cruising, as well as chances to kayak, hike and much more. Join us aboard our advanced hybrid powered expedition ship for an unforgettable adventure.

  • See the best Antarctica has to offer on an advanced expedition cruise
  • Experience massive glaciers, icebergs, polar landscape and rich wildlife
  • Mix of landings and ice-cruising as well as optional adventures
  • Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board
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 8 departures (Nov 2020 - Jan 2021)

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview

The Majesty of Antarctica

Join us as we explore the most remote place on earth with our hybrid powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. This compact voyage is filled with the highlights of the last great wilderness on Earth, Antarctica.

A Living Continent of Ice

The adventure starts as we sail the famous Drake Passage before arriving in remote Antarctica. Things quickly become increasingly exciting – behind every new iceberg, a new highlight appears.

The wildlife of Antarctica is astonishing. Our expert Expedition Team will bring you to penguin colonies and icebergs on ice-cruising trips and landing adventures to ensure an unforgettable journey.

Back on board our advanced and comfortable ship, you’ll have great opportunities to learn and share discoveries with new friends in relaxed atmosphere in our Science Center.

This is true wilderness, so our experienced captain will work with the elements to create an itinerary designed to bring you the best of Antarctica.

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

Cultural and Cool

Hotel

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

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. MS Fridtjof Nansen is designed to make polar exploration a pleasure for all ages and learning levels. There will be lectures on the environment, films about Antarctica in the Science Center, and the ship offers a pool, hot tubs and Wellness Center to enhance your journey.

Day 5-9: Antarctica
Highlight

Antarctica … Another World!

Welcome to the most remote area on Earth! Come ashore to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and encounter penguins. From the deck, there will be ample opportunities to sight whales and seals. 

We always work with the elements in Antarctica, and we aim to land on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. 

The places we visit are serene and offer opportunities to observe different types of Antarctic wildlife, including penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour, whaling stations and scientific stations.

Our activities are exciting and varied. One day you will go ashore to see penguins and hear the crackling sounds of glaciers. The next day, you may get to feel the wind as you cruise amid the sea ice, looking for seals. Another day you may choose optional kayaking or a walk. Our onboard photographer will be on hand to show you the basics of expedition photography to capture these amazing experiences.

Day 10-11: 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 in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds which follow our ship.

Day 12: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

The End of the Adventure

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 8 arrival dates (Nov 2020 - Jan 2021)

Location Ushuaia / 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 including one 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)
  • 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   

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 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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