MS Fridtjof Nansen
19 days

Antarctica & Falklands Expedition (Northbound)

Price from £ 8290
£ 7994
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
19 days

Antarctica & Falklands Expedition (Northbound)

Price from £ 8290
£ 7994
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Antarctica & Falklands Expedition (Northbound)
Departures
13 March 2023
14 March 2023
  • Late summer season is ideal for whale-watching, fur seals and adolescent penguins
  • See snow algae in bloom in Antarctica and beautiful sunsets throughout the voyage
  • Hybrid-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen generates the lowest possible CO2 footprint
  • Take part in an engaging science programme led by our experienced Expedition Team

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Itinerary

Embark on this late summer expedition cruise to experience Antarctica, the Falklands and Puerto Madryn. This is the best time to see whales feeding and adolescent penguins growing into adults. An expert Expedition Team give fascinating lectures on a range of topics and accompany you on ice-cruises and landings that bring you closer to the wilderness and wildlife.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
Renaissance of romance
Exotic trees hanging over lake in Bosques de Palermo park in Buenos Aires.
Photo: Getty Images, AntonPetrus

If you thought romance was long dead, you’ve yet to experience Buenos Aires. The sophisticated yet down-to-earth Argentine capital thrives on its strong traditions: proud football fans, cultured theatre scene and seductive tango. During the day, wander past French and Italianate buildings in Recoleta, finding shade from the summer sun in the resplendent plazas and parks of Palermo where fleets of parrots and songbirds roost. At night, feast on steak in San Telmo before heading to a local bar, club or confitería on Avenida Corrientes for a late-night milonga fuelled by traditional tango dancing.

By adding a few days to your vacation, you can also join an optional Pre-Programme to explore wild Patagonia.

Exotic trees hanging over lake in Bosques de Palermo park in Buenos Aires.
Photo: Getty Images, AntonPetrus
Sea near Ushuaia, island with light house to the right and mountains in the background.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Estimated time of departure is 19:00

Meeting the ship
Sea near Ushuaia, island with light house to the right and mountains in the background.
Photo: shutterstock

To get you to your ship as soon as possible, your plane leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, taking you to the southern port city of Ushuaia on the shores of the Beagle Channel. From the plane, you might be granted views over Lago Fagnano and of snow-capped Monte Darwin in Alberto de Agostini National Park to the west.

Hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen will be here waiting to start your adventure together. You’ll get to know the ship well over the next few weeks and fondly see it as your comfortable home away from home. After boarding, you’ll attend a meeting with the Expedition Team who will take you through some key health and safety principles. Enjoy a welcome dinner, your first of many delicious meals on bord, before finishing the day with a stroll on deck looking for stars up above.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage
Continental crossing
Albatross flying over the Sea.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Spending two days sailing the Drake Passage may seem like a test of your patience but believe us when we say the time will fly by. Not only are there albatross, petrels, humpback, and fin whales to watch for, but our expert Expedition Team will also do what they do best: prepare you for the adventures ahead.

You’ll attend lectures from the Expedition Team to learn about the history, environments and challenges of the places we plan to visit. You will learn what it takes to be an Antarctic ambassador and how to explore the frozen habitats safely and sustainably while observing IAATO regulations. Our special rubber boots for landings are just one of the precautions we take. The Expedition Team will also introduce Citizen Science programmes which will help you understand more about intricate ecosystems while contributing to current scientific research. Meanwhile, our onboard photographer may be sharing some useful tips on how to take the best pictures.

If your brain feels like it’s ready to burst, joining some included activities like art classes can be a great way to relax. Or maybe you want to blow off some steam in the sauna. Keep fit in the indoor gym and put on your running shoes to test the 150-metre-long outdoor running track. Say goodbye to any lingering stress with therapies in the Wellness Area or maybe enjoy a healthy snack in one of our three onboard restaurants.

Albatross flying over the Sea.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Two penguins walking on stone beach, snow and sea in the background.
Day 5-9
Antarctica
A world of ice and wildlife
Day 5-9
Antarctica
A world of ice and wildlife
Two penguins walking on stone beach, snow and sea in the background.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Welcome to Antarctica. This vast continent is almost entirely ice and snow. Ice shelves are the size of countries and icebergs tower over our ship as big as buildings. Glaciers cascade down through the mountains, crumpling towards the shoreline where they crumble ice into the water. When we arrive here, summer is coming to an end, and you can look forward to seeing these landscapes beautifully illuminated by breathtaking sunsets. This is also the best time of year to see penguins in their final stage of moulting and to spot different species of whales as they gorge on krill.

During your five days here, we plan to visit several possible sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula, based on when and where conditions are at their best. But this is no passive sail-by. The Expedition Team has big plans for you, as they will take you on ice-cruises and on landings ashore, bringing you to historic and scenic sites and to penguin colonies at a respectful distance. You may even get the chance to go kayaking with them among the icebergs, in an optional activity. They will also continue their lecture programme and you’ll likely also be busy cataloguing the various wildlife you spot as part of a Citizen Science project.  

The thing about expedition cruising is that the itinerary is not set in stone, allowing us to be flexible and adaptable, doing whatever is best at each specific point in the voyage.  Having sailed these waters for so many years, we know all the possible landing sites and when we should go to maximise the experience for everyone.

Day 10-11
The Drake Passage
Northbound
People looking at a big touch screen.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Join the Expedition Team as they continue their lecture programme covering topics such as the history of the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. You might also get to spend time examining seawater samples taken in Antarctica, allowing you to study another kind of wildlife at the cellular level. Scout for wildlife from deck, relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar or just watch the scenery glide by from the outdoor hot tubs or heated infinity pool. As we get closer to the Falklands, the ship is usually followed by different bird species, such as gulls, fulmars, petrels and even albatross.

People looking at a big touch screen.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Penguins on the Falkland Islands.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 12-14
Falkland Islands
Pubs and penguins
Penguins on the Falkland Islands.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

With green grass, white sands and farms, the Falklands are a world away from the barren white wilderness of Antarctica. Similar to Antarctica though, we will spend our three days exploring the islands with no exact itinerary, allowing the Captain and Expedition Team to pick out the best spots for each day based on the conditions at the time.

This is a paradise for birds, like ducks, geese, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens, not to mention the four different species of penguins to found here – king, rockhopper, Magellanic and gentoo. The latter normally hang out in large colonies around the islands, which you might be able to spot from the ship or even visit during one of our landings.

Stanley, the capital of the archipelago, is on the island of East Falkland and easy for the ship to access. Small enough to be explored on foot, it comes complete with familiar English red buses, inviting restaurants and pubs full of friendly locals.

Day 15
At sea
Take a moment
Onboard sauna with big windows.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

As we set out for another day at sea, there are new lectures and presentations from the Expedition Team to listen in on. Maybe you want to spend some time going through your pictures from Antarctica and the Falklands, or exchange experiences with your fellow travellers. And if you haven’t already, looking at the scenery and watching for wildlife from the scenic sauna isn’t a bad way to spend the day. Not bad at all…

Onboard sauna with big windows.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Large whale jumping out of the water, outside Puerto Madryn, Patagonia.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 16
Puerto Madryn, Argentina - Docked - Half day
World Heritage wildlife haven
Large whale jumping out of the water, outside Puerto Madryn, Patagonia.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865, and late summer temperatures might make you want to visit the inviting beaches in the area. Puerto Madryn is also the gateway to dramatic Valdes Peninsula, and we hope to invite you on an optional excursion here to explore a stunning nature reserve that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you will get the chance to see marine mammals like fur seals, elephant seals, sea lions, and whales like the Southern right whale, baleen whale and orcas. There are also at least 180 species of birds living on the peninsula, so get those binoculars out and start looking for new favourite birds. If birds aren’t really your cup of tea, this is also a nice place to walking around, eat and shop for local arts and crafts.    

Day 17-18
At sea
Final sailing days
Man and woman eating in the restaurant onboard.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your adventurous expedition cruise is coming to an end, and you can tick Antarctica, the Falklands and Puerto Madryn off your bucket list. You will feel the temperature rise as we make our way north, so head out onto the outer decks and enjoy some sun by the infinity pool or in the outdoor gym.

Take the opportunity to spend time with your new friends in the Expedition Team too. They are never short of fascinating facts and interesting stories with which to regale you with. Enjoy a farewell dinner on the last evening and watch the stars mirrored in the water beneath the ship one last time before going to bed.

Man and woman eating in the restaurant onboard.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Colorful laps hanging from colorful houses.
Photo: Getty Images, Sigfrid López
Day 19
Buenos Aires

Estimated time of arrival is 08:00

Back where we began
Colorful laps hanging from colorful houses.
Photo: Getty Images, Sigfrid López

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and the same goes for your expedition cruise. It has been 19 days since the last time you were in Buenos Aires, but having experienced so much during that time, it will probably feel like it’s been much longer. This is your second chance to get a feel for the exotic Latin city which seems to pulsate to the rhythm of tango. If you don’t feel like dancing, you can also enjoy an optional post-programme to the famous Iguazu Falls, one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in the world.

Whether you are carrying on your adventure or headed for home, we bid you farewell and wish you many more adventures in the years to come. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you on one of our expeditions to other destinations we explore, or perhaps Antarctica we tempt you back one more time…

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.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel

  • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

 Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, including a brief tour of the town

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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