Antarctica – Southern Hemisphere Adventure (Southbound)

On this voyage you'll find departures with:

Solo travelers: No single supplement

Duration: 19 days

Departure:
21 October 2020
Price from :
£ 7662 per person
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Experience Antarctica, Patagonia, the Falklands and South America on one voyage
  • See amazing wildlife, such as penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses
  • Come ashore on landings and enjoy ice-cruising in the most remote place on Earth
  • Wide-ranging Science and activity programme led by our expert Expedition Team
Meet the Gentoo Penguins in Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Antarctica
A penguin colony on Half Moon Island. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their lively colonies or enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
A penguin colony on Half Moon Island. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their lively colonies or enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Magic landscape of icebergs and glaciers in Gerlache Strait. The Antarctic ice cap is the largest single mass of ice in the world, but amazingly, this is a wilderness teeming with life.
Photo: Genna Roland

Itinerary

Experience stunning Patagonia, the magical Falkland Islands and majestic Antarctica with one amazing expedition cruise. There will be ample opportunities to see penguins, seals, whales and other wildlife as our expert Expedition Team takes you ice-cruising and on landings to explore these spectacular areas for an unforgettable voyage.
Day 1
Montevideo - Hotel
Welcome to South America!
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay

Enjoy an overnight stay in Montevideo, the scenic capital of Uruguay.

Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 2
Montevideo - Embarkation
A Vibrant Capital in Spring
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo boasts colourful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Enjoy a tour through this historic city before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen for your polar adventure.

Day 3-4
At sea
Wildlife and Lectures
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten

Enjoy the first days on board! The Expedition Team will start the lecture programme, covering history, the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife and oceanography. Spend some time on deck and enjoy the sun and warm temperatures as you scan for wildlife while we make our way south.

Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Skyline, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina
Skyline, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Day 5
Puerto Madryn - Half day
World Heritage Highlights
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina

Visit Valdez Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on Argentina's Patagonian coast, this peninsula is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats. Enjoy our optional excursions starting in Puerto Madryn that bring you closer to wildlife and let you experience the Gaucho-lifestyle of Patagonia.

Included activity:

Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout (5 hrs 30)

Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh settlers in the late 19th century so it is fitting to enjoy some Welsh tea even though we are in Argentina. Actually, you find a number of tea houses around town. Puerto Madryn is also a great place to observe sea lions after you've enjoyed your tea.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Puerto Madryn - Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout
    Discover Puerto Madryn and its Welsh roots.
  • Puerto Madryn - Palaeontology & Welsh History
    Immerse yourself in the history of the Welsh settlements in the Chubut River Valley region. Visit the charming town of Gaiman and enjoy a traditional Welsh tea.
  • Puerto Madryn - Punta Loma, Eco-Centre & Estancia San Guillermo
    Combine a visit to a typical Argentinian sheep-ranch with stunning sea vistas of Punta Loma and its sea lion colonies.
  • Puerto Madryn - Whale watching in Puerto Pirámides
    Join a whale-watching adventure off the coast of Peninsula Valdés, providing a close encounter with southern right whales - the gentle giants of the sea.
Day 6
At sea
Relaxing on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Relax in the tranquility of a day at sea, sharing experiences and exchanging stories with your fellow adventurers. Enjoy the amenities of our innovative expedition ship and look out for wildlife from our outer decks.

Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
King penguins, Falkland Islands
Day 7-9
The Falkland Islands
Pubs, Penguins and Perfect Wilderness
Sharing the beach on Carcass Island with the penguins.
From the pubs of Stanley to the vast white sand beaches of Carcass Island, the magical Falkland Islands is world of contrasts.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Remote farm on Carcass Island.
This part of your expedition cruise will let you explore remote areas in the Falklands, such as this farm on Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 7-9
The Falkland Islands
Pubs, Penguins and Perfect Wilderness
King penguins, Falkland Islands
The final part of your expedition cruise will let you explore the Falklands' remote areas and rich wildlife, here represented by the King penguins.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for several generations. We hope to call on New Island, which boasts white sand beaches and turquoise waters that could easily be mistaken for those on a Caribbean isle.

We may go ashore on Carcass Island - an avian paradise with ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. Our Expedition Team will look for every opportunity to take you exploring, hiking or cruising to get a closer look at local wildlife.

Stanley, the inviting capital of the Falklands, is a good size for roaming the streets on foot. Or you can join an optional excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked at Stanley throughout the day.

Included activity:

Stanley self guided walk (1 - 2 h)

Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Stanley - Community Walk
    Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
  • Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon
    Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
  • Stanley - Scenic Air Tour
    See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
  • Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights
    If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.
Day 10-11
Drake Passage - At Sea
Enjoy the Onboard Activities
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Days at sea are full of activity. Our expert Expedition Team will lead talks and lectures on fascinating topics in the Science Center, and there this is a great time to enjoy the Wellness area or pools.

Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, and begun our approach to Antarctica, you will notice that the air becomes crisper and colder. From deck, you might start seeing icebergs in the water, and perhaps the first sighting of whales as well.

Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island
Day 12-16
Antarctica
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales
Gentoo penguins closeup, Cuverville Island
Gentoo penguins, Cuverville Island. Come ashore on landings to meet the penguins in their lively colonies.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Humpback whale in Wilhelmina Bay
Humpback whale in Wilhelmina Bay. Enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 12-16
Antarctica
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island. Join optional kayaking tours or even hike and tent in the world´s most isolated wilderness.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first meeting with huge colonies of fearless penguins on the pristine ice.

Our captain and Expedition Team will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.  They will look for every chance to go ice-cruising or on landings designed to give you the chance to explore the most beautiful and remote places on Earth.

We will attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of wildlife and landscapes the area has to offer.

Everywhere we explore in Antarctica is truly pristine and offers great chances to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, or icebergs in every shape and colour.

Nowhere else on Earth offers such untouched wild beauty, explorer history and rich wildlife. Antarctica is unlike anywhere you´ve ever been.

Day 17-18
Drake Passage - At Sea
The Legendary Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss

After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Spend time recapping our expedition with the Expedition Team in the Science Center and enjoy the Farewell dinner on the last evening.

Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss
The snow clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.
The snow clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.
Photo: Rita Melville
Ushuaia by night
Ushuaia by night
Day 19
Ushuaia - Disembarkation & flight
The Southernmost Town in the World
The snow clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.
The snow clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.
Photo: Rita Melville

Arriving in Ushuaia, it’s time to say goodbye. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you want to explore further before going home, you are welcome to join our optional excursions in the Post-programme.

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

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • One hotel night in Montevideo before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to ship in Montevideo including city tour
  • Transfer ship to airport in Ushuaia
  • Economy flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

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 (for suite guests only)
  • 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

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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Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A seal lying in the dirt A seal lying in the dirt

Puerto Madryn - Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout

South America

Duration

5 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-PMY1

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A group of people on a rocky beach A group of people on a rocky beach

Puerto Madryn - Palaeontology & Welsh History

South America, Antarctica

Duration

5 hrs 30 mins

Price per person

From £ 164

Booking code

A-PMY9

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Sea lions in Puerto Madryn Sea lions in Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn - Punta Loma, Eco-Centre & Estancia San Guillermo

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From £ 164

Booking code

A-PMY8

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A whale jumping out of the water A whale jumping out of the water

Puerto Madryn - Whale watching in Puerto Pirámides

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From £ 257

Booking code

A-PMY10

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A small boat in a body of water A small boat in a body of water

Stanley - Community Walk

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-FAI1

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A walk through scenic Falklands A walk through scenic Falklands

Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From £ 87

Booking code

A-FAI1

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Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach

Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From £ 123

Booking code

A-FAI10

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Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands. Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands.

Stanley - Scenic air tour

Antarctica

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From £ 360

Booking code

A-FAI9

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Lady Elizabeth shipwreck Port Stanley Falkland Islands Lady Elizabeth shipwreck Port Stanley Falkland Islands

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From £ 72

Booking code

A-FAI7

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Buenos Aires - Post-programme Iguazu Falls 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

£ 1045

Booking code

IGRPOST

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Dinner & Tango Show (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

£ 156

Booking code

BUE02

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A boat floating along a river next to a body of water A boat floating along a river next to a body of water

Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Tigre Delta Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

£ 79

Booking code

BUE03

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Buenos Aires - Estancia Santa Susana (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

7 Hours

From

£ 164

Booking code

BUE05

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Ushuaia Post Excursion - Scenic drive and hiking at the end of the world (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

From

£ 82

Booking code

USH04

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