Wildlife in the South Atlantic Ocean

Montevideo, Uruguay - Ushuaia, Argentina

Explore the South Atlantic Islands and experience untouched scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on Earth. In 18 days, we head straight to the Valdés region to look for whales before witnessing the multitude of native wildlife on the Falkland Islands and in South Georgia. As we cruise back towards our final destination of Ushuaia, we make another stop in the Falklands to end on a wildlife high.

  • Visit Uruguay, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Argentina in one voyage - a true wildlife expedition
  • Spend 5 days in South Georgia, the longest we spend on any voyage, offering deep insight and a thorough exploration of the local flora and fauna
  • Return to Ushuaia from South Georgia via the Falklands for a final exploration of the natural wilderness and further encounters with penguins
  • Take part in interesting lectures from our expert Expedition Team

Overview

We embark in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, where MS Fram sets course for the Valdés region. Situated on Argentina's barren eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly shaped peninsula is home to some of the country's richest wildlife, with elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, southern right whales, and a great variety of birds.

Seamless Horizons and Amazing Animal Life

After a short stop in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, we head further south to what is dubbed 'The Serengeti of the South Atlantic Ocean', South Georgia. En route, you can attend a number of presentations on the area’s wildlife as well as its whaling and polar history. Among all the intriguing places to visit in South Georgia, we call on Grytviken, where we find the great Shackleton’s final resting place. We will also visit a king penguin colony where you will be in the midst of 500,000 king penguins, and the beaches will be covered with elephant seals and southern fur seals. Back in the Falklands, you will see stunning horizons, vast open spaces, beautiful white-sand beaches and a rich wildlife with penguins, albatrosses and other seabirds residing here.

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Plant your flag - On board credit offer

Book an expedition to Antarctica, Greenland, Canada, the Amazon or Europe departing in 2017/18 and you will receive up to £500pp on board credit to spend. Make the most of your time sailing exotic shores and put this credit towards any purchase on board - be it a cabin upgrade, excursions, or souvenirs from the gift store. Book before 30 December 2016.

Your holiday price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Transfer ship to airport in Ushuaia 
  • Economy flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note: 

  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
Itinerary

The itinerary

Discover a world of natural beauty, with untouched scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on Earth. Cruise from Montevideo to Ushuaia then fly up to Buenos Aires where the expedition ends,

29 October 2017

Departure port Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 1
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Ships ahoy


Location: Montevideo

Late in the evening MS Fram sails out of the Rio de la Plata and into the open waters of the Atlantic. The river mouth is a very busy shipping route and you can spot vessels from all over the world.

Days 2-3
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Meet and greet


Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

A couple of days at sea are perfect to begin your South American expedition. Take the time to explore the ship and meet other passengers. Relax on the open decks or in the panorama lounge making sure to keep a lookout for wildlife. Perhaps you wish to join lectures from the Expedition Team to learn about the history and wildlife of the region.

Day 4
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Wildlife highlights


Location: Península Valdés, Argentina

The Península Valdés  is one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina, where you can experience some of the largest marine animals in their natural environment and we will also pay a visit to the amazing Puerto Madryn. The Península Valdés is a fauna reservation and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina’s barren eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly shaped peninsula is home to some of the country’s richest wildlife, with elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, the southern right whale, and a great variety of birds. 

Day 5
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On the lookout


Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Keep a lookout for wildlife from the deck and join our Expedition Team for more onboard lectures.

Day 6
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Isolated islands


Location: Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones with an estimated 3,000 inhabitants. Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes the perfect starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot as shops and services are all centred on the port, including Stanley’s lively pubs. 

Days 7-8
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Cold water crossing


Location: Atlantic Convergence

We cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the colder waters of the southern oceans. There will be a number of lectures on the region's wildlife as well as some fascinating stories about Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton's expeditions.

Day 9
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Unique encounters


Location: South Georgia

With its magnificent mountain scenery, majestic glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife, South Georgia is truly unique. Salisbury Plain is best known as the breeding site for as many as 500,000 king penguins, and the beaches here are covered with elephant seals and southern fur seals.

Day 10
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Bay of whales


Location: South Georgia

Our Expedition Team is well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology, to the mating rituals of the sooty albatross, to the legends of the Norwegian whalers. We plan to visit Fortuna Bay and some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations. 

Day 11
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Shackleton's heroics


Location: South Georgia

During our stay here, you will see elephant seals lounging on the sand, fur seal pups racing in and out of the water, albatrosses soaring overhead and thousands of king penguins. In Grytviken, you will visit abandoned whaling stations, a whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the tiny cemetery where we can pay our respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Day 12
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Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

King of all penguins


Location: South Georgia

In South Georgia, king penguins form huge breeding colonies with the colony at St Andrews Bay made up of more than 100,000 birds. Because of the long breeding cycle, colonies are continuously occupied. 

Day 13
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Breeding ground


Location: South Georgia

Today, we will visit Elsehul. The island is a breeding ground for fur seals, macaroni penguins, petrels and albatrosses. 

Days 14-15
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Photo: Sven Schermer / Shutterstock Photo

Wildlife watching


Location: South Atlantic Ocean

Enjoy another couple of relaxing and interesting days at sea. Sit back in the panorama lounge, keep a lookout for wildlife from the deck or join more lectures from our Expedition Team.

Day 16
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Penguin parade


Location: Falkland Islands

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. The penguins will come close to you, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities! Bird lovers will rejoice as we reach Carcass Island, a bird paradise with a rich variety of ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of the few islands this far south with trees. We use our small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at the birdlife. 

Day 17
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Setting sail


Location: South Atlantic Ocean

After several wonderful experiences in the South Atlantic Islands we set course towards Ushuaia. During the day the Expedition Team will be onboard and excited to share more of their knowledge with you.

Day 18
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The southern city


Location: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

After a spectacular journey, we disembark at the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, and fly you to Buenos Aires. 

15 November 2017

Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
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