Antarctica. Follow Your Curiosity

The coldest, driest, highest and windiest place on earth. Where the penguins outnumber the people, and there’s less rain than in the Sahara. Discover this vast, breath-taking, frozen continent with us, it’s an adventure like no other. Book an expedition cruise in 2022-23 and get up to £500pp off.

Up to £500pp off
Valid until 28/02/2022

Save up to £500pp on Antarctica cruises in 2022/23

Book an expedition cruise to Antarctica between October 2022 - March 2023 and save up to £500pp. Offer ends 28th February.

Book with Confidence
Valid until 31/03/2022

Book with confidence

Our popular Book with Confidence policy is back, giving you the peace of mind you want for your next adventure exploring the world with us. The benefits of the policy apply to any new bookings made between 25 November 2021 and 31 March 2022, for expedition cruises departing on or before 30 September 2022.

Antarctica

Hurtigruten Expeditions is the ideal choice to actively explore this white continent, the fifth largest in the world. We are focused on sustainability and conservation and work to protect Antarctica with the Association of Antarctica Operators (IAATO). And our small expedition ships and excursions allow you to become fully immersed in the many wonders the frozen continent has to offer.

Antarctica Departures 2022/23

Activities in Antarctica

Follow your curiosity

Your expedition cruise comes with a full programme of included and optional activities designed to immerse you in the many wonders the frozen continent has to offer. You can be brave and go for a polar plunge or stay above the water and glide across it in a kayak or small explorer boat. You can go hiking or snow-shoeing, and there’s even an opportunity to camp in this vast landscape. Whether you fancy being active or just sitting back to take it all in, there will be something that suits you.

Expedition Teams

The best of the best

The Expedition Teams at Hurtigruten represent the best of the best, they are experts on safety and sustainability. Alongside the guest lecturers and scientists onboard, they will make sure you soak up incredible knowledge and fascinating insights and guarantee you’ll leave the lightest of footprints in this incredible environment. Find out more about who you’ll be travelling with...

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Home to 12 million penguins

But just 4,000 people

Penguins are the icons of this continent. You will never forget going ashore to visit a penguin colony. They are very loud, but you’ll get to see these charming creatures shuffling around as they go about their business. This is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 46 species visiting, so keep your eyes peeled for albatrosses, shearwaters, giant petrels, storm petrels, blue-eyed shags, diving petrels, cormorants, sheathbills, skuas, gulls and terns. Antarctica is also one of the world’s top whale-spotting places. You might be able to spot blue, fin, humpback, minke, orcas, and southern right and sperm whales close to the ship. They can appear out of nowhere and may even pop up right next to you when you are out on smaller explorer boats or kayaking when you’re in the Antarctica Peninsula. 

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Expedition Ships

There are three of our ships that you could sail on to Antarctica, and two of them are our incredible hybrid ships. MS Roald Amundsen was the first of our two hybrid ships built in 2019 followed by MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020. These ships lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. And MS Fram is a purpose built expedition vessel refurbished in 2020, so whichever ship you choose to sail on, you’ll have an experience like no other.

Expedition Ships

There are three of our ships that you could sail on to Antarctica, and two of them are our incredible hybrid ships. MS Roald Amundsen was the first of our two hybrid ships built in 2019 followed by MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020. These ships lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. And MS Fram is a purpose built expedition vessel refurbished in 2020, so whichever ship you choose to sail on, you’ll have an experience like no other.

MS Roald Amundsen

MS Roald Amundsen

Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Ship

MS Fram

Included in your Expedition Cruise

  • Food and drinks

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in the restaurants.

  • Complimentary tea and coffee

    Help yourself to coffee and tea from our restaurants and bars throughout the day.

  • Excursions and activities

    A range of excursions are included. You will also go on landings using our fleet of small expedition boats.

  • Expedition jacket

    Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket to bring home.

  • Equipment for activities

    Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities.

  • Wi-Fi

    Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.

  • Expedition Team

    English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore.

  • Lectures

    Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Onboard photographer

    A professional onboard photographer will give you top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos, and help you with camera settings before landings.

  • Science Center

    Use the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes and samples.

  • Wellness facilities

    Enjoy use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym.

Safe and unforgettable

A note about itineraries

At all times, Hurtigruten Expedition will comply with current health and safety regulations in the waters, coasts and ports we visit. As regulations could change at any time, there may be changes to the itineraries before and during your expedition. We will adapt to these changes and do our best to ensure you have a safe and unforgettable experience with us while exploring the British Isles.

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What we do

  • Social distancing

    We are sailing on reduced passenger capacity and have changed how we run our restaurants, landings and facilities to give you more space.

  • Face masks

    All our crew wear face masks or face shields and follow the strictest hand sanitation protocol.

  • Testing

    Expedition: All crew need to show negative Covid-19 test prior to embarkation. Coastal: All crew need to go through regular fever checks and fill out a self-declaration form.

  • Cleaning

    We regularly disinfect the entire ship, including all cabins, using certified cleaning products.

What you do

  • Self-declaration form

    You must confirm you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms before being allowed to board.

  • Fever scan and rapid test requirements

    Upon embarkation and outside our restaurants, you will go through a contactless fever scan to record your temperature. You will need to agree to be tested if the fever scan indicates a high temperature.

  • Testing before expedition cruises

    Before embarkation, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test, no older than 72 hours.

  • Face masks, social-distancing and hand sanitation

    You need to wear a face mask in all common areas of the ship, keep a minimum of 1 metre distance to fellow passengers and frequetly sanitize your hands.