MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

All-inclusive Antarctica & Falklands Expedition

Price from $ 14161
$ 13499
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

All-inclusive Antarctica & Falklands Expedition

Price from $ 14161
$ 13499
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
All-inclusive Antarctica & Falklands Expedition
Departures
2022
November:
6.
20.
December:
4.
18.
2023
March:
10.
  • Summer in Antarctica means longer days and milder weather
  • See different species of penguin in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
  • MS Roald Amundsen is the first hybrid-powered expedition ship of its kind in history
  • An experienced Expedition Team to guide all lectures, landings and small boat cruises

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  • Flight included

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Itinerary

Spend five full days in Antarctica during its summer, going on walks ashore, cruising by icebergs and glaciers, and spotting whales and penguin colonies. You’ll also explore the scenic sandy beaches of the Falkland Islands, visit its capital Stanley and find penguin species that are not common even in Antarctica.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
Arrival Day
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, Argentina

After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wander the colourful local lanes.
Wander the colourful local lanes.
Photo: shutterstock
Two people dancing tango.
Photo: Trixi Lange Hitzbleck
Day 2
Buenos Aires
City of many passions
Two people dancing tango.
Photo: Trixi Lange Hitzbleck

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Buenos Aires.

There’s a beat to Buenos Aires that is unmistakably unique to the capital of Argentina. Ask any who live here and they’ll tell you it is the melting-pot community of locals who imbue the city with such vibrancy. As porteños, ‘the people of the port’, they came from across the globe, bringing a diverse set of cultures with them. The result is an intoxicating blend of romance music, people dancing the tango at almost every opportunity, Maradona-mad football fans, Old World colonial architecture, and flavoursome Latin food. 

Day 3
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM

Boarding your basecamp
Ushuaia harbour from the waterline, mountains in the background.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

It’s an early start today. We meet in the lobby of the hotel in the morning and head to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. The capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province sits on the shores of a bay backed by the snow-coated mountains of the Martial Glacier to the north. Ushuaia claims the dubious title of the world’s southernmost city, although this is contended by two other Chilean cities. Your basecamp at sea, MS Roald Amundsen, waits in the port here. Once on board, you’ll be introduced to the Expedition Team who will conduct  a health and safety briefing. Afterwards, you have some time to tour the ship and to settle in your cabin before we enjoy a welcome dinner together. Your expedition is officially underway!­­

Ushuaia harbour from the waterline, mountains in the background.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Couple sitting in expedition lounge, watching  the nature and landscapes outside the big windows.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 4-5
Drake Passage
Making the most of the crossing
Couple sitting in expedition lounge, watching  the nature and landscapes outside the big windows.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

It takes two days of straight sailing to reach Antarctica. This is a good thing as two days turns out to be just the right amount of time for you to enjoy equal amounts of relaxation and preparation on board the ship.

To make sure you are ready for the days of exploration ahead of you, the Expedition Team will begin a series of insightful lectures over at the Science Center. Each member of the Expedition Team are experts on different subjects and you’ll find them to be walking, talking treasure troves of fascinating stories and information. Listen and learn intriguing facts about the local wildlife as well as what IAATO-approved sustainability protocol to follow if curious penguins or seals come too close. As part of these IAATO guidelines, you’ll learn the importance of wearing our sterilised rubber boots during all Antarctica landings and why we thoroughly vacuum our clothes from any foreign particles beforehand.

You’ll also find that the ship is equipped with all manner of mod cons that add to your comfort. Keep fit in the gym and on the outdoor track circuit. Any aches from your workout can be steamed away in the sauna or massaged by masterful hands in the Wellness Spa. Three onboard restaurants, each with a different culinary concept, will delight your palate while the Explorer Lounge and Bar is the perfect place to chill with a glass of wine or bubbly. Just because an expedition is exciting, it doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious too!

Day 5-9
Antarctica
The Seventh Continent
Penguin between ice blocks, people kayaking in yellow kayaks in the background, watching the penguin.
Photo: Roger Brendhagen

The landscapes of Antarctica stretch as far as your eyes can see – a beautiful realm preserved by pristine snow and ice. Tabular icebergs, parts of the great shelves tower above the waters while ancient glaciers give birth to blue-hued icebergs that are sculpted by wind and sun. This is another world, devoid of human influence and a haven for wildlife like whales, penguins and seals.

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. For instance, the number and range of species of whale that can be seen here begin to steadily increase from October through to January, reaching their peak in February and March for the best whale-watching opportunities. By this time, the large amount of krill in the waters attract the most whales and the most whale species who come for a veritable feeding frenzy. If you arrive here in November, you might see thousands of penguins courting and building their nests. Those on December sailings may be treated to scenes of heart-meltingly cute penguin chicks whereas March is usually when adolescent penguins mature and learn how to swim. Other birds, which unlike penguins actually fly, vary throughout the summer months. Eager ornithologists will usually see the likes of cormorants, shags, egrets, sheathbills and many more.

You have five days to take in every magical moment and jaw-dropping scenery Antarctica grants you. This could be gazing at distant white mountains during a walk ashore or having a playful pair of Weddell seals surface next to your small explorer boat to take a peek at you with their large inquisitive eyes. Or being in the winning lottery of those who can join optional but weather-dependent activities like kayaking, snowshoeing or even camping.  These are the kinds of experiences that await you in Antarctica. Rest assured we plan to make the most of each landing and will choose the best sites from numerous possible locations on the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.

Lectures from the Expedition Team will be ongoing as well, be it on board the ship, ashore during landings, or even when navigating the icebergs and ice floes on cruises via small explorer boat. Topics might touch on glaciology and the impact of climate change on the Antarctic ice shelves or chart the cold continent’s history from the whaling era to its present status under an international peace treaty. The team’s insights will prove invaluable to you over the course of your journey, enhancing your sense of discovery a hundredfold.

It might be an idea to talk with the team’s professional wildlife and landscape photographer for a few tricks to improve the quality of your images. These skills will definitely come in handy for a number of Citizen Science programmes that you can choose to engage with. One of these is the HappyWhale project where photos you take of any whales you spot can be uploaded to a global database that helps researchers track the migration patterns and overall health of the population. In this way, aside from being precious memories, all your snaps add up and contribute to the greater good.

Penguin between ice blocks, people kayaking in yellow kayaks in the background, watching the penguin.
Photo: Roger Brendhagen
Norwegian flag waiving from the back of the ship - over the Ocean.
Photo: Dave Katz
Day 11-12
Drake Passage
Returning north to explore more
Norwegian flag waiving from the back of the ship - over the Ocean.
Photo: Dave Katz

Even though you might have to tear yourself away from Antarctica, our time there will come to an end and we will have to point the ship north again. The following two days at sea back across the Drake Passage can be spent sorting through all your amazing photos of Antarctica, and making sure you still have space on your memory card for what’s to come next. You might also have the option to join workshops where you’ll channel your memories of Antarctica to paint penguins or learn how to tie complicated sailor’s knots.

Over at the Science Center, there will likely be presentations from the Expedition Team to stir your enthusiasm for the final few days of your voyage in the Falkland Islands. Lectures may include the tense history of the islands as well as the species of birds that can be seen around its beautiful beaches. In between lectures, you can use the Science Centre’s advanced microscopes to peer into water samples at a cellular level. You’ll discover all manner of microscopic lifeforms including krill and phytoplankton, which also happen to tie into another Citizen Science initiative.

Day 13-15
The Falkland Islands
Indisputable beauty
Small penguins walking on grass, Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

The far-flung Falkland archipelago is split between the two main islands of East and West Falkland and nearly 800 smaller islands. Sovereignty over the islands has been claimed by both the UK and by Argentina for many years, but at least both sides can agree that these islands are well worth arguing over, and for good reason.

Like our approach in Antarctica, your three days of exploration here and the exact landing sites for each day will be determined by local conditions at the time. After the barren white scenery of Antarctica, you might be a little relieved to see grassy hills, blooming wildflowers, stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Still, it won’t be too dissimilar in that there are several thousand penguins here for you to catch sight of too! Over these few days, we will try and see colonies of penguins, which often have families of fur seals mixed in among them too. We will be keeping a safe distance so as not to disturb them or their tuxedoed neighbours.

For the first time in more than a week, you’ll also encounter signs of civilisation again, be it the family-owned farms scattered around or the capital of Stanley on East Falkland where four fifths of the islands’ population live. When you visit, you’ll find the town is a slice of English life, including typical red buses and good ol’ pubs serving up British beer and friendly banter.

Small penguins walking on grass, Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Two women sitting and eating in the restaurant.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon Aune
Day 16
At Sea
Heading for Home
Two women sitting and eating in the restaurant.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon Aune

Your expedition is fast approaching its end. There’s just one last day at sea to enjoy as you wish. Head to the bar and share a few drinks with the friends you have made during your journey. Swap stories of your adventures with the Expedition Team and learn more about these modern-day explorers. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience in the à la carte restaurant or a soothing treatment in the Wellness Spa. Or simply spend time relaxing out on deck, watching the waves and fondly remembering the many highlights of your voyage.

Day 17
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

Until next time
Coastline near Ushuaia, mountains in the background.
Photo: shutterstock

After two weeks enjoying exploring Antarctica and the Falklands, we dock back in Ushuaia. It’s been an epic and emotional journey and we’ll have seen and learned so much together. There might even be a few tears when we come to bid each other farewell.

It is our hope that your experience with us will have left a lasting impression about what is possible when expeditions are done in a sustainable way. May each of us continue to do all we can to protect these precious habitats and the wonderful wildlife that live in them.

Transferring to Ushuaia airport, you’ll fly back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Coastline near Ushuaia, mountains in the background.
Photo: shutterstock
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 18
Buenos Aires
Departure Day
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand.

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

  • 2 overnights in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • 1 overnight in Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Flights

  • Round-trip flights in economy class from selected cities in Australia or New Zealand to Buenos Aires
  • Round-trip flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Transfers

  • Round-trip transfers from between Buenos Aires airport and your hotel on arrival and departure days
  • Round-trip transfers from between your hotel and Buenos Aires airport before and after the cruise
  • Round-trip transfers between Ushuaia airport and 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

  • 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
  • Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC. Other departure cities available with a $300 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/WLG/CBR. Contact our team after you make a booking to add this supplement
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
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