Antarctica – Exploring the Frozen Continent

Duration: 17 days

Departures: 15 February 2021
2 March 2021
 
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$ 13785 per person
  • Enjoy ten full days of adventure in Antarctica
  • Be one of the few who venture as far south as the Antarctic Circle
  • Chance to see incredible wildlife: penguins, whales, seals, albatross and many more
  • Explore with ice-cruising, landings and more led by our Expedition Team
Eventyr mellom isfjell, Lemaire Channel, Antarktis
Photo: Hermann Dillmann-Pflüger
Antarctica
Among penguins on Cuverville Island
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Among penguins on Cuverville Island
Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Itinerary

This exciting expedition cruise ventures far into the breathtaking wilderness of the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and as far south as the Antarctic Circle. Discover the rich wildlife and stunning icescapes of the most remote place on Earth and enjoy ice-cruising and landing activities led by our Expedition Team.
Day 1
Buenos Aires - Hotel
Vibrant Metropolis
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires

This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself on a warm spring/summer day or extend your stay by an optional pre-programme to explore Wild Patagonia.

City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Day 2
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia - Flight & embarkation
Tierra del Fuego
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a Welcome dinner.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage - At Sea
Crossing the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Our Expedition Team will prepare you for your intense polar exploration with fascinating lectures and presentations in the Science Center. On the way to Antarctica, we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where two oceans meet, creating nutrient-rich seas that attract marine and avian life. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife from deck.

Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Excursion between the icebergs, Antarctica.
Day 5-14
Antarctica
Antarctica … Impossible to Describe!
Exploring Orne Harbour, Antarctica.
Exploring Orne Harbour, Antarctica.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 5-14
Antarctica
Antarctica … Impossible to Describe!
Excursion between the icebergs, Antarctica.
Exploring Orne Harbour, Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Welcome to the most remote area on earth! Our Expedition Team will lead you on ice-cruising and landings to come ashore to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and come closer to penguins, seals and ice.

Antarctica inspires awe. Ninety per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4,000 metres thick in some places. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

The ten days of our exploration ensure an unforgettable Antarctica experience with lots of landings and activities.

This is true wilderness, so our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We aim to land as often as possible, on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula, and to sail through the world-famous Lemaire Channel before we venture further south to Marguerite Bay to cross the legendary Antarctic Circle.

Every moment in Antarctica is full of rich experiences.  There are icebergs of every shape and colour, magnificent glaciers, vast horizons and astonishing encounters with fearless wildlife.

An expedition cruise here is an amazing experience that is hard to sum up in a few short words. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.

Day 15-16
Drake Passage - At Sea
Heading back to civilisation
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Mark McDermott

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun and learning in the Science Center or enjoying the many onboard amenities.

Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Mark McDermott
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 17
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires - Disembarkation & flight
The End of 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

Our expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.  For more adventure, you can extend your stay and enjoy our optional Post-programmes.

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 Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including one orientation tour

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 (only for suite guests) 
  • 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
Shipyard 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

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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Ushuaia Pre-excursion: Tierra del Fuego National Park in Ushuaia (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 257

Booking code

USH01

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Buenos Aires City Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 61

Booking code

BUE01

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Buenos Aires Pre-excursion: Trendy Buenos Aires (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

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$ 61

Booking code

BUE06

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Buenos Aires - Pre-programme Wild Patagonia 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 2505

Booking code

PATPRE

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Buenos Aires - Post-programme Iguazu Falls 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 1901

Booking code

IGRPOST

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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

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$ 122

Booking code

USH04

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

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 259

Booking code

BUE02

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

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 129

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

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 268

Booking code

BUE05

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