MS Fram
23 days

Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica – The Ultimate Expedition

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
23 days

Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica – The Ultimate Expedition

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - The Ultimate Expedition
Departures November 2019 - February 2020 (5 departures)
  • Go hiking and kayaking in Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
  • Come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent (if conditions allow)
  • Extended time for in-depth exploration in South Georgia
  • See amazing wildlife, seals, penguins, birds and whales up close
The Expedition team will seize opportunities to take you ice cruising to various landing sites in Antarctica, depending on the ice and wind conditions.

Itinerary

This epic expedition takes you through the isolated Falkland Islands and stunning South Georgia before experiencing the great continent of Antarctica. We look forward to taking you on the expedition of a lifetime, exploring the endless white scenery and hearing nothing but nature’s silence in the surreal and haunting landscape of Antarctica.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
Explore the "birthplace of tango"
A bridge over water with a city in the background

Your expedition starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

A bridge over water with a city in the background
A large building with a mountain in the background
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego
A large building with a mountain in the background

The following day you fly to Ushuaia. The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking MS Fram. In the evening we will sail through the Scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3
At sea
Across the open sea
A bird flying over a body of water

We will cross the open sea on our way towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

A bird flying over a body of water
We are greeted by the penguins as we arrive at the Falkland Islands. Here, we first explore the northwest before we continue to the capital Stanley, the starting point for several excursions.
Day 4-6
The Falkland Islands
Where nature is still in charge
We are greeted by the penguins as we arrive at the Falkland Islands. Here, we first explore the northwest before we continue to the capital Stanley, the starting point for several excursions.

The Falklands Islands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature, and offer fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white beaches. Here the sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. In the Falklands, penguins waddle close to take a look at us, then continue on their way, giving you some great photo opportunities! Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover on foot, as most shops and services are centred on the port.

Optional excursions
  • Stanley - Bird watching in the Falkland Islands
    An exclusive opportunity to view and photograph the finest of landscapes, fauna and flora. A knowledgeable guide provides interesting information along the way.
  • Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour
    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 - 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.
  • Stanley History Tour
    Join this two-hour guided walk through Stanley to understand the pioneering history of the tiny capital of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley Focus
    This is a condensed tour of Stanley, which provides insight into this uncommon southern Atlantic capital. If you are short on time, but want to accrue meaningful knowledge about this unique city, then this is the tour for you!
  • 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 - Long Island Farm
    Experience traditional and authentic Falklands-style farm life on a sheep farm outside Stanley. Learn about the everyday life of the Watsons, the sixth-generation Falkland islanders living on the farm, and enjoy coffee and cookies in the farmhouse kitchen.
  • Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight
    Take off on a scenic flight for aerial views of the rugged mountainous terrain, wild landscapes and natural coastal beauty of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
Day 7-8
At sea
The South Atlantic Ocean
A man looking at the camera

We spend two days cruising southward to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in a number of presentations about the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history. 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 and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the ill-fated Endurance and their amazing feats of bravery.

A man looking at the camera
The majestic King penguins, Fortuna Bay
Day 9-13
South Georgia
The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
Fortuna Bay, Antarctica
We sail into Fortuna Bay on the northern side of South Gergia, before we head south to visit the island's abandoned whaling stations.
Photo: K Raugust
Grytviken, South Georgia
The church in Grytviken, where legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Day 9-13
South Georgia
The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
The majestic King penguins, Fortuna Bay
Photo: Even Fusdahl Hulleberg

On this specific expedition, you will get even more time to explore the unique beauty and wildlife of South Georgia. The rich history of exploration and whaling lends a great backdrop to its rugged scenery with glaciers and bustling wildlife. It is known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean, and is a favoured place for wildlife photographers. South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice - makes it home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. We plan to visit Fortuna Bay and some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations. During our stay here, you will see elephant seals lounge on the sand, fur seal pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and king penguins in the thousands. Another highlight is exploring Gold Harbour. Enjoy the sight of hanging glaciers and cliffs, the lagoons and a large king penguin colony. You will also see a whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the tiny graveyard where we can pay our respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia also offers some good hiking options, and one of our favourites is walking the last part of the route that Shackleton took on his brave journey across the island’s rugged mountains to find help for the 22 men left on the isolated Elephant Island.

Day 14
At sea
Towards Antarctica
A group of people on a beach

As we continue towards Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica. We will cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.

A group of people on a beach
Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Day 15-20
Antarctica
The most beautiful, untouched places on the planet
Hike in Neko Harbour, Antarctica
A close up of a bird
Day 15-20
Antarctica
The most beautiful, untouched places on the planet
Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. Among the highlights we might visit during our days in Antarctica is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands; a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where we can take our backpacks and hike. Being on an active volcano in Antarctica is hardly an everyday experience!

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. Among the highlights we might visit during our days in Antarctica is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands; a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where we can take our backpacks and hike. Being on an active volcano in Antarctica is hardly an everyday experience!

Other places we might visit are Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape, Hanna Point with its diversity of wildlife, and the large Adélie colony at Paulet Island. It can be difficult to navigate through the 30 mile Antarctic Sound due to ice, but it offers the most impressive manifestations of icebergs that we will see on this expedition. On Brown Bluff, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise 1,445 feet out of the sea. The stony beach is suitable for shore landings outside of nesting season. We might sail through the narrow Errera Channel, to and from Cuverville, and see the icebergs that have become trapped and grounded in the nearby shallows. Danco Island lies peacefully amongst the icebergs in the Errera Channel, just a few hundred yards from the Antarctic mainland, and is a breeding site for Gentoo penguins.

Come ashore and explore with us, go kayaking to see the ice up close or take a trip on one of our small boats. Port Lockroy is a British station from the Second World War that was turned into a museum in 1996. It is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Pleneau is situated just south of the Lemaire Channel and is a beautiful landing site, with many stranded icebergs in the bay area. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 21-22
The Drake Passage
The voyage north
A large body of water with Austfonna in the background

On our way back to civilisation, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

A large body of water with Austfonna in the background
A large brick building
Day 23
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
The southernmost town in the world
A large brick building

We make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, and your journey back continues with a flight to lively Buenos Aires. If you want some sun and warmth after spending time in Antarctica we recommend you participate in one of our post-voyage programmes in Buenos Aires.

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.

What's included

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • 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 an orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises 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.

See the Black browed Albatross See the Black browed Albatross

Stanley - Bird watching in the Falkland Islands

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From $ 159

Booking code

A-FAI11

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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 $ 224

Booking code

A-FAI10

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The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 130

Booking code

A-FAI7

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Aerial view of Port Stanley Aerial view of Port Stanley

Stanley - Stanley History Tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 130

Booking code

A-FAI14

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Bird watching in the Falklands. Bird watching in the Falklands.

Stanley - Stanley Focus

Antarctica

Duration

1hr 30 min

Price per person

From $ 93

Booking code

A-FAI2

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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 $ 656

Booking code

A-FAI9

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Sheep farm at Long Island, the Falklands. Sheep farm at Long Island, the Falklands.

Stanley - Long Island Farm

Antarctica

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From $ 187

Booking code

A-FAI13

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Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands. Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands.

Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight

Antarctica

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From $ 750

Booking code

A-FAI3

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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 $ 159

Booking code

A-FAI1

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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.

A man riding on the back of a waterfall A man riding on the back of a waterfall

Buenos Aires - Overnight Tour: Iguazu Falls

South America

Duration

5 Days

From

$ 1770

Booking code

CENIGRPOSTA

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A tree next to a body of water A tree next to a body of water

Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 220

Booking code

CENUSH01

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National Congress Building in Buenos Aires National Congress Building in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - City tour Buenos Aires

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 53

Booking code

CENBUE01

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A wooden boat in a body of water A wooden boat in a body of water

Buenos Aires - Tigre Delta Tour

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 117

Booking code

CENBUE03

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Magnificent bay mustangs enjoying the Argentinian landscape Magnificent bay mustangs enjoying the Argentinian landscape

Buenos Aires - Estancia Santa Susana

South America

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 243

Booking code

CENBUE05

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Santiago - Atacama Desert (overnight tour)

South America

Duration

6 Days

From

$ 3018

Booking code

CENCJCPOST

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A boat is docked in a harbor A boat is docked in a harbor

Ushuaia - Scenic drive and hiking at the end of the world

South America

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 104

Booking code

CENUSH04

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Patagonia offers some of the greatest wildlife on the planet Patagonia offers some of the greatest wildlife on the planet

Buenos Aires - Wild Patagonia (overnight tour)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 2377

Booking code

PATPRE

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