In the Realm of the Great Explorers

As you travel in close contact with the elements on this voyage, you will have the chance to see mighty glaciers calving into the sea, flocks of sea birds, the mighty King Penguins, fur seals and humpback whales in the icy ocean. You can also participate in exciting outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking or attending our educational onboard lecture programme. 


Voyage Highlights

  • An epic voyage to the historic sites of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
  • Learn of the trials and tribulations of the early explorers. 
  • Visit the grave of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. 
  • See the largest King penguin colonies in the world and the surrounding fur and elephant seal groups. 

October 2015 / February 2016 ONLY

On these departures, due to available flight times, you will stay overnight in a first class Buenos Aires hotel. After check in, it's possible to join an optional City Tour to explore. Your evening is at your own leisure. The next day, you begin your voyage!


Day 1 Buenos Aires

Discover the Paris of South America for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of the Tango has to offer. 

We depart from Buenos Aires at 12:00. Check-in opens at 10:00. Once onboard there will be a welcome meeting during which the Captain will present his officers and expedition staff. They will outline the program for the coming day. There will be conducted a mandatory safety drill for all passengers before departure.


Days 2-4 At sea

We are heading south towards our first destination. On the way you will have fascinating and informative briefings into the history and biology to be found there.

We set a course south to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, located 772 kilometres north of Cape Horn and about 1,600 kilometres from Antarctica. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones and has a population of 2,967 inhabitants. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690.

Whilst we are at sea a number of presentations will be given about the history and wildlife of the areas we shall be visiting.


Day 5 At sea/Falkland Islands

Thanks to the unique sub-Antarctic ecology there are over 70 animal species to be found on these islands.

The islands have a unique ecosystem of about 70 different sub-Antarctic animal and bird species. The black-browed albatross, brown-rumped karakara, elephant seal, sea lion and five different species of penguin including king penguin are just a few of them. There are also about 347 wild plant species in the area. The landscape is majestic, with cliffs and needle-like stones covered in green grass.

We plan to visit the area around the North West Falklands with their fascinating landscape and wildlife, and hope to arrive late afternoon.


Days 6-7 Falkland Islands

We will explore further the North-West part of Falkland. We then continue to Stanley, the islands’ capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional excursion or explore the town on your own.

In the early evening of day 7 we set a course for South Georgia.


Days 8-9 At sea

The cruise southward to beautiful South Georgia takes two days. Our fascinating presentations en route will help you prepare for the experience.

En route to South Georgia there will be a number of presentations about the area we shall visit and its wildlife, as well as some fascinating stories about Shackleton’s expeditions. The lecturers will tell us about the significance the whaling station here had for the entire whaling industry.


Days 10-11 South Georgia

You can explore this beautiful island, which is ringed by ice-covered mountains and cool emerald-green bays.

We will be in South Georgia for two days, during which we will try to see some of the many historic places. We hope to visit Grytviken whaling station, its museum, Shackleton’s grave and the whalers’ church dating from 1913. The next day we will attempt to visit the old Norwegian whaling station at Strømness and the king penguin colony at Fortuna Bay. Then we will sail south.

The wildlife on South Georgia is different to what we will see in Antarctica, including many different bird and animal species. We hope to see albatross, cape petrels, southern giant petrels, Antarctic whale birds, king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals, among others.

South Georgia offers nice hiking options, and one of our favourites is walking the last part of the route that Sir Ernest Shackleton took on his brave journey across the island’s rugged mountains to find help to save his 22 men left on the isolated Elephant Island. The 5.5 km hike takes us from Fortuna to Strømness, the abandoned whaling station where Shackleton finally managed to get help. Due to the remoteness of the island and the safety of our operation, it is required that each hiker has a good level of fitness. This hike will only be conducted when weather conditions are very favourable.


Days 12-13 At sea

The cruise toward the Antarctic Peninsula takes two days. Our fascinating presentations en route will help you prepare for the experience.

Whilst we cross the sea to Antarctica a number of presentations will be given about the various topics of the Antarctic’s history and wildlife, as well as guidelines for visitors to Antarctica.

The Antarctic Treaty has made the continent an area without military activity and it is the treaty which regulates all activities in the area. Hurtigruten ASA follows these regulations to the letter to ensure that the vulnerable environment will not be disturbed. Our presentations on board helps in this, since we aim to prepare you for this unique experience, so that you will derive the greatest possible benefit from your Antarctic experience.

We will be on a course for the northern tip of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.


Days 14-16 Antarctica

This unending, white wilderness of a continent is full of fantastic impressions. Ocean, ice, mountains, animals, light, air, quiet. Everything!

This enormous white and weather bitten continent is almost as big as North America. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our program and our schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship’s captain during the voyage.

While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites, some of them described below as examples. On land, our expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing the nature and wildlife. When conditions allow, hikes or other activities on land and at sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to hiking in uneven terrain.

After exploring this indescribably great and endless continent, we leave Antarctica and set course for Ushuaia.


Day 17-18 Drake Passage

With our bow pointed north and unforgettable images and experiences in our souls, we are invited to gain a new understanding of the Antarctic.

During the voyage we will summarize the Antarctic and Southern Ocean themes. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia is about 950 kilometres – about 40 hours sailing in good weather. This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have the chance to experience.


Day 19 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

After spectacular Antarctica and its endless vistas, we make landfall at the world’s southernmost town.

We arrive at the Argentinean town of Ushuaia in the morning. Ushuaia is counted as the world’s southernmost town and lies on Tierra del Fuego, south of the Magellan Strait and here our voyage ends.

Disembark after breakfast and there is the possibility of joining an optional excursion in Ushuaia (with its end at the airport) or be transferred to the airport.  If time allows, we include a stop at the city center on our way to the airport. In the early afternoon we board the flight back to Buenos Aires; the flight duration is approximately 4 hours.

2014/15 Season Departures

BookingCode

CENANT1401
CENANT1406 
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
1 Nov 2014;
25 Feb 2015 
Twin Brochure Price
10148 12052 12052 13516 14628 17484 19390
Early booking from
7611 9039 9039 10137 10971 13113 14542
Single Brochure price
16996 20330 20330 22891 24836 29836 37763
Early booking from
12747 15247 15247 17168 18627 22377 28322

2015/2016 Season Departures

BookingCode

CENANT1501
CENANT1506 
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
30 October 2015 Twin Brochure Price
10851  12869  12869  14421  15599  18628  20647 
Early booking from
8138  9652  9652  10816  11699  13971  15485 
Single Brochure price
18313  21847  21847  24563  26624  31924  40327 
Early booking from
13735  16385  16385  18422  19968  23943  30245 
25 February 2016 Twin Brochure Price 10907  12925  12925  14477  15655  18684  20703 
Early booking from 8180  9694  9694  10858  11741  14013  15527 
Single Brochure Price 18369  21903  21903  24619  26680  31980  40383 
Early booking from 13777  16427  16427  18464  20010  23985  30287 

Pricing Info:

Price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Economy flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a welcome gift 

2015/16 season only:

  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before your voyage including breakfast
  • Transfers between hotel, airports and ship


Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Luggage handling

Be aware that Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and the early booking prices are capacity controlled.

Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

Please Note:

  • Prices are in $s per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change

Extension to Iguazu Falls

Spectacular, breathtaking, majestic - there is no better description of the torrents of water cascading down the Iguazu Falls, one of the largest and most impressive falls in the world.  

This extension is available on all Antarctic voyages and the Trans-Atlantic crossing 

Journey to the Falls before your voyage

Available dates:
8 dates from November 15, 2014 - February 21, 2015

Day 1: Buenos Aires
Individual arrival in Buenos Aires and overnight at Hotel Emperador

Day 2: Buenos Aires - Iguazu
Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival, visit the Brazilian side of the Falls then take your time walking along the path following the cascading water and the impressive panoramic views of the Falls.  

Day 3: Iguazu Falls
Today, visit the Argentinian side of the Falls including the Devil's Throat - one of the highest parts of the Falls and the most prominent.

Day 4: Iguazu - Buenos Aires
Transfer to Iguazu airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires before arriving at the Hotel Emperador.

Post-voyage excursion to Iguazu

Available dates:
9 dates from November 20, 2014 - March 16, 2015

Day 1: Buenos Aires - Iguazu
Catch your flight to Iguazu then visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Take your time exploring and admiring the huge flowing cascades and the impressive panoramic views over the falls. 

Day 2: Iguazu Falls
Today, head to the Argentinian side and see the Devil's Throat - the most prominent part of the Falls. 

Day 3: Iguazu - Buenos Aires
Take your flight back to Buenos Aires and settle into your hotel for the night.

2014/2015 Pricing

2014/2015

Important information

  • Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
  • We reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
  • Some activities and excursion trips will only be sold on board.
  • The rental of rubber boots is available on board.
  • We recommend purchasing travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory - See our Practical Information for more information.

Useful information

All prices include:

  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a welcome gift.

Environment and green navigation

Our Captains take pride in route planning that minimizes the load of the engines and reduces emissions. We never dump waste in the sea and we ask you not to leave any waste when you are on shore excursions. We ask you to respect the saying: 'Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures.'

What to bring

  • Wind and water resistant trousers
  • Shoes with a good grip sole
  • Warm cap or headband
  • Scarf
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm sweaters/jacket
  • Warm socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Small backpack

Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives in Antarctica?

There are neither permanent residents nor native inhabitants in Antarctica. However, about 4,000 people stay on scientific bases in the short summer period and around 1,000 in total during the winter months. In addition around 30,000 tourists visit the area during summer.

What weather should I expect?

Antarctica is the windiest, coldest and highest continent on Earth. On the Antarctic Peninsula, which is the area we sail in, the temperatures average 0-5 degrees Celsius during summer (November – March). During your journey temperatures will vary from warm summer in Buenos Aires (30°C/ 80°F) to winter (around 0°C/ 32°F) in Antarctica. Expect periods of high winds when in Antarctica – cold air travels down the glaciers and iceshelves. These are called katabatic winds and can occur when you least expect it.

What's the history of Antarctica?

Briefly: It was the ancient Greeks who first came up with the idea of Antarctica. They knew about the Arctic - named Arktos - The Bear, from the constellation the great bear, and decided that in order to balance the world there should be a similar cold southern land mass that was the same but the opposite 'Ant - Arktos' - opposite The Bear. The first person believed to have landed on the continent was the Norwegian, Carsten Borchgrevink who also pioneered the use of sled-dogs for transportation in Antarctica. Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole on December 14, 1911. The first International Geophysical Year IGY was 1957-1958 when 12 nations built more than 60 research stations in Antarctica and formed the beginning of an international cooperation. In 1961 the Antarctic Treaty came into effect.

What nature will I see?

Being the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica supports no terrestrial mammals - there are no trees or shrubs, and only two species of flowering plants, Antarctic hair grass (Deschampsia Antarctica) and Antarctic pearlwort (Colobanthus quitensis). The sea is what supports most creatures, such as penguins and seals. In Antarctica you will see thousands of penguins eagerly nesting and feeding during the short summer months. There is a rich variety of mammals. As they have not been hunted for decades, most species are more curious than afraid of tourists. There is also an abundance of birds, with the mighty Albatross as the king of the sky.

What currency should I bring?

Argentine pesos are used in Argentina. US dollars may be exchanged into local currency at either banks or Money Exchange kiosks, at the open market exchange rate of the day. Some shops might accept US cash, though this is not a common practice. You can also withdraw cash from ATM’s using your credit card and PIN code. When visiting the Falkland Islands local pounds (FIP) are used as well as pound sterling. When landing in Antarctica some bases do accept USD cash only. In Port Lockroy, the following currencies are accepted; GBP, USD, Euro, and major credit cards (for purchases above 100 USD)

How do your voyages protect the environment?

Given its isolation, the Antarctic environment is probably the most pristine natural environment on the planet. For visitors, this fact comes with a set of obligations – the most important and general is to leave no traces behind. The Antarctic Treaty and IAATO prohibiting more than 100 people to be ashore simultaneously strictly regulate human traffic in Antarctica. All guests will be given instructions on how to behave when on shore in Antarctica. Antarctic Treaty Recommendation XVIII-1 and IAATO guidelines are mandatory and must be followed.

What clothing should I pack?

According to IAATO regulations and to avoid any transmission of diseases to the vulnerable ecosystem in Antarctica we ask our travellers to bring clean clothes to wear ashore. For more information, see equipment list.

Is there access for wheelchairs/disabled passengers?

Wheelchair passengers may travel on the MS Fram to Antarctica as the ship is handicap accessible, however, unfortunately, excursions and landings are not adapted for handicapped travellers. 

What happens in case of a medical emergency?

In case of a medical emergency in Antarctica the only method of evacuation is by plane to the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, as there are no hospital facilities in Antarctica. This is very expensive and dependent on favourable weather conditions. Therefore comprehensive travel/health insurance is mandatory.

What medical forms are required?

To comply with IAATO and Hurtigruten ASA regulations all guests must have completed the IAATO medical questionnaire including a confirmation of fitness to travel from your doctor. You must take the completed questionnaire on board and deliver it to the ship’s doctor. Guests without the completed questionnaire may be refused embarkation if the ship’s doctor has doubts about your health condition.

What time zones will I be in?

Buenos Aires; GMT -3 
For example Central Europe 12.00 noon - Buenos Aires 09.00
Ushuaia; GMT -4
For example Central Europe 12.00 noon - Ushuaia 08.00
This time difference is in operation during the South American summer season (mid October to March).