The Land of the Penguins

Discover the magnificent scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula and its abundant summer wildlife of seals, penguins and whales. Come ashore for a close-up look at penguin colonies, modern research facilities and historic sites. Enjoy lectures, special hikes, kayaking and take the opportunity to spend the night in a tent on land!


Voyage Highlights

  • See the essentials of the Antarctic Peninsula. 
  • Maximum time for landings and scenic sails through the channels and fjords. 
  • See the nunataks and buzzing wildlife. 
  • Learn more about this fascinating area and its history through our on board lecture series. 

November 2015 and ALL 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/Ushuaia

Our voyage departs from the Island of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia.

Our flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning which gives you a few hours to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours.

Our local representatives will greet you at Ushuaia airport. Transfer to the pier, including an orientation tour of Ushuaia or the possibility to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Time permitting you will have a chance to explore Ushuaia on your own before embarkation at 16:00.

Cruise-only guests:
Please present yourself at the pier for embarkation at 16:00h

Once onboard there will be a welcome meeting during which the Captain will present his officers and expedition staff, and outline the program for the coming day. There will be conducted a mandatory safety drill for all passengers before departure.

In the evening we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.


Day 2 - 3 Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is where the Atlantic and Pacific meet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. During the crossing you can enjoy our onboard lecture series to learn more about the wonders of Antarctica.

The Antarctic Convergence is where the warmer waters of the north meet the colder, denser, less saline waters of the south. As the colder water sinks, a mixing occurs that brings nutrients to the surface and makes the area particularly rich in marine life.

In addition to spotting for the magnificent wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

The Antarctic Treaty regulates all activities in Antarctica and has created a continent of peace and science. Hurtigruten ASA is committed to meeting and exceeding all Antarctic Treaty and IAATO regulations to ensure that the vulnerable environment will not be disturbed.

We will be on course for the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands where we hope to arrive on the afternoon of day 3.


Day 4 - 10 Antarctica

The continent is an endless white wilderness full of fantastic vistas of nature. We will learn the history of the great explorers as we travel in their footsteps and see the landscape as they saw it - unchanged, remote, and awe inspiring.

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 nature and wildlife. When conditions allow, hikes or other activities on land and sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to hiking in uneven terrain.

Safety is always the first priority and the final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship’s captain during the voyage. Below we list some of our possible landing sites, the final itinerary will be introduced during daily briefings.


Day 11 - 12 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.

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


Day 13 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Argentina’s charming and proud capital welcomes you back from your voyage of discovery and bids you a safe journey home!

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 may be the possibility to join an optional excursion in Ushuaia (with 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 there is the flight back to Buenos Aires.

Day 1 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (For dep. up to 15 Feb 2014)

Our flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning which gives us a few hours for leisure in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world before our voyage departs from the Island of Tierra del Fuego in the afternoon. 


Days 2-3 Drake Passage

Named after Sir Francis Drake this stretch of water between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula has numerous myths and legends connected to it. The extraordinary seaworthiness of MS Fram ensures you a safe and comfortable passage and we encourage you to join our educational lectures en route.


Days 4-7 Antarctica

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. There are no permanent human inhabitants but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. Words simply cannot describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica as well as our route. Every voyage is unique and our experienced crew will make all voyages an experience of a lifetime.

The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage.


Days 8-9 Drake Passage

As the bow points north you will have time to reflect on your Antarctic experience with its unforgettable sights and sounds.


Day 10 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

After a spectacular voyage with countless impressions, we dock at the world’s southernmost town before transferring you to Ushuaia airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.

2014/15 Season Departures

BookingCode

CENANT1402 
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
19 Nov 2014:
4, 16 Jan 2015
Twin Brochure Price
11073  12613  12613  13632  10954  17147  18779 
Early booking from
8305 9460  9460  10224  8216  12860  14084
Single Brochure price
 17895  20589  20589  16776  22372  28523  35577
Early booking from
 13421  15442  15442  12582  16779  21392  26683

2015/16 Season Departures

BookingCode

CENANT1502 
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
17 Nov 2015
4, 16 Jan 2016 
Twin Brochure Price
11197  12737  12737  13756  14737  17272  18903 
Early booking from
8398  9553  9553  10317  11053  12954  14177 
Single Brochure price
18223  20917  20917  22700  24417  28853  35905 
Early booking from
13667  15688  15688  17025  18313  21640  26929 

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
  • Transfer between Buenos Aires hotel and airport


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).