We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world´s southernmost town and setting course for the Southern Ocean. En route to Antarctica we sail through the notorious Drake Passage, where two oceans meet, and feared by seafarers for generations. Then we head through the open sea toward a continent of endless white wilderness and its overwhelming presence of nature and wildlife.
Old Research Stations
Deception Island, Half Moon Island, and Yankee Harbour all have diverse landscapes, amazing animal life, and spectacular photo opportunities. The narrow Errera Channel offers a spectacular passage to and from Cuverville Island. Neko Harbour is feeding ground for shy minke whales. Paradise Harbour offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing and some of the finest vistas of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica and Petermann Island is a great place for iceberg- and whale-spotting. From our Polarcirkel boats we can take a closer look at the partially-submerged wreck of a Norwegian whaling ship, evidence of the historic activity on and off these remote shores.
Crossing the Arctic Circle
The forming of the sea ice in Antarctica is the largest natural seasonal phenomenon on Earth, and during the austral summer more than 7.7 million square miles of melted sea ice. Taking advantage of this passage, we venture far into the areas that are almost permanently iced down, inside the winter-locked landscape of Antarctica.
Hardly anyone sails this far south, let alone goes ashore. Our Antarctic Circle Expedition lets you go ashore at several places and get even closer to penguins, seals, whales, and birds by hiking, taking kayak trips, and snowshoeing. You might even get a chance to spend a night ashore in a tent.
Turning back and leaving Antarctica, we will once again sail through Drake Passage before debarking in Ushuaia.