Antarctic Circle Expedition

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia

Sail in the wake of polar explorers as you embark on a true Antarctica expedition. We sail from Ushuaia through the infamous Drake Passage and spend eight whole days in the epic Antarctic wilderness, the longest of any of our voyages to Antarctica. This allows us to go even further into the Antarctic Peninsula to explore some of the last untouched places on the planet.

  • Sail deep into Antarctica where few other ships go
  • Experience the last true frontier on the remote southernmost peninsula – an endless white wilderness
  • Witness spectacular and bustling wildlife, including whales, seals, birds, and the amazing penguins
  • Go ashore on isolated beaches, go kayaking, and spend the night in a tent

Overview

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.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included:

  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee from $ 160 for US citizens

Notes:

  • Prices are in USD per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical declaration form is mandatory
  • Single cabins on request

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Itinerary

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Jan. 27 & Feb. 10 2017; Jan. 26 & Feb. 9 2018

Departure port Ushuaia
Day 1
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

All Aboard


Location : Ushuaia



Explore Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world and where the Andes meet the Southern Ocean. It is a busy port and adventure-hub, with steep streets and architectural diversity below the snow-capped Martial Mountains. In the afternoon MS Fram will be waiting to take you on an  incredible adventure.

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

Toward the 'Ice'


Location : Drake Passage



Day 3
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Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

Navigating Drake Passage


Location : Drake Passage



Day 4–12
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Witness the Winter-Locked Landscape


Location : Antarctica



The Antarctic continent is an endless white wilderness full of incredible vistas of nature and wildlife. On this voyage, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’. We will go ashore at several places and offer activities such as hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing. You might even have the chance to spend a night ashore in a tent. Discover what the winter-locked landscape of Antarctica looks like in summer and set foot where few have gone before. While we're in Antarctica, we will attempt to land at several sites as weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our program and schedule. 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 sea may be offered. There are many highlights to experience in Antarctica, such as visiting the South Shetland Islands. Deception Island, Half Moon Island, and Yankee Harbour all have a 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 on the Antarctic Peninsula. Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica and Petermann Island is a great place for iceberg- and whale-watching. On the British base of Port Lockroy you get a peek into what life was like on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Wilhelmina Bay is a feeding ground for whales and seals, and was a preferred hunting ground for whalers back in the past. You'll see evidence of this in a partially submerged shipwreck of a Norwegian whaling ship – we might take a closer look at the shipwreck from our Polarcirkel boats. The 30-mile Antarctic Sound is home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. On Brown Bluff we might land and take a walk along the beach admiring the lava 'bombs' from the old volcano and all the penguins. There is also the chance to walk to the viewpoint above the landing site. On Detaille Island we find Base W, a former site of the British Antarctic Survey that researched geology and meteorology site of the British Antarctic Survey in the 1950s. On Horseshoe Island we'll see an important example of completely equipped British scientific research station of the 1950s that's been relatively unaltered.

Day 13
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Bow Pointed North


Location : Drake Passage



Day 14
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Reflect on the Antarctic Adventure


Location : Drake Passage



Day 15

The End of the Adventure


Location : Ushuaia



February 2017/2018

Location Ushuaia
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Pre and Post Programs

Enhance your vacation in South America with an extension program before or after your voyage. Choose excursions in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires of several hours or multi-day tours that include overnight hotel stays in Buenos Aires.

Flight Packages

Please contact us if you want to add on a flight between the US and Ushuaia or fly from the US to Ushuaia via Buenos Aires, and vice versa, to take advantage of our flight package and pre and post program in Buenos Aires. Our arrival package from the US to Ushuaia via Buenos Aires includes an overnight stay in a hotel in Buenos Aires with breakfast and transfers. Our arrival package from the US to Ushuaia includes an orientation tour and transfer from the airport to the ship. Our departure package from Ushuaia to the US via Buenos Aires includes an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires with breakfast and transfers. Our departure package from Ushuaia to the US includes a transfer from the ship to the airport.