The Frozen Land of the Penguins

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 seven whole days in the epic Antarctic wilderness, where you can kayak among glaciers, meet the local penguins and go on hikes to explore some of the last untouched places on the planet.

  • Gain deep insight into the Antarctic Peninsula and its abundance of wildlife
  • Witness large Penguin rookeries - and meet the curious Chinstrap, Gentoo or Adélie penguins
  • Sail slowly down the coast of Elephant Island, where we will take advantage of numerous possible landing sites
  • Join our extensive onboard program, which includes lectures on Antarctica's history, environment, and wildlife


Starting in Buenos Aires, you have the possibility to discover the ”Paris of South America” before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. We set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the notorious Drake Passage, accompanied by wandering albatross and other seabirds. An expert lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica prepares you for adventure ahead as the ship heads south into open sea.

Explore the Wildlife of Antarctica

Having no land predators to worry about, the animals in Antarctica are fearless when encountering humans. They are as curious as you are, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your mutual curiosity when we visit the resident colonies of Chinstrap penguins at Deception Island and Half Moon Island, the Gentoo penguin colonies at Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour or the Adélie penguins at Peterman Island and the huge icebergs in the Antarctic Sound, where you also meet leopard seals and killer whales. The sights, smells, and noises of these huge colonies will overwhelm you - as will hikes to explore the some of the last untouched places on the planet.

Turning back we will once again sail through the Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before disembarking 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:

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


  • 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

Cruise 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.

Nov. 15, 2017; Jan. 2 & 14, 2018

Departure port Ushuaia
Day 1
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Photo: Trixi Lange-Hitzbleck Photo

All Aboard

Location : Ushuaia

You will have a few hours to explore Ushuaia or join an optional excursion before departing in the evening. Your adventure begins as MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

Relax at Sea

Location : Drake Passage

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

Day 3
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Photo: Hrutigruten Photo

Prepare for Close Encounters

Location : Drake Passage

During this day at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, particularly the penguins. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, will astound you.

Days 4–10
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On the Lookout for Icebergs

Location : Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anywhere 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. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. You'll enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour. On Petermann Island you will see thousands of Adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors. 

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic Sound are home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience Adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Days 11–12
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Bow Pointed North

Location : Drake Passage


The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia, at the very southern tip of Argentina, 600 miles and about 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 13
Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

The End of the Adventure

Location : Ushuaia

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning, where you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion.

Jan. & Nov. 2017 & Jan. 2018

Location Ushuaia
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Flight Packages

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 and multi-day tours that include overnight hotel stays.

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.