The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Embark on an ambitious voyage where our expert Expedition Team will take you hiking, kayaking and climbing into the most remote continent of the word. Leaving Ushuaia, we set sail for the Falkland and South Georgia Islands before heading into Antarctic waters and the infamous Drake Passage. Sail in the wake of polar explorers and see everything this incredible region has to offer on this 20-day expedition - the ultimate Antarctica experience.

  • Join an all-encompassing and well-rounded expedition sailing to both the sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctica
  • Spend a number of invigorating days in South Georgia, where the wildlife is rich and the landscapes are astonishing
  • Explore remote Antarctica in mid-season, when the penguins have arrived and their eggs are almost ready to hatch
  • Join our extensive onboard program, which including lectures on Antarctica's history, environment, and wildlife

Overview

We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. From there, we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel toward Drake Passage.

We cross the open sea before we reach the Falkland Islands, with its seamless horizons, vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches, and rich wildlife with penguins and albatross. We explore the northwest part of the island before we continue to the capital, Stanley, with English pubs and iconic red buses. Stanley is also the starting point for several excursions.

Captivating South Georgia

Onboard lectures will prepare you for South Georgia, where we sail into the mountainous Drygalski Fjord at the southern end of the island to visit some of South Georgia's abandoned whaling stations. Then the lecture series will turn its focus to Antarctica, including an introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines, as we approach the coldest, driest, windiest, and most remote continent on Earth: Antarctica.

The Wonders of Antarctica

Antarctica is a peaceful continent where man's primary activity is scientific research. Antarctica has evolved through millennia without human interference. Here, wild animals remain fearless of humankind. We will visit Whalers Bay, Half Moon Island, and Brown Bluff, a landscape dominated by a towering, rust-colored bluff of volcanic origin next to a beach sprinkled with lava 'bombs'.

Smell, hear, and see the penguin colonies, watch whales break the surface, and always be prepared for the unexpected. The Expedition Team will present opportunities to take you hiking in the Arctic mountains, kayaking among icebergs, or following in the footsteps of the historical explorers.

Upon our return, we will once again sail through Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, 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 insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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

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. 27 2017

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

All Aboard


Location : Ushuaia



You can explore Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, or join the optional excursions to the amazing Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking MS Fram.

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

Across Open Seas


Location : Drake Passage


We set course for the Falkland Islands, which are located about 300 miles east of the southern tip of Argentina and approximately 600 miles north of the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica.

Enjoy life on board and keep a lookout for wildlife or join our expedition team as they start our onboard lecture series.

Day 3
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To Remote Farms


Location : Falkland Islands


The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones with an estimated population of 3,000. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguins while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge.

Day 4
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Photo: Jesper Nielsen Photo

Meet the Penguins


Location : Falkland Islands


The Falklands offer fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces, and stunning white-sand beaches. Penguins may approach you and stop and take a glance before continuing on their way, giving you some great photo opportunities. Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are located near the port.

Days 5–6
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Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Prepare for the Wonders of South Georgia


Location : Southern Ocean


During this time at sea, our lecture series will help prepare you for the wonders of South Georgia. Our expedition team is well versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of sooty albatross and ling penguins, to the legends of the Norwegian whalers.

Day 7
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Magnificent Scenery


Location : South Georgia


South Georgia has magnificent mountain scenery with glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife. During our stay here, you will see elephant seals lounge on the sand, fur seal pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and king penguins can be seen in the thousands.

Day 8
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Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Like Nowhere Else on Earth


Location : South Georgia


While in South Georgia, we will also see Fortuna Bay, some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations, a whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the tiny graveyard where we can pay our respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 9
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Paying Our Respects


Location : South Georgia


Enjoy a day at sea. As we continue to Antarctica, our lecture series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines.

Day 10
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Learn About the Great White Continent


Location : Southern Ocean


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

Day 11
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A Photographer's Dream


Location : South Orkney Islands


On our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, you can look through your photos, relax, attend a lecture, watch the animal life, or simply get ready for our arrival in Antarctica.

Day 12
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Closer to the Antarctic Peninsula


Location : Southern Ocean


Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference, a place where wildlife remains fearless of man. There are many highlights to experience while you are here. On Deception Island a portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. As we reach the natural harbor inside the island we will also visit Whalers Bay. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem among these island treasures. The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound. Brown Bluff has, as the name suggests, a landscape dominated by a towering, rust-colored bluff of volcanic origin and is home to a beach sprinkled with lava ‘bombs’. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Days 13–16
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Without Human Interference


Location : Antarctica


Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference, a place where wildlife remains fearless of man.

When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

On Deception Island a portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. As we reach the natural harbor inside the island we will also visit Whalers Bay. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem among these island treasures.

The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound. Brown Bluff has, as the name suggests, a landscape dominated by a towering, rust-colored bluff of volcanic origin and is home to a beach sprinkled with lava 'bombs'.

Day 17

Bow Pointed North


Location : Drake Passage


After some magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram heads north and we make our way back to the South American continent.

Day 18
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Reflect on the Expedition


Location : Drake Passage


Sailing to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina takes 40 hours in good weather. We will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 19

The End of the Adventure


Location : Ushuaia


After this spectacular voyage to Antarctica with its endless vistas, we make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in Ushuaia, where you may want to consider joining an optional excursion.

December 2017

Location Ushuaia
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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.

Pre and post programmes

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 including overnight hotel stays in Buenos Aires.