Location : Ushuaia
Celebrate a traditional Norwegian Christmas among abandoned whaling stations in the South Georgia Islands - and spend New Year's Eve hiking with the penguins of Antarctica.Embark on an epic 19-day expedition through the South Atlantic Islands and into the last untouched continent on the planet. This amazing voyage showcases the region's amazing wildlife and extreme landscapes.
We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world´s southernmost town, and set course for the Southern Ocean.
En route to Antarctica, we first reach the Falkland Islands, with its seamless horizons, vast open spaces, stunning white-sand beaches, and rich wildlife, and where penguins walk by you like you are no stranger at all. Then we sail into the open sea, where interesting and informative lectures await you on your way to South Georgia, where we will arrive in time for Christmas Eve. In addition to a traditional Norwegian celebration on board the ship, we will explore abandoned whaling stations, the whaling museum, a Norwegian whaler's church, and the tiny graveyard in Grytviken, where we can pay our respects to one of Antarctica's greatest explorers: Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Next on the route are the South Orkney Islands, every photographer's dream, with their majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs, and endless wilderness. This is the last stop before we head to Antarctica, the most remote places on earth.
Our four days in Antarctica are filled with wonderful experiences. We will take our backpacks and hike the distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera of Deception Island; visit Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape; and navigate through the 30-mile Antarctic Sound, which offers the most impressive manifestations of icebergs that we will see on our voyage. On Brown Bluff, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, and Cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise 2,444 feet from the sea. We may even see majestic whales breaking the surface. Should you chose a kayaking excursion, you may even see them nearby! Upon our return, we will once again sail through Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before debarking in 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.
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 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.
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.
We set course for the Falkland Islands, located about 300 miles east of the southern tip of Argentina and approximately 600 miles north of the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. We will begin our lecture series with a focus on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the islands as we keep watch for wandering albatross and frolicking dolphins.
We spend two days sailing southward to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in a number of presentations about the area’s wildlife, as well as its whaling and polar history. Our expedition team is well versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of the sooty albatross and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. You'll hear about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men on the ill-fated Endurance, and the amazing feats of bravery and seamanship that saved them all.
As we continue to Antarctica, we learn more about the wonders of the great white continent. In addition to watching 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 includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).
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. Among the highlights of our days in Antarctica is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands, a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where we can take our backpacks and hike. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. It can be difficult to navigate through the 30-mile Antarctic Sound due to ice, but it offers the most impressive manifestations of icebergs that we will see on our voyage. On Brown Bluff, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, and cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise over 2,400 feet out of the sea. The stony beach is suitable for shore landings outside of nesting season. 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.
After magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram heads north and we make our way back to the South American continent. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina, is roughly 600 miles, or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage north, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, wonderful South Georgia, and the South Orkney Islands.
Sail from South America to Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands on board MS Fram, our original expedition ship, purpose-built for polar expeditions.
The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.
Learn more about what you can experience on board and travel with confidence on MS Fram.
Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that the Falkland Islands have to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.
Learn about the experience of sailing to and landing on the sublime Antartic continent.
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.
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.