White Christmas in Antarctica

Ushuaia - 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.

  • Take delight in a festive celebration in magnificent, pristine settings
  • Go ashore on isolated beaches, go kayaking, and spend the night onshore in a tent
  • Join an all-encompassing and well-rounded expedition that sails 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


We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world´s southernmost town, and set course for the Southern Ocean.

Christmas in South America

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.

New Year's Eve in the Antarctic

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.

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


  • 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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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.

December 15, 2017

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

All Aboard

Location : Ushuaia

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

Across the Open Sea

Location : South Atlantic Ocean

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.

Day 3

Meet the Penguins

Location : Falkland Islands

Day 4

Explore Stanley on Food

Location : Falkland Islands

Days 5–6
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Southward to South Georgia

Location : Southern Ocean

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.

Day 7
Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Christmas Eve

Location : South Georgia

Day 8
Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Christmas Day

Location : South Georgia

Day 9
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Leave Nothing But Footprints

Location : Southern Ocean

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).

Day 10
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A Photographer's Dream

Location : South Orkney Islands

Day 11

Closer Than Ever

Location : Washington Strait

Days 12–16

Unforgettable Experiences

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. 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.

Days 17–18
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Headed North

Location : Drake Passage

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.

Day 19
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The End of the Adventure

Location : Ushuaia

January 2017

Location Ushuaia
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Flight Packages

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 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.