The Frozen Land of the Penguins | Antarctica

The Frozen Land of the Penguins

from $5,690 per person

Cut through the Antarctic waters in a kayak, put up a tent ashore, or find yourself in the midst of a 100,000 penguin rookery – a journey that takes birdwatching to a new level.

  • Attend first-class scientific lectures
  • Participate in optional post-programs such as excursions to the Tigre Delta or Iguazu Falls

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We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world´s southernmost town. We set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel toward 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 the adventure ahead as the ship heads south into the open sea.

EXPLORE THE WILDLIFE OF ANTARCTICA

The animals in Antarctica are fearless when encountering humans since they have no land predators. 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; 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 noise of these huge colonies will astound you - as will the hikes that explore some of the last untouched places on the planet.

 Turning back, we will once again sail through Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before debarking in Ushuaia.

Voyage Itinerary

Day 1:Ushuaia

In the evening MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 2:Drake Passage

In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series focusing 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:Drake Passage

During these two days 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.

Day 4: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 – they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. 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 at 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.

Day 5:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 6:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 7:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 8:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 9:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 10:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 11:Drake Passage

The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 12:Drake Passage

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion.

Day 13:Ushuaia

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion.