The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

from $7,463 per person

Embark on an ambitious voyage where our expert Expedition Team will take you hiking, kayaking, and climbing in the most remote continent of the world.

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  • Attend first-class scientific lectures
  • Participate in an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Travel along the Washington Strait to Coronation Island and Elephant Island

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.

Voyage 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. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Day 1:Ushuaia

Your voyage starts in Ushuaia where you can enjoy an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Day 2:At Sea

Enjoy life on board and keep a lookout for wildlife or join our Expedition Team as they start our on board lecture series.

Day 3:Falklands

The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones with an estimated population of 3,000 persons. 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:Falklands

The Falklands offer fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. Meeting the penguins, they will approach you close up, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, 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 enough to discover on foot as most shops and services are centred on the port.

Day 5:At Sea

During the time at sea, our lecture series will help prepare you for the wonders of South Georgia.

Day 6:At Sea

We continue our voyage at sea.

Day 7:South Georgia

South Georgia has magnificent mountain scenery with glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife. We plan to visit Fortuna Bay and some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations. 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. You will also see 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 8:South Georgia

We continue our voyage in South Georgia.

Day 9:At Sea

As we continue to Antarctica our lecture series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines.

Day 10:South Orkney

The deserted South Orkney Islands are a photographer’s dream with majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs, and endless wilderness. We will spend one day exploring these islands before sailing the Washington Strait to Coronation Island and Elephant Island.

Day 11:At Sea

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: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.  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 harbour 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 amongst 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-coloured 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.

Day 13:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 14:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 15:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 16:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 17: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: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:Ushuaia

After this spectacular voyage to Antarctica with its endless vistas, we make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia. Join an optional excursion to Lake Escondido.