White Christmas in Antarctica | Antarctica

White Christmas in Antarctica

from $7,955 per person

Celebrate Christmas among abandoned whaling stations and spend New Year's Eve hiking with penguins.

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  • Attend first-class scientific lectures
  • Come ashore to isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
  • Travel along the Washington Strait to Coronation Island and Elephant Island
  • Participate in post-voyage programs in Buenos Aires

We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world´s southernmost town, and setting 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 is The South Orkneys, 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 see them nearby! 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 MS Fram awaits you. In the evening we set a course for the Southern Ocean and the Christmas adventure that awaits us.

Day 2:At Sea

We head across the open sea. Enjoy our lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

Day 3:Falkland Islands

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. Penguins comes close to you, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities!

Day 4:Falkland Islands

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

We spend two days cruising southward to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in a number of presentations about the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history.

Day 6:At Sea

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. One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the ill-fated Endurance and the amazing feats of bravery and seamanship that saved them all.

Day 7:South Georgia

South Georgia is a superb place to celebrate Christmas Eve! There is nowhere, in any latitude, quite like South Georgia. It offers magnificent mountain scenery with majestic glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife.

Day 8:South Georgia

South Georgia is a superb place to celebrate Christmas! 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.

Day 9:At Sea

As we continue to Antarctica we learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica. 

Day 10:South Orkneys

The deserted South Orkney Islands are every photographer's dream, with majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs and an endless wilderness. We spend one day exploring these islands. 

Day 11:At Sea

We will cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.

Day 12:Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything 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. 

Day 13:Antarctica

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 48-kilometre 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 745m 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.

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

During the two days we spend sailing in a northbound direction, we will recap our experiences.

Day 19:Ushuaia

Your voyage ends in Ushuaia. Join an optional excursion to Lake Escondido prior to your flight back home or extend your stay and fly to Buenos Aires for one of our our optional post programs.