The Frozen Land of the Penguins

Join us as we take bird watching to a whole new level! We travel to Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth for a close encounter with its wildlife. Early Antarctic explorers actually thought penguins were fish and classified them accordingly.

Be prepared to be overwhelmed by these amazing birds in their large, dense 'rookeries', some with 180,000 or more birds. The sights, smells, and noise of these huge colonies are unforgettable. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the last place on the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

  • 14 days
  • January 4, 16; November 17, 2015
    January 4,16; November 15, 2016
    January 2, 14, 2017
From $5,690 per person

Day 1 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Your voyage starts with a night at a first class hotel in Buenos Aires. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

Day 2 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world before boarding MS Fram. You can also join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the evening we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 3 - 4 Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is where the Atlantic and Pacific meet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. In addition to spotting the magnificent wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. 

Day 5 - 11 Antarctica

Antarctica is an endless white wilderness full of fantastic vistas and nature. In spite of all the snow and ice Antarctica is teeming with life. It is home to millions of penguins, thousands of seals and is a rich feeding area for large numbers of whale. Antarctica is the home for many species including Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. There are no land predators in Antarctica, so they are fearless when encountering humans – they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights when we arrive in the South Shetlands are Deception Island andHalf Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of Chinstrap penguins. Once on land, you can either stroll around at your own pace, or join our Expedition Team for an activity. We have various routes to choose from, either taking you through spectacular scenery or to one of the penguin colonies.

The main attraction for many visitors on Yankee Harbour is the terraced Gentoo penguin colony with an estimated 4,000 breeding pairs. Predatory Skua also nest here and visitors often witness the struggle between a penguin protecting its young and a Skua trying to feed theirs. Cuverville Island possesses the largest known colony of Gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Majestic mountains and high glacier walls surround the Gentoo penguin colony in Neko Harbour. This is one of the rare places on the Antarctic Peninsula where we may land on the mainland itself.

Paradise Harbour is well named with its incredible scenery. It offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing, some of the finest vistas the Peninsula has to offer and a colony of friendly Gentoo penguins! The Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica. Depending on sea and ice conditions, you might be able to take an optional exclusive tour through the channel on our Polarcirkel boats.

On Petermann Island you will see thousands of Adélie penguins. It’s location in the picturesque Penola Strait makes a great spot for iceberg- and whale-spotting and offers spectacular views across the channel to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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 mountains and high glaciers around Wilhelmina Bay ensure plenty of dramatic scenery and sculpted ice from tiny pieces to large icebergs. 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.

Brown Bluff lies on the coast of the Antarctic Sound at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Adélie penguins, Gentoo penguins, Kelp gulls, and Cape petrels can be found breeding here and Weddell seals are regular visitors. It’s possible to land here and walk along the beach among the penguins. The best way to experience Adélie penguins however is just to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work.

Day 12 - 13 Drake Passage

On our way back to civilization, we spend two days crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 14 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning.  Disembark after breakfast and you may choose to join an optional excursion in Ushuaia. In the early afternoon there is the flight back to Buenos Aires where it’s possible to extend the South American part of your adventure with a post voyage extension to the “Tigre Delta” or the breath-taking Iguazu falls.

2015 Season Departures

BookingCode

CENANT1402 
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
4, 16 Jan 2015 Twin Brochure Price
11073  12613  12613  13632  10954  17147  18779 
Early booking from
8305 9460  9460  10224  8216  12860  14084
Single Brochure price
 17895  20589  20589  16776  22372  28523  35577
Early booking from
 13421  15442  15442  12582  16779  21392  26683

2015/16 Season Departures

BookingCode

CENANT1502 
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
17 Nov 2015
4, 16 Jan 2016 
Twin Brochure Price
11197  12737  12737  13756  14737  17272  18903 
Early booking from
8398  9553  9553  10317  11053  12954  14177 
Single Brochure price
18223  20917  20917  22700  24417  28853  35905 
Early booking from
13667  15688  15688  17025  18313  21640  26929 

2016/17 Pricing

Booking Code

USANT1602
Occupancy Cabin Grades
Inside Superior
Inside
Outside Superior
Outside
Suite
I FJ N U F M MG
Nov. 15, 2016
Jan 2 & 14, 2017
Twin Early booking from* 5690 6284 6284 6938 7656 8605 9933
Brochure Price 7920 8712 8712 9583 10542 11806 13578
Single Early booking from* 9895 10935 10935 12078 13336 14996 19866
Brochure Price 13860 15246 15246 16771 18447 20661 27155

*Early booking prices are valid for Voyages booked before November 30, 2015

Included in price:

  • Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice.
  • Full board and free tea and coffee.
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket.
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats.
  • Activities on board and ashore.
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team.
  • Hotel night + breakfast in Buenos Aires. Transfers between hotel, ship and airport.
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. 

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratueties

Please note:

Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system. All prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date. The applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking. Prices are in $ per person.

Important information

Areas we explore: Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
Vessel: MS Fram
Sailing Distance: Approx. 1800 nautical miles (3300 kilometres)

Expect the unexpected

Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions. We reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.

Some activities and excursions will only be sold on board. Rubber boots are available to rent on board. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

  • Argentinian Reciprocity Fee: Australian, Canadian or US citizen are required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Argentina. Rates are depending on your nationality and your period of stay in Argentina (i.e. $160 for US citizens). These fees must be paid online prior to arrival. Cash payments are not accepted in the airports.View payment and further information hereThe payment receipt must be printed and presented at the Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. More information can be found on the Argentinian embassy website

Included in Price:

All prices include:

  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a welcome gift.

Environment and green navigation

Our Captains take pride in route planning that minimizes the load of the engines and reduces emissions. We never dump waste in the sea and we ask you not to leave any waste when you are on shore excursions. We ask you to respect the saying: 'Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures.'

What to bring:

  • Wind and water resistant trousers
  • Shoes with a good grip sole
  • Warm cap or headband
  • Scarf
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm sweaters/jacket
  • Warm socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Small backpack

Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives in Antarctica?

There are neither permanent residents nor native inhabitants in Antarctica. However, about 4,000 people stay on scientific bases in the short summer period and around 1,000 in total during the winter months. In addition around 30,000 tourists visit the area during summer.

What weather should I expect?

Antarctica is the windiest, coldest and highest continent on Earth. On the Antarctic Peninsula, which is the area we sail in, the temperatures average 0-5 degrees Celsius during summer (November – March). During your journey temperatures will vary from warm summer in Buenos Aires (30°C/ 80°F) to winter (around 0°C/ 32°F) in Antarctica. Expect periods of high winds when in Antarctica – cold air travels down the glaciers and iceshelves. These are called katabatic winds and can occur when you least expect it.

What's the history of Antarctica?

Briefly: It was the ancient Greeks who first came up with the idea of Antarctica. They knew about the Arctic - named Arktos - The Bear, from the constellation the great bear, and decided that in order to balance the world there should be a similar cold southern land mass that was the same but the opposite 'Ant - Arktos' - opposite The Bear. The first person believed to have landed on the continent was the Norwegian, Carsten Borchgrevink who also pioneered the use of sled-dogs for transportation in Antarctica. Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole on December 14, 1911. The first International Geophysical Year IGY was 1957-1958 when 12 nations built more than 60 research stations in Antarctica and formed the beginning of an international cooperation. In 1961 the Antarctic Treaty came into effect.

What nature will I see?

Being the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica supports no terrestrial mammals - there are no trees or shrubs, and only two species of flowering plants, Antarctic hair grass (Deschampsia Antarctica) and Antarctic pearlwort (Colobanthus quitensis). The sea is what supports most creatures, such as penguins and seals. In Antarctica you will see thousands of penguins eagerly nesting and feeding during the short summer months. There is a rich variety of mammals. As they have not been hunted for decades, most species are more curious than afraid of tourists. There is also an abundance of birds, with the mighty Albatross as the king of the sky.

What currency should I bring?

Argentine pesos are used in Argentina. US dollars may be exchanged into local currency at either banks or Money Exchange kiosks, at the open market exchange rate of the day. Some shops might accept US cash, though this is not a common practice. You can also withdraw cash from ATM’s using your credit card and PIN code. When visiting the Falkland Islands local pounds (FIP) are used as well as pound sterling. When landing in Antarctica some bases do accept USD cash only. In Port Lockroy, the following currencies are accepted; GBP, USD, Euro, and major credit cards (for purchases above 100 USD)

How do your voyages protect the environment?

Given its isolation, the Antarctic environment is probably the most pristine natural environment on the planet. For visitors, this fact comes with a set of obligations – the most important and general is to leave no traces behind. The Antarctic Treaty and IAATO prohibiting more than 100 people to be ashore simultaneously strictly regulate human traffic in Antarctica. All guests will be given instructions on how to behave when on shore in Antarctica. Antarctic Treaty Recommendation XVIII-1 and IAATO guidelines are mandatory and must be followed.

What clothing should I pack?

According to IAATO regulations and to avoid any transmission of diseases to the vulnerable ecosystem in Antarctica we ask our travellers to bring clean clothes to wear ashore. For more information, see equipment list.

Is there access for wheelchairs/disabled passengers?

Wheelchair passengers may travel on the MS Fram to Antarctica as the ship is handicap accessible, however, unfortunately, excursions and landings are not adapted for handicapped travellers. 

What happens in case of a medical emergency?

In case of a medical emergency in Antarctica the only method of evacuation is by plane to the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, as there are no hospital facilities in Antarctica. This is very expensive and dependent on favourable weather conditions. Therefore comprehensive travel/health insurance is mandatory.

What medical forms are required?

To comply with IAATO and Hurtigruten ASA regulations all guests must have completed the IAATO medical questionnaire including a confirmation of fitness to travel from your doctor. You must take the completed questionnaire on board and deliver it to the ship’s doctor. Guests without the completed questionnaire may be refused embarkation if the ship’s doctor has doubts about your health condition.

What time zones will I be in?

Buenos Aires; GMT -3 
For example Central Europe 12.00 noon - Buenos Aires 09.00
Ushuaia; GMT -4
For example Central Europe 12.00 noon - Ushuaia 08.00
This time difference is in operation during the South American summer season (mid October to March).

Expedition Team and Lectures

Our Expedition Team will prime your knowledge with lectures and talks so that you are as prepared as possible before you set foot on this great white continent. You will learn a lot about biology, geology and ice, but they will also talk about how we can minimise our impact on the fragile environment.

While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. On land, our Expedition Team will explain what you see and help you to avoid disturbing nature and wildlife. When conditions allow, excursions and activities on land and sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to hiking in uneven terrain.

Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. The final itinerary will be introduced during daily briefings.

A-FAI7 Port Stanley Highlights Tours

Ports: Stanley
Duration: Approx 2 hours Level: 1 - For everyone
Code: A-FAI7
14/15: $68
15/16: $75per person

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A-FAI8 The Bluff Cove Lagoon

Ports: Stanley
Duration: approx. 3.5 hrs / morning Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
Code: A-FAI8
14/15: $153
15/16: $158per person

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A-FAI1 Falklands Nature Walk

Ports: Stanley
Duration: approx. 3 hrs / morning Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
Code: A-FAI1
14/15: $99
15/16: $104per person

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A-FAI9 Scenic Air Tour

Ports: Stanley
Duration: approx. 1.5 hrs / morning Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
Code: A-FAI9
14/15: $418
15/16: $424per person

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A-FAI11 Bird Watching in the Falkland Islands

Ports: Stanley
Duration: approx. 3 hrs / morning Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
Code: A-FAI11
14/15: $223
15/16: $242per person

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A-FAI12 Jubilee Villas

Ports: Stanley
Duration: approx. 1.5 hrs / afternoon Level: 1 - For everyone
Code: A-FAI12
14/15: $77
15/16: $83per person

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A-FAI13 Long Islands Farm Tour

Ports: Stanley
Duration: approx. 4 hrs / morning Level: 1 - For everyone
Code: A-FAI13
14/15: $137
15/16: $141per person

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The Following Excursions Are Only Bookable On Board

Kayaking

Announced on board
Ports:
Duration: 2-4 hrs Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
Code:
950 NOK per person

Join our experienced guides to be the exclusive few to explore one of the three polar regions by kayak.  Read more

Hikes

Only bookable on board
Ports:
Duration: 2-5 hrs Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
Code:
250 NOK per person

Do you have a genuine explorer spirit in you? Do you like to hike and get the most intense experience of nature?  Read more

Arctic Sky and Ice

Only bookable on board
Ports:
Duration: Starting at 23:00 (11pm) you may stay as long as you want during the night Level: 1 - For everyone
Code:
150 NOK per person

Stay a night on deck and enjoy the magnificent view of the landscape coloured by the soft rays of the midnight sun.  Read more

Snowshoes in Antarctica

Antarctic season
Ports:
Duration: 2-4 hrs Level: 3 - For guests in good physical condition
Code:
450 NOK per person

Join us on a snowshoe hike! Read more

An Amundsen Night In Falkland Islands

Antarctic Season
Ports:
Duration: Approx. 10 hours (late evening through early morning) Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
Code:
950 NOK per person

A very special experience - camping in the Falkland Islands. Read more

Small Boat Cruise Through the Lemaire Channel

Antarctic Season
Ports:
Duration: 1-2 hrs. in Polarcircle Boat Level: 1 - For everyone
Code: Only bookable on board
850 NOK per person

Experience the Lemaire Channel on a ride on the Polar Cirkel boat. Read more

An Amundsen Night

Antarctic Season -
Exact date will be determined by the Expedition Team
Ports:
Duration: Approx. 10 hours (late evening through early morning) Level: 2 - For most guests, requires some physical effort
Code:
3250 NOK per person

Sleep under the Antarctic sky. Only one tent wall separating you from the wilderness and the elements. Read more

Pre/Post Programs