MS Roald Amundsen
16 days

Antarctica & Falklands Expedition

Price from $ 9,473
$ 6,706
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
16 days

Antarctica & Falklands Expedition

Price from $ 9,473
$ 6,706
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Antarctica & Falklands Expedition
Departures
2022
November:
7.
21.
December:
5.
19.
2023
March:
11.
  • Summer in Antarctica means longer days and milder weather
  • Spot different penguin species in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
  • MS Roald Amundsen is the world’s first hybrid electric–powered expedition ship
  • An experienced Expedition Team is on board to guide lectures, landings, and small boat (RIB) cruises

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Itinerary

Spend five full days in Antarctica during its summer season. Take a stroll on shore, cruise by icebergs and glaciers, and spot whales and penguin colonies. You’ll also explore the scenic, sandy beaches of the Falkland Islands, visit Stanley (its capital), and identify penguin species that are not common, even in Antarctica.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
City of many passions
Two people dancing tango.
Photo: Trixi Lange Hitzbleck

Buenos Aires moves to a rhythm that is unmistakably unique to the Argentinian capital. Just ask a local and they’ll tell you straight away: It’s the diverse melting-pot of people who inject vibrancy into the city. These porteños (port people) have roots from all across the globe, bringing their diverse cultures with them. The result is an intoxicating blend of romantic music, tango dancing around every corner, Maradona soccer fans, Old World colonial architecture, and flavorful food.

You’ll spend one night at a hotel in the city before catching an early flight the next morning. Depending on when you arrive, you could fit in some time to explore a slice of this bustling capital. Visit Teatro Colón, a beautiful opera house dating back to 1908. Then pop into the historic Café Tortoni for Parisian-inspired coffees and chocolate-dipped churros. Caminito is a multi-colored street museum in the La Boca neighborhood, filled with lively markets and restaurants hosting live folk dancing and tango shows. The party doesn’t stop there, though. Late into the night, the upscale Palermo district is filled with bars and boliche clubs.

If you’d like to extend your vacation, come a few days early to participate in our Pre-Program and explore the wild land of Patagonia.

Two people dancing tango.
Photo: Trixi Lange Hitzbleck
Ushuaia harbour from the waterline, mountains in the background.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM

Boarding your base camp at sea
Ushuaia harbour from the waterline, mountains in the background.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Today you’ll have an early start. We meet in the hotel lobby in the morning to head to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. The capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province sits on a bay backed by the snow-capped mountains of Martial Glacier, to the north. Although Ushuaia claims to be the world’s southernmost city, two other Chilean cities also lay claim to this dubious title. Your base camp at sea, MS Roald Amundsen, will be waiting here at the port. Once on board, you’ll meet the Expedition Team, who will conduct a mandatory health and safety briefing. Afterward, you will have time to tour the ship and settle into your cabin before we enjoy a welcome dinner together. Your expedition has officially begun!­­

Day 3-4
Drake Passage
Making the most of the crossing
Couple sitting in expedition lounge, watching  the nature and landscapes outside the big windows.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

It takes two days of sailing to reach Antarctica. This is a good thing! Two days is the perfect amount of time to both relax and prepare for the adventures ahead.

To make sure you are ready for the days of exploration ahead of you, the Expedition Team will launch a series of insightful lectures at the Science Center. Each member of the Expedition Team specializes in a different subject. You’ll see that they are walking, talking, treasure troves of fascinating stories and information. Listen and learn as they share information about the local wildlife and the IAATO-approved sustainability protocol you must follow if curious penguins or seals come too close to you. The IAATO guidelines include learning the importance of wearing sterilized rubber boots during all Antarctica landings and why we thoroughly vacuum any foreign particles from our clothes beforehand.

You’ll also appreciate how the ship is equipped with all services and facilities added for your comfort. Work out in the gym and or run along the outdoor track circuit. Steam away the soreness from your workout in the sauna, or let masterful hands relax you during a message in the Wellness Spa. Three different onboard restaurants will delight your palate, while the Explorer Lounge & Bar is always the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine or a bit of bubbly. Just because the expedition is exciting doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious too!

Couple sitting in expedition lounge, watching  the nature and landscapes outside the big windows.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Penguin between ice blocks, people kayaking in yellow kayaks in the background, watching the penguin.
Photo: Roger Brendhagen
Day 5-9
Antarctica
The Seventh Continent
Penguin between ice blocks, people kayaking in yellow kayaks in the background, watching the penguin.
Photo: Roger Brendhagen

Antarctic landscapes stretch as far as your eyes can see—a gorgeous world sealed by pristine snow and ice. Tabular icebergs, parts of the great shelves, tower above the waters, while ancient glaciers break off or ‘calve’ into blue-hued icebergs, sculpted magnificently by the wind and the sun. We have entered another world, one devoid of human influence. It is a haven for wildlife like whales, penguins, and seals.

Just as the Antarctic icescapes change throughout its seasons, so does the wildlife. For example, whale populations begin to steadily increase from October through to January, both in number and range of species, and reach their peak in February and March—this is the best whale-watching opportunity. Around this time, the large amount of krill in the waters attract the most whales, in which multiple species swim over for a veritable feeding frenzy. If you arrive here in November, you might spot thousands of penguins courting and building their nests. December arrivals may have their hearts melted by painfully cute penguin chicks, whereas March is usually filled with scenes of adolescent penguins maturing and finally learn how to swim. Other birds, which unlike penguins actually fly, vary throughout the summer months. Eager birdwatchers will be pleased to spot cormorants, shags, egrets, sheathbills, and many more.

You have five days to take in every magical moment. Prepare for the unmatched scenery of Antarctica to leave you breathless. Gaze at distant white mountains during a stroll along the shore, or let a playful pair of Weddell seals delight you as they surface next to your small boat (RIB). They’re checking you out, too, with their large inquisitive eyes. Or hit the jackpot if the weather allows you to join optional activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing, or even camping. These are the kinds of experiences awaiting you in Antarctica. We make the most of each landing and choose the best sites from among numerous possible locations on the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.

The Expedition Team will provide ongoing lectures, be it on board the ship, ashore during landings, or even when navigating through icebergs and ice floes on cruises in small boats (RIBs). The topics range from glaciology and the impact of climate change on the Antarctic ice shelves to an explanation of the cold continent’s history, stemming from the whaling era to its present status, under an international peace treaty. The Expedition Team’s insights will prove invaluable throughout your journey, enhancing your sense of discovery a hundredfold.

Think about having a chat with the Expedition Team’s professional wildlife and landscape photographer for a few tips and tricks to improve the quality of your images. These skills will definitely come in handy if you choose to participate in one of the numerous Citizen Science programs. One of these is the HappyWhale project. Any photos you take of whales you spot can be uploaded to a global database that helps researchers track the migration patterns and overall health of the population. That way, aside from being precious memories, your photos contribute to the greater good of scientific research.

Day 10-11
Drake Passage
Returning north to continue the exploration
Norwegian flag waiving from the back of the ship - over the Ocean.
Photo: Dave Katz

Saying goodbye to Antarctica is hard, but the time has come to point the ship northward once again. You can spend the two days crossing the Drake Passage sorting through your breathtaking photos of Antarctica, and putting in another memory card for what’s about to come next. You might also have the option to join workshops where you can channel your memories of Antarctica into painting penguins or learning how to tie complicated sailor’s knots.

The Science Center will be brimming with activity. The Expedition Team will be offering presentations that are sure to whip up your enthusiasm for the final few days of your voyage in the Falkland Islands. These lectures would touch on the tense history of the islands, along with the birds species seen around their beautiful beaches. In between lectures, you can use the Science Center’s advanced microscopes to examine water samples at a cellular level. You’ll discover a plethora of microscopic lifeforms, including krill and phytoplankton, which also tie into an interesting and valuable Citizen Science initiative.

Norwegian flag waiving from the back of the ship - over the Ocean.
Photo: Dave Katz
Small penguins walking on grass, Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 12-14
The Falkland Islands
Beauty in its purest form
Small penguins walking on grass, Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

The remote Falkland Islands archipelago is split between the two main islands: East and West Falkland, and nearly 800 smaller islands. For many years, both the United Kingdom and Argentina have claimed sovereignty over the islands.

Your three days of exploration here, along with each day’s landing sites, will be determined by local weather conditions at the time. After the barren, white scenery of Antarctica, it may be reassuring to see grassy hills, blooming wildflowers, stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise waters! It won’t be too different, though, especially since several thousand penguins will be there for you to catch sight of, too! These few days will entail an attempt to view these penguin colonies, which often have families of fur seals sprinkled in among them. We will keep a safe distance, of course, in order not to disturb them or their tuxedoed neighbors.

For the first time in more than a week, you’ll spot signs of civilization in the family-owned farms scattered along the island, and in the capital of Stanley on East Falkland, where 80% of the islands’ population live. When you visit, you’ll find that the town is a slice of typical English life. Watch for the iconic red buses and phone booths, and of course the typical old pubs serving up British beer and friendly banter.

Day 15
At Sea
Homeward Bound
Two women sitting and eating in the restaurant.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon Aune

Your expedition is approaching its end. Make sure you enjoy your last day at sea. Head to the bar and share some drinks with the new friends you made during your journey. Swap adventure stories with the Expedition Team and learn more about these modern-day explorers. Treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at the à la carte restaurant or a refreshing massage treatment in the Wellness Spa. Or simply relax on deck. Watch the waves and relive fond memories of the voyage’s many highlights.

Two women sitting and eating in the restaurant.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon Aune
Coastline near Ushuaia, mountains in the background.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 16
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

Until next time
Coastline near Ushuaia, mountains in the background.
Photo: shutterstock

After two weeks enjoying exploring Antarctica and the Falklands, it’s time to dock back in Ushuaia. The journey has been epic and perhaps even emotional; we have seen and learned so much together. You might even shed a few tears when it comes time to bid each other goodbye.

Our hope is for your experience with us to leave a lasting impression on what is possible when expeditions are done in a sustainable way. We must do everything we can to protect these precious habitats and the wonderful wildlife that they harbor.

After the transfer to Ushuaia airport, you’ll fly back to Buenos Aires. From there, you can fly home or continue exploring. Since you’re already in Argentina, you might as well make the most of it! Why not join a Post-Program to the magnificent Iguazú Falls?

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Hotel

  • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Flights

  • Flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to the airport before the expedition cruise
  • Transfers between the Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Our fine-dining, À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team deliver detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use the ship’s Science Center, which features an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs) while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your Ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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