Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition

Travel information 23 days MS Fram
Departures
December 13, 2021
January 3, 2022
February 3, 2022
February 24, 2022
Price from
$ 18,352
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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On this expedition cruise, you’ll have time to truly immerse yourself in the ever-impressive Antarctica, the Falklands, and South Georgia.

A world of ice and wonder

You’ll spend five days exploring the unique world of Antarctica. Throughout the austral summer season, its icescapes and wildlife undergo constant change. There is more snow during the late austral spring months (in October and November), when penguins begin courting and nesting. Whales are rarely seen until December and January. That’s also when the first penguin chicks hatch. February and March are peak whale-watching months, and when adorable penguin chicks start waddling around. All season long, you can join the Expedition Team for lectures, landings, ice-cruises, and optional activities.

The Falklands and South Georgia

From the windswept green hills to white-sand beaches—and let’s not forget the charming capital of Stanley, beauty and charm abound in the Falkland Islands. Wildlife here may be plentiful, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what you’ll see on South Georgia, where the beaches are filled with seals, penguins and other seabirds. Our itinerary is not set in stone when we head for Antarctica. This gives us the freedom to provide you to the best experience according to the elements, when considering local wind and sea ice conditions. With more than 20 possible landing places, there are always plenty to choose from.

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition
  • Day 1
    Santiago de Chile

    Dynamic diversity

    Your expedition starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, Chile’s energetic cultural epicenter. Its many museums, beautiful architecture, and top-notch restaurants provide all the captivating points of interest you would expect of a large capital city. There are a wide range of sites and attractions, so you’ll only be limited by time, not options.

    Ride the historic funicular up to Cerro San Cristóbal for sweeping views of the city and the Andean glaciers that serve as a backdrop. This is the city’s largest park, and hosts the national zoo and botanic gardens. The park is located next to the hip Bella Vista neighborhood, with chilled-out cafés and Latin-inspired bars and clubs by night that make it the perfect spot to visit. Stroll to the 18th-century presidential palace and down to the Plaza de Armas, the historical heart of the city. Don’t worry, you will have plenty of photo opportunities strolling through the region and its many landmarks. If you have time, head to the Mercado Central fish market to sample classic Chilean seafood stew, caldillo de congrio.

    Day 1
    Santiago de Chile

    Dynamic diversity

  • Day 2
    Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas

    Set off on your expedition

    You’ll be leaving Santiago early in the morning to catch your flight in Santiago, so make sure to set your alarm. From the airport, you fly to Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s southernmost region, located on the Brunswick Peninsula, just north of the Strait of Magellan. This once-booming penal colony reached its peak during the gold-rush and sheep-farming periods of the 1880s and early 1900s. Now, it is one of only two low-tax ports in Chile.

    MS Fram will be waiting for you, ready to embark on its expedition cruise to Antarctica. After you board the ship, you’ll meet the Expedition Team and some of the crew members. They will conduct a health and safety meeting, which is mandatory for all guests, before setting sail. Head out to the observation deck to wave goodbye to Punta Arenas as we set off on our southward course. Then head to the Explorer Lounge & Bar to enjoy your favorite drink and turn your imagination toward Antarctica—all while taking in the fantastic views from the bar.

    Day 2
    Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas

    Set off on your expedition

  • Day 3-5
    Beagle Channel & Drake Passage

    Land ahead!

    Five unforgettable days in Antarctica are ahead of us as we enter the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into the icy water. Watch for the rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife as we sail through this amazing wilderness, a remote area seemingly untouched by humans.

    MS Fram will take us to the Drake Passage. Known for its often strong winds and strong currents, the passage can also be silent and still. Luck will dictate whether you will experience the so-called ‘Drake Shake’ or the ‘Drake Lake’. Don’t worry, even if we experience rough seas, you can rest easy on our safe and purpose-built expedition ship.

    As we approach Antarctica, the Expedition Team will talk about the strict environmental guidelines and the IAATO sustainability rules that we follow. This continent is dedicated to peace, science, and tourism. No human activity is permitted that might interfere with Antarctica’s delicate natural balance. Our motto is to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! Although even then, we sometimes wipe away our footprints to prevent penguins from getting stuck in them!

    As always, the ship’s amenities are available for you to enjoy. Now is your chance to work up a sweat in the gym or the sauna, if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to stroll out on the deck from time to time on your way to Antarctica. Spotting your first huge iceberg is always a highlight.

    Day 3-5
    Beagle Channel & Drake Passage

    Land ahead!

  • Day 6-10
    Antarctica

    A world of ice and wonder

    Forget all your past experiences. Antarctica is in a league of its own. No matter how high your expectations, Antarctica never disappoints. Holding 90% of the world’s ice, the Great White Continent gives meaning to the word ‘massive’. The only country in the world with more surface area is Russia. Land lays underneath the ice, but in certain places you would have to dig through two and a half miles of snow and ice to reach it.

    You will probably see your first seals and penguins from the ship, and that in itself is a fantastic experience. Nothing compares, however, to standing on the same shore as a colony of thousands of penguins. Same goes for the seals that might pop up beside you as you enjoy an optional kayaking activity among the icebergs. In the thrill of the moment, you might not even remember to reach for your camera to take a picture!

    Just as the Antarctic icescapes change throughout its seasons, so does the wildlife. In early austral spring, there is much more snow, making the landscapes even more pristine. This is when the penguins are meeting up. We rarely see whales at this time of year, in October and November. In December, however, whales are more frequently seen in these waters. That’s also when the first penguin chicks hatch, which is always a delightful sight. February and March is peak whale-watching season, as the massive amounts of krill in the Antarctic waters attract a wide variety of whale species who come for a veritable feeding frenzy.

    In February and March, there will be less snow, and you will be able to see the extremely cute, clumsy penguin chicks running around. For the bird aficionados, there are 46 species of birds to find here, including petrels, albatross, and terns.

    Our Expedition Team will take excellent care of you while you enjoy Antarctica’s marvels over the next five days. Join them in ice-cruising in small boats (RIBs) and on landings to really explore the icescapes of this frozen continent. If you visit early in the season when snow conditions are good, you might even be able to go snowshoeing. Like usual, there are no set sites we will definitely visit. We are at the whims of the elements and will allow the wind and sea ice to guide us in picking the best landing sites.

    Day 6-10
    Antarctica

    A world of ice and wonder

  • Day 11
    At sea

    Cruising the South Atlantic

    Lengthy stays in both South Georgia and the Falklands will give you time to fully immerse yourself in these amazing destinations and their wildlife. Our Expedition Team will focus your attention on these upcoming destinations. They offer comprehensive lectures and presentations covering polar explorer history, the environment and, of course, the wildlife of the region. One of the most fascinating stories is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the ill-fated ship Endurance. These stories are filled with amazing feats of bravery. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and sustainable as possible. You also have the opportunity to join Citizen Science programs to help collect data for current scientific research projects.

    Throughout our journey, the Expedition Team will take water samples for you to study under the microscopes in the Science Center, allowing you to even see wildlife at the cellular level.

    Day 11
    At sea

    Cruising the South Atlantic

  • Day 12-16
    South Georgia

    The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

    If you love wildlife, you’re going to love South Georgia. Nicknames such as ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and ‘Galápagos of the Poles’ are heavy claims, but the islands more than live up to their reputation. You’ll understand why wildlife photographers from around the world flock to South Georgia.

    Uniquely positioned inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the reach of sea ice, South Georgia is the ideal home for thousands of breeding penguins and seals. There are notable populations of king penguins, who prefer the warmer weather here than their emperor penguin cousins in Antarctica. Both South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have been identified an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), supporting many seabirds, including albatross, penguins, petrels, shags, skuas, and terns.

    We will spend five days in South Georgia. Our plan is to head ashore at several possible places and take you close to the wilderness and wildlife. One such place is the settlement of Grytviken, home to a Norwegian seaman’s church built in 1913 and the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    However, like our time in the Falklands, our itinerary is not set in stone. We know all the interesting sites and penguin colonies where we may take you, but we always adjust our plans according to the weather conditions. That’s what makes our expedition cruises so memorable.

    Day 12-16
    South Georgia

    The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

  • Day 17-18
    At sea

    Cruising the South Atlantic

    With our course set for the Falkland Islands, you’ll now be in the hands of the expert Expedition Team. You will find that they are not just inspirational lecturers and attentive hosts, but bonafide adventurers who all have their fair share of exciting stories and information to share. Their enthusiasm is contagious, whether the lecture deals with marine biology, Arctic survival, oceanography, or photography. Feed off this energy and the anticipation will continue to build! Join them in the lecture hall and in the Science Center to learn about the interesting history and fascinating wildlife of the Falkland Islands. Want to be even more hands-on? Attend art classes and even learn how to tie knots for when you go on landings.

    Some of the best times play out in our restaurants, located on the aft of the ship. You’ll be sure to note that every table, no matter where it is placed, has an amazing view of the scenery.

    Day 17-18
    At sea

    Cruising the South Atlantic

  • Day 19-21
    The Falkland Islands

    Charming island life

    The Falkland Islands are probably best known for their checkered past. They were discovered by the British and then settled by the French and Spanish. Later, they were fought over during the Falklands War between Argentina and Great Britain. The allure of these islands is immediately evident. Their natural beauty will delight you throughout the three days we spend exploring them.

    The windswept green hills are home to large farms that have been family-owned for generations. And the beaches! If it weren’t for the Arctic wind for here, the white sand and clear, azure waters might be mistaken for the Caribbean. Colonies of penguins waddle alongside grazing sheep, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge.

    There are nearly 800 islands here, and the list of possible sites to visit is just as long. Rather than confining ourselves to a fixed itinerary, we prefer to be flexible and keep our exploration spontaneous. After all, this is an adventure! The Expedition Team and the captain will take note of the sea and weather conditions at all times and pick the safest and best sites for that day. Whether we set foot on Saunders Island, West Point, Carcass Island, or one of the many other locations we could visit, you can rest assured that those spots are the safest and best options for your expedition.

    One of our most likely places to visit is Stanley, the capital of the archipelago on East Falkland. This little town is a great place explore on foot and an excellent jumping-off point for several optional excursions. In the center of town, don’t miss its nice selection of local shops. Maybe even pop in at an English pub to share a pint with the friendly locals.

    Day 19-21
    The Falkland Islands

    Charming island life

  • Day 22
    At sea

    The Voyage North

    Heading back to Punta Arenas, we pass through the Strait of Magellan. It was named after the Portuguese explorer Fernando de Magallanes, who discovered it while leading a Spanish expedition to circumnavigate the globe in 1520. Soak up the mesmerizing views that surround you, and consider Fernando and his crew, who charted these waters in a rickety ship 500 years ago.

    During the crossing, the Expedition Team will recap our experiences in Antarctica. That way, you can keep your head in glorious Antarctica for just a little bit longer! Now that your cruise is coming to a close, this is the perfect time to spend time with your fellow explorers and go through the photos you took during the voyage. You still have time to revisit some of your favorite activities and amenities on the ship, so enjoy!

    As always, the ship’s amenities are available for you to enjoy. Now is your chance to work up a sweat in the gym or the sauna, if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to stroll out on the deck from time to time on your way to Antarctica.

    Day 22
    At sea

    The Voyage North

  • Day 23
    Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

    Hold on to your great adventure

    In the morning we pull into Punta Arenas and back to civilization. You’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back to Santiago, where you’ll have a second chance to explore the capital of Chile. Before disembarkation, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers, to the crew, and to the Expedition Team members.

    After a 23-day experience at sea, surrounded by some of the most remote, awe-inspiring scenery known to man, how do you call it quits? You just don’t. The experience continues, both in your memory and the knowledge you now carry with you. It lives in the stories and photos you will bring back to your friends and family. We hope your sustainable expedition cruise experience has been inspiring and has renewed your awe of nature and reignited a passion to protect it.

    Day 23
    Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

    Hold on to your great adventure

Departures

2021

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
December:
13.

2022

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
January:
3.
February:
3.
24.

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Hotel

  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Flights

  • Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the airport before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the Punta Arenas airport to the ship, including an orientation tour and a pre-packed lunch

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • 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 present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, and an indoor gym
  • 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 help configure your camera settings

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

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 Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11,647 T
Length 374 ft
Beam 66.3 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. The advanced technology on the MS Fram, in the spirit of the famous original, makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition cruises in polar regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
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