Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia – Exploration of Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia (Itinerary 1)

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Duration: 23 days

Departures:
November 10, 2020
December 22, 2020
Price from:
$ 15,480 $ 19,350 per person
  • November and December are the best months to see elephant seal pups
  • Six days exploring 45 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula with MS Fram
  • Five days exploring South Georgia to see king penguins and elephant seals
  • Three days exploring the bird life and penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands
Hiking in the snow at Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia
Enjoy landings to see thousands of animals: seals, penguins, birds and whales
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy landings to see thousands of animals: seals, penguins, birds and whales
Penguins roaming the area around Grytviken, with MS Fram anchored in nearby cove.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

Itinerary

This is our longest expedition taking guests on an epic journey: three days in the Falkland Islands, five days among the rich wildlife of South Georgia, and six days in Antarctica.
Day 1
Buenos Aires - Hotel
Arrive in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
 
Temperature range Nov-Dec: 62 – 82°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
The colourful La Boca area in Buenos Aires
The colorful La Boca area in Buenos Aires
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia | Embarkation
Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and where MS Fram awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
In the evening, we sail through the Beagle Channel into the South Atlantic Ocean. Guests will be able to admire the stunning scenery as we sail past a maze of Chile’s islands, mountains, and fjords. 
 
Temperature range Nov-Dec: 39 – 55°F 
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to Buenos Aires airport
·  Flight in coach class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
·  Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship
Day 3
At sea
At sea
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten

While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s hot tubs, sauna and gym.

Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Bird life on the open sea towards Falkland Islands
Bird life on the open sea towards Falkland Islands
Photo: Hilde Foss
Enjoy wildlife on a landing in the Falkland Islands
Day 4-6
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
Hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands
Go hiking on New Island, Falkland Islands.
Photo: Genna Roland
Rockhopper penguin in the Falkland Islands
Rockhopper penguin in the Falkland Islands
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 4-6
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
Enjoy wildlife on a landing in the Falkland Islands
Enjoy wildlife on a landing in the Falkland Islands
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory and guests can enjoy a pint of beer in one of the many typically English local pubs in the capital of Stanley. The ship will try to call at New Island, to the west of the Falkland archipelago and characterized by beautiful white sand beaches. It is a habitat for Gentoo, Magellanic, and Rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and peregrine falcons.We may also visit Carcass Island. Its steep cliffs and pretty coves attract rich bird life such as various species of songbirds, ducks, geese, caracaras, and wrens.
 
Temperature range Nov-Dec: 39 – 55°F 
 
Included:
 
·  Stanley self-guided walk (1-2 hrs)
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 

Included activity:

Stanley self guided walk (1 - 2 t)

Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Stanley - Community Walk
    Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
  • Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour
    Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
  • Stanley - Scenic Air Tour
    See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
  • Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights
    If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.
Day 7-8
At sea
At sea
Cruising to beautiful South Georgia
Cruising to beautiful South Georgia
Photo: Karen Cowdery

While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and gym.

Cruising to beautiful South Georgia
Cruising to beautiful South Georgia
Photo: Karen Cowdery
Bird life outside Grytviken
Bird life outside Grytviken
Photo: Nick Cobbing
MS Fram anchored in Maiviken, Grytviken South Georgia
Day 9-13
South Georgia
Explore South Georgia
The majestic King penguins, Fortuna Bay
Experience the overwhelming power of nature and teeming wildlife, like the majestic King penguins in Fortuna Bay, South Georgia.
Photo: Even Fusdahl Hulleberg
Seals at Grytviken, South Georgia
Seals at Grytviken
Photo: Simon Bober
Day 9-13
South Georgia
Explore South Georgia
MS Fram anchored in Maiviken, Grytviken South Georgia
MS Fram anchored in Maiviken, Grytviken
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the sea ice makes it a haven for thousands of species. The density and variety of wildlife on display to photograph have earned South Georgia the nickname 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean'. Guests can expect to see elephant seals, fur seals, albatross, and king penguins in their thousands. 
 
On each day here, we have a choice of ten possible sites to visit, including Fortuna Bay, Gold Harbour, abandoned whaling stations, and the Whaler’s Church and cemetery in Grytviken where guests can pay their respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. 
 
Temperature range Nov-Dec: 34 – 45°F 
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking in small groups with a guide
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints or wildlife habitats
Day 14
At sea
At sea
Penguins on floating icebergs
Penguins on floating icebergs
Photo: Chelsea Claus

As we continue toward the great White Continent, learn more about the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica through lectures and research in the onboard Science Center. We will sail through the Washington Strait near Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Penguins on floating icebergs
Penguins on floating icebergs
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Hiking on Deception Island Antarctica
Day 15-20
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Kayaking near Neko Harbor in Antarctica
Kayaking near Neko Harbour in Antarctica
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 15-20
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Hiking on Deception Island Antarctica
Hiking on Deception Island
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
As guests are limited to just 200 people on MS Fram, we have a much wider choice of 45 possible sites on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula to go cruising in small boats and to make landings. Each site offers opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
If ice conditions and weather permit, we will also attempt to sail south past the Antarctic Circle, at the Captain’s discretion.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
 
Temperature range Nov-Dec: 25 – 39°F
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snow fields
·  In-depth photography lessons
Day 21-22
The Drake Passage - At sea
Sail the Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to and from Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 
 
While at sea, and provided conditions are calm, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Guests will have time to learn more in the Science Center, attend lectures, enjoy the ship’s hot tubs, sauna and gym, or just relax while bird and whale watching out on deck.
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
The National Congress building in Buenos Aires
The National Congress building in Buenos Aires
Day 23
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires | Disembarkation - Docked
Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark the ship, and fly back to Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
It’s time to return to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia. Guests can extend their trip with a choice of excursions or a post-voyage program.
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
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

Flights
•      Return flights in coach class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
 
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage, including breakfast
 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the voyage
•      Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a short city tour
 
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Fram in a cabin of your choice
•      A choice of three onboard restaurants
•      All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
•      Complimentary tea and coffee
•      Free Wi-Fi on board
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
•      English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities aboard and ashore
 
Onboard Activities
•      Citizen Science program allows guests to help out with live scientific research
•      Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on sustainability, climate change, wildlife, glaciology, history
•      Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
•      Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
•      Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and indoor gym
•      Informal gatherings where the crew share stories, play a film or documentary, conduct a quiz, run art workshops, perform talents like fruit and ice carving, or teach guests how to tie sailor’s knots 
 
Landing Activities
•      Daily escorted landings in one of 45 possible sites while in Antarctica
•      Daily escorted landings while in the Falkland Islands and in South Georgia  
•      Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for included and optional activities
•      Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
•      Canon-certified Expedition Team members help with your camera settings before every landing

Not Included In Your Expedition

•      Travel insurance
•      International flight package to and from Buenos Aires
 •      Luggage handling
•      Additional landing activities such as:
       o   Small-boat cruising
       o   Kayaking
       o   Glacier hikes
       o   Snowshoeing
       o   Camping
       o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Pre and post-programs

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A small boat in a body of water A small boat in a body of water

Stanley - Community Walk

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-FAI1

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A walk through scenic Falklands A walk through scenic Falklands

Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From $ 141

Booking Code

A-FAI1

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Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach

Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From $ 199

Booking Code

A-FAI10

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Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands. Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands.

Stanley - Scenic air tour

Antarctica

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From $ 583

Booking Code

A-FAI9

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Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

A-FAI7

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Extend Your Cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.

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Buenos Aires - Pre-cruise Land Adventure Wild Patagonia 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 2,527

Booking Code

PATPRE

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Buenos Aires City Tour (20/21)

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 54

Booking Code

BUE01

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Buenos Aires Pre-excursion: Trendy Buenos Aires

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 54

Booking Code

BUE06

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Buenos Aires – Estancia Santa Susana

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 238

Booking Code

BUE05

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Ushuaia - Pre-excursion: Tierra del Fuego National Park

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 228

Booking Code

USH01

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Buenos Aires - Post-cruise Land Adventure Iguazu Falls

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 1,572

Booking Code

IGRPOST

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Ushuaia - Scenic drive and hiking at the end of the world (20/21)

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 108

Booking Code

USH04

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Dinner & Tango Show

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 230

Booking Code

BUE02

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Tigre Delta Tour

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 115

Booking Code

BUE03

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