Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – Great Explorers and King Penguins
MS Fram
20 days

Antarctica, South Georgia, Falklands – Great Explorers and King Penguins

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
The majestic King penguins, Fortuna Bay
  • Four days exploring 45 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula with MS Fram
  • March is one of the best periods for whale watching in Antarctica
  • Two days exploring South Georgia to see king penguins and elephant seals
  • Three days exploring the bird life and penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands

Itinerary

A slightly shorter variation of our longest expedition will have guests spend four days exploring Antarctica, two days in South Georgia, and three days in the Falkland Islands.
Day 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires
A group of people posing for the camera
Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
 
Temperature range in March: 65 – 78°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
A group of people posing for the camera
A harbor with a mountain in the background
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship
A harbor with a mountain in the background
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 in March: 40 – 54°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
Sail the Drake Passage to Antarctica
A bird flying over a body of water
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to 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. Join lectures and watch films about Antarctica in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and gym.
A bird flying over a body of water
Iceberg in Antarctica Sound
Day 4-7
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Kayaking outside Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Go kayaking outside Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Our ships are built and designed to meet the needs of modern explorers – both on and off board.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
A curious Gentoo penguin on Deception Island. MS Fram and MS Midnatsol in the background.
A curious Gentoo penguin on Deception Island. Get ready to encounter astounding wildlife of the last untouched continent. You will see whales, seals, and meet thousands of penguins.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 4-7
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Iceberg in Antarctica Sound
Imagine waking up on Christmas day and pulling back the cabin curtains to reveal an iceberg in the Antarctica Sound. We will explore the most remote place on earth, on an adventure that takes you to the unparalleled highlights of Antarctica.
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.
 
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 in March: 21 – 34°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 8-9
At Sea
At sea
A man sitting in front of a crowd

While at sea in the South Atlantic Ocean, 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.

A man sitting in front of a crowd
Experience the spectacular wildlife of South Georgia up close.
Experience the spectacular wildlife of South Georgia up close.
Grytviken, South Georgia
The church in Grytviken, where legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Day 10-11
South Georgia
Explore South Georgia
Experience the spectacular wildlife of South Georgia up close.
Experience the spectacular wildlife of South Georgia up close.
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 in March: 37 – 46°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
Day 12-13
At Sea
At sea
A man standing on top of a snow covered mountain

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

A man standing on top of a snow covered mountain
King penguins on the Falkland Islands
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
Sharing the beach on Carcass Island with the penguins.
From the pubs of Stanley to the vast white sand beaches of Carcass Island, the magical Falkland Islands is world of contrasts.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
King penguins on the Falkland Islands
Next up on your expedition cruise itinerary is an exploration of the Falklands' remote areas and rich wildlife, here represented by the King penguins.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
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 in March: 43 – 54°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
Optional Excursions
  • Stanley - Bird Watching in the Falkland Islands
    Join an exclusive opportunity to see and photograph the finest of landscapes, fauna, 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 - 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.
  • Stanley History Tour
    Expand your historical knowledge with this two-hour guided walk through the capital of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley Focus
    This is a condensed tour of Stanley, which provides insight into this uncommon southern Atlantic capital. If you are short on time, but want to accrue meaningful knowledge about this unique city, then this is the tour for you!
  • 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 - Long Island Farm
    Experience farming in traditional Falkland style
  • Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight
    Take off on a scenic flight for aerial views of the rugged mountainous terrain, wild landscapes and natural coastal beauty of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
Day 17-19
At Sea
At sea
A man standing in front of a body of water

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.

A man standing in front of a body of water
A statue in front of a tall building
Day 20
Montevideo, Uruguay
Arrive in Montevideo and disembark the ship
A statue in front of a tall building
Guests can explore the capital of Uruguay with its unique mixture of Colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco architectural styles.
 
Temperature range in March: 63 – 78°F
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.

What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Economy flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

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 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.

See the Black browed Albatross See the Black browed Albatross

Stanley - Bird Watching in the Falkland Islands

Antarctica

Duration

Approx. 3 hours

Price per person

From $ 133

Booking Code

A-FAI11

See Excursion
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

See Excursion
The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

A-FAI7

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Aerial view of Port Stanley Aerial view of Port Stanley

Stanley - Stanley History Tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 99

Booking Code

A-FAI14

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Bird watching in the Falklands. Bird watching in the Falklands.

Stanley - Stanley Focus

Antarctica

Duration

1hr 30 min

Price per person

From $ 74

Booking Code

A-FAI2

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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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Sheep farm at Long Island, the Falklands. Sheep farm at Long Island, the Falklands.

Stanley - Long Island Farm

Antarctica

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From $ 161

Booking Code

A-FAI13

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Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands. Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands.

Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight

Antarctica

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From $ 666

Booking Code

A-FAI3

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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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Extend Your Cruise

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

National Congress Building in Buenos Aires National Congress Building in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 47

Booking Code

CENBUE01

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A wooden boat in a body of water A wooden boat in a body of water

Buenos Aires - Tigre Delta Tour

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 104

Booking Code

CENBUE03

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Magnificent bay mustangs enjoying the Argentinian landscape Magnificent bay mustangs enjoying the Argentinian landscape

Buenos Aires - Estancia Santa Susana

South America

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 216

Booking Code

CENBUE05

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A boat is docked in a harbor A boat is docked in a harbor

Ushuaia - Scenic Drive and Hiking at the End of the World

South America

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 101

Booking Code

CENUSH04

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Patagonia offers some of the greatest wildlife on the planet Patagonia offers some of the greatest wildlife on the planet

Buenos Aires - Wild Patagonia (overnight tour)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 2,268

Booking Code

PATPRE

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A tree next to a body of water A tree next to a body of water

Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 215

Booking Code

CENUSH01

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