Antarctica, Patagonia, Falklands – Exploration of Antarctica, Patagonia and the Falklands - Southbound

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Solo travelers: No single supplement

Duration: 19 days

Departure:
October 21, 2020
Price from:
$ 15,086 per person
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Five days exploring 22 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Three days exploring the bird life and penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands
  • October is the mating season for seals and nest-building time for penguins
  • Half-day in Puerto Madryn to spot sea lions and join a range of excursions
Meet the Gentoo Penguins in Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Antarctica, Patagonia, Falklands
A penguin colony on Half Moon Island. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their lively colonies or enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
A penguin colony on Half Moon Island. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their lively colonies or enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Magic landscape of icebergs and glaciers in Gerlache Strait. The Antarctic ice cap is the largest single mass of ice in the world, but amazingly, this is a wilderness teeming with life.
Photo: Genna Roland

Itinerary

Combine five days in Antarctica with three days in the Falkland Islands, as well as time spent in Montevideo and in Patagonia’s Puerto Madryn. October is also the mating season for seals.
Day 1
Montevideo - Hotel
Arrive in Montevideo
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Unescorted overnight in Montevideo. Guests can explore the capital of Uruguay with its unique mixture of Colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco architectural styles.
 
Temperature range in October: 55 – 70°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 2
Montevideo - Embarkation
Explore Montevideo and embark the ship
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
The bus will take guests on a city tour of Montevideo’s many highlights as we transfer from the hotel to the port where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. 
 
Some of the possible attractions include the central Plaza de la Independencia which in turn leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes, and landmarks, including the towering Palacio Salvo and neoclassical Solís Theatre. If time allows, guests can also tour Mercado del Puerto, an old port market with many steakhouses.
 
Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
Temperature range in October: 55 – 70°F
 
Included transfers:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to ship
·  Bus city tour of Montevideo
Day 3-4
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 infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Skyline, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina
Skyline, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Day 5
Puerto Madryn - Half Day
World Heritage Highlights
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Founded by Welsh settlers, Puerto Madryn is the city gateway to nearby Valdes Peninsula which is famous for its many sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, and Southern right whales. Guests have a range of optional excursions to bring them closer to the wildlife found here.
 
Temperature range in October: 45 – 68°F 
 

Included activity:

Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout (5 hrs 30)

Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh settlers in the late 19th century so it is fitting to enjoy some Welsh tea even though we are in Argentina. Actually, you find a number of tea houses around town. Puerto Madryn is also a great place to observe sea lions after you've enjoyed your tea.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Puerto Madryn - Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout
    Discover Puerto Madryn and its Welsh roots.
  • Palaeontology & Welsh History
    Immerse yourself in the history of the Welsh settlements in the Chubut River Valley region. Visit the charming town of Gaiman and enjoy a traditional Welsh tea.
  • Puerto Madryn - Punta Loma, Eco-Centre & Estancia San Guillermo
    Combine a visit to a typical Argentinian sheep-ranch with stunning sea vistas of Punta Loma and its sea lion colonies.
  • Whale watching in Puerto Pirámides
    Join a whale-watching adventure off the coast of Peninsula Valdés, providing a close encounter with southern right whales - the gentle giants of the sea.
Day 6
At sea
At sea
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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 infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
King penguins, Falkland Islands
Day 7-9
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
Remote farm on Carcass Island.
This part of your expedition cruise will let you explore remote areas in the Falklands, such as this farm on Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 7-9
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
King penguins, Falkland Islands
The final part of your expedition cruise will let you explore 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. Visiting in late October means guests may see Magellanic penguins nest building and seals in their mating season. 
 
Temperature range in October: 36 – 48°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 h)

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 10-11
Drake Passage - At sea
At sea
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

While at sea, 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 infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island
Day 12-16
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Gentoo penguins closeup, Cuverville Island
Gentoo penguins, Cuverville Island. Come ashore on landings to meet the penguins in their lively colonies.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Humpback whale in Wilhelmina Bay
Humpback whale in Wilhelmina Bay. Enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 12-16
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island. Join optional kayaking tours or even hike and tent in the world's most isolated wilderness.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites to go cruising in small boats and to make landings where guests are able 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 October: 18 – 32°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 17-18
Drake Passage - At sea
Sail the Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss
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, or enjoy the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.
Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss
Snøkledde fjeller rundt Ushuaia som gjenspeiles i kanalen.
The snow clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.
Photo: Rita Melville
Ushuaia by night
Ushuaia by night
Day 19
Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark the ship, and fly back to Buenos Aires
Snøkledde fjeller rundt Ushuaia som gjenspeiles i kanalen.
The snow clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.
Photo: Rita Melville
It’s time to return to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. 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

Flight
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires after the voyage
 
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Montevideo before the voyage, including breakfast
 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Montevideo to the ship before the voyage
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport after the voyage
 
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen 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 infinity pool, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
•      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 22 possible sites while in Antarctica 
•      Daily escorted landings while in the Falkland Islands 
•      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 Montevideo and from Buenos Aires
•      Luggage handling
•      Treatments in the onboard Wellness Center
•      Additional landing activities such as:
        o   Kayaking
        o   Glacier hikes
        o   Snowshoeing
        o   Camping
        o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Post-program

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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 seal lying in the dirt A seal lying in the dirt

Puerto Madryn - Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout

South America

Duration

5 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-PMY1

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Puerto Madryn - Palaeontology & Welsh History

South America, Antarctica

Duration

5h30

Price per person

From $ 266

Booking Code

A-PMY9

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Puerto Madryn - Punta Loma, Eco-Centre & Estancia San Guillermo

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From $ 266

Booking Code

A-PMY8

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Puerto Madryn - Whale watching in Puerto Pirámides

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4h

Price per person

From $ 416

Booking Code

A-PMY10

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Stanley - Community Walk

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-FAI1

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Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From $ 141

Booking Code

A-FAI1

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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 - Post-cruise Land Adventure Iguazu Falls

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 1,572

Booking Code

IGRPOST

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Dinner & Tango Show

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 252

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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Buenos Aires – Estancia Santa Susana

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 265

Booking Code

BUE05

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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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