Exploration of Antarctica, Patagonia and the Falklands (Southbound)

Experience stunning Patagonia, the magical Falkland Islands and majestic Antarctica during one amazing expedition cruise. There will be ample opportunities to see penguins, seals, whales and other wildlife as our expert expedition team takes you ice-cruising and on landings to explore spectacular areas on this unforgettable voyage.

  • Experience Antarctica, Patagonia, the Falklands and South America on one cruise
  • See amazing wildlife, such as penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses
  • Go ashore on landings and enjoy ice-cruising in the most remote place on Earth
  • Enjoy a wide-ranging science and activity program led by our expert expedition team
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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount, and the captain decides the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure October 21, 2020

Departs from Montevideo, Uruguay
Overview

From Urban Adventure to Polar Highlights

This wide-ranging expedition cruise takes you from cosmopolitan Montevideo, via Patagonia and the Valdez Peninsula, to the magical Falklands, and then further south to spectacular Antarctica, and ending in Ushuaia.

Patagonia and the Fabulous Falklands

We sail south through the beautiful Patagonian coastline before setting course for the colorful Falkland Islands. Starkly contrasting wilderness and cultural experiences await you on the isles. See sheep grazing next to penguin colonies in the countryside, and red English buses trundling by cozy pubs in the town of Stanley.

Unmatched Antarctica

We next cross Drake Passage to explore the great white continent. Antarctica is a wilderness teeming with wildlife, and our expert expedition team will use every opportunity to take you ice-cruising amidst icebergs, or on landings designed to get unobtrusively close to penguins, seals, whales and more

There may also be chances to kayak and hike in spectacular surroundings, and perhaps even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

Throughout the expedition cruise, our Science Center will be busy presenting fascinating lectures and offering activities to enrich your journey.

Day 1: 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 Photo

Welcome to South America!

Hotel

Enjoy an overnight stay in Montevideo, the scenic capital of Uruguay.

Day 2: Montevideo
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay
Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay Photo

A Vibrant Capital in Spring

Embarkation

Montevideo boasts colorful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Enjoy a tour through this historic city before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen for your polar adventure.

Day 3-4: At sea
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck Photo: Marsel Van Oosten Photo

Wildlife and Lectures

Enjoy the first days onboard! The expedition team will start the lecture program, covering history, the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife and oceanography. Spend some time on deck and enjoy the sun and warm temperatures, while you watch for wildlife on our way south.

Day 5: Puerto Madryn

World Heritage Highlights

Half Day

Visit Valdez Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on Argentina's Patagonian coast, this peninsula is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats. Enjoy our optional excursions starting in Puerto Madryn that bring you closer to wildlife and let you experience the Gaucho-lifestyle of Patagonia.

Day 6: At sea
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands Photo: Andrea Klaussner Photo

Relaxing on MS Fridtjof Nansen

Relax in the tranquility of a day at sea, sharing experiences and exchanging stories with your fellow adventurers. Enjoy the amenities of our innovative expedition ship and watch for wildlife from our outer decks.

Day 7-9: The Falkland Islands
Highlight

Pubs, Penguins and Perfect Wilderness

As we reach the westernmost outposts of the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for several generations. We hope to call on New Island, which boasts white sandy beaches and turquoise waters that could easily be mistaken for those on a Caribbean isle.

We may go ashore on Carcass Island - an aviary paradise with ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. Our expedition team will look for every opportunity to take you exploring, hiking or cruising to get a closer look at local wildlife.

Stanley, the inviting capital of the Falklands, is an ideal size for roaming the streets on foot. Or, you can join an optional excursion to explore wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked at Stanley throughout the day.

Day 10-11: Drake Passage

Enjoy the Onboard Activities

At sea

Days at sea are full of activity. Our expert expedition team will present talks and lectures on fascinating topics in the Science Center. This is also a good time to enjoy the ship’s wellness area and pools.

Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, and started our approach to Antarctica, you will notice that the air becomes crisper and colder. From on deck, you might start seeing icebergs in the water, and perhaps the first sightings of whales.

Day 12-16: Antarctica
Highlight

Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales

Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder with its white horizons looming above seas full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first meeting with huge colonies of fearless penguins on pristine ice.

Our captain and expedition team work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.  They look for every chance to go ice-cruising or on landings designed to let you explore the most beautiful and remote places on Earth.

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on Antarctic Peninsula - bringing you close to the incredible diversity of wildlife and landscapes these areas offer.

Everywhere we explore in Antarctica is truly pristine and offers great opportunities to unobstrusively observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers and icebergs in every shape and color.

Nowhere else on Earth has such untouched wild beauty, exploration history and rich wildlife. Antarctica is unlike anywhere you´ve ever been!

Day 17-18: Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

The Legendary Drake Passage

At sea

After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, our final days are spent crossing Drake Passage. Spend time recapping our experiences with the expedition team in the Science Center and enjoy a farewell dinner on the last evening.

Day 19: Ushuaia

The Southernmost Town in the World

Arriving in Ushuaia, it’s time to say goodbye. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you want to explore further before going home, join one of our optional post-cruise Land Adventure excursions.

Arrival November 8, 2020

Location Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina
What's Included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • One hotel night in Montevideo before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to ship in Montevideo including city tour
  • Transfer ship to airport in Ushuaia
  • Coach-class flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and landings with the expedition team
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international, handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail in 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  •  Explorer Science program with educational and Citizen Science activities that teach you about the sights you’ll see, while contributing to research 
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers 
  • Destination-focused onboard library 
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected 

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo program with our Expedition Photographer
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling

NOTES:

Life On Board

Your ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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