MS Fram
23 days

Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica – The Ultimate Expedition

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
23 days

Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica – The Ultimate Expedition

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica - The Ultimate Expedition
Departures January 19, 2020 - Limited Availability
February 9, 2020 - Limited Availability
  • Six days exploring 45 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula with MS Fram
  • January and February are the best months to see penguin chicks and whales
  • 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
The Expedition team will seize opportunities to take you ice cruising to various landing sites in Antarctica, depending on the ice and wind conditions.

Itinerary

Our longest expedition takes guests on an epic journey spanning three days in the Falkland Islands, five days among the rich wildlife of South Georgia, and six days in Antarctica.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires
A bridge over water with a city in the background
Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
 
Temperature range Jan-Feb: 69 – 82°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
A bridge over water with a city in the background
A large building with a mountain in the background
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship
A large building 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 Jan-Feb: 42 – 57°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
A bird flying over 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 bird flying over a body of water
We are greeted by the penguins as we arrive at the Falkland Islands. Here, we first explore the northwest before we continue to the capital Stanley, the starting point for several excursions.
We are greeted by penguins as we arrive at the Falkland Islands. Here, we first explore the northwest before we continue to the capital Stanley, the starting point for several excursions.
Day 4-6
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
We are greeted by the penguins as we arrive at the Falkland Islands. Here, we first explore the northwest before we continue to the capital Stanley, the starting point for several excursions.
We are greeted by penguins as we arrive at the Falkland Islands. Here, we first explore the northwest before we continue to the capital Stanley, the starting point for several excursions.
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 Jan-Feb: 45 – 57°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
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 7-8
At Sea
At sea
A man looking at the camera

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 looking at the camera
The majestic King penguins, Fortuna Bay
Day 9-13
South Georgia
Explore South Georgia
Fortuna Bay, Antarctica
Photo: K Raugust
Grytviken, South Georgia
The church in Grytviken, where legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
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
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 Jan-Feb: 39 – 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 or wildlife habitats
Day 14
At Sea
At sea
A group of people on a beach

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.

A group of people on a beach
Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Day 15-20
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Hike in Neko Harbour, Antarctica
Join us for a hike in Neko Harbour. Being our smallest vessel in Antarctica, MS Fram qualifies for the largest range of possible landing sites to enhance your experience.
A close up of a bird
Smell, hear and see the rich penguin colonies, watch whales break the surface and always be prepared for the unexpected.
Day 15-20
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
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 Jan-Feb: 30 – 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
Sail the Drake Passage to Ushuaia
A large body of water with Austfonna in the background
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.
A large body of water with Austfonna in the background
A large brick building
Day 23
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark the ship, and fly back to Buenos Aires
A large brick building
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.

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
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers 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

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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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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

See Excursion
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.

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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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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Santiago - Overnight Tour: Atacama Desert

South America

Duration

6 Days

From

$ 2,628

Booking Code

CENCJCPOST

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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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