Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent (Itinerary 1)

This classic Antarctica expedition cruise is the perfect way to experience spectacular wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy five full days in Antarctica with landings and ice-boat cruising, as well as chances to kayak, hike and much more. Join us onboard our advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship for an unforgettable Antarctic adventure.

  • See the best Antarctica has to offer on an advanced expedition cruise
  • Encounter massive glaciers, icebergs, polar landscapes and rich wildlife
  • Enjoy a mix of landings and ice-cruising as well as optional adventures
  • Experience the Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities onboard
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Save up to 25% on this itinerary! 

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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule. The weather, wind and ice conditions will 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 8 departures (Nov 2020 - Jan 2021)

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview

The Majesty of Antarctica

Join us as we explore the most remote place on Earth with our hybrid-powered expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen. This compact cruise is filled with the highlights of the last great wilderness on Earth.

A Living Continent of Ice

The adventure starts as we sail across famous Drake Passage, before arriving in remote Antarctica. Things quickly become more exciting – behind every new iceberg, a new wonder appears.

The wildlife of Antarctica is amazing. Our expert expedition team will introduce you to penguin colonies and icebergs on ice-cruising trips and landings for unforgettable experiences.

Back onboard our comfortable, advanced ship, you’ll have great opportunities to learn and share discoveries with new friends in the relaxed atmosphere of our Science Center.

This is true wilderness, and our experienced captain works with the elements to create an itinerary designed to bring you the best of the most remote continent on Earth.

Day 1: Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires Photo

Cultural and Cool

Hotel

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover “Paris of South America” on a warm spring/summer day, or extend your stay with an optional pre- and/or post-cruise Land Adventure to explore Wild Patagonia.

Day 2: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego

Flight & Embarkation

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once onboard, we start our journey with a welcome dinner.

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

Crossing Drake Passage

At sea

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross famed Drake Passage. MS Fridtjof Nansen is designed to make polar exploration a pleasure for all ages and learning levels. There will be lectures on the environment, films about Antarctica in the Science Center, and the ship offers a pool, hot tubs and a wellness center to enrich your journey.

Day 5-9: Antarctica
Highlight

Antarctica … Another World!

Welcome to the most remote area on Earth! Come ashore to explore breathtaking Antarctic scenery and encounter penguins. From on deck, there will be ample opportunities to sight whales and seals. 

We always work with the elements in Antarctica, and intend to land on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.  

The places we visit offer opportunities to discreetly observe different types of penguin colonies, seals, and whales, as well as see glaciers and icebergs in every shape and color. We also visit whaling stations and scientific facilities.

Our activities are varied and exciting. One day you might go ashore to see penguins and hear the ominous crackling of glacial ice. The next day, you may feel the wind on your face as we cruise amidst sea ice searching for seals. Another day may entail kayaking or a walk. Our onboard photographer will be on hand to show you the basics of expedition photography to capture these amazing experiences.

Day 10-11: Drake Passage
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica Photo: Mark McDermott Photo

Heading back to civilization

At sea

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set our course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds that follow our ship.

Day 12: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

The End of the Adventure

Disembarkation & Flight

Our Antarctic expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.  For more adventure, you can extend your stay and enjoy our optional post-cruise Land Adventures.

Arrival 8 arrival dates (Nov 2020 - Jan 2021)

Location Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina
What's Included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Coach-class flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including one orientation tour

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 inform you about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research 
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • 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
  •  A farewell event  
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
  • Destination-focused onboard library 
  • Port presentations providing destination insight

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • 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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