Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent (Itinerary 2)

This exciting expedition cruise ventures far into the breathtaking scenery of the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, and as far south as the Antarctic Circle. Discover the rich wildlife and stunning icescapes of the most remote place on Earth, and enjoy ice-cruising and landing activities led by our expert expedition team.

  • Enjoy 10 full days of adventure in Antarctica
  • Be one of the few who venture as far south as the Antarctic Circle
  • Seize the chance to see incredible wildlife: penguins, whales, seals, albatross and many more
  • Explore with ice-cruising, landings and more led by our expedition team
Early Booking Savings

Save up to 25% on this itinerary! 

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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 February 15 & March 02, 2021

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview

The Ultimate Antarctica Adventure

Join us as we explore the most remote place on Earth with our hybrid-powered expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen. This extended cruise is filled with 10 full days of adventure and activities on the pure continent of Antarctica. 

Icebergs, Wildlife and History

The adventure starts in Ushuaia, takes you across famous Drake Passage, escorted by albatross and petrels, before arriving in remote Antarctica. Things quickly become more exciting – behind every new iceberg, a new wonder appears.

This is true wilderness, and our experienced captain works with the conditions to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We intend to visit the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula before exploring further south with the goal of reaching the Polar Circle. An unforgettable experience!

Our expert expedition team will lead you on fantastic ice-cruising and landing activities to see teeming penguin colonies, and spot seals, whales, birds and more. There may be a chance to join in optional activities like kayaking, hiking and even camping on the world´s most remote continent.  An expedition cruise to Antarctica is like nothing else on Earth!

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

Vibrant Metropolis

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 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 kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

Day 3-4: Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage

At sea

Our expedition team will prepare you for your intense polar exploration with fascinating lectures and presentations in the Science Center. On our way to Antarctica, we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where two oceans meet, creating nutrient-rich seas that attract marine and avian life. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife from on deck.

Day 5-14: Antarctica
Highlight

Antarctica… Impossible to Describe!

Welcome to the most remote place on Earth! Our expedition team will lead you on ice-cruisings and landings to come ashore to explore breathtaking Antarctic scenery and come closer to penguins, seals and ice.

Antarctica inspires awe. Ninety percent of the world´s ice is here, more than 13,000 ft thick in some places. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

This 10 day exploration cruise ensures an unforgettable Antarctica experience with lots of landings and activities.

This is true wilderness, and our experienced captain works with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We will land as often as possible, on the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and sail through the world-famous Lemaire Channel before venturing further south to Marguerite Bay to hopefully cross the legendary Antarctic Circle.

Every moment in Antarctica is full of rich experiences. There are icebergs of every shape and color, magnificent glaciers, vast horizons and astonishing encounters with fearless  Antarctic wildlife.

An expedition cruise here is an amazing experience that is hard to sum up in a few short words. A well-known quote from a veteran Antarctic traveler coins it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

Day 15-16: 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 course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun and learning in the Science Center or enjoying the many onboard amenities.

Day 17: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

The End of the World

Disembarkation & Flight

Our adventure ends as we arrive in Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. From there, you can extend your trip by joining one of our optional post-cruise Land Adventures.

Arrival March 03 & March 18, 2021

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 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
  • 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
  • Destination-focused onboard library
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
  • 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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