MS Fridtjof Nansen
17 days

Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent (Itinerary 2)

Price from
$ 14,749
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
17 days

Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent (Itinerary 2)

Price from
$ 14,749
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent (Itinerary 2)
Departures
February 15, 2021
March 2, 2021
  • Ten days exploring 22 possible sites deep into the Antarctic Peninsula
  • If ice and weather allow, the ship will attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle
  • February and March are the best months for whale watching in Antarctica
  • Inclusive lectures, onboard Science Center, and Citizen Science program
Adventure between the icebergs, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

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Itinerary

We explore the South Shetland Islands and deep in the Antarctic Peninsula for ten days. If the southern sea ice has melted over the summer, we will attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle.
Day 1
Buenos Aires - Hotel
Arrive in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
 
Temperature range Feb-Mar: 68 – 78°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia - Flight & Embarkation
Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
Temperature range Feb-Mar: 41 – 54°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 3-4
Drake Passage - At sea
Sail the Drake Passage to Antarctica
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to 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. 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
Excursion between the icebergs, Antarctica
Day 5-14
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Exploring Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Exploring Orne Harbour, Antarctica.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbor, Antarctica
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 5-14
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Excursion between the icebergs, Antarctica
Excursion between the icebergs, Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula 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.
 
If the ice conditions and weather permit, we will also attempt to sail south past the Antarctic Circle, at the Captain’s discretion.
 
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 Feb-Mar: 28 – 34°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 15-16
Drake Passage - At sea
Sail the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Mark McDermott

As we return to open water, guests will have time to learn more in the Science Center, attend lectures, enjoy the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center, or just relax while bird and whale watching out on deck.

Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Mark McDermott
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 17
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires - Disembarkation & Flight
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 home via Ushuaia and Buenos Aires. 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

Flights
•      Return flights in coach class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
 
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage, including breakfast
 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the voyage
•      Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a short city tour
 
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 
•      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 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
•      Pre and post-programs
 
 
 

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
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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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Extend Your Cruise

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