The Frozen Land of the Penguins

Buenos Aires - Antarctica - Buenos Aires

Sail in the wake of polar explorers as you embark on a true Antarctica expedition. We sail from Ushuaia through the infamous Drake Passage and spend seven whole days in the epic Antarctic wilderness, where you can kayak among glaciers, meet the local penguins and go on hikes to explore some of the last untouched places on the planet.

  • Gain a deep insight into the Antarctic peninsula and its abundance of wildlife
  • Witness large Penguin rookeries - and meet the curious Chinstrap, Gentoo or Adélie penguins
  • Sail slowly down Elephant Island where we will take advantage of numerous possible landing sites
  • Join our extensive onboard programme including lectures on Antarctica's history, environment and wildlife

Overview

Starting in Buenos Aires, you have the possibility to discover the ”Paris of South America” before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. We set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the notorious Drake Passage, accompanied by wandering albatross and other seabirds. An expert lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica prepares you for adventure ahead as the ship heads south into open sea.

Explore the wildlife of Antarctica

Having no land predators to worry about, the animals in Antarctica are fearless when encountering humans. They are as curious as you are, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your mutual curiosity when we visit the resident colonies of Chinstrap penguins at Deception Island and Half Moon Island, the Gentoo penguin colonies at Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour or the Adélie penguins at Peterman Island and the huge icebergs in the Antarctic Sound, where you also meet leopard seals and killer whales. The sights, smells, and noises of these huge colonies will overwhelm you - as will hikes to explore the some of the last untouched places on the planet.

Turning back we will once again sail through the Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before disembarking in Ushuaia.

Price includes: 

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Return economy flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Transfer in Ushuaia with orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note: 

  • Prices are in EUR (€) per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather – and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board
Itinerary

The itinerary

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

November 2016, January 2017, November 2017 and January 2018

Departs From Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1
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Photo: Trixi Lange-Hitzbleck Photo

Paris of South America


Location: Buenos Aires

Your voyage starts with an overnight stay at a first class hotel in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

All aboard


Location: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the evening MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 3
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Photo: Hrutigruten Photo

Kick back at sea


Location: The Drake Passage

In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds from deck, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Day 4
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Prepare for close encounters


Location: The Drake Passage

During these two days at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, the penguins in particular. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, will overwhelm you.

Days 5-11
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

On the lookout for icebergs


Location: Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour. On Petermann Island you will see thousands of adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors.

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic sound are home to an estimated half million adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Days 12-13
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Bow pointed north


Location: The Drake Passage

The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather. On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 14
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

The end of the adventure


Location: Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion. After the flight back to Buenos Aires you can extend your adventure with a post voyage extension to the Tigre Delta or Iguazu falls.

November 2016, January 2017, November 2017 and January 2018

Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Your ship
Things to see and do Extend your holiday

Pre and post programmes

Complete your holiday in South America with an extension programme before or after your sailing. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels in Buenos Aires.

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Buenos Aires.