Antarctica—The Frozen Continent

Otherworldly icescapes and massive huddles of penguins await you on a polar continent that has lit the fire of adventure in the hearts of many explorers.

Why travel to Antarctica with Hurtigruten

Go ashore or cruise on small boats (RIB) to discover charming wildlife and spectacular frozen landscapes, from snowy mountains and jagged peaks to icebergs and glaciers.

We’ve sailed these polar waters for over 20 years. And, with one of the largest expedition teams, the best scientists and subject matter experts in the industry, we give you more activities, lectures, and citizen science programs for an expedition experience like no other. 

Penguins in Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Ingemund Skålnes

Reasons to Cruise Antarctica

Antarctica is a unique destination full of snowy mountains and towering icebergs. Explore the spectacular frozen landscapes of the coldest, wildest, and most remote continent on Earth. The elements rule here. The white continent may seem daring and extreme to many—but that’s exactly why you’re drawn to it.  Together, we'll travel in the footsteps of the explorers, and scientists who struggled to discover and understand the only place on earth to never be populated by humans.

Penguins in Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Ingemund Skålnes
Group of tents being raised in a snowy antarctic landscap
Join the Amundsen night excursion where we spend the night in a tent
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

Activities in Antarctica

Your expedition cruise comes with a wide range of included activities and optional excursions for you to immerse yourself in the frozen continent’s many wonders. In every Antarctica cruise you'll have the chance to explore by small-boat cruising, kayaking, hiking, and even a chance for camping. You'll also have access to your Expedition Team of hand-picked experts in science, wildlife, history, and more.​

Group of tents being raised in a snowy antarctic landscap
Join the Amundsen night excursion where we spend the night in a tent
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Whales near a small boat (RIB)
Photo: Genna Roland

Wildlife in Antarctica

Observe vast numbers of penguins, seals, and seabirds, completely unafraid of humans, and be thrilled by a wildlife experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. Depending on the expedition cruise you choose, sail to remote South Georgia, visit massive King Penguin colonies, and enjoy the most fascinating wildlife experience of the Southern Ocean! These waters are teaming with curious and exciting wildlife.

Whales near a small boat (RIB)
Photo: Genna Roland
MS Roald Amundsen behind a iceberg, in front of the Antartic Peninsula.
Photo: Dan Avila

Sustainable Cruising

When you travel with us, not only do you get the unforgettable experience of visiting this almost mythic land, but you get peace-of-mind knowing that we have the lowest possible CO2-footprint of all Antarctic expedition cruises with the world's first hybrid-electric expedition cruise ship. Hurtigruten Expeditions is also an executive committee member of IAATO that advocates and promotes responsible travel to Antarctica.

MS Roald Amundsen behind a iceberg, in front of the Antartic Peninsula.
Photo: Dan Avila

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