Exploration of Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia (Itinerary 1)
About Ushuaia, Argentina
Remote and Truly Awesome
Join us to go far beyond the horizon and explore the largest true wilderness on Earth. Nature is in command here, so expect the unexpected as we sail into the powerful beauty of Antarctica.
Starting in Buenos Aires, you can discover the “Paris of South America” before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, as we set a course through scenic Beagle Channel.
Our expedition cruise begins as we sail the open sea to the Falkland Islands, with their vast horizons, white sandy beaches and abundance of wildlife like penguins and albatrosses.
Captivating South Georgia
Onboard lectures prepare you for our visit to South Georgia, to discover mountainous fjords, historic whaling stations and long beaches with a rich variety of wildlife.
The Wonder of Antarctica
Thanks to MS Fram’s small size, she has the largest range of landing sites in Antarctica for your expedition cruise. Depending on conditions, we will visit various landing sites on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, and show you the diversity of the region´s wildlife and landscapes.
The expedition team seizes evey opportunity to take you hiking or ice-cruising, to kayak amidst icebergs or camp in the footsteps of the great explorers.
- Enjoy landings to see thousands of animals: seals, penguins, birds and whales
- Hike, kayak and go ice-cruising in stunning Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
- Get the chance to come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
- Experience an in-depth exploration of the “Galapagos of the Poles,” South Georgia, home to vast numbers of King penguins
- 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, incl. an 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 onshore exploration 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
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you experience
- Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn 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
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
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, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
No gratuities expected
- 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 contingent on weather conditions and safety)
- Optional small-group explorer photo program with our expedition photographer
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Medical questionnaire mandatory. Read all Entry Requirements for your travel.
Explore the “Birthplace of Tango” - Buenos Aires - Hotel
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay 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 the “Paris of South America” for yourself.
Tierra del Fuego - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia | Embarkation
Your flight to Ushuaia leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing time to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking on MS Fram. In the evening, we sail through scenic Beagle Channel.
Across the Open Sea - At sea
We cross the open sea towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and watch for wildlife from on deck.
Where the Natural World Rules - The Falkland Islands
The Falklands teem with wildlife, offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white beaches. Here, the sheep graze alongside colonies of penguins, while caracaras fly overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge. Penguins waddle close to take a look, then continue on their way, providing great photo opportunities! We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at all the birds.
Stanley makes an excellent starting point for our excursions. We will be docked in the capital for the entire day, giving you time to discover on foot, as most shops and services are clustered around the port.
Stanley self guided walk (1 - 2 t)
Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.
Cruising the South Atlantic - At sea
We spend two days cruising to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in lectures about the area’s wildlife, whaling and polar history.
Our expedition team is well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of seals and legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, his men on the ill-fated Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery.
Serengeti of the Southern Ocean - South Georgia
We explore the thriving ecosystem and rich history of South Georgia. The area is known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean and is a world-famous location for wildlife photographers.
South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the limit of sea ice – makes it an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. During our stay here, you will see adult seals lounging on the sand while their pups race in and out of the water, albatross soaring overhead, and penguins clustering in the thousands. Admire the sight of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic lagoons.
You will also visit a museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia also offers good hiking, and one of our favorite trails follows part of Shakleton´s route on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for the 22 men left on isolated Elephant Island.
Towards Antarctica - At sea
As we continue towards Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the world’s far southern reaches, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the region. With favorable conditions, we intend to cruise by Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting our course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.
The Most Beautiful, Pristine Places on the Planet - Antarctica
Antarctica is a world apart from anything else on Earth! The first signs of our approach may be penguins in the water, or blue-white icebergs drifting by. This is true wilderness, and our captain will work with the elements to design the very best itinerary for your cruise.
There are no permanent human inhabitants on 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 might be just as curious about you as you are about them.
We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula to show you the diversity of the region´s wildlife and landscapes.
Whenever opportunities arise, our expedition team will offer the chance to go out on kayaks, pitch tents ashore or take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet. Every day will be different, and each will be carefully crafted by our expedition team to create lasting memories.
The Voyage North - The Drake Passage - At sea
On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 600 miles or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather across the Drake Passage.
The Southernmost Town in the World - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires | Disembarkation - Docked
We make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, and your journey back continues with a flight to Buenos Aires. If you crave some sun after exploring Antarctica, we recommend you join one of our post-cruise Land Adventures in Buenos Aires.