MS Fram
20 days

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords – Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Northbound)

Price from
8489 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
20 days

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords – Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Northbound)

Price from
8489 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords – Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Northbound)
Departure
17 March 2022
  • Experience Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition cruise
  • Enjoy ice-cruising, landings and incredible wildlife in Antarctica
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords in summer and see Cape Horn
  • Opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord

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Itinerary

This is a truly exciting and varied expedition cruise that combines the highlights of Antarctica, the stunning Chilean fjords, and the rich natural beauty of Patagonia. Our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings to observe wildlife at every opportunity, followed by a voyage of discovery to the remote and stunning Chilean coast.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
Cultural and Cool
City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires

This 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´ for yourself on a warm spring or summer day or extend your stay with an optional Pre-Programme to explore wild Patagonia.

City life in Buenos Aires
City life in Buenos Aires
The colourful La Boca area in Buenos Aires
The colourful La Boca area in Buenos Aires
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking your ship.
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking your ship.
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Day 2
Ushuaia, Argentina
Tierra del Fuego
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking your ship.
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking your ship.

The flight leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia before embarking on MS Fram. In the evening, we will sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4
At sea
Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

MS Fram takes us safely across the famous Drake Passage toward the Antarctic Peninsula. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team starts the lecture series, giving you information about Antarctica’s fantastic animals, geology and history. You’ll learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research. Enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife from the deck.

Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Day 5-8
Antarctica
The White Wonder that is Antarctica
Exploring the Wilhelmina Bay and its wildlife from the tenderboat
Exploring the Wilhelmina Bay and its wildlife from the tenderboat.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in front of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic base includes the most southerly operational post office in the world.
Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in front of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic base includes the most southerly operational post office in the world.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Day 5-8
Antarctica
The White Wonder that is Antarctica
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Landing with the Expedition Team on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Home to 90% of the world´s ice, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

This is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Antarctica is a true wilderness, so local conditions will dictate our final itinerary. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula with the aim of showing you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display. 

At every opportunity, our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings. There may also be chances to kayak among icebergs, hike in stunning surroundings and even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

Day 9-10
At sea
The Drake Passage
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Sailing northbound across the Drake Passage is chance to re-cap on all we have seen and heard in Antarctica. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level. The Expedition Team will continue their lecture programme to prepare you for the delights ahead. Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and ecosystems of the area. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife.

Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz
Day 11
Cape Horn, Chile
Cape Horn
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz

If weather allows, we will attempt a landing on Cape Horn. This is the southernmost point of South America, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet, creating often challenging sea conditions. Next, we will sail on to the sheltered waters of the Beagle Channel.

Day 12
Chilean Fjords
A Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers.
Photo: Dominic Barrington

Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water await us in magnificent surroundings. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, full of isolated islands and hidden bays that harbour rich wildlife.

Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Day 13-14
Puerto Natales
Torres del Paine National Park
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, world famous for the impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a landscape of stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks that host a wide variety of wildlife. Watch for llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales
    This excursion combines the highlights of the charming town of Puerto Natales with the interesting Milodón Cave, just a few kilometres away.
  • Torres del Paine - Overnight
    This excursion includes an overnight inside the park - ‘the eighth wonder of the world' - with its impressive scenery and incomparable views. The Torres del Paine National Park covers an area over 242,000 hectares and features a rich geographical diversity of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. There is always the possibility of seeing varieties of native wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park
    Visit Torres del Paine National Park with stunning scenery and amazing views! Admire the natural beauty of this area, which offers great photo opportunities.
  • Torres del Paine – Grey Hike
    Spectacular views abound in every direction. Torres del Paine National Park covers an area of 242.242 hectares and features an outstanding combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills, and peaks, as well as the possibility to observe various kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine
    This programme is designed to give you the best of both worlds. Explore Torres del Paine by both coach and foot. The eighth wonder of the world, Torres del Paine National Park, covers an area over 242.000 hectares and consists of a rich combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. It is possible to observe many different forms of life here in their natural state.
Day 15
Puerto Edén
Remote Village at the End of the Fjord
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America

The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people.

Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Day 16
At Sea
Waters of Patagonia
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.

Our expedition cruise continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, enjoy the vistas of the magnificent natural expanse.

Day 17
Castro
Cosmopolitan Castro
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile

Set among windswept hills and lush vegetation, Castro is known for its colourful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, and the UNESCO Site Iglesia San Francisco. Nearby wide beaches are home to dozens of seabirds, penguins and sea lions.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Castro Walking Tour
    Walk from pier to Plaza de Armas for a short visit and proceed to San Francisco church, the main Catholic church of Chiloé’s capital and rather than the typical style of the other churches of the island, it is Neo-Gothic style.
  • Castro - Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao
    This excursion provides a glimpse into the history of the small villages in the Castro-Delahue area. We will visit three towns by coach and ferry.
  • Trek at Chiloe National park
    Trek through Chiloe National Park, where hiking trails take you to a great viewpoint with views over Cucao Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Learn about local flora and fauna and the history of the primitive settlements. We will also drive by the village of Cucao and hear about the tsunami that this town suffered in 1960.
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Scenic landscape over Chiloe National Park
Scenic landscape over Chiloe National Park
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck.
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Day 18-19
At Sea
Sailing North
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck.
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaíso, we will recap the highlights of the expedition cruise and scan for wildlife.

Day 20
Valparaíso, Chile
The ‘Jewel of the Pacific’
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end.  And this expedition ends in the colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. Take some time to explore this scenic town before your flight home or you can extend your vacation with a Post-Programme adventure to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colorful buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile
The UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile.
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 voyage

Hotel

  • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Flights

  •  Flight in economy class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, including a short tour of the town

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

 Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Included
A large building with a mountain in the background A large building with a mountain in the background

Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales Included

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-PNT1

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A body of water with Torres del Paine National Park in the background A body of water with Torres del Paine National Park in the background

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Overnight

Duration

2 days / 1 night

Price per person

From 1124 €

Booking code

A-PNT8

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Torres del Paine National Park Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Duration

Approx 9h

Price per person

From 337 €

Booking code

A-PNT1

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A close up of a snow covered mountain with Perito Moreno Glacier in the background A close up of a snow covered mountain with Perito Moreno Glacier in the background

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine – Grey Hike

Duration

9 hours

Price per person

From 287 €

Booking code

A-PNT7

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A view of a snow covered mountain with Torres del Paine National Park in the background A view of a snow covered mountain with Torres del Paine National Park in the background

Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine

Duration

11 hours 10 minutes

Price per person

From 337 €

Booking code

A-PNT6

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Included
A large body of water with a city in the background A large body of water with a city in the background

Castro Walking Tour

South America

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-WCA1

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A boat is docked next to a body of water A boat is docked next to a body of water

Castro - Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao

Duration

4 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From 137 €

Booking code

A-WCA3

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A river running through a grassy hill A river running through a grassy hill

Castro - Trek at Chiloe National park

South America

Duration

6 hours 45 mins

Price per person

From 212 €

Booking code

A-WCA2

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Buenos Aires: Post-programme Iguazu Falls (21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

1649 €

Booking code

IGRPOSTA

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Patagonia offers some of the greatest wildlife on the planet Patagonia offers some of the greatest wildlife on the planet

Buenos Aires: Pre-programme Wild Patagonia (21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

2249 €

Booking code

PATPREA

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La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires City Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

From

49 €

Booking code

BUE01

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Dinner & Tango Show (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

189 €

Booking code

BUE02

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Tigre Delta Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

95 €

Booking code

BUE03

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Buenos Aires - Estancia Santa Susana (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

7 Hours

From

199 €

Booking code

BUE05

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Buenos Aires Pre-excursion: Trendy Buenos Aires (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

From

55 €

Booking code

BUE06

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Santiago - Chilean Folk Show & Dinner (21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

149 €

Booking code

SCL02

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Santiago de Chile - Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

79 €

Booking code

SCL05B

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Valparaiso/Santiago: Post-programme Easter Island (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

5 Days

From

3147 €

Booking code

VAPIPCPOST

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