In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

Travel information 23 days MS Fram
Departures
12 departures between Feb 2023 and Feb 2025
Price from
13914 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Immerse yourself in wonder while exploring the Falklands, South Georgia and show-stopping Antarctica.   

A world of ice and wonder   

You’ll spend five days exploring the unique world of Antarctica. Its icescapes and wildlife change through its summer season. During the late-spring months of October and November there is more snow, and the penguins start courting and nesting. In January the first penguin chicks hatch, while February and March are the peak months for whale-watching and penguin chicks will be waddling around. Whatever the season, you’ll join the Expedition Team on landings, ice cruises and much more besides. 

The Falklands and South Georgia   

From their windswept green hills and white sandy beaches, there’s rugged beauty and charm everywhere you look in the Falkland Islands. On South Georgia the beaches are packed with seals, penguins and seabirds. In true expedition style, our itineraries are not set in stone, giving us the freedom to chase the best experiences according to local wind and sea ice conditions.  

In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition
  • Day 1
    Santiago de Chile

    Santiago, Chile's capital

    The sights of Santiago de Chile 

    Welcome to Santiago, Chile’s bustling capital. With its colonial-era architecture, award-winning restaurants and fascinating museums, it’s the perfect place to start your expedition cruise. There’s a lot to see, from the Mercado Central market to the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace. Check out the Sky Costanera, which offers panoramic views of the city from 1,000 feet up.  

    You may want to arrive a few days early to join one of our optional Pre-Programmes. 

    Day 1
    Santiago de Chile

    Santiago, Chile's capital

  • Day 2
    Punta Arenas

    Depart From Punta Arenas

    Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM

    Board your expedition cruise in Punta Arenas 

    You'll have an early start today as we depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost port. Your expedition ship awaits you. Once you’ve boarded, get settled in, explore the ship, and meet your Expedition Team. 

    As well as being your guides, hosts and local experts, they’re also your travel companions for the next three weeks. Friendly and welcoming, they’ll answer any questions you may have during your Antarctic adventure. 

    Day 2
    Punta Arenas

    Depart From Punta Arenas

  • Day 3
    At sea

    Preparing for more adventure

    Through the Strait of Magellan 

    With our course set for the Falkland Islands, soak up the mesmerising views all around you as you cruise through the Strait of Magellan. You can take in the scenery from the deck, the outdoor hot tub or the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar.  

    You can also join your Expedition Team in the onboard Science Center to listen to lectures, participate in Citizen Science projects and more. Whether it’s marine biology, Arctic survival, oceanography or photography, your Expedition Team offers fascinating insights into the places you’ll see on your journey, and you’ll feed off their enthusiasm.  

    • Included Yaghan cultural presentation on board
    Day 3
    At sea

    Preparing for more adventure

  • Day 4-6
    The Falkland Islands

    The many charms of island life

    Enjoy birding and hiking in these green islands 

    The Falkland archipelago is filled with seamless horizons and white sands teeming with birdlife. Only the occasional farm dots the landscape. You’ll find grassy hills and wildflowers, in contrast to the vast whiteness of Antarctica to come.  

    You'll also enjoy a community walk of Stanley, taking in the Jubilee Villas gardens, Christ Church Cathedral and the Historic Dockyard Museum.  

    Our landings, hikes and excursions are, as always, guided by the conditions. We hope to visit albatross and penguin colonies, which are often found sharing space with seals, and getting as close as we can without disturbing them. 

    • Included Stanley - Community Walk
    Day 4-6
    The Falkland Islands

    The many charms of island life

  • Day 7-8
    At sea

    Adventure lies ahead

    Cruising the South Atlantic 

    Sailing from the Falklands, we spend two days cruising towards beautiful South Georgia. You can look forward to seeing an archipelago filled with diverse wildlife.  

    Meet up with the Expedition Team as they prepare you for what lies ahead. They’ll tell you everything they know about South Georgia, including the area’s wildlife, polar history, geology, glaciology, and stories of Norwegian whalers.  

    You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and low-impact as possible, and you can join our Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for global research projects. 

    Day 7-8
    At sea

    Adventure lies ahead

  • Day 9-13
    South Georgia

    The southern Serengeti

    Visit a wildlife watcher’s paradise 

    South Georgia’s abundant wildlife has earned it the nickname ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’. Its unique position free from sea ice makes the island a breeding site for large colonies of penguins, other seabirds and seals. In fact, it’s an Important Bird Area, home to albatrosses, petrels, shags, skuas and terns.  

    Throughout our five days in the area, we’ll land as often as we can to explore the wilderness and wildlife. We’ll also try to reach Grytviken, the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. We’re always guided by nature, responding to daily conditions to bring you the best possible experience. 

    Day 9-13
    South Georgia

    The southern Serengeti

  • Day 14
    At sea

    Towards Antarctica

    Time to relax and reflect 

    After visiting the Falklands and South Georgia, take some time while we head towards Antarctica to relax and reflect on your journey so far.  

    Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace, science and wildlife. As we get closer, the Expedition Team will talk about the IAATO environmental guidelines and sustainability rules that we follow when visiting. We leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.  

    Day 14
    At sea

    Towards Antarctica

  • Day 15-19
    Antarctica

    A world of ice and wonder

    Experience Antarctica in all its majesty 

    Nothing prepares you for your first sight of Antarctica’s immense, frozen beauty. Icebergs, sculpted by nature, float in the straits. Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie Penguins watch erect from the shores. Countless seabirds wheel overhead. Nature is in charge. 

    You’ll spend five exciting days exploring several possible landing sites, on and around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Wherever we go and whatever we do, each day will offer something different and thrilling. 

    We might sail into a flooded volcanic caldera or land in icy bays, where remnants of whaling paraphernalia lie abandoned. You may also get a chance to go kayaking among icebergs and seals, or snowshoe to a stunning viewpoint. 

    Bird enthusiasts should look skywards for Antarctic seabirds such as skuas, petrels and terns. Through onboard lectures and onshore talks, you'll learn more about this precious habitat and how we can all protect it for the future 

    Day 15-19
    Antarctica

    A world of ice and wonder

  • Day 20-22
    Drake Passage & Beagle Channel

    Relax and unwind at sea

    Looking for land ahead 

    As we say goodbye to the frozen continent, MS Fram turns to take you north over the Drake Passage and towards Punta Arenas.  

    This is the perfect time to go through your pictures and relive your experiences in the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Enjoy the onboard comforts. Relax in the hot tubs or panoramic sauna or unwind in our Explorer Lounge & Bar.  

    When the Drake Passage is behind us, we’ll enter the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into the icy water. Watch for Patagonian wildlife as we sail through this wild and remote area. 

    Day 20-22
    Drake Passage & Beagle Channel

    Relax and unwind at sea

  • Day 23
    Punta Arenas

    Arrival in Punta Arenas

    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    Onwards from Punta Arenas 

    Your expedition cruise of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica comes to an end in Punta Arenas. From here, you'll catch a flight back to Santiago de Chile, taking with you a wealth of fantastic memories that will no doubt endure. 

    If you're not ready to end your adventures just yet, why not join one of our optional Post-Programmes.

    Day 23
    Punta Arenas

    Arrival in Punta Arenas

Departures

2023

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
February:
18.
November:
2.
23.

2024

January:
4.
25.
February:
15.
November:
9.
30.
December:
21.

2025

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
January:
11.
February:
1.
22.

What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel  

  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Flights 

  • Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas 

Transfers  

  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfers between the Punta Arenas airport and the ship  

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune. 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected 

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 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
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MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
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