Antarctica – Southern Hemisphere Adventure (Northbound)

Duration: 19 days

Departures: 17 March 2021
Price from:
9291 € per person
  • Experience Antarctica, Patagonia, and the Falklands on one expedition cruise
  • See amazing wildlife; penguins, seals, whales, albatrosses and more
  • Enjoy landings and ice-cruising in Antarctica
  • Wide-ranging Science and activity programme led by our expert Expedition Team
Magic landscape of icebergs and glaciers in Gerlache Strait. The Antarctic ice cap is the largest single mass of ice in the world, but amazingly, this is a wilderness teeming with life.
Photo: Genna Roland
Antarctica
Meet the Gentoo Penguins in Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Meet the Gentoo Penguins in Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
A penguin colony on Half Moon Island. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their lively colonies or enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

Itinerary

Join this amazing expedition cruise to the highlights of Antarctica, the Falklands and Patagonia. Our Expedition Team will take you for ice-cruising and on landings providing opportunities to see penguins, seals, whales and other wildlife. There may also be chances to kayak among the icebergs and hike on the most remote continent on Earth.
Day 1
Buenos Aires - Hotel
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 the ´Paris of South America´ for yourself or extend your stay by an optional pre-programme to explore Wild Patagonia.

City life in Buenos Aires
City life 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
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia - Embarkation
Tierra del Fuego
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking your ship.
Enjoy Ushuaia before embarking your ship.

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a Welcome dinner.

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

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. Learn about the fascinating history and environmental science of Antarctica from our Expedition Team in the Science Center. This is a great time to enjoy all the amenities of our advanced hybrid powered expedition ship.

Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island
Day 5-9
Antarctica
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales
Gentoo penguins closeup, Cuverville Island
Gentoo penguins, Cuverville Island. Come ashore on landings to meet the penguins in their lively colonies.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Humpback whale in Wilhelmina Bay
Humpback whale in Wilhelmina Bay. Enjoy ice-cruising to spot for whales and seals in spectacular surroundings.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 5-9
Antarctica
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island
Kayak adventure near Cuverville Island. Join optional kayaking tours or even hike and tent in the world´s most isolated wilderness.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.

Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!

Day 10-11
At sea
Scanning for Wildlife and Joining Lectures
Bird in the Drake Passage
Bird in the Drake Passage
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

The Expedition Team will continue the lecture programme, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as we make out way north to the Falklands. We are usually followed by different sea bird species, such as albatrosses.

Bird in the Drake Passage
Bird in the Drake Passage
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
King penguins, Falkland Islands
Day 12-14
The Falkland Islands
Pubs, Penguins and Perfect Wilderness
Sharing the beach on Carcass Island with the penguins.
From the pubs of Stanley to the vast white sand beaches of Carcass Island, the magical Falkland Islands is world of contrasts.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Remote farm on Carcass Island.
This part of your expedition cruise will let you explore remote areas in the Falklands, such as this farm on Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 12-14
The Falkland Islands
Pubs, Penguins and Perfect Wilderness
King penguins, Falkland Islands
The final part of your expedition cruise will let you explore the Falklands' remote areas and rich wildlife, here represented by the King penguins.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for several generations.

We may call on New Island, which boasts white sand beaches and turquoise waters that could easily be mistaken for those on a Caribbean isle.

Carcass Island is another possible stop, an avian paradise with ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at the wildlife.

Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, is inviting and a good size for roaming the streets on foot. Or you can join an optional excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked in Stanley throughout the day.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Stanley - Community Walk
    Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
  • Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour
    Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
  • Stanley - Scenic Air Tour
    See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
  • Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights
    If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.
Day 15
At sea
Enjoy Onboard Activities
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Mark McDermott

Days at sea are full of activity. Our Expedition Team leads fascinating talks and lectures in the Science Center and MS Fridtjof Nansen offers a Wellness area as well as a pool and hot tubs.

Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photographer, Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Mark McDermott
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Skyline, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina
Skyline, Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Day 16
Puerto Madryn - Half day
World Heritage Highlights
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina
Coastline of Valdez Peninsula, Argentina

The Valdez Peninsula is a stunning nature reserve that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on Argentina's Patagonian coast, this peninsula is home to dramatic natural habitats. Enjoy our wide variety of optional excursions starting in Puerto Madryn that bring you closer to wildlife and let you experience the Gaucho-lifestyle of Patagonia.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Puerto Madryn - Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout
    Discover Puerto Madryn and its Welsh roots.
  • Palaeontology & Welsh History
    Immerse yourself in the history of the Welsh settlements in the Chubut River Valley region. Visit the charming town of Gaiman and enjoy a traditional Welsh tea.
  • Puerto Madryn - Punta Loma, Eco-Centre & Estancia San Guillermo
    Combine a visit to a typical Argentinian sheep-ranch with stunning sea vistas of Punta Loma and its sea lion colonies.
  • Puerto Madryn - Whale watching in Puerto Pirámides
    Join a whale-watching adventure off the coast of Peninsula Valdés, providing a close encounter with southern right whales - the gentle giants of the sea.
Day 17-18
At sea
Wildlife and Lectures
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

After exhilarating days in Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days of the voyage are spent sailing north while the temperatures rise. Relax with your fellow explorers on the outer decks, restaurants and lounges, and enjoy the Farewell dinner on the last evening.

Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Birds, New Island, Falkland Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 19
Montevideo - Disembarkation
Fascinating Capital
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay
Twilight view of the Pocitos Coast on the River Plate, Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo boasts colourful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. You can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, museums, art galleries, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city after disembarking from MS Fridtjof Nansen.

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

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Economy flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer airport to ship in Ushuaia including 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 of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment neededfor optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto 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  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included
  • À 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 
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • 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   

Not included in your voyage

  • 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 programme with our Expedition Photographer   
  • Travel insurance  
  • Luggage handling

Notes

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may 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.

A small boat in a body of water A small boat in a body of water

Stanley - Community Walk

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-FAI1

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A walk through scenic Falklands A walk through scenic Falklands

Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From 106 €

Booking code

A-FAI1

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Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach

Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From 149 €

Booking code

A-FAI10

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Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands. Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands.

Stanley - Scenic air tour

Antarctica

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From 437 €

Booking code

A-FAI9

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Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From 87 €

Booking code

A-FAI7

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A seal lying in the dirt A seal lying in the dirt

Puerto Madryn - Welsh Tea and Sea Lion Lookout

South America

Duration

5 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-PMY1

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A group of people on a rocky beach A group of people on a rocky beach

Puerto Madryn - Palaeontology & Welsh History

South America, Antarctica

Duration

5 hrs 30 mins

Price per person

From 199 €

Booking code

A-PMY9

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Sea lions in Puerto Madryn Sea lions in Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn - Punta Loma, Eco-Centre & Estancia San Guillermo

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From 199 €

Booking code

A-PMY8

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A whale jumping out of the water A whale jumping out of the water

Puerto Madryn - Whale watching in Puerto Pirámides

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 312 €

Booking code

A-PMY10

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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 - Pre-programme Wild Patagonia 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

1895 €

Booking code

PATPRE

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A man riding on the back of a waterfall A man riding on the back of a waterfall

Buenos Aires - Post-programme Iguazu Falls 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

1267 €

Booking code

IGRPOST

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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

41 €

Booking code

BUE01

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A sign on the side of a building A sign on the side of a building

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

Duration

3 Hours

From

41 €

Booking code

BUE06

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Ushuaia Post Excursion - Scenic drive and hiking at the end of the world (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

From

81 €

Booking code

USH04

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