Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition and Solar Eclipse
MS Fram
23 days

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia – The Ultimate Expedition and Solar Eclipse

Price from
14065 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
A close up of clouds in the sky
Departures 22 November 2021
  • Experience the Solar Eclipse in the South Orkney Islands with an expert astronomer
  • 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
  • Experience an in-depth exploration of the ‘Galápagos of the Poles’, South Georgia, home to vast numbers of King penguins

Itinerary

Join us for a fantastic expedition cruise to the Falklands, untouched South Georgia and experience a total Solar Eclipse from the South Orkney Islands before our ultimate exploration of Antarctica. Our team of experts from around the world lead ice-cruising and landings as we hike, explore and observe wildlife in the most remote continent on Earth.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
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.
La Roca Lake in Tierra Del Fuego National Park
La Roca Lake in Tierra Del Fuego National Park
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Sea lions at Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego
La Roca Lake in Tierra Del Fuego National Park
La Roca Lake in Tierra Del Fuego National Park

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

Day 3
At sea
At sea
Bird life on the open sea towards Falkland Islands
Bird life on the open sea towards Falkland Islands
Photo: Hilde Foss

We cross the open sea towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

Bird life on the open sea towards Falkland Islands
Bird life on the open sea towards Falkland Islands
Photo: Hilde Foss
Enjoy wildlife on a landing in the Falkland Islands
Enjoy wildlife on a landing in the Falkland Islands
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands
Go hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands.
Photo: Genna Roland
Rockhopper penguin in the Falkland Islands
Rockhopper penguin in the Falkland Islands
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 4-5
The Falklands Islands
Where the Natural World Rules
Hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands
Go hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands.
Photo: Genna Roland

The Falkland Islands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white beaches. Here, the sheep graze alongside colonies of penguins, while caracaras patrol 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 the entire 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 6-7
At sea
Cruising the South Atlantic
Scan for rich marine life.
Scan for rich marine life.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team starts the lecture programme on the area’s wildlife, whaling and polar history. They are well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of seals and the legends of the Norwegian whalers.

One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the men of the ill-fated ship Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery.

You will also learn what it takes to be an Antarctic Ambassador in our mandatory briefing and join the Citizen Science programme to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of Antarctica.

Scan for rich marine life.
Scan for rich marine life.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Discover and learn on deck.
Discover and learn on deck.
Photo: Genna Roland
MS Fram anchored in Maiviken, Grytviken
MS Fram anchored in Maiviken, Grytviken
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
The settlement of Grytviken was the largest whaling station on South Georgia.
The settlement of Grytviken was the largest whaling station on South Georgia.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
The wildlife, especially the King Penguins and Elephant Seals, are simply captivating in South Georgia.
The wildlife, especially the King Penguins and Elephant Seals, are simply captivating in South Georgia.
Photo: Frank Jukes
Day 8-10
South Georgia
The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
The settlement of Grytviken was the largest whaling station on South Georgia.
The settlement of Grytviken was the largest whaling station on South Georgia.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

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 an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. During our stay here, you will see adult seals lounge on the sand while their pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and penguins cluster in their thousands. Enjoy 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 favourite 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.

Day 11-12
At sea
Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on Deck
Scan for abundant bird life.
Scan for abundant bird life.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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. We are usually followed by different sea bird species, such as albatrosses.

Scan for abundant bird life.
Scan for abundant bird life.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Take advantage of superb photo opportunities.
Take advantage of superb photo opportunities.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
A close up of clouds in the sky
Day 13
South Orkney Islands
South Orkney & Solar Eclipse
Penguin colony in the South Orkneys.
Penguin colony in the South Orkneys.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Experience one of nature´s most powerful displays.
Experience one of nature´s most powerful displays.
Photo: Michael Miller
Day 13
South Orkney Islands
South Orkney & Solar Eclipse
A close up of clouds in the sky
Experience the majestic spectacle of a total Solar Eclipse.
Photo: Shutterstock

The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 600 km northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. Our Expedition Team will be on deck to give out special-purpose solar filters which will protect your eyes while you observe the extraordinary occurrence.
If your cabin faces the right direction, you can enjoy the event through the window, without even having to change out of your pyjamas

A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.

After observing the Solar Eclipse, we plan to explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs and sea ice.

Day 14-15
At sea
Towards Antarctica
Channel your inner scientist in the onboard Science Center.
Channel your inner scientist in the onboard Science Center.
Photo: Genna Roland

As we continue towards Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the region. 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.

Channel your inner scientist in the onboard Science Center.
Channel your inner scientist in the onboard Science Center.
Photo: Genna Roland
Penguins on floating icebergs
Penguins on floating icebergs
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Hiking on Deception Island
Day 16-20
Antarctica
Antarctica … Another World!
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Hike in the snow in Orne Harbour, Antarctica
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 16-20
Antarctica
Antarctica … Another World!
Hiking on Deception Island
Hiking on Deception Island
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90 per cent of the world´s ice, reaching up to 4,000 metres in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. We are founding members of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and faithfully follow strict environmental guidelines designed to protect the perfect natural balance of the ecosystem here.

No human activity permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. When we leave, we will not even leave foot prints behind.  

Our captain and Expedition Team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and to come ashore on landings for exciting activities. You may have the chance to kayak the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

Day 21-22
The Drake Passage
The Voyage North
Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss

On our way back to civilisation, 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 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
The National Congress building in Buenos Aires
The National Congress building in Buenos Aires
Day 23
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
The Southernmost Town in the World
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego

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 even more exploration after Antarctica, we recommend you extend your stay in Buenos Aires or join an optional Post-Programme to the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls.

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

  •    Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Transfers

  •    Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
  •    Transfers between Ushuaia airport and 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 with extra focus on astronomy and solar eclipse
  • 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 Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

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 Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

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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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.

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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The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From 87 €

Booking code

A-FAI7

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