Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent

12 Day Expedition Cruise from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires with Hurtigruten

Get ready for a rare adventure! From Ushuaia you cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands. On board there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.

Expedition Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Buenos Aires
Expedition Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Buenos Aires
Ship Type
Ship Type
Expedition Cruise Ship
11
Cruise Departures

Cabin Pricing

Inside Cabin N/A
Oceanview Cabin From $8,984 pp
Balcony Cabin From $10,911 pp
Suite From $12,563 pp
* Port charges, taxes, and fees included.
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Hurtigruten
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1 Buenos Aires - Cultural and cool

This 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 ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

2 Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego

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

3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will overwhelm you! MS Midnatsol is designed especially to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. There will also be several lectures on the environment around us; films about Antarctica and the Activity Center will be providing the latest technology for preserving your memories. This will be the heart of the expedition community, where we gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, mingle and share stories.

5-9 Antarctica … another world!

You are now in one of the most remote areas on earth! There have been spectacular photo opportunities so far, but Antarctica itself is in a whole different category. Come ashore to explore the breath taking Antarctic scenery and to come close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck there will be ample opportunities to sight whales.

Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base.

We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of Gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. Cuverville Island is home to another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay.

Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December. We have planned plenty of activities to make you experience Antarctica in the best way. This might mean that one day you will go shore to see penguins and hear the crackling noise of glaciers.

Next day, you get to feel the salt and wind as you cruise between the sea ice, looking for leopard seals taking a snooze on the ice. Third day, kayaking or a longer hike or walk. Back on board we also have activities that will satisfy a whole range of interests in the explorer room. The on board photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography.

Join gatherings where the various members of the expedition team recount the day's activities, make presentations, and the expedition leader discusses the next day's plan. These gatherings are great opportunities for sharing and shared memory making and mingling with the expedition community.

10-11 Heading back to civilisation - Drake Passage

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Activity Center or just relaxing on deck.

12 The end of the adventure - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you haven't had enough adventures, you have the possibility to extend your stay and enjoy our optional post expedition programmes.

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Ship Class
Ship Style
Expedition Cruise Ship
Passengers
Passengers
600
Crew
Crew
150
N/A
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Year Launched
Launched
2020
Year Refurbished
Refurbished
N/A
MS Fridtjof Nansen
MS Fridtjof Nansen
Step aboard this hybrid-powered expedition ship to explore remote corners of the globe in complete comfort. Read more
Expert Expedition Team
Expert Expedition Team
Your dedicated team deliver an educational onboard program and exciting shore excursions to enrich your expedition. Read more
The Science Centre
The Science Centre
Step into the Expedition Team's headquarters and enjoy specialist lectures and interactive workshops. Read more
A World of Flavours
A World of Flavours
Dine on international dishes and menus inspired by Hurtigruten's Norwegian heritage in the three onboard restaurants. Read more
Embrace 'Hygge'
Embrace 'Hygge'
Feel right at home with a sense of comfort and contentment as Hurtigruten share with you the sentiment of 'hygge'. Read more
Supreme Viewing Spaces
Supreme Viewing Spaces
MS Fridtjof Nansen takes the scenic route, and is equipped with viewing spaces to enjoy the views in any weather. Read more

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Thursday 18 Nov 2021 Monday 29 Nov 2021 Oceanview 10,344
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Sunday 28 Nov 2021 Thursday 09 Dec 2021 Oceanview 10,141
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Wednesday 08 Dec 2021 Sunday 19 Dec 2021 Oceanview 10,344
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Saturday 18 Dec 2021 Wednesday 29 Dec 2021 Oceanview 10,484
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Tuesday 28 Dec 2021 Saturday 08 Jan 2022 Oceanview 10,484
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Friday 07 Jan 2022 Tuesday 18 Jan 2022 Oceanview 10,484
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Monday 17 Jan 2022 Friday 28 Jan 2022 Oceanview 10,707
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Sunday 06 Feb 2022 Thursday 17 Feb 2022 Oceanview 10,484
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Wednesday 16 Feb 2022 Sunday 27 Feb 2022 Oceanview 9,734
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Saturday 26 Feb 2022 Wednesday 09 Mar 2022 Oceanview 9,734
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Tuesday 08 Mar 2022 Saturday 19 Mar 2022 Oceanview 8,984
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