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Join Hurtigruten on this Ultimate Antarctic Experience taking in the Antarctic Peninsula via the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Orkneys. Enjoy the diverse wildlife, friendly faces, and haunting scenery of these South Atlantic islands as we travel to the great White Continent of Antarctica.
Hurtigruten offers once in a lifetime expedition cruises to Antarctica, travelling aboard the custom built MS Fram, these spectacular adventures to the bottom of the world follow in the footsteps of pioneering explorers like Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton through the dramatic swells of the southern oceans to lands that lie at the very edge of your imagination. Our smaller, friendly ship called the MS Fram is a popular ship for both expedition and on-board facilities with great decks for observation.
Once in Antarctica, landings are exciting and safe. The use of Polar Circle boats makes it possible to make a wide range of landings and the on board expedition teams are experienced with in-depth knowledge of the areas you will be sailing in.
Your voyage starts with an overnight stay at a first class hotel in lovely Buenos Aires. Enjoy your time here, either by joining our optional City Tour or by yourself.
Leaving Buenos Aires in the morning gives you more time to explore once we reach Ushuaia in the afternoon. Our local representatives will greet you at the airport and take you on an orientation tour of the city. You can also participate in the optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You embark MS Fram in the afternoon, and in the evening we set a course for Antarctica.
Enjoy life on board as we set a course for the Falkland Islands lying some 770km away in the South Atlantic, north-east of Cape Horn and about 1,600 kilometres from Antarctica. En route, you can keep a look-out for wildlife or join our Expedition Team as they start our on board lecture series.
The Falklands consist of two large and around 700 smaller islands. Thanks to the unique sub-Antarctic ecology, over 70 animal species can be found on these islands including the black-browed albatross, brown-rumped caracara, Elephant seal, sea lion and five different species of penguin. Fauna-wise, there are about 347 wild plant species in the area. We will explore the northwest part of the Falklands, and then continue to Stanley, the islands’ capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area.
During the time at sea, our lecture series will help prepare you for the wonders of South Georgia.
There is nowhere quite like South Georgia. Its unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometre (1,500 sq mi) island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. We plan to into the mountainous Drygalski Fjord at the southern end of the island and visit Fortuna Bay. We also plan to visit some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations and go ashore to hike if the weather is favourable.
As we continue to Antarctica our lecture series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).
We will spend a day exploring the South Orkney Islands. They were discovered by American and British sealers in 1821 and have since served as a base for Scottish, French and Argentine sealing and scientific expeditions.
As we sail the Washington Strait to Coronation Island and Elephant Island on our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, you might want to sort the photos you have already taken, relax, go to lectures, watch the animal life and prepare yourself for our arrival in Antarctica.
Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference; a place where wildlife remains fearless of man. It is important to respect the pristine, fragile nature of Antarctica and to ensure that visitors don't have a negative impact. Therefore we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints in the snow and take nothing but pictures.
On Deception Island a portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. The natural harbour inside the island includes Whalers Bay where it might be possible to make a shore landing to see the relics on your own or join our expedition team for guided tours. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures. Weather and sea conditions permitting we may organise a hike passing the Teniente Cámara Station and on to a view point that is a popular place to look out for whales in the bay facing towards the Bransfield Strait. The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic continent calve to mile-long tabular icebergs. The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring these massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound at the north-eastern end of the Antarctic Peninsula. Brown Bluff has, as the name suggests, a landscape is dominated by a towering, rust-coloured bluff of volcanic origin and is home to a beach sprinkled with lava “bombs”.
After four magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram's bow points north and we make our way back to the South American continent.
After this spectacular voyage to Antarctica with its endless vistas, 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 lively Buenos Aires.
The Ms Fram is a purpose built 12,700-ton vessel that incorporates all the best of both practical and traditional design. Because the ship is larger than other Expedition Ships, it offers more in the way of on board facilities and comfort. The decor on board includes original artwork and superbly appointed interiors that have been inspired by the Arctic and Greenland regions. Facilities include a main reception area, a glass-enclosed observation salon and excellent leisure facilities, including gym, sauna and heated Jacuzzis. The ship has a range of cabins on board from comfortable standard cabins to luxury expansive suites with their own lounge areas.
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