Save up to $2,200USD - Wander on the Wild Side with Hurtigruten Expeditions
Price: $9,353USD Per Person
(Price displayed ‘from’ prices are per person based on double occupancy, based on cabin category RR.)
Offer: Save $2,200USD Per Person
Departure Date: January 17, 2023
Return Date: January 28, 2023
Photo: Kayaking, Antarctica, Photo Credit-Espen Mills
Discover the Wonders of the Seventh Continent
- 12-day expedition cruise, starting in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, flying to Ushuaia and then onwards to Antarctica in the summer months.
- Discover Antarctica's wildlife, as we spot seals, penguin colonies and go whale watching against backdrops of staggering natural beauty.
- Join our Expedition Team as they deliver lectures and accompany landings, sharing their knowledge on glaciology, wildlife, climate change and polar exploration.
- Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
- Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
- Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
- Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town
- A stay in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in Restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- À la carte Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (Please note that we sail in remote areas with limited Wi-Fi connection. Streaming is not supported.)
- Complimentary reusable water bottle
- Range of included activities
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
Photo: Wildlife Watching, Antarctica, Photo Credit-Dan Avila
- In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
- Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment
- Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
- Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings
- Citizen Science program where you can assist with live scientific research
- 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 on hand to assist you
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities expected
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
Photo: Map of the Highlights of Antarctica itinerary
Day 1: The beat of Buenos Aires
Feel the rhythm of bustling Buenos Aires
An overnight stay in Buenos Aires is the ideal way to start your Antarctic adventure. Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, this city is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendor and Latin American panache. There are plenty of places to explore, including many parrillas serving deliciously authentic Argentine steak. Or maybe practice your dancing moves in the famous hometown of tango.
You may consider arriving a few days early to see all this vibrant city has to offer.
Day 2: Early start in Ushuaia
Start at the end of the world
Your adventure begins with an early morning flight to Ushuaia, where we'll meet our hybrid-powered expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, specially designed for sustainable cruising in polar waters. This bustling port is the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Martial Glacier, Ushuaia vies for the title of the world’s southernmost city. After a briefing from your Expedition Team, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin and explore the comforts and amenities on board. Later, you'll join your Expedition Team for a welcome dinner.
Photo: Snowshoeing, Antarctica, Photo Credit-Espen Mills
Days 3-4: Get set for Antarctica
Center on science before your Antarctic adventure
On the two-day crossing through the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will equip you with all you need to make the most of your polar expedition. Visit the onboard Science Center and find out what lies ahead. Listen to experts talk passionately about Antarctica’s history, the science beneath the ice, and the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. You'll learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible, and about the Citizen Science projects you can join. Relax and meet your fellow adventurers. Take an invigorating swim, enjoy a spa treatment and look out for icebergs, whales and albatrosses.
Days 5-9: Antarctica: Another world
Experience Antarctica in all its natural majesty
Nothing quite prepares you for it. Surrounded by looming glaciers, and icebergs the size of floating cathedrals, Antarctica will fill you with wonder. Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It's a stillness that's broken every so often by the locals—the wildlife. Whales begin to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. This is also when the first penguin chicks hatch and seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around is always a charming sight. You'll join the Expedition Team on landings and ice cruises, all included as part of your expedition. You may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs on an optional activity. Back on board, the Expedition Team will continue their lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the frozen continent. Over five magical days, you'll experience this amazing world in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Photo: Expedition Team Leader, Expedition Boat, Antarctica, Photo Credit-Karsten Bidstrup
Days 10-11: Returning to warmer waters
Crossing back through the Drake Passage
You exhilarating Antarctica cruise seems over before it's begun. Even after five days, you’ll only have scratched the surface of all there is to discover. It really is just the tip of the iceberg. Your head will likely still be a swirling kaleidoscope of special memories and new knowledge. If you have more questions, head to the Science Center and chat with the Expedition Team. As your mind tries to conjure up the magical Antarctic scenery, now could be a good time to sift through your photos and videos to recapture a sense of its magnitude. If the adrenaline is still coursing through you, a trip to the gym and sauna may help, or enjoy a few relaxing treatments in the Wellness Spa.
Day 12: Back to Buenos Aires
Memories to last a lifetime
Today, we arrive back in Ushuaia, where our 12-day expedition draws to a close. From here, you’ll take your charter flight back to Buenos Aires. As you leave this beautiful region behind, you’ll take with you lasting memories of everything you’ve seen and done, the importance of these precious habitats, and positive experiences of sustainable expedition travel.