fritdjof nansen antarctica cruise

Antarctica and Falklands - Southern Hemisphere Adventure - Northbound

  • Overview
    This adventure brings you to highlights of South America, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. See penguins, seals and whales, take hikes on the ice and kayak among icebergs. And on board there is so much to do. Take advantage of our Science Center for exciting lectures, activities and more, all designed to enhance your trip. From urban adventure to remote wilderness - Enjoy big city life in Buenos Aires before embarking on MS Fridjof Nansen in Ushuaia. Mind-blowing Antarctica - From Ushuaia we cross the Drake Passage to explore the most remote place on planet Earth. The Antarctic ice cap covers 98 % of the continent and is the largest single mass of ice in the world. This is a frozen wilderness teeming with life. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their noisy and crowded colonies. Join the Expedition team and discover the icy shores of Antarctica with landings to get a close look at wildlife, explore by kayak and visit fascinating places. On board, enjoy interesting lectures, activities and photo workshops that will take your exploration travel to a higher level. Fabulous Falklands - A powerful wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falkland Islands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies in the countryside, while red English buses trundle past cozy pubs in the town. We round off this adventure by spending three amazing days crossing the ocean to Montevideo.
    Duration: 17 days
    Passengers: 500 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Montevideo, Uruguay
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Buenos Aires: Arrival Day

      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.

    • Day 2 - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia: Embarkation Day

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

    • Day 3/4 - Drake Passage

      Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will overwhelm you! MS Fridtjof Nansen 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.

    • Day 5/9 - Antarctica

      Antarctica is sure to overwhelm your senses, with endless white horizons above oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species as you come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Enjoy close encounters with Antarctic wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations are non-stop.

      We will land several times for unforgettable excursions. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice.

    • Day 10 - At Sea

      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.

    • Day 11/13 - Falkland Islands

      When we arrive the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline or kayaking clear waters. New Island is an adorable inlet, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if the sun was a little stronger. We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.

      Please consider tours on the Falkland Islands may be at an additional cost

    • Day 14/16 - At Sea

      Days at sea are full of activity. By now, our Expedition team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fascinating and fun! We can promise first class edutainment.

    • Day 17 - Montevideo: Disembarkation

      Montevideo boasts colourful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America's most interesting cities, you can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings, the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums and art galleries, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city after disembarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities

    Antarctica's Babies

    During January and February Antarctica's babies are born and fledging, its a magical time as new
    life comes to Antarctica. The experience of seeing newly hatched penguins and seals pups just days old, is an
    experience that will last forever.

    Whales

    Whale numbers swell in Antarctica over the southern summer. Arriving in Antarctica from November onwards, whale numbers reach their peak around December and January. Sightings and particularly breachings reach a pinnacle in February and March, when the Krill is closer to the surface. Some 10 species of whales are found in Antarctic water each summer, with the most abundant species being the Humpack.

    Falkland Islands

    Boasting rugged scenery and excellent wildlife opportunities, including the Black-browed albatross, Elephant seals and a number of penguin species not found in Antarctica.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers, Accommodation & Tour

    Pre and post-cruise transfers are provided, as well as 1 night post-cruise accommodation in Punta Arenas. A tour of Punta Arenas township is also provide on day 1 of the expedition, prior to boarding your charter flight.

    Expedition Jacket

    Wind and water resistant jacket

    Flight from Buenos Aires

    Your voyage includes a one way flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team
    - Accommodation while on board

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Optional excursion and activities not included in the voyage itinerary
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Luggage handling
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  • Vessel

    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.

    The newest addition to the fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896).

    Your expedition ship will quickly feel like your home away from home. The clean and elegant interior design stems from Hurtigruten’s Scandinavian roots, blending high quality with casual functionality.

    A trip includes everything from daily excursions and activities to our onboard Science Centre, meals, gratuities, drinks and more. All designed to give you the expedition experience of a lifetime.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 500
    Crew #: 151
    Ice Class: PC6
    Speed: 13
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2018
    Length: 140m
    Width: 24
    Draft:
    Tonnage: 20889
    Registry: Norway
    Elec Outlets: 2 Round Prongs
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