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MS Fridtjof Nansen - 500 Guests

Highlights Of Antarctica

Buenos Aires / Ushuaia - Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Our focus during this expedition is on exploring Antarctica’s icy wilderness during its summer season, seeing its stunning landscapes, and observing some of its heart-warming wildlife.

Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and the Drake Passage
After a night in sensuous Buenos Aires, you’ll fly to Ushuaia and embark on the hybrid electric-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen. We then sail south and cross the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Sea ice, wind, waves, and weather conditions are hard to predict In this part of the world. That’s why we adapt to the elements and change our plans on the fly, in order to give you the best possible experience with the conditions at the time.

A whole new world
Antarctic icescapes and wildlife change with the seasons. Late austral spring (October and November) means more snow and pristine landscapes, though whales at this time are relatively rare. Penguins court and nest during these months, with eggs hatching into cute bundles of feathers by December and January. February and March are peak whale-watching months, when huge amounts of krill lure the whales into the area. No matter when you visit, the Expedition Team will be living, breathing encyclopedias. Their knowledge will touch on the history, wildlife, and science of the area. Join them in included and optional activities to really discover the secrets and magic of the frozen continent.

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    • Experience the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands during the austral summer
    • Ice cruising and landings will put you beside glaciers, icebergs, seals, and penguins
    • Our hybrid electric–powered expedition ship creates the lowest possible CO2 footprint
    • Our experienced and knowledgeable Expedition Team members will present lectures and guide landings


    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Mar 07, 2024Mar 18, 20246,187 6,698
    Nov 17, 2024Nov 28, 20246,138 6,645
    Nov 27, 2024Dec 08, 20246,138 6,645
    Dec 07, 2024Dec 18, 20246,138 6,645
    Dec 17, 2024Dec 28, 20246,668 7,219
    Dec 27, 2024Jan 07, 20256,878 7,446
    Jan 06, 2025Jan 17, 20256,668 7,219
    Jan 16, 2025Jan 27, 20256,878 7,446
    Jan 26, 2025Feb 06, 20256,878 7,446
    Feb 05, 2025Feb 16, 20256,878 7,446
    Feb 15, 2025Feb 26, 20256,668 7,219
    Feb 25, 2025Mar 08, 20256,458 6,991
    Mar 07, 2025Mar 18, 20256,318 6,840
    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Mar 07, 2024Mar 18, 20246,187 6,698
    Nov 17, 2024Nov 28, 20246,138 6,645
    Nov 27, 2024Dec 08, 20246,138 6,645
    Dec 07, 2024Dec 18, 20246,138 6,645
    Dec 17, 2024Dec 28, 20246,668 7,219
    Dec 27, 2024Jan 07, 20256,878 7,446
    Jan 06, 2025Jan 17, 20256,668 7,219
    Jan 16, 2025Jan 27, 20256,878 7,446
    Jan 26, 2025Feb 06, 20256,878 7,446
    Feb 05, 2025Feb 16, 20256,878 7,446
    Feb 15, 2025Feb 26, 20256,668 7,219
    Feb 25, 2025Mar 08, 20256,458 6,991
    Mar 07, 2025Mar 18, 20256,318 6,840


    Day 1 - Buenos Aires
    Day 2 - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
    Day 3-4 - Drake Passage
    Day 5-9 - Antarctica
    Day 10-11 - Drake Passage
    Day 12 - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    Day 1 Starting on the right foot
    Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the lovely capital of Argentina. Stroll past the well-preserved Italian and French architecture, order a delicious cut of beef in one of Buenos Aires’s many great steakhouses, or maybe even practice your dance moves in this city famous for the tango. Embrace the heat in this passionate city, because the temperature is about to drop precipitously.

    We recommend arriving a few days early so you’ll have more time to explore the city. Or you could extend your stay with a Pre-Program to explore wild Patagonia?

    Day 2 Southernmost city in the world?
    It’s early to rise for our flight to Ushuaia, where our hybrid electric–powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. This port city competes with the Chilean town of Puerto Williams for the title that they both seem to covet: the southernmost city in the world. Overlooking the city is the Martial Glacier, creating an impressive mountain backdrop for the ‘end of the world’.

    After the mandatory health and safety meeting on the ship, the Expedition Team will kick off your journey by hosting a welcome dinner. Then you can then spend some time getting to know the ship that will be your home for the next several days.

    Day 3-4 Centering on the science
    In order to arrive in Antarctica, we must first cross the infamous Drake Passage. It was named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake, who discovered it by chance in 1578 when heavy winds forced his ship south. Since there is no landmass at this latitude, wind and water flow freely, making it hard for ships to sail. But don’t worry, even the ‘Drake Shake’ isn’t a big deal for our modern expedition ship.

    It takes two days to cross the Drake Passage, which is roughly 620 miles wide. That means you’ll have some time on your hands, which is definitely a good thing—there is plenty to do to prepare yourself for the Antarctic adventure. The Expedition Team will draw on decades of experience for the lecture program in the Science Center. There, you will learn how to make your visit as safe as possible, and how to leave the smallest environmental footprints on this pristine environment so that our visits are as sustainable as possible. For example, in accordance with IAATO guidelines, everyone wears sterilized rubber boats when ashore and we must vacuum our clothing before we land on shore to remove all possible foreign contaminants. You will also learn how to participate in hands-on Citizen Science projects, all of which contribute to current science research projects.

    MS Fridtjof Nansen is worthy of your exploration. Work out in the indoor or outdoor gym or indulge in a spa treatment in our Wellness Area. There are also three superb restaurants on board serving delicious meals that are a treat for both your eyes and taste buds. But even among these amenities, don’t forget to venture onto the deck from time to time to keep an eye out for your first iceberg and to spot wildlife such as whales, and different types of petrels and albatross.

    Day 5-9 Otherworldly
    Welcome to Antarctica. Here, surrounded by icy waters, glaciers, and icebergs as big as cathedrals, you may feel like you’ve arrived in a new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerizing, and massive. Stop for a moment and take it all in. The awe-inspired silence doesn’t last forever, though—it is inevitably broken when enthusiastic cheers spontaneously erupt throughout the ship at the sight of wildlife such as penguins, whales or seals.

    Just as the Antarctic icescapes change throughout its seasons, so does the wildlife. In late austral spring, from October to November, there is much more snow, making the landscapes seem even more pristine. This is the backdrop for penguin courting and nest building. Whales are still few and far in between during this time. Most are on their way and begin to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. The arrival of more whales marks the height of austral summer, which is also when the penguin chicks hatch. Seeing those clumsy clumps of feathers running around is always a charming sight. February and March are peak whale-watching months, when huge amounts of krill lure the whales into the area.

    The Expedition Team will seize every opportunity to take you ice-cruising and on landings to get closer to the impressive scenery and wildlife. Penguin spotting from the ship was pretty exciting, but nothing compares to the wonderous experience of seeing them on shore. Imagine the feeling when a seal or whale suddenly appears next to you when cruising in our small boats (RIBs) or when kayaking (an optional activity). Needless to say, keep your camera at the ready. For a heightened feeling of discovery, the expert Expedition Team members will give talks on fascinating subjects like the frozen continent’s history, the biology of the local wildlife, and Antarctica’s glaciology.

    Day 10-11 Heading back to civilization
    After exploring remote and wild Antarctica over five days, the time has come to sail back home. By this point, lifelong memories will fill your head and your heart. Hopefully, you will have captured many of these special moments with your camera. But you know these will be experiences you’ll never forget. Maybe you’ll spend the next few days, during our return crossing of the Drake Passage, going through your pictures to try and stay connected to Antarctica—and the whole experience—just a little bit longer. The Expedition Team will be doing the same thing in the Science Center, as they recap the journey’s many experiences. Enjoy time at your leisure working out in one of many of the ships’ facilities, or discuss your Antarctic journey over a drink with a new friend in the Explorer Lounge and Bar.

    Day 12 Explorers unite!
    Back at Ushuaia, your expedition cruise is at its end. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires, where you’ll have a second chance to explore the Argentine capital. Since you’re already here, why not extend your stay and keep your adventure going even longer by joining our Post-Program to the magnificent Iguazú Falls?

    You have traveled to the bottom of the world and back. You’ve seen the fabled seventh continent with your own eyes and have enchanting stories (and penguin photos) to prove it. Antarctica will likely hold a place in your heart unlike anywhere else on the planet. As one the special few who have had the opportunity to visit the Great White Continent, we must consider all that needs to be done, and all that we can do, to help preserve the most fragile of ecosystems and its unique beauty.

    MS Fridtjof Nansen (Expedition, 500-guests)

    Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen combines state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten's 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations.

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    • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
    • Flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
    • Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to the airport before the expedition cruise
    • Transfers between the Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief 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 restaurants Aune and Fredheim
    • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
    • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
    • Range of included activities
    Onboard activities
    • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
    • Use the ship’s Science Center, which features an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
    • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
    • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
    • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
    • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
    • Landing activities
    • Escorted landings in a small boat (RIB) while in Antarctica
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
    • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
    • Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings
    Not Included In Your Expedition
    • International flights
    • Travel protection
    • Baggage 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
    • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
    • Excursions and activities are subject to change
    • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
    • No gratuities are expected

    -    Pre-excursion: Buenos Aires City Tour. 55 EUR. It starts from your hotel in Buenos Aires one day prior to embarkation (approximately 15:00-18:30).
    -    Pre & Post-Excursion: Estancia Visit. From 210 EUR. It starts from your hotel in Buenos Aires (daily, approximately 09:00-17:00)
    -    Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Dinner & Tango Show. It starts from your hotel in Buenos Aires on the day of disembarkation (approximately 20:00-24:00).
    -    Post-excursion: Tigre Delta Tour. It starts from your hotel in Buenos Aires one the day after disembarkation (approximately 09:00-13:00).
    -    Pre-programme Wild Patagonia. 4 days. From 2399 EUR - single supplement may apply for single travellers.
    -    Post-programme Iguazu Falls 4 days. From 1890 EUR – single may apply for single travellers.

    Activities offered on board ( as per weather and ice conditions):
    -    Camping in Antarctica
    -    Kayaking
    -    Extended hikes
    -    Snowshoeing

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