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Buenos Aires/Ushuaia to Ushuaia/Buenos Aires - 13 days

Departures: November 15 , 2017 ; January 2, 2018; January 14, 2018

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

We embark MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. We set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel toward the notorious Drake Passage, accompanied by wandering albatross and other seabirds. An expert lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica prepares you for the adventure ahead as the ship heads south into the open sea.

The animals in Antarctica are fearless when encountering humans since they have no land predators. They are as curious as you are, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your mutual curiosity when we visit the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins at Deception Island and Half Moon Island; the gentoo penguin colonies at Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour; the Adélie penguins at Peterman Island; and the huge icebergs in the Antarctic Sound, where you also meet leopard seals and killer whales. The sights, smells, and noise of these huge colonies will astound you - as will the hikes that explore some of the last untouched places on the planet.

 Turning back, we will once again sail through Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before debarking in Ushuaia.

Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
You will have a few hours to explore Ushuaia or join an optional excursion before departing in the evening. Your adventure begins as MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 2 - 3 Drake Passage
In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series, which focuses on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

During this day at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, particularly the penguins. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, will astound you.

Day 4 - 10 Antarctica 
Antarctica is different from anywhere else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. You'll enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour. On Petermann Island you will see thousands of Adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors. 

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic Sound are home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience Adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 11 - 12 Drake Passage 
The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia, at the very southern tip of Argentina, 600 miles and about 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 13 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires 
We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning, where you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion.

Departures: 
November 15, 2017
; January 2, 2018; Jauary 14, 2018

2017/2018 The Frozen Land of the Penguins
BookingCode

USANT1602 
Occupancy
Cabin Categories & Rates Per Person in USD
Inside

Outside
Superior
Suite
I
FJ
N
U
F
M
MG

November 15, 2017; January 2, 2018 and January 14, 2018

Twin Brochure Price
$8,970
$9,783
$10,768
$12,116
$13,991
$15,268
$19,130
Early booking from
$6,569 
$7,250
$7,979
$8,977
$10,244
$11,314
$14,178
Single Brochure price
$15,698
$17,120
$18,844
$21,202
$24,483
$30,536
$38,259
Early booking from
$11,495
$12,687
$13,964
$15,709
$17,927
$22,627
$28,356

*Early booking prices are capacity controlled. Prices may change at any time before the departure, the applicable price will be quoted at time of booking.  

Price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind-and-water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Luggage handling
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee from $160 for US citizens

Notes:
Prices are in US Dollars per person
All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
All itineraries are subject to change
Medical declaration form is mandatory
Single cabins on request