In the Realm of the Great Explorers - Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Buenos Aires to Ushuaia - 19 days
October 30 - November 17, 2015
Feb 26 - March 14, 2016
We sail in the wake of the historical explorers as we journey from Argentina towards the remote Falkland
Islands and the stunning landscapes of South Georgia. There will be time for you to acquaint yourself with
these less visited regions and learn more about their history before we continue even further south to explore
and experience the nature and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula.
- An epic voyage to the historic sites of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
- Learn of the trials and tribulations of the early explorers.
- Visit the grave of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.
- See the largest King penguin colonies in the world and the surrounding fur and elephant
Note: The below itinerary is applicable to the November departure, the February departure
operates in reverse order (Antarctica, South Georgia, Falklands).
|Day 1 Buenos Aires
Discover the Paris of South America
for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of the Tango has to offer.
We depart from Buenos Aires at 12:00. Check-in opens at 10:00. Once onboard there will be a welcome
meeting during which the Captain will present his officers and expedition staff. They will outline
the program for the coming day. There will be conducted a mandatory safety drill for all passengers
|Day 2-4 At sea
We are heading south towards our first
destination. On the way you will have fascinating and informative briefings into the history
and biology to be found there.
We set a course south to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, located 772 kilometres north
of Cape Horn and about 1,600 kilometres from Antarctica. The Falklands consist of two large islands
and around 700 smaller ones and has a population of 2,967 inhabitants. Captain John Strong of HMS
Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690.
Whilst we are at sea a number of presentations will be given about the history and wildlife of the
areas we shall be visiting.
|Day 5 At Sea/Falkland Islands
Thanks to the unique
sub-Antarctic ecology there are over 70 animal species to be found on these islands.
The islands have a unique ecosystem of about 70 different sub-Antarctic animal and bird species.
The black-browed albatross, brown-rumped karakara, elephant seal, sea lion and five different
species of penguin including king penguin are just a few of them. There are also about 347 wild
plant species in the area. The landscape is majestic, with cliffs and needle-like stones covered in
We plan to visit the area around the North West Falklands with their fascinating landscape and
wildlife, and hope to arrive late afternoon.
|Day 6-7 Falkland Islands
We will explore the North-West
part of the Falklands. We then continue to Stanley, the islands’ capital, which makes a
wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional
excursion or explore the town on your own. In the early evening of day 7 we set a course for
Depending on our final decision regarding landing sites, there will be a hike offered. One of the
options could be an easy hike to a cliff with black browed albatross, a rockhopper colony and a
cormorant colony if landing at New Island. If an alternative landing site is chosen, a different
walk will be set up on the Falkland Islands.
|Day 8-9 At sea
The cruise southward to beautiful South
Georgia takes two days. Our fascinating presentations en route will help you prepare for the
En route to South Georgia there will be a number of presentations about the area we shall visit and
its wildlife, as well as some fascinating stories about Shackleton’s expeditions. The lecturers
will tell us about the significance the whaling station here had for the entire whaling
|Day 10-11 South Georgia
You can explore this beautiful
island, which is ringed by ice-covered mountains and cool emerald-green bays.
We will be in South Georgia for two days, during which we will try to see some of the many historic
places. We hope to visit Grytviken whaling station, its museum, Shackleton’s grave and the whalers’
church dating from 1913. The next day we will attempt to visit the old Norwegian whaling station at
Strømness and the king penguin colony at Fortuna Bay. Then we will sail south.
The wildlife on South Georgia is different to what we will see in Antarctica, including many
different bird and animal species. We hope to see albatross, cape petrels, southern giant petrels,
Antarctic whale birds, king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals, among others.
South Georgia offers nice hiking options, and one of our favourites is walking the last part of the
route that Sir Ernest Shackleton took on his brave journey across the island’s rugged mountains to
find help to save his 22 men left on the isolated Elephant Island. The 5.5 km hike takes us from
Fortuna to Strømness, the abandoned whaling station where Shackleton finally managed to get help.
Due to the remoteness of the island and the safety of our operation, it is required that each hiker
has a good level of fitness. This hike will only be conducted when weather conditions are very
|Day 12-13 At sea
The cruise toward the Antarctic
Peninsula takes two days. Our fascinating presentations en route will help you prepare for the
Whilst we cross the sea to Antarctica a number of presentations will be given about the various
topics of the Antarctic’s history and wildlife, as well as guidelines for visitors to
The Antarctic Treaty has made the continent an area without military activity and it is the treaty
which regulates all activities in the area. Hurtigruten ASA follows these regulations to the letter
to ensure that the vulnerable environment will not be disturbed. Our programme of presentations on
board helps in this, since we aim to prepare you for this unique experience, so that you will
derive the greatest possible benefit from your Antarctic experience.
We will be on a course for the northern tip of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South
|Day 14-16 Antarctica
This unending, white wilderness of a
continent is full of fantastic impressions. Ocean, ice, mountains, animals, light, air, quiet.
This enormous white and weather bitten continent is almost as big as North America. Weather, wind
and ice conditions have a great influence on our programme and our schedule. Safety is always the
first priority and the final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship’s captain during the
While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites, some of them described below as
examples. On land, our expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing the
nature and wildlife. When conditions allow, hikes or other activities on land and at sea may be
offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to
hiking in uneven terrain.
After exploring this indescribably great and endless continent, we leave Antarctica and set course
|Day 17-18 Drake Passage
With our bow pointed north and
unforgettable images and experiences in our souls, we are invited to gain a new understanding
of the Antarctic.
During the voyage we will summarise the Antarctic and Southern Ocean themes. The voyage from the
Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia is about 950 kilometres – about 40 hours sailing in good weather.
This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a
few have the chance to experience.
|Day 19 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
After spectacular Antarctica
and its endless vistas, we make landfall at the world’s southernmost town.
We arrive at the Argentinean town of Ushuaia in the morning. Ushuaia is counted as the world’s
southernmost town and lies on Tierra del Fuego, south of the Magellan Strait and here our voyage
Disembark after breakfast and there is the possibility of joining an optional excursion in Ushuaia
(with its end at the airport) or be transferred to the airport. If time allows, we include a
stop at the city center on our way to the airport. In the early afternoon we board the flight back
to Buenos Aires; the flight duration is approximately 4 hours.
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February 26 - March 15, 2015
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All prices are in USD per person. All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All
itineraries are subject to change.
- Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Return economy flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
- Transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour
- Wind and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
- Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and
- Free tea and coffee
- Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions and gratuities
- Luggage handling
*Early booking prices are capacity controlled. Prices may change at any time before departure date, the
applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.