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Hurtigruten Expeditions Antarctica and Falklands Southbound Expedition

Hurtigruten Expeditions Antarctica and Falklands Expedition Southbound

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Cruise Overview

Antarctica Cruise – Antarctica and Falkland Islands Southbound Expedition

  • Departing from Buenos Aires, visit the stunning beaches and grassland trails of the Falkland Islands, dropping by the endearing capital, Stanley.
  • Spend six unmissable days exploring the wondrous frozen beauty of the Antarctic.
  • Travellers will have opportunities to go Hiking, Kayaking, Ice-cruising, and even potentially camping on the Antarctic snow. Also, be sure to marvel at the intriguing wildlife on the continent including Whales, Penguins and a variety of bird species.

18-day itinerary

Day 1: City of excitement and intrigue

Experience the many passions of Buenos Aires

What better way to start your Antarctic expedition than with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires: Argentina’s bustling capital city.

A city steeped in rich cultural history, intertwining both European and Latin American influences; Buenos Aires is a city with plenty to explore.

Whether you would like to indulge in the sumptuous local cuisines, practice your dance moves in the famous home-town of tango, or take in the city’s robust nightlife – the possibilities are plentiful!

If you wish to traverse the wonders of Buenos Aires in greater depth, our pre-programme packages offer the option to fully experience the beauty of the sun-kissed port city. Alternatively, why not arrive a few days earlier to see what this vibrant city has to offer?

Day 2-5: Preparing for adventure

Over the coming days at sea, the onboard Expedition team will fully prepare you for the wonders that lie ahead.

Interesting topics such as oceanology, geology, and history will be covered during the team’s lecture series, while you can also head into the Science Centre for practical presentations.

Look out for the eye-catching wildlife on your journey including albatrosses and petrels, with the excellent onboard facilities being open to all passengers as you sail towards the Falkland Islands.

Day 6-8: Wildlife on the Falklands

Take part in hiking and birding activities on these Emerald green islands

The impressive landscape of the Falkland islands is home to beautiful horizons and white sands teeming with wildlife. Contrasting to the vast whiteness of the Antarctica, here you’ll find grassy hills and wildflowers – with the occasional farm popping up in the backdrop of the islands. Enjoy a community walk of Stanley, the capital city of the islands, experiencing the Jubilee Villa gardens, Christ Church Cathedral and the richly historic dockyard museum.

Any landings, hikes and excursions are, as always, guided by the conditions. We aim to visit seals, albatross and penguin colonies which roam the islands, ensuring we get as close to them as possible without disturbing them.

Day 9-10: Bound for Antarctica

To experience the best out of the Polar expedition cruise, the on-board expedition team will ensure you are equipped with everything you need during the two-day crossing towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

Prepare to revel in the region’s natural beauty by visiting the onboard Science centre.  Here, you can find out exactly what lies ahead: the Science behind the ice,  the impact of Climate change and plastic pollution, as well as intriguing talks with experts surrounding the history of Earth’s southernmost and least populated continent.

Fancy some time to kick-back and unwind before the journey? If so, experience the fantastic spa and wellness facilities, enjoy some locally sourced cuisines and encounter some fellow travellers at the Explorer lounge and bar.

Day 11-15: The natural beauty of the world’s frozen continent

No preparation could prime you for this. Entrenched by stunning glaciers and titanic icebergs; Antarctica’s wondrous landscape will take your breath away.

A bird enthusiasts utopia, Antarctica is home to a plethora of native seabirds including Petrels, Skuas, Cormorants and Terns, who patrol the crystal blue skies above. Large groups of penguins huddle on the ice floes, at all times wary of the cunning leopard seals that hunt them. Majestic, migrating whales glide among amazing icebergs, searching for the shoals of krill they feed on.

Here, mother nature reigns supreme, and we are simply observers. You will be spending a total of 5 days exploring several of the many possible landing sites, with our assurances that each day will offer something different and thrilling.

Whenever the opportunity arises, you will be able to join the expedition team on landings and ice cruises – even kayaking among the icebergs if you are offered the chance. You will also have the opportunity to take part in activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, and may even be able to go camping overnight, fully immersing yourself in the other-worldly conditions.

Day 16-17: Navigating The Drake Passage

After experiencing the sheer beauty and mystery of the Antarctic, it is now time for you to begin your journey back to Argentina as the MS Roald Amundsen will navigate around the famous Drake Passage. Named after Sir Francis Drake and known for its strong winds and currents, the passage provides the perfect ending to your expedition.

Even if the cruise encounters rough seas which may lead to passengers experiencing what is known as ‘The Drake Shake’, the MS Roald Amundsen is perfectly equipped to deal with the interchangeable conditions, leaving you time to enjoy the final leg of your journey.

Day 18: Ushuaia and Buenos Aires

Unfortunately, the expedition has to come to an end at this stage. The 18 days spent in the vastly different locations will give you memories and experiences to remember for a lifetime, as you head back to Argentina’s capital. However, your journey does not have to end here. If you wish to stay for a few extra days, enter onto Hurtigruten’s post-program exploration of the magnificent Iguazu falls, one of the largest waterfalls on the planet.

What’s included

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise

Transfers

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Ushuaia, including a brief tour of the town

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wine, beer and spirits available at meals and throughout the day and evening (subject to licensing laws, excludes premium drinks)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Meals and take-away available throughout the day during Fredheim restaurant opening hours
  • Fine dining in restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A polar expedition jacket, a backpack, or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of sauna, hot tubs, pool, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Centre
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings
  • 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

 

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

Useful Info

Location

Board Basis

All inclusive

Duration

18 days

Holiday Type

Cruise expedition holiday

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