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Hurtigruten Expeditions in-depth Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia Expedition

Hurtigruten Expeditions In-Depth Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

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Antarctica cruise – In-depth Antarctica, Falkland Islands, and South Georgia Expedition.

  • Three distinct destinations in one package – The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic – with four days of exploration in the frozen continent
  • Witness a wide array of unique species of wildlife, including Penguins, Whales, and Fur Seals.
  • Explore the emerald-green hills of the Falklands and the alpine landscapes of South Georgia, also marveling in the beauty of the iceberg-studded seas of Antarctica.

23 day itinerary

Day 1: The sights of Santiago

The journey begins in Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital. There is so much to see and do as you kick off your expedition cruise. Whether you would like to take in the city’s colonial-era architecture, high-quality restaurants, or fascinating Museums, Santiago offers something for everyone. Visit the Mercado Central Market and the Presidential Palaca, or check out the Sky Costanera which offers panoramic views of the city, 1,000 feet in the air.

Hurtigruten recommend arriving a few days early and joining one of the available pre-program packages, to experience the best of Santiago.

Day 2: Punta Arenas departure

Starting early, you will be departing Santiago and flying to Chile’s Southernmost port city, Punta Arenas. As you embark your expedition cruise ship, take time to familiarise yourself with the excellent onboard facilities, and meet your expedition team.

Given their years of experience journeying round the Antarctic Circle, the friendly and welcoming team will be happy to answer any questions you may have before you set off on your adventure.

Day 3: More adventure is yet to come

The Cruise will now set sail toward the scenic Falkland Islands, with captivating views all around you as you journey through the Strait of Magellan. Take advantage of the outdoor hot-tubs and Panoramic Lounge and Bar areas as you soak up the spectacular surroundings.

You will also have plenty of opportunities to join the Expedition Team in the onboard Science Centre, participating in Citizen Science projects, engaging lectures, and much more. Their wealth of knowledge in Marine Biology, Oceanography, Antarctic survival and photography, will provide you with a strong base of expertise as you begin your expedition.

Day 4-6: Immerse yourself in the charms of Island life

Here, your cruise will reach the emerald green grass, white sands and picturesque farms of the Falkland Islands. The schedule during the visit to the Islands will be flexible due to the ever-changing conditions, while the Expedition team and the captain will use their experience to navigate the environment safely and efficiently.

A utopia for a wide array of bird species, the Islands are home to ducks, geese, albatross, and wrens, whilst four different species of Penguins are found here: rockhopper, the king, magellanic, and gentoo. The gentoo Penguins will often be seen in large colonies dotted around the Islands, and may be visible from the ship.

Stanley, the islands’ capital, is located on the East Falkland Island and is easily accessible by ship. Travellers will able to explore the Islands on foot due to their small size, whilst taking advantage of the enticing pubs and restaurants the islands have to offer.

Day 7-8: Cruising the South Atlantic

After your visit to the Falklands, the cruise will now spend two days journeying toward the beautiful South Georgia. The Expedition Team will take this time to prepare you for what lies ahead – the area’s wildlife, polar history, geology, glaciology, and tales about Norwegian whalers.

You’ll also be shown how to make your visit as efficient and low-impact as possible, with guests having the opportunity to take part in the Citizen Science programmes, collecting data for the purposes of Global research projects.

Day 9-12: A wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise

Often referred to as ‘The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, South Georgia’s abundant wildlife makes it a must-see destination on this journey. The unique position of the Islands’ make them a breeding site for large Penguin colonies, seals, and other seabirds. The Islands’ are also an important bird area, with albatross, petrels, terns, skuas all thriving in the remote environment.

You will be spending four days exploring the stunning landscape, being continually guided by nature and responding to daily conditions to ensure you have the best possible experience. The Expedition Team will also try and take you to Grytviken, the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

With your visit potentially being around peak breeding seasons, it is important for the onboard team to maintain flexibility in terms of planning itinerary, so that the expedition does not disturb the wildlife. When safe to do so, passengers will be able to wildlife watch and take in the natural beauty of the Islands.

Day 13-14: Onwards to Antarctica

Take some time to relax and reflect on your experiences at the unique Falkland and South Georgia Islands. The expedition Team will go through the IAATO environmental guidelines as you cruise toward the Antarctic, with the frozen continent being dedicated to peace, Science, and wildlife. They will talk you through the safety and sustainability rules that need to be followed, so that all passengers have the best experiences when visiting.

Day 15-19: Uncover Antarctica’s remote beauty

The first sight of Antarctica’s immense, frozen beauty will leave you speechless. Titanic icebergs float in the straits as you are greeted with the sheer majesty of this ice-covered continent. Despite the harsh conditions, nature continues to thrive. Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins court while Adelie Penguins nest. Countless seabirds patrol the skies overhead. This is a place like no other.

You will actively explore several landing sites over the next four days, with there being a total of several possible landing areas around the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Every day will be thrilling in different ways, no matter where you go or what you do.

The cruise may sail into flooded volcanic caldera or land in icy bays where you may see remnants of whaling paraphernalia. The experienced expedition team may also take passengers kayaking amongst the icebergs and seals, and snowshoeing to scenic viewpoints.

Antarctic seabirds such as skuas, petrels, and terns make for great viewing for bird enthusiasts. The team will also conduct onboard lectures and onshore talks surrounding the precious habitat, and how we as humans can help to conserve it.

Day 20-22: Relax an unwind at sea

The MS Fram will now take your North over The Drake Passage and toward Punta Arenas, as you wave goodbye to the frozen continent.

Take the opportunity to reflect on your special memories and experiences of the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic, sifting through the many stunning snapshots that you have captured with the help of the onboard photographer.

As the cruise passes the Drake Passage you will be entering the Beagle Channel, home to a mountainous landscape which plunges into the icy water. Keep a watchful eye out for Patagonian wildlife as the MS Fram continues to sail northwards.

Day 23: Punta Arenas arrival

Your expedition cruise reaches its conclusion in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas, with passengers subsequently flying back to Santiago de Chile. If you still want the adventure to continue, take advantage of Hurtigruten’s optional post-programme packages, to explore more of what the vibrant city has to offer.

What’s included


  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast


  • Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas


  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise
  • Transfers between the Punta Arenas airport and the ship

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


  • 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)
  • Mandatory Medical Screening Form to be completed by all passengers for Expeditions to Antarctica. See the help centre for more information.

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

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

Useful Info


Board Basis

All inclusive


23 days

Holiday Type

Cruise expedition holiday

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