Antarctica and Falklands - Southern Hemisphere Adventure (Northbound)
17 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
DAY 1 Cultural and Cool
Location: Buenos Aires
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the 'Paris of South America' for yourself.
DAY 2 Tierra del Fuego
Location: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome on board dinner.
DAY 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Location: Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will take your breath away! MS Fridtjof Nansen is designed to make polar exploration suitable for all ages and learning levels. Lectures and films about Antarctica will be presented, and the Activity Center will provide the latest technology for preserving your memories. The Activity Center is the heart of your expedition community – a great place to gather for talks, recaps, and spontaneous events, and is the ideal place to mingle and share stories.
DAY 5-9 Penguins, Icebergs, Seals, and Whales
Antarctica is sure to inspire you with its beauty: endless white horizons above oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be meeting the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to truly close encounters with this most charming of bird species as you go ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. You'll enjoy close encounters with Antarctic wildlife and glaciers, and old whaling stations and its relics. And from the deck, there are great opportunities to spot whales. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations are non-stop.
We will land several times for unforgettable experiences as weather and ice conditions allow. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbor is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbor got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago: When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice.
DAY 10-11 Scanning for Wildlife and Joining Lectures
Location: At sea
The expedition team will continue its lecture program, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as we make out way north to the Falklands.
DAY 12-13 Pubs, Penguins, and Perfect Wilderness
Location: Falkland Islands
When we arrive the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley, to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline, and kayaking in crystal-clear waters. New Island is an lovely inlet, with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if only the weather was a little bit warmer!
We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day among penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions such as history tours, birdwatching tours, nature walks, and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.
DAY 14-16 Enjoy Onboard Activities
Location: At sea
Days at sea are full of activity and learning. By now, our expedition team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fascinating and fun! We can promise first class 'edutainment'!
DAY 17 Fascinating Capital
Montevideo boasts colorful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of Colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America's most interesting cities, you can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings; the vibrant Mercado del Puerto; the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums, and art galleries; and the stretch of white-sand beaches that surround the city after disembarking the MS Fridtjof Nansen.
All This Included
This adventure brings you to highlights of South America, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica. See penguins, seals, and whales, and take hikes on the ice and kayak among icebergs. And on board there is so much to do. Take advantage of our Activity Center for exciting lectures, activities, and more, that are designed to enhance your trip.
Cabin onboard MS Midnatsol
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