The Ultimate Expedition

Join us for the ultimate in expeditions as we cruise through ice and landings in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Exploring as far south as possible, this cruise pushes the boundaries and goes well beyond the limit of ordinary voyages.

Our extreme expedition cruise attempts to cross the legendary Antarctic Circle. Venturing far into remote waters you’ll get to see unimagined wildlife – penguins, seals, birds, whales and more in their natural habitat.

The Coldest Place on Earth

The site of the South Pole and the southernmost continent, Antarctica, is an ice-covered landmass and is made up of 98% solid ice. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and at 5,500,00 square miles it is the fifth-largest continent and is nearly twice the size of Australia. Inhospitable, vast and impressive, it promises to be an indescribable experience quite like no other.

Explore the amazing scenery and wonder at the unspoilt wilderness as you follow in the footsteps of the early Antarctic explorers Shackleton and Cook. This is an extreme and action-packed 23-day winter adventure.

  • Experience ice-cruising and landings in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica
  • See the abundance of diverse wildlife in South Georgia, the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’
  • Hike, camp and kayak in unforgettable landscapes
  • Visit the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Get up close and personal with the powerful beauty of Antarctica

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to explore but bear in mind that this is just an indication of what you can experience.

Day 1: Buenos Aires

The Birthplace of Tango

Buenos Aires, the vibrant and bustling capital of Argentina is the starting point for our expedition. An overnight stay gives you the chance to acquaint yourself and explore this lively city.

Day 2: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

Tierra del Feugo

An early morning flight to Ushuaia gives you some time to experience this beautiful city before picking up the ship and sailing through the scenic Beagle Channel.

There is also the opportunity to take advantage of an optional excursion to Tierra del Feugo National Park. Created in 1960, the park covers some 68,909 hectares and combines marine, wood and mountain environments. It promises the most unusual scenery and the purest air ever found.

Day 3: At Sea

The Vast Open Sea

Enjoy the abundance of wildlife from the deck and learn more about their habitat and environment with our in-depth lectures as we cross the open sea towards the Falkland Islands.

Day 4: The Falkland Islands

The Wonders of Nature

Clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white beaches. The Falklands is a natural wonderland where diverse wildlife live side by side. Here, it’s not unusual to find sheep grazing alongside large colonies of albatross and penguins, whilst the skies are filled with caracaras, on the hunt for their next meal.

We dock at Stanley, the island’s capital for a full day, so you’ll have plenty of time to acquaint yourself with the town. There is also an included self-guided walk (can be taken as part of a group or on an individual basis). Starting at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens the walk takes in Christchurch Cathedral, Whalebone Arch and the Historic Dockyard Museum.

Day 5: At Sea

The South Atlantic Ocean

As we head to South Georgia, we spend two days cruising. Our on-board Expedition Team are very familiar with South Georgia and will be on hand to give you information not just on the geology and glaciology of the area but also on the wildlife, whaling and polar history.

Day 6: South Georgia

The Galapagos of the Poles

The natural beauty of South Georgia makes it a favoured spot for nature photographers. Yet what makes this place special is its unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem. Remaining outside of the yearly sea ice, it lends itself as the perfect environment and home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds.

Conscious of protecting their natural habitat, our activities are designed to bring you close enough without disturbing the wildlife. We also hope to visit a whaling museum and to pay our respects at the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 7: At Sea

Heading to Antarctica

Focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the continent, another day at sea gives you time to learn and familiarise yourself with the wonders of the Antarctic. Setting our course for Elephant Island, we will cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island.

Day 8: Antarctica

Wildlife in its Natural Habitat

You’ll notice that the air becomes crisper and cooler as we approach Antarctica. This is a true wilderness and where our Captain comes into his own. Working with the elements he’ll attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula to show you the diversity of the incredible landscape and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

To make this voyage extra special, we hope to cross the Polar Circle. At 66 degrees 33’ south, it’s far beyond the limit of most cruises in Antarctica, with areas that are permanently iced down and unnavigable in the winter.

To get close to its powerful beauty, when opportunities arise, our Expedition Team will take you to landings and ice cruising. You’ll also get the chance to kayak among the icebergs, take unforgettable hikes to explore some of the more remote places and you might even get the chance to pitch tents ashore.

Day 9: The Drake Passage

The Voyage North

Heading for our return journey, you’ll get the opportunity to continue our lecture series and to recap this amazing experience. Setting sail once again for Ushuaia (the southern tip of Argentina) is roughly 950km in good weather.

Day 10: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Pointing South

Your cruise ends where it started, in Ushuaia, where you’ll fly back to Buenos Aires.

What’s included

Included in your voyage:

  • Return economy flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Hurtigruten Expedition cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you will visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
  • Professional hand-picked English-speaking Expedition Team experienced in the region we sail in
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • All meals with beverages included (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • A la carte restaurant (for suite guests only)
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna

Onboard activities and lectures:

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture providing context to your voyage and helping you to understand the destinations you will experience
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities – learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips and tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
  • Destination-focused onboard library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

What’s not included in your voyage:

  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes
  • Optional small-group Explorer photo programme with our Expedition Photographer
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling

Please Note:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • It is essential to complete a medical questionnaire

Life On Board

The Hurtigruten line was originally launched to transport people and goods along the coast of Norway. It was particularly prevalent in winter when infrastructure was still in its infancy and land travel was generally more difficult. Even though there are now alternative means of transport, the Hurtigruten line still runs, calling at 34 ports along the Norwegian coastline.

They are though, not traditional cruise ships and life on board a Hurtigruten ship is vastly different to what you might expect onboard a traditional cruise liner and offers less in terms of entertainment. However, as a majority of their ships are much smaller than traditional cruise ships (150 – 500 passengers as opposed to 1000s) it means that they can enter the fjords in both winter and summer. And because they stop at so many ports, you will get to see more of the Norwegian coastline as opposed to just the ‘highlights’.

They also don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and amenities. The cabins are all elegantly furnished with a choice of cabin to suit all budgets. One of the most popular ships, the MS Polarlys, was refurbished in 2016. Featuring a modern, Arctic-inspired interior, there are three restaurants offering a range of different cuisine, a Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. On deck you can while the time away and take in the view from one of the two hot tubs, or if you prefer, enjoy a drink at the bar at the front of the ship.

But Hurtigruten really does come into its own with its on-board Expedition team. Passionate and experienced about all things ‘Norwegian’, the team host lectures, presentation programmes and activities on a regular basis.

Features at a glance:

  • Expedition Team
  • Three restaurants
  • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Hot tubs
  • Fitness room
  • Conference room
  • Lift
  • Car deck

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