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Fridtjof Nansen | Highlights of Antarctica, 12 Day

12 Days FROM USD 9,199

Overview

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Explore the frozen beauty of the worlds final frontier on this incredible 12-day expedition. After a night in the eccentric Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Ushuaia to embark on the hybrid-powered Roald Amundsen. As you cross the Drake Passage you will be welcomed to the indescribable magic of the Frozen White Continent. From indescribable icescapes to unique and curious wildlife - discover one of the most pristine and untouched landscapes on Earth. 

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Camping, Hiking

Trip Code: ACHUHAF

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: FRIDTJOF NANSEN

Flights: Return economy flight Buenos Aires - Ushuaia included in cruise cost. Please contact us to organise your international flight.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage on board the Fridtjof Nansen - A hybrid-powered polar expedition vessel making for a less impactful expedition experience. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

An overnight stay in Buenos Aires is the ideal setting to kickstart your adventure. Famously called the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. You can spend the evening at your leisure, sampling an authentic steak dinner at one of the city’s many parrillas or sightseeing some of the city’s best-known landmarks at Plaza de Mayo.

But to get the most out of your experience, we urge you to arrive a few days early to really immerse yourself in this seductive and sophisticated city, replete with historic French and Italian architecture.

Buenos Aires is home to numerous fine and modern art museums, landscaped parks and one of the world’s greatest opera houses – Teatro Colón. And that’s before we even mention the world-famous nightlife - Including the cities renown tango shows.

Arrival in Buenos Aires

We fly first thing in the morning to a place nicknamed ‘End of the World’: the bustling port city of Ushuaia. It is here where your voyage truly begins. Once on board, you’ll meet the Expedition Team and crew members who will take you through a mandatory meeting related to health and safety – both yours and others. Later that evening, we mark the launch of our journey with a welcome dinner. Afterwards, you can familiarise yourself with this state-of-the-art vessel, especially designed for sustainable voyages in polar waters. On our way through the scenic Beagle Channel, you can watch for the rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife.

Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Gateway to the Antarctic, the Drake Passage has rightly earned its notorious reputation as any voyager’s rite of passage. It can be rough. It can be choppy. It can be exhilarating! In 2019, a crew of six fatigued men became the first to row across it, skirting drifting ice and huge waves. It took them 13 days. Thankfully, it will take you just two.

Drake Passage - Day 3 to 4

You may have read about Antarctica, watched every documentary you could find about it. You may even have been paying rapt attention in a lecture about it just the day before. But nothing ever quite prepares you for the moment you see it for yourself. Step into an endless wilderness of ice, icebergs, and glaciers. A place where nature is king and the rest of us, mere observers.

A range of seabirds that include bitterns, swans, and petrels soar in the sky and gather on the shores. In addition to thousands of penguins, you might see seals playing in the water, a breaching humpback whale or even spot an orca, if you are lucky. You’ll notice that the penguins are unafraid of humans – this is their turf after all. Our Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and on landings to get you even closer to the impressive scenery. You may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs on an optional activity. And whenever time allows, the Expedition Team will continue to give lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the fascinating world we are exploring.

Very quickly, surrounded by such pristine nature, you understand the oft used advice about Antarctica – take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. And that is exactly how we will explore here. At every step of the way, whether on ice-cruises or landings, the Expedition Team will be making sure we stick closely to strict safety and sustainability procedures.

Antarctica - Day 5 to 9

After five days capturing as much of Antarctica as you can on your camera, you will need some time to absorb this life-affirming experience. The two days back up the Drake Passage will certainly give you that – and a whole lot more. You’ll now have an opportunity to get even more involved with the Citizen Science programme and analyse samples on a microscopic level. You can also deepen some of your knowledge by attending more lectures on themes like the changing climate or plastic pollution, and we will reflect on our experiences in the frozen continent.

When you are ready to kick back and enjoy all the amenities of your advanced hybrid-powered vessel, you can do that too. Feel free to work out in our large gym, jog around our dedicated outdoor running track, treat yourself in the Wellness Centre or simply relax on deck while spotting the many seabirds which follow our ship.

Drake Passage - Day 10 to 11

Your expedition cruise ends where it began: in Ushuaia. Soon, you’ll be back in Buenos Aires. From there, you’ll simply head on home, or you’ll have a second chance to acquaint yourself with the passionate city of the Portenos. Joining an optional Post-Programme to the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls is another option.

Fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
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Pricing per person & dates

Fridtjof Nansen | Highlights of Antarctica, 12 Day from USD 9,199
Departing Ending Duration
08 Nov 2022 19 Nov 2022 12
18 Nov 2022 29 Nov 2022 12
28 Nov 2022 09 Dec 2022 12
08 Dec 2022 19 Dec 2022 12
18 Dec 2022 29 Dec 2022 12
28 Dec 2022 08 Jan 2023 12
07 Jan 2023 18 Jan 2023 12
17 Jan 2023 28 Jan 2023 12
27 Jan 2023 07 Feb 2023 12
22 Feb 2023 05 Mar 2023 12
04 Mar 2023 15 Mar 2023 12

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Camping

Camping

Hiking

Hiking

Important Information

  • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
    Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
    Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
    Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town
    Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals on board including snacks
    All onshore excursions and zodiac cruising
    Free use of rubber boots and waterproof jacket during course of voyage
    Pre-night accommodation prior to embarkation, including breakfast and transfer
    Transfer to airport upon disembarkation 
    All port taxes

    EXCLUSIONS

    International airfare
    Visa and passport expenses 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages (other then tea and coffee) 
    Personal expenses such as laundry and on board communication 
    Gratuities for Staff and crew
    Optional activities whilst on board

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

As a member of IAATO we follow guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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