The Frozen Land of the Penguins
The Frozen Land of the Penguins– Antarctica –13 days / 12 nights, Ushuaia - Drake Passage - Antarctic Convergence - Antarctica - UshuaiaJoin the Classic expedition to Antarctica, the planet's last untouched continent. Voyage on the MS Fram, one of the most advanced expedition cruise ships ever built. The voyage will take us through the Drake Passage, escorted by albatross and storm petrels before sighting the magical white landscape. Enjoy the continent's summertime with its incredible wildlife of seals, whales and penguins as you travel in the footsteps of great explorers.
17 Nov 2015 & 4, 16 Jan 2016, Regular rates, in USD per person, double occupancy
Nov 15, 2016 & Jan 2 & 14, 2017 voyages, Early booking rates, in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to withdrawal
|Operation||November 17, 2015 - January 2, 14, 2017
|Departure||November 17, 2015 #1602
January 4, 16, 2016 #1602
November 15, 2016 #1602A
January 2, 14, 2017 #1602A
|Price||from $5,690 per person, inside cabin I,
November 15, 2016 & January 2, 14, 2017 voyages
|Included||Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage
Cabin grade of your choice
Full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Complimentary tea and coffee
Wind and water-resistant jacket
Landings with Polarcirkel boats
Activities onboard and ashore
Professional English speaking Expedition team
Lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
USANT1602A ONLY: Hotel night + breakfast in Ushuaia and transfers from hotel to ship.
|Not Included||International flights
Optional excursions and gratuities
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions.
All itineraries are subject to change.
Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.
|More Information||Good to Know|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL USHUAIA Your voyage starts in Ushuaia where MS Fram awaits you. After embarkation there will be a welcome meeting where you can meet your fellow travellers, and the Captain introduces you to his officers and the Expedition Team. In the evening we set a course for the Southern Ocean and the Christmas adventure that awaits us.
Aboard MS Fram
Day 2 - 3 DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D) The Drake Passage is where the Atlantic and Pacific meet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. In addition to spotting the magnificent wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica.
Aboard MS Fram
Day 4 - 10 ANTARCTICA (B, L, D) Antarctica is an endless white wilderness full of fantastic vistas and nature. In spite of all the snow and ice Antarctica is teeming with life. It is home to millions of penguins, thousands of seals and is a rich feeding area for large numbers of whale. Antarctica is the home for many species including Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. There are no land predators in Antarctica, so they are fearless when encountering humans - they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.
Some of the highlights when we arrive in the South Shetlands are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of Chinstrap penguins. Once on land, you can either stroll around at your own pace, or join our Expedition Team for an activity. We have various routes to choose from, either taking you through spectacular scenery or to one of the penguin colonies.
The main attraction for many visitors on Yankee Harbour is the terraced Gentoo penguin colony with an estimated 4,000 breeding pairs. Predatory Skua also nest here and visitors often witness the struggle between a penguin protecting its young and a Skua trying to feed theirs. Cuverville Island possesses the largest known colony of Gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Majestic mountains and high glacier walls surround the Gentoo penguin colony in Neko Harbour. This is one of the rare places on the Antarctic Peninsula where we may land on the mainland itself.
Paradise Harbour is well named with its incredible scenery. It offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing, some of the finest vistas the Peninsula has to offer and a colony of friendly Gentoo penguins! The Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica. Depending on sea and ice conditions, you might be able to take an optional exclusive tour through the channel on our Polarcirkel boats.
On Petermann Island you will see thousands of Adelie penguins. It's location in the picturesque Penola Strait makes a great spot for iceberg- and whale-spotting and offers spectacular views across the channel to the Antarctic Peninsula.
The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting Gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors.
The mountains and high glaciers around Wilhelmina Bay ensure plenty of dramatic scenery and sculpted ice from tiny pieces to large icebergs. The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic sound are home to an estimated half million Adelie penguins as well as Gentoo penguins, Leopard seals, and Killer whales.
Brown Bluff lies on the coast of the Antarctic Sound at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Adelie penguins, Gentoo penguins, Kelp gulls, and Cape petrels can be found breeding here and Weddell seals are regular visitors. It's possible to land here and walk along the beach among the penguins. The best way to experience Adelie penguins however is just to sit quietly and watch nature's cutest comedians at work.
Aboard MS Fram
Day 11 - 12 DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D) On our way back to civilization, we spend two days crossing the Drake Passage.
Aboard MS Fram
Day 13 USHUAIA (B) Situated on the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the largest city in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego region. Here your adventure ends.