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- New Voyage 2021
23 days - Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia - The Ultimate Expedition and Solar Eclipse
Join us for a fantastic expedition cruise to the Falklands, untouched South Georgia and experience a total Solar Eclipse from the South Orkney Islands before our ultimate exploration of Antarctica. Our team of experts from around the world lead ice-cruising and landings as we hike, explore and observe wildlife in the most remote continent on Earth.
- Experience the Solar Eclipse in the South Orkney Islands with an expert astronomer
- Enjoy landings to see thousands of animals: seals, penguins, birds and whales
- Hike, kayak and go ice-cruising in stunning Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
- Experience an in-depth exploration of the ‘Galápagos of the Poles’, South Georgia, home to vast numbers of King penguins
- Day 1
- Buenos Aires
- Day 2
- Tierra del Fuego
- Day 3
- At sea
- Days 4 - 5
- The Falklands Islands - Where the Natural World Rules
- Days 6 - 7
- Cruising the South Atlantic
- Days 8 - 10
- South Georgia - The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
- Days 11 - 12
- Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on Deck
- Day 13
- South Orkney Islands and Solar Eclipse
- Days 14 - 15
- Towards Antarctica
- Days 16 - 20
- Days 21 - 22
- The Drake Passage - The Voyage North
- Day 23
- The Southernmost Town in the World
- Start Place
- Buenos Aires
- End Place
- Half Moon Island, Antarctica
- Country Visited
- 23 Days
- Expedition Cruises
- Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
- Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Full board including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
- English-speaking Expedition Team
- In-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
Day 1 - Buenos Aires
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover 'Paris of South America' for yourself on a warm spring or summer day or extend your stay with an optional Pre-Programme to explore wild Patagonia.
Day 2 - Tierra del Fuego
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fram awaits. Once on board, kick off your journey with a welcome dinner.
Day 3 - At sea
We cross the open sea towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.
Days 4 - 5 - The Falklands Islands - Where the Natural World Rules
The Falkland Islands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white beaches. Here, the sheep graze alongside colonies of penguins, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge. Penguins waddle close to take a look, then continue on their way, providing great photo opportunities! We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at all the birds. Stanley makes an excellent starting point for our excursions. We will be docked in the capital the entire day.
Days 6 - 7 - Cruising the South Atlantic
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team starts the lecture programme on the area’s wildlife, whaling and polar history. They are well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of seals and the legends of the Norwegian whalers.
One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the men of the ill-fated ship Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery.
You will also learn what it takes to be an Antarctic Ambassador in our mandatory briefing and join the Citizen Science programme to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of Antarctica.
Days 8 - 10 - South Georgia - The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
We explore the thriving ecosystem and rich history of South Georgia. The area is known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean and is a world-famous location for wildlife photographers.
South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the limit of sea ice - makes an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. During our stay here, you will see adult seals lounge on the sand while their pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and penguins cluster in their thousands. Enjoy the sight of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic lagoons.
You will also visit a museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia also offers good hiking, and one of our favourite trails follows part of Shakleton´s route on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for the 22 men left on isolated Elephant Island.
Days 11 - 12 - Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on Deck
The Expedition Team will continue the lecture programme, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife. We are usually followed by different sea bird species, such as albatrosses.
Day 13 - South Orkney Islands and Solar Eclipse
The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 600 km northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. Our Expedition Team will be on deck to give out special-purpose solar filters which will protect your eyes while you observe the extraordinary occurrence.
If your cabin faces the right direction, you can enjoy the event through the window, without even having to change out of your pyjamas
A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.
After observing the Solar Eclipse, we plan to explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs and sea ice.
Days 14 - 15 - Towards Antarctica
As we continue towards Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the region. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.
Days 16 - 20 - Antarctica
Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90 per cent of the world´s ice, reaching up to 4,000 metres in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.
As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. We are founding members of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and faithfully follow strict environmental guidelines designed to protect the perfect natural balance of the ecosystem here.
No human activity permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. When we leave, we will not even leave foot prints behind.
Our captain and Expedition Team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and to come ashore on landings for exciting activities. You may have the chance to kayak the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even camp on the world´s most isolated continent.
Days 21 - 22 - The Drake Passage - The Voyage North
On our way back to civilisation, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.
Day 23 - The Southernmost Town in the World
We make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, and your journey back continues with a flight to Buenos Aires. If you crave even more exploration after Antarctica, we recommend you extend your stay in Buenos Aires or join an optional Post-Programme to the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls.
Prices are from prices per person, based on twin share.
14 Dec 2021
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Medical questionnaire is mandatory