The Ultimate Expedition

Join us for a fantastic expedition cruise to the Falklands and untouched South Georgia before our ultimate exploration of Antarctica.


Falkland, South Georgia, Antarctica
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Duration: 23 days
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Language: English speaking voyage


Included
Optional


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.

Itinerary

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Day 1 Buenos Aires - Cultural and Cool
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the `Paris of South America´ for yourself, or extend your stay with an optional Pre-program to explore wild Patagonia.

Day 2 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fram awaits you. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

Day 3 At sea - Across the Open Sea
We cross the open sea toward the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

Day 4-6 The Falkland Islands - Where the Natural World Rules
The Falkland Islands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white-sand 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, giving you time to discover on foot, as most shops and services are clustered around the port.
Optional Excursions
Stanley - Community Walk. * Included. Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek. For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour. Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
Stanley - Scenic Air Tour. See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights. If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.

Day 7-8 At sea - Cruising the South Atlantic
We spend two days cruising to beautiful South Georgia. Along the way you can participate in lectures about the area’s wildlife, whaling, and polar history. Our Expedition Team is 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 Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programs to help collect data for current scientific research.

Day 9-13 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 by the 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 favorite 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.

Day 14-15 At sea - Towards Antarctica
As we continue toward Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Great White Continent, 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 also analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Day 16-20 Antarctica … Another World!
Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90% of the world´s ice, reaching up to 1,300 feet 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 is 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 footprints 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.

Day 21-22 The Drake Passage - The Voyage North
On our way back to civilization, 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 600 miles or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 23 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires - 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-program to the magnificent Iguazú waterfalls.

Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires - Cultural and Cool
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the `Paris of South America´ for yourself, or extend your stay with an optional Pre-program to explore wild Patagonia.

Day 2 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fram awaits you. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

Day 3 At sea - Across the Open Sea
We cross the open sea toward the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

Day 4-6 The Falkland Islands - Where the Natural World Rules
The Falkland Islands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white-sand 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, giving you time to discover on foot, as most shops and services are clustered around the port.
Optional Excursions
Stanley - Community Walk. * Included. Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek. For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour. Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
Stanley - Scenic Air Tour. See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights. If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.

Day 7-8 At sea - Cruising the South Atlantic
We spend two days cruising to beautiful South Georgia. Along the way you can participate in lectures about the area’s wildlife, whaling, and polar history. Our Expedition Team is 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 Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programs to help collect data for current scientific research.

Day 9-13 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 by the 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 favorite 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.

Day 14-15 At sea - Towards Antarctica
As we continue toward Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Great White Continent, 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 also analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Day 16-20 Antarctica … Another World!
Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90% of the world´s ice, reaching up to 1,300 feet 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 is 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 footprints 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.

Day 21-22 The Drake Passage - The Voyage North
On our way back to civilization, 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 600 miles or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 23 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires - 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-program to the magnificent Iguazú waterfalls.


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INCLUSIONS

Hotel: Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Flights: Flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Transfers:
Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition
Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a short tour of the town

Expedition Cruise:
Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Complimentary tea and coffee
Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore

Onboard Activities:
Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics, with extra focus on astronomy and Solar Eclipse
Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, and indoor gym
Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities:
Escorted landings with small explorer boats while in Antarctica
Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

EXCLUSIONS

International flights
Travel protection
Luggage handling
Optional shore excursions with our local partners
Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes:
All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
Excursions and activities are subject to change
Medical declaration form is mandatory
Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
No gratuities expected


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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