Built in 2007 and after a decade of exploring some of the most spectacular waters on our planet including Antarctica, MS Fram will receive a total makeover and re-emerge in 2020 as a brand-new expedition ship with new accommodation, public areas and dining venues and, more environmentally friendly engines. The spacious outdoor viewing decks bring you up close to nature and the Expedition Team further enhance your experience with lectures throughout the trip. Spend days afloat enjoying the tranquil atmosphere and relax on the sun deck which is the ideal place to take in the passing views. The rooftop sauna is a great place to unwind and relax, or take a dip in one of the bubbling hot Jacuzzis. Enjoy a work-out with a scenic passing view as you use the treadmills or bikes in the fitness room.
The restaurant offers open seating and buffet-style cuisine at breakfast and lunch. All tables in this restaurant have views of the outside scenery through the panoramic windows. Dinner varies between buffets, set menus, and barbeques; with the mode of dining announced daily in the on-board programme.
The observation deck offers a comfortable sitting area where you can enjoy a range of drinks while gazing at the incredible natural views from the top of the ship. The lounge also has a coffee service throughout the day.
The entertainment on board MS Fram is relaxed and low-key and the Expedition Team host a lecture programme and daily gatherings. Step out on deck as they guide you through the points of interest, nature, culture and other phenomena along the ever-changing coastline. Enjoy ambient background music in the evening as you socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge. Stroll along the several observation decks and enjoy the scenic views from all panoramic angles. The high-tech Science Centre and Lecture Hall are where you can discover scientific and educational activities with the Expedition Team.
Day 1 : Fly from the UK to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina and birthplace of the tango for an overnight stay. Enjoy an optional city tour in the afternoon then spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.
Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina
Fly from Buenos Aires in the morning to Ushuaia where you will have time to explore the world’s southernmost city or join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking MS Fram. Your expedition commences with an evening sailing through the scenic Beagle Channel.
Day 3: At sea
Enjoy lectures from the Expedition Team during a day at sea and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck as you voyage into the open sea towards the Falkland Islands.
Day 4-6: The Falkland Islands
Wonders of nature and wildlife abound in the beautiful Falkland Islands, offering stunning white beaches and open spaces where colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins are a familiar sight alongside the grazing sheep, while birds of prey survey the seamless horizons of clear blue skies. Take advantage of some unique photo opportunities as inquisitive penguins get up close then happily waddle on their way. The island’s capital, Stanley, can easily be reached on foot where a variety of shops and places of interest are waiting to be discovered and from where adventures further afield await you.
Day 7-8: At sea
Enjoy a variety of presentations during two days cruising the South Atlantic Ocean to beautiful South Georgia and discover the area’s polar history, wildlife and whaling industry. Hurtigruten’s Expedition Team will keep you enthralled on every facet of South Georgia on topics including geology, glaciology and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. You also have the opportunity to learn fascinating stories of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the ill-fated Endurance during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Day 9-13: South Georgia
Explore the unique beauty, wildlife and rich history of South Georgia, the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean. Teeming with millions of seals, penguins and seabirds, it’s a perfect place for keen photographers. Highlights include visits to Fortuna Bay’s abandoned whaling stations and Gold Harbour with its spectacular hanging glaciers, cliffs and lagoons. Visit the whaling museum, pay your respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton at the tiny graveyard or follow in his footsteps and pursue a hike along part of the route towards the mountainous and ice-covered Elephant Island.
Day 14: At sea towards Antarctica
Cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.
Day 15-20: Antarctica
Breathe in the crisp, cold air like you’ve never experienced it before as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and marvel at the sight of penguins, glaciers and icebergs. Nature is in command in Antarctica, so all landings are subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. It may be possible to visit the ring-shaped sunken active volcano of Deception Island in the South Shetland archipelago, where you may wish explore the caldera on foot during an organised hike. Sailing through Antarctic waters offers a wide range of breathtaking sights such as the skyward soaring cliffs that are home to nesting cape petrels and kelp gulls below, and a stony beach makes a suitable landing place outside of nesting season. Other possible landings include Half Moon Island, Hanna Point and Paulet Island to view the amazing wildlife, snow and ice covered surroundings. It may also be possible to navigate the narrow Errera Channel to view the trapped icebergs in shallows to Danco Island enroute to the nearby Antarctic mainland. The British station of Port Lockroy is home to a museum offering an insight into 1950s life on an Antarctic base. South of Lemair Channel is the beautiful landing site of Pleneau where stranded icebergs fill the bay. When opportunities arise kayaks are launched enabling you to view the incredible ice-covered surroundings from a different perspective, pitch tents and hike ashore adding another dimension whilst you explore untouched places during your unforgettable and unique Antarctic experience.
Day 21-22: The Drake Passage
During your return voyage towards Cape Horn and final destination, Ushuaia, you will have further opportunity to attend fascinating lectures and recount and share all of your extraordinary Antarctic experiences with fellow passengers.
Day 23: Overnight stay in airport hotel
Day 24: Buenos Aires to UK
Transfer from hotel in Buenos Aires to airport for your return flight to the UK.