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Highlights of the Frozen Continent

Hurtigruten MS Fridtjof Nansen
Date 17th Nov 21
Nights 11 Nights
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly from London and arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer from airport to a hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the 'Paris of South America' at your own pace.
2
Ushuaia, Argentina
Transfer to the airport and fly to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, your expedition adventure commences with a welcome-on-board dinner.
3-4
Crossing the Drake Passage - At sea
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as the ship crosses the infamous Drake Passage! MS Fridtjof Nansen is designed especially to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. As the cruise continues south, there will be lectures for all ages on the environment, films about Antarctica, and the Nansen Science Centre offers the latest technology for preserving your memories. This will be the heart of the expedition community; where you'll gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, mingle, and share stories.
5-9
Antarctica
Breathe in the crisp, cold air like you’ve never experienced it before as you cross the Antarctic Convergence, one of the most remote areas on earth! There have been spectacular photo opportunities so far, but Antarctica itself is a whole new ball game. Go ashore to explore the breath-taking Antarctic scenery and to come close to penguins and seals. From the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice, you'll feel like a real explorer. There will be ample opportunities to sight whales from the deck and to enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations, and relics. Every second of this journey has something new to offer! Nature is in command in Antarctica, so all landings are subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. 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. MS Fridtjof Nansen features a wide variety of custom-built expedition equipment including a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, kayaks, paddleboards to give you the best opportunity to discover and explore like never before, and large inflatable explorer boats for landings in otherwise inaccessible destinations. Our expedition continues to Half Moon Island, a photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable. Savour the surroundings of 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. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called 'Whale-mina Bay’, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December. There will be plenty of planned activities to allow you to experience Antarctica in the best way. This might mean that one day you'll go shore to see penguins, the next day you'll cruise between the sea ice looking for leopard seals, and on the third day, go kayaking or on a longer hike or walk. On the 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 Lemaire Channel is the beautiful landing site of Pleneau where stranded icebergs fill the bay. Cuverville Island boast large colonies of Gentoo penguins, and 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. Back on board there are countless activities in the Science Centre. Join gatherings where the expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and the expedition leader discusses the next day’s plan. For younger guests, there’s the Young Explorer Programme; a scientific introduction to biology, history, wildlife, and learning more about navigation with lectures, field trips, and visits to the Nansen Science Centre.
10-11
Crossing the Drake Passage - At sea
After exploring this exhilarating continent, the ship sets a course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea re-capping your experiences, exploring the Science Centre, or simply relaxing in the Wellness area or on deck.
12
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It’s time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends as MS Fridtjof Nansen arrives in Ushuaia. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and onwards to London.
Hays Extras
Hays Extras
  • Return flights from London - book by 31st July 2020
  • Departures available November 2021 - March 2022
  • Overnight in Buenos Aires with breakfast
  • Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Overseas transfers
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team
  • Range of included excursions
Why Book
Why Book
  • See the best Antarctica has to offer on an advanced expedition cruise
  • Experience massive glaciers, icebergs, polar landscape and rich wildlife
  • Mix of landings and ice-cruising as well as optional adventures
  • Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board

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Background
MS Fridtjof Nansen
Overview

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition∘ to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. From 2019, she will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion∘ system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen.

Combining state of the art technology∘ premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled∘ destinations, the two Norwegian built ships introduces the next generation of adventure travel.

MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Food & Drink

MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking – where our honest and delicious cuisine reflects our destinations.

Entertainment

An expedition cruise with Hurtigruten is rigged towards maximizing your experiences of the places we are going to. On days when we are not landing we encourage you to spend as much time as possible out on deck. Join our educational talks and lectures at different locations on board. A travel experience is often much richer if you have knowledge and understanding about the nature, wildlife, culture and history of your destination.

Our Expedition Team will make sure you are well prepared for the experiences ahead of you. They will also re-capitulate and answer questions in hindsight. You will not find bingo, arcade games and entertainment theatres often found on conventional cruise ships. Our aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some light entertainment on board in the evenings.

Health & Fitness

After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym∘ and Wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks∘ with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.

Kids & Teens

There is no age restriction on our other destinations∘. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered on each landing. It is entirely at the Captain’s discretion to allow children∘ on shore landings.

There is a playroom available for children.

Young Explorer is a complimentary, year-round programme∘ on selected Hurtigruten ships for curious and active youth aged 7-13 years of age.

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Terms & Conditions
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