Highlights of Antarctica

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Argentina
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Discover the rich wildlife and stunning icescapes of the most remote place on Earth when you join this highlights of Antarctica 12 day expedition.

Join in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a charter flight to Ushuaia, were your expedition vessel is waiting to take you to Antarctica. MS Fridtjof Nansen is a state of the art, next generation expedition ship, using a battery hybrid powered propulsion system, specifically designed to take you to remote regions like Antarctica in comfort. With an onboard science centre, 3 restaurants, gym, wellness centre, large indoor and outdoor observation decks, infinity pool and hot tubs. All cabins onboard are outside cabins and over half of them have private balconies, you will be able to experience all the highlights of Antarctica in safety and comfort.

With five days in Antarctica there is plenty of time to experience zodiac cruising through icy waterways, exploring glaciers and icebergs, or perhaps even opt to do this by kayak! Make shore landing to visit penguin rookeries, walk ashore, or simply sit on the beach or snow, relax and listen to the sounds of the Antarctic landscape. Always keep a lookout for whales, seals, bird life and more, the experienced expedition team will help you learn and interpret more of this remarkable wilderness. 

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Landing activities led by our professional English-speaking Expedition Team, hike, walk, photograph, and cruise Antarctica

Observation of a wide variety of wildlife living around the Frozen Continent.

"Everything is taken care of, so just relax and enjoy, including 5 full days in Antarctica, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

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/summer day or extend your stay by an optional pre-excursion to explore more of Argentina, just ask us for ideas!

Day 2
Buenos Aires Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego

Late nighters beware, we fly early in the morning to Ushuaia where hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. This port city competes with Chilean Puerto Williams for the seemingly coveted title of the southernmost city in the world. The Martial Glacier sits north of the city, creating an impressive mountain backdrop for the ‘end of the world’.

After a mandatory health and safety meeting on board the ship, kick off your journey with a welcome dinner hosted by the Expedition Team. You can then spend some time getting to know the ship that will be your home for the next several days.

Day 3-4
Crossing the Drake Passage

In order to get to Antarctica, we have to cross the infamous Drake Passage. It was named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake who discovered it by chance in 1578 when his ship was taken south by heavy winds. Since there is no landmass at this latitude, wind and water roam freely, making it hard for ships to sail here. But don’t worry, even the ‘Drake Shake’ isn’t a big deal for our modern expedition ship.

It takes two days to cross the roughly 1000-km-wide Drake Passage. So, you’ll have some time on your hands, which is definitely a good thing as there is plenty to do to get ready for your Antarctic adventure. The Expedition Team will start their lecture programme in the Science Center, drawing on decades of experience to teach you how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. As per IAATO guidelines, we will all wear sterilised rubber boats when ashore and ensure we vacuum our clothing beforehand to remove any possible foreign contaminants. You will also learn about the various hands-on Citizen Science projects you can get involved in, all of which feed into live research and current science.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, lies at your feet to be explored as well, quite literally. Work out in the indoor or outdoor gym, or order a spa treatment in our Wellness Area. There are also three superb restaurants on board where you can enjoy delicious meals that are a treat for your eyes and your taste buds. But even with all these mod cons, don’t forget to head out on deck from time to time to look for your first iceberg, and to spot wildlife like whales, numerous types of petrels and albatrosses.

Day 5-9
Antarctica & South Shetlands

Welcome to Antarctica. Being here, surrounded by icy waters, glaciers and icebergs big as cathedrals will probably make you feel like you’ve landed in a completely new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerising and massive. You might need to stop for a moment to be able to take it all in. That awe-inspired silence is inevitably broken though when you see the first signs of wildlife like penguins, whales or seals and enthusiastic cheers erupt spontaneously all across the ship.

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. In late spring from October to November, there will be much more snow, making the landscapes seem even more pristine. This forms the backdrop of penguin courting and nest building. Whales are still few and far in between during this time, most of them still on their way and beginning to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. Arrival of more whales marks the height of summer which is also when the first penguin chicks hatch. Seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around and is always a charming sight. February and March are the peak of whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.


When we get here, the Expedition Team will seize every chance to take you ice-cruising and on landings to get closer to the impressive scenery and wildlife. Spotting penguins from the ship is already an experience, which becomes even more wonderous when you go ashore to see them. It’s the same if a seal or whale suddenly appears next to you when cruising in our smaller explorer boats or when kayaking as part of an optional activity. Needless to say; keep your camera close at all times. To enhance your feeling of discovery, the Expedition Team will talk expertly about fascinating subjects like the frozen continent’s history, the biology of local wildlife, and glaciology.

Day 10-11
Cruise back to Ushuaia

After having explored remote and wild Antarctica over five days, we will be due to sail back for home. By this point, both your head and your heart will be filled with lifelong memories. You’ll hopefully also have captured many of these special moments on your camera. Crossing back over the Drake Passage, you’ll probably spend the next couple of days going through those pictures just to try and stay in Antarctica a little longer. The Expedition Team will also be doing the same as they recap the journey’s many experiences over in the Science Center. Working out is also a great way of processing everything you have seen, or maybe let your mind wander back to Antarctica in the Explorer Lounge and Bar?

Day 12
Ushuaia Buenos Aires

Your expedition cruise reaches its end as we return to Ushuaia. From here, you join a transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and a second chance to experience the Argentine capital. Since you are here already, why not extend your stay to keep your adventure going for a little while longer …we suggest visiting the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls.

You will now have travelled to the bottom of the world and back. You’ve journeyed to the fabled Seventh Continent and have enchanting stories and photos of penguins to prove it. Antarctica will likely hold a place in your heart which few other places can match. Together with the other explorers who have been there, may we do all we can to preserve its unique beauty.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfers in Buenos Aires & in Ushuaia as listed
  • Included Copy 20 Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included activities
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Rejuvenating wellness areas: treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track, gym, sauna
  • Included Copy 31 Optional kayaking, camping
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary Wi-Fi on board, limited due to remote region
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
  • Included Copy 7 Optional shore excursions, wellness and spa treatments
Transportation
MS Fridtjof Nansen | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

500 in Antarctica (530) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board
  • Included Explorations on Zodiacs
  • Included Shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Amazing wildlife opportunities, whales, seals, penguins and more!
  • Included Options to camp or kayak in Antarctica
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks
  • Included Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
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Duration

12 days

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$6,184 USD

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