All inclusive Highlights of Antarctica with Return Flights from Australia


Back by popular demand! Enjoy an all-inclusive 2022/23 Antarctica expedition from $11,990 per person twin share. Plus receive up to $450 per cabin onboard credit!

  • Type

    Ocean Cruising

  • Destination

    Polar Regions

  • Cruise Line

    Hurtigruten Expeditions

  • Supplier

    Hurtigruten Expeditions

  • Departs

    1 November 2022

    17 November 2022

    27 November 2022

    17 December 2022

    27 December 2022


Includes


  • International Flights ex AU/NZ

  • Local charter flights

  • Extra Pre and Post Accommodation

  • All Transfers

  • Expedition jacket & environmentally friendly water bottle

  • Free WIFI

  • Premium onboard inclusions

  • Meal time drinks package

  • Landings, activities and expedition boat cruising

  • Citizen Science Project participation and lectures


Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

  • Experience the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands during summer
  • Ice-cruises and landings bring you to see glaciers, icebergs, seals and penguins
  • Our hybrid-powered expedition ship creates the lowest possible CO2 footprint
  • Experienced Expedition Team will deliver lectures and accompany landings


Day 1 Buenos Aires

Arrival Day

After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Starting off on the right foot

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires, the lovely capital of Argentina. Check out the well-preserved Italian and French architecture, order delicious beef in one of the many great steakhouses and maybe practise your dancing moves in the famous hometown of tango. Make sure to embrace the heat from this sensuous city, because it is about to get much colder.

Day 3 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Southernmost city in the world?

Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM



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 4 - 5 Drake Passage

Centring on the science

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 6 -10 Antarctica

Otherworldly

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 11 - 12 Drake Passage

Heading back to civilisation

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 13 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Explorers unite!

Estimated time of arrival is 7:00 AM



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. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 14 Buenos Aires

Departure Day

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand.


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Disclaimer


The price you see online already includes the discount.
Valid for departures between October 2022 to March 2023.
‘From’ price based on lead in cabin on 7 November 2022 departure.
Book by 28 February 2022, unless sold out prior.
Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC . Other departure cities available with a $300 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/WLG/CBR. Flight timings and routings only available approximately 10 to 11 months in advance. Transfers may be on a shared basis. International airfares based on economy class.
Solo traveller supplements may apply.
Normal booking payment and cancellation conditions apply.
This offer is valid for new, individual bookings only and on select departures, and subject to withdrawal at any time without notice. Offer is combinable with the Ambassador Loyalty Discount, Corona Virus Rebooking Discount and the 'Keep Sailing and Save' offer.