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Experience Antarctica

Antarctica
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLAA

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

After beginning your adventure in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, you'll embark your ship for the cruise of a lifetime across Antarctica – the last continent virtually untouched by humans. You'll navigate the infamous Drake Passage, sail amongst magnificent glaciers and see spectacular wildlife.

After beginning your adventure in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, you'll embark your ship for the cruise of a lifetime across Antarctica – the last continent virtually untouched by humans. You'll navigate the infamous Drake Passage, sail amongst magnificent glaciers and see spectacular wildlife.

PRICE FROM ? £10999 per person
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What's Included

​Just You Tour Manager as your host

Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways & internal flights

2 nights in a 5-star hotel plus 2 nights in flight

11 nights aboard the MS Fridtjof Nansen

35 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners

Expedition Guides

Overseas transfers & other transportation

Tour of Buenos Aires
Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Enjoy onboard lectures from Antarctica experts
Look out for an array of wildlife including penguins, whales, seals & many types of seabird
All landings depend upon weather conditions but should include Half Moon Island, Deception Island, Neko Harbour & Cuverville Island

 

Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK to Buenos Aires
  • You will depart on your overnight flight to Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, today.
  • Day 2 Buenos Aires
  • On arrival in Buenos Aires, we'll transfer to our overnight hotel, and then set off on a sightseeing tour of this exciting city. Highlights include Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosada is the focal point, and the colourful artists' colony, the La Boca District. We'll also see Recoleta cemetery, famous as the burial place of Eva Peron.
    This evening we'll gather as a group and get to know one another better over a welcome drink.
  • Day 3 Ushuaia
  • Our day starts with an early-morning flight to Ushuaia, where we'll join our ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, and set sail for Antarctica. We'll meet the crew and expedition staff, who will outline our upcoming programme, and enjoy a special dinner to welcome us on board.
  • Day 4 Drake Passage
  • ​We're now heading into open waters, eventually navigating the famous Drake Passage, a deep waterway which was notorious among the early polar explorers. This is a voyage that few people get to experience and we'll cross the Antarctic Convergence, where the warm water from the north meets the cold, less salty water from the south. This makes the ocean rich in nutrients and home to an array of unique marine life. The passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the only current that flows completely around the globe. Every second, up to 150 million cubic metres of water are transported from west to east here and conditions can be rough. However, the passage is often called the 'Drake Lake' and can also be placid – usually it's somewhere in the middle.
    While we sail, why not take an optional photography workshop to help you get the most from your camera once you're ashore. There will also be presentations by our Expedition Guides on the history and wildlife of Antarctica, and guidance for ensuring that nothing about our visit disturbs this vulnerable environment. Our aim is to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! 
  • Day 5 Drake Passage
  • Today we continue our crossing of Drake Passage, and as we sail there will be many more opportunities to attend lectures about the White Continent, which we will reach tomorrow.
  • Day 6 Antarctica
  • We have now reached one of the most remote areas on Earth, and we'll spend the next six days exploring this awe-inspiring continent. Isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents, Antarctica contains more than 90% of all the ice on the planet. There's actually very little snowfall here, but what there is never melts due to the extreme cold, and builds up to form sheets of ice more than 4,000 metres thick.
    The only human habitation is in the various scientific research stations here, and vegetation is restricted to mosses, lichen and algae. However, the wildlife is prolific, with millions of penguins, whales and seals coming here to feed on fish and krill, and to breed. It is these magnificent creatures, as well as the exceptional landscape that we're here to see, and our itinerary from now on will be dictated to a certain extent by weather conditions. We'll attempt to land on several sites, and every day brings a host of thrilling possibilities. Climatic challenges may lead the captain to re-route, or at times we may stay longer in places to take advantage of great conditions.
    Each evening we'll meet up with members of the expedition team in the onboard Nansen Science Center to recount the day's events and discuss the plans for tomorrow.
  • Day 7 Antarctica
  • As you step ashore on this vast expanse of ice and snow you'll be following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott. Even on board the ship, the highlights are amazing, with the chance to spot whales in the waters surrounding us.
    Half Moon Island is staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, and we hope to land here. Its creviced cliffs are home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins, Antarctic terns, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills and Wilson's storm petrels. Several species of seals are also regular visitors to the island.
    Depending on weather conditions, we may be able to hike to the Teniente Camara Station, an Argentine scientific research facility, and on to a viewpoint where we can look for whales in the bay facing the Bransfield Strait. Keep a lookout too for wandering albatross gliding overhead. With a massive wingspan of up to 3.5 metres, this bird spends most of its life on the wing, only returning to land to breed.
  • Day 8 Antarctica
  • ​An undoubted highlight of the South Shetland Islands, Deception Island is a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera approximately seven miles in diameter. A portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. The natural harbour inside the island includes Whalers Bay, home to an abandoned Norwegian whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. Once on land, you can either stroll around at your own pace, or experienced hikers may join the expedition team for deeper exploration. There are various routes to choose from, all of them taking in spectacular scenery and a visit to a penguin colony.
  • Day 9 Antarctica
  • Nestled in Andvord Bay, Neko Harbour is surrounded by the mountains and high glacier walls of the Antarctic Peninsula. Taking its name from a whaler anchored here in the early 1900s, this is one of the few places where we can set foot on the Antarctic mainland, and if we do, we'll see a colony of gentoo penguins. 
  • Day 10 Antarctica
  • ​As we cruise keep a lookout for leopard seals snoozing on the ice. A great place to land is Cuverville Island, in the scenic Errera Channel. The shallow water between this and Danco Island often causes icebergs to become stuck here – a wonderful spectacle when it occurs. It is also home to one of the largest known colonies of chinstrap penguins. Early in the season the snow makes it difficult for the penguins to reach their nesting sites. Far from being put off by this, they simply carve out their own 'penguin motorways', which are visible as intricate networks in the vast expanse of white.
  • Day 11 Antarctica
  • During our final day of exploration we might see Yankee Harbour, used by early sealers as a base for operations. Today the spot is a favourite for weddell, crabeater, fur and elephant seals to haul themselves out of the water now the hunters have gone. There's also a large colony of gentoo penguins here, and look out for predatory skuas and whales coming to feed.
  • Day 12 Drake Passage
  • We'll spend the next two days at sea as we leave Antarctica and make our way back to Ushuaia, crossing Drake Passage once more. Relax on deck taking in the sights, and make the most of the ship's excellent facilities.
  • Day 13 Drake Passage
  • Enjoy the ship's facilities and the company of your fellow adventurers during another relaxing day at sea.
  • Day 14 Buenos Aires
  • On arrival in Ushuaia this morning, we'll disembark the ship. We'll then transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. We'll stay here overnight and get together for a farewell dinner this evening.
  • Day 15 Buenos Aires to UK
  • You've some free time in Buenos Aires to explore this city further at your own pace. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
  • Day 16 UK
  • You'll arrive in the UK today.
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Accommodation

    • Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires
    • The Emperador is a 5* hotel located centrally in Buenos Aires. The hotel’s Terras del Museo offer’s the relaxing setting of a beautifully landscaped garden and a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Further to the Terras del Museo area, the hotel has a restaurant and Bar - Oliver’s bar will feel familiar with its English pub-style ambience.
    • MS Fridtjof Nansen
    • The latest addition to the Hurtigruten fleet, MS Fridtjof Nansen will head to Antarctica from 2019. Named after Norwegian explorer, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Fridtjof Nansen, this state-of-the-art hybrid ship will cut emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. That means you''ll have the chance to experience the wonders of Antarctica at times in near-total silence. On board your ''basecamp at sea'' you will find a stylish and comfortable interior featuring natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool. All the well-designed cabins on board are outside, and half feature a private balcony. There are welcoming public areas, three restaurants, a lounge-bar, a wellness centre, gym and a two-level, indoor/outdoor observation deck with infinity pool and hot tubs. You''ll also find a lecture space/library called the Nansen Science Center, featuring hi-tech gadgets which will help you to gain a greater understanding of Antarctica.
    • Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires
    • The Emperador is a 5* hotel located centrally in Buenos Aires. The hotel’s Terras del Museo offer’s the relaxing setting of a beautifully landscaped garden and a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Further to the Terras del Museo area, the hotel has a restaurant and Bar - Oliver’s bar will feel familiar with its English pub-style ambience.
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Optional Excursions

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Further Information

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