In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

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In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

23 Days Starting in Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile and ending in Punta Arenas

Visiting:

Santiago

,

Punta Arenas

,

Strait of Magellan

,

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

,

South Georgia Island

,

Antarctica

,

Drake Passage

Tour operator:

Hurtigruten Expeditions

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

HURT760574760619

Age range:

5-99

Interests:

From:
$13952

$13289 (USD)

EXTRA tourhub discount: $663

Tour Overview

Embark on this 23-day expedition cruise?to really?immerse yourself in the wildlife and wilderness of the Falklands, South Georgia, and ever-impressive Antarctica. The Falklands to South Georgia: From the windswept green hills and the white-sand beaches to the friendly capital Stanley, there is much hidden beauty and charm in the Falkland Islands. And while the wildlife here is plentiful, it doesn’t come close to that of South Georgia where the beaches heave with seals, penguins and other seabirds. Our itineraries are not set in stone when we head for Antarctica. This gives us the freedom to take you where you’ll have the best experience in spite of the local wind and sea ice conditions. With more than 20 possible landing places, there are always plenty to choose from. A World of Ice and Wonder: You’ll spend five days exploring the unique world of Antarctica. Its icescapes and wildlife change through its summer season. During the late-spring months of October and November there is more snow, and the penguins start courting and nesting. Whales are rarely seen until December and January. That’s also when the first penguin chicks hatch. February and March are the peak for whale-watching, and lovable penguin chicks will be waddling around. All season through, you can join the Expedition Team in lectures and landings, ice-cruises and optional activities.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Santiago - Dynamic and Diverse
Location:

  Santiago


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Your expedition starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, the energetic and cultural core of Chile. Filled with museums, beautiful architecture and top-notch restaurants, the city has all the high notes you would expect of a capital. There is a wealth of sites and attractions to see, and you’ll only be limited by time, not choice.

icon Day 2 : Embarking on your Expedition
Location:

  Punta Arenas


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Leave Santiago in the early morning and fly to Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile's southernmost region. MS Fram is waiting here for you, ready to get you started on your expedition cruise to Antarctica. Aboard the ship, you’ll meet and greet the Expedition Team and crew members. They’ll conduct a health and safety meeting for all guests before we set sail. Head out on the observation deck to catch a last glimpse of Punta Arenas as we begin our course south.

icon Day 3 : Through the Stait of MAgellan
Location:

  Strait of Magellan


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Your adventure begins in the Strait of Magellan, named after Portuguese explorer Fernando de Magallanes who discovered it when he captained a Spanish expedition to circumnavigate the world in 1520. As you soak up the mesmerising views all around you, spare a thought for Fernando and his crew charting these waters in a rickety ship 500 years ago.

With our course set for the Falkland Islands, you’ll now be in the hands of the expert Expedition Team. You’ll find that they are not just inspirational teachers and attentive hosts, but bonafide adventurers who’ve got their share of stories to tell.

icon Day 4 - 6 : The Falkland Islands
Location:

  Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The Falkland Islands are probably best known for their chequered past. Discovered by the British, settled by the French and the Spanish,they were then fought over by Argentina and Great Britain in the Falklands War. You will understand why these islands are so desirable when you see the natural beauty hidden in these islands across the three days we explore here.

The windswept green hills are home to large farms that have been family-owned for generations. And the beaches! The white sands and clear waters could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean.You will see penguin colonies alongside grazing sheep, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge.

There are close to 800 islands here and the list of possible places to visit is pretty long. Rather than be forced into a fixed itinerary, we prefer to keep your exploration loose and spontaneous. This is an adventure after all!The Expedition Team and Captain will look at the sea and weather conditions at the time and then pick the safest sites for that day. So, whether it’s Saunders Island, West Point, Carcass Island, or another location that we visit, you can be sure it’ll be the best option for your expedition.

One place that we will likely be able to visit is Stanley, the capital of the archipelago on East Falkland. It’s a great little town to explore on foot and an excellent starting point for the optional excursions you can pick from. While in the town centre, you’ll likely want to visit its array of local shops and maybe even stop in at an English pub to share a pint with the friendly locals.

icon Day 7 - 8 : Cruising the South Atlantic
Location:

  South Georgia Island


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Sailing from the Falklands, we spend two days cruising towards beautiful South Georgia. Known as the Galápagos of the Poles, you can look forward to seeing an archipelago of impressive and diverse wildlife.

But that’s still a couple of days away, so meet up with your friends in the Expedition Team and listen as they give you a heads up on what you can expect. They will tell you everything they know about South Georgia, including information about the area’s wildlife, polar history, its geology, glaciology and legends of Norwegian whalers.

One of the fascinating stories in their canon is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the crew of the ill-fated ship Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery.You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you can join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research.

icon Day 9 - 13 : The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
Location:

  South Georgia Island


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


If you love wildlife, you’re going to love South Georgia. Nicknames like ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and ‘Galápagos of the Poles’ promise a lot, but the islands more than live up to their reputation. Coming here, you’ll understand why South Georgia is a top spot for wildlife photographers from all over the world.

Uniquely positioned inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the reach of sea ice, South Georgia is an ideal home for thousands of breeding penguins and seals. There are notable populations of king penguins who prefer the warmer weather here than their emperor cousins in Antarctica. Both South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have also been identified as Important Bird Areas, supporting many seabirds including albatross, penguins, petrels, shags, skuas and terns.

We spend five days in South Georgia, and plan to go ashore at several possible places to take you closer to the wilderness and wildlife. One such place is the settlement of Grytviken, home to a Norwegian seaman’s church built in 1913 and the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

However, like the Falklands, our itinerary is not set in stone. We know all the interesting sites and penguin colonies to take you to, but we always adjust our plans according to the weather conditions. That’s what makes our expedition cruises so memorable.

icon Day 14 : Towards Antarctica
Location:

  Antarctica


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


With lengthy stays in both the Falklands and South Georgia, you have had time to really immerse yourself in the destinations and their wildlife. Our Expedition Team now focuses your attention on the main event of your expedition – Antarctica. You’ll take in comprehensive lectures and presentations covering polar explorer history, environment and, of course, the wildlife of the region.

Throughout our journey, the Expedition Team will also be taking water samples for you to study under the microscopes in the Science Center, allowing you to see wildlife at the cellular level.

As we are getting closer to Antarctica, the Expedition Team will talk about the very strict environmental guidelines and sustainability rules outlined by IAATO that we follow. This is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is permitted that might interfere with the natural balance that exists here. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. And even then, sometimes we’ll wipe away our footprints to prevent penguins from getting stuck in them!

icon Day 15 - 19 : A World of Ice and Wonder
Location:

  Antarctica


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Forget everything you have ever experienced before. Antarctica is in a league of its own. No matter how high your expectations are, Antarctica never disappoints. Holding 90% of the world’s ice, it’s massive in every sense of the word. The only country in the world with more surface area is Russia. There is actually land to be found underneath all the ice, but in some places, you would have to dig your way through four kilometres of snow and ice to reach it.

You will probably see your first seals and penguins from the ship, and that in itself is a fantastic experience. But wait until you stand on the very same shore as a colony of thousands of penguins. Or if a seal shows up beside you as you enjoy an optional activity of kayaking among the icebergs. Caught up in the thrill of the moment, you might not even remember to reach for your camera to take a picture!

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. In early spring there will be much more snow, making the landscapes even more pristine. This is when the penguins are meeting up. We rarely see whales at this time of year, in October and November. In December, however, whales become more frequent. That’s also when the first penguin chicks hatch, which is always a charming sight. February and March are the peak of whale-watching opportunities, as the large amount of krill in the waters attract the most whale species who come for a veritable feeding frenzy.

There will be less snow then, and you will be able to see the clumsy penguin chicks are running around. If you are interested in birds, however, there are 46 species of birds here, including various petrels, albatrosses and terns.

Our Expedition Team will take very good care of you while you enjoy everything that Antarctica has to offer over the next five days. You can join them in ice-cruising and landings to really explore the icescapes of this frozen continent. If you are here early in the season when snow conditions are good, you may even get the chance to go snowshoeing. As before, there is no set list of sites we will definitely visit. We submit to the elements, allowing wind and sea ice to guide us in picking the best landing zones.

icon Day 20 - 22 : Looking for Land Ahead
Location:

  Drake Passage


Accommodation:

  MS Fram


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Five unforgettable days in Antarctica are over, and MS Fram has turned around to take you back north over the Drake Passage. Known for its potentially high winds and strong currents, the passage can also be silent and still, inspiring the nicknames ‘The Drake Shake’ and ‘The Drake Lake’ respectively. But don’t worry, even if we experience rough seas, you will be perfectly safe on our purpose-built expedition ship.

During our crossing, the Expedition Team will recap our experiences of Antarctica, making it possible to keep your head in Antarctica for a little while longer. As your cruise is coming close to its end, this is also the perfect time to go through the pictures you have taken on your cruise. And for all the things you have loved to do so far on the ship, there is still time to do all of them a couple of times more.

When we have put the Drake Passage behind us, we enter the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into the icy water. Watch for rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife as we sail in this wild and remote area that seems almost undisturbed by humans.

icon Day 23 : Return to Punta Arenas
Location:

  Punta Arenas


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We arrive in Punta Arenas in the morning, back to civilisation again. You’ll transfer to the airport for a flight back to Santiago where you’ll have a second chance to explore the capital of Chile. Or maybe you would rather extend your vacation with a Post-Programme adventure to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads? The choice is yours.

Ship Details

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MS Fram

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship – a great place to observe marine wildlife.

Built for polar expeditions

The ship is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class, chart drawing tools, ship depth sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, autonomous tracking system, oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools-deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer you need an ‘expedition base-camp’ that is comfortable – something that combines ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility and environmental friendliness. That’s Fram – simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

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What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

  • Flights

    Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas

  • Transfers

    Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise and Transfers between the Punta Arenas airport and the ship

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    All meals onboard the MS Fram

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

    It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships, but if you feel that crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, tip boxes° are placed in the restaurant together with envelopes.

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What is the tipping policy?

It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships, but if you feel that crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, tip boxes° are placed in the restaurant together with envelopes.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are flights included in this tour?

Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas are included

What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

Moderate

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Children must be 5 years or above

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise and Transfers between the Punta Arenas airport and the ship are included

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In-depth Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Expedition

23 Days Starting in Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile and ending in Punta Arenas

Visiting:

Santiago

,

Punta Arenas

,

Strait of Magellan

,

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

,

South Georgia Island

,

Antarctica

,

Drake Passage

Tour operator:

Hurtigruten Expeditions

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

HURT760574760619

Age range:

5-99

Interests:

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EXTRA tourhub discount: $663

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  • I am a travel obsessed scottish girl with a love for Africa, Kenya specifically! I don't think there's a single place I wouldn't go! I love solo and group travelling and volunteering across the world!

Yosemite West

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are so many hikes and beautiful scenic nature views, especially along the valley. Head to Mariposa for some scenic trails. "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sunset offers incredible opportunities to view wildlife & watch the colours highlight El Capitan as the sun sinks beyond the horizon."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Look for wildlife sightings throughout the park!"

Must pack items for Yosemite West

"-Warm layers (even in summer as temps can drop quite quickly when the sun goes down). -Reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, sturdy hiking boots, binoculars, camera & sunglasses."

Benefits of a tour guide for Yosemite West

"Access to information about the best hikes, insights and tips to make your trip magical and unique! "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head towards the Hetch Hetchy reservoir for some amazing views of the stunning lakes along the Sierra Nevada mountain range."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Drive along the valley for amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls and giant sequoia trees. Head up to Tunnel View for stunning views of the valley below."

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    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️