Starting in Buenos Aires, you have the opportunity to discover the "Paris of South America" before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. From there, we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage. We cross open sea before we reach the Falkland Islands with its seamless horizons, vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and a rich wildlife with penguins and albatrosses. Here, we first explore the northwest part before we continue to the capital Stanley, with its red buses and English pubs. Stanley is also the natural starting point for several excursions.
Your voyage starts with an overnight stay at a first class hotel in lovely Buenos Aires. Enjoy your time here, either by joining our optional City Tour or by discovering the city on your own.
The following day you fly to Ushuaia, where you can join the optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking MS Fram.
Enjoy life on board and keep a lookout for wildlife or join our Expedition Team as they start our on board lecture series.
The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones with an estimated population of 3,000 persons. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water's edge. The Falklands offer fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. Meeting the penguins, they will approach you close up, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities. Stanley, the islands' capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover on foot as most shops and services are centred on the port.
During the time at sea, our lecture series will help prepare you for the wonders of South Georgia.
South Georgia has magnificent mountain scenery with glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife. We plan to visit Fortuna Bay and some of South Georgia's abandoned whaling stations. During our stay here, you will see Elephant seals lounge on the sand, fur seal pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and King penguins can be seen in the thousands. You will also see some of South Georgia's abandoned whaling stations, a whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman's church, and the tiny graveyard where we can pay our respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
As we continue to Antarctica our lecture series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines.
The deserted South Orkney Islands are every photographers dream with majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs and an endless wilderness. We spend one day exploring these islands.
As we sail the Washington Strait to Coronation Island and Elephant Island on our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, you might want to sort the photos you have already taken, relax, go to lectures, watch the animal life and prepare yourself for our arrival in Antarctica.
Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference, a place where wildlife remains fearless of man. On Deception Island a portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. As we reach the natural harbour inside the island we will also visit Whalers Bay. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures.
The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound. Brown Bluff has, as the name suggests, a landscape dominated by a towering, rust-coloured bluff of volcanic origin and is home to a beach sprinkled with lava "bombs". When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.
After some magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram heads north and we make our way back to the South American continent. Sailing to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina takes 40 hours in good weather. We will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.
We make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world's southernmost town, Ushuaia, and your journey back continues with a flight to lively Buenos Aires.