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Day 1 Buenos Aires - Cultural and Cool
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the `Paris of South America´ for yourself, or extend your stay with an optional Pre-program to explore wild Patagonia.
Day 2 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fram awaits you. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.
Day 3 At sea - Across the Open Sea
We cross the open sea toward the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.
Day 4-5 The Falkland Islands - Where the Natural World Rules
The Falkland Islands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white-sand beaches. Here, the sheep graze alongside colonies of penguins, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge. Penguins waddle close to take a look, then continue on their way, providing great photo opportunities! We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at all the birds. Stanley makes an excellent starting point for our excursions. We will be docked in the capital the entire day, giving you time to discover on foot, as most shops and services are clustered around the port.
Included Stanley - Community Walk
Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour
Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
Stanley - Scenic Air Tour
See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights
If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.
Day 6-7 At sea - Cruising the South Atlantic
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program on the area’s wildlife and whaling and polar history. They are well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of seals and the legends of the Norwegian whalers.
One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the men of the ill-fated ship Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery.
You will also learn what it takes to be an Antarctic Ambassador in our mandatory briefing and join the Citizen Science program to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of Antarctica.
Day 8-10 - South Georgia - The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
We explore the thriving ecosystem and rich history of South Georgia. The area is known as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and is a world-famous location for wildlife photographers.
South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the limit of sea ice - makes an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. During our stay here, you will see adult seals lounge on the sand while their pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and penguins cluster by the thousands. Enjoy the sight of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic lagoons.
You will also visit a museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia also offers good hiking, and one of our favorite trails follows part of Shakleton´s route on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for the 22 men left on isolated Elephant Island.
Day 11-12 At sea
The Expedition Team will continue the lecture program, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife. We are usually followed by different seabird species, such as albatross.
Day 13 South Orkney Islands - South Orkney & Solar Eclipse
The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 370 miles northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. Our Expedition Team will be on deck to give out special-purpose solar filters which will protect your eyes while you observe the extraordinary occurrence.
A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.
After observing the Solar Eclipse, we plan to explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs and sea ice.
Day 14-15 At sea - Toward Antarctica
As we continue toward Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Great White Continent, focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of the region. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyze samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.
Day 16-20 Antarctica - Antarctica … Another World!
Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90% of the world´s ice, reaching up to 1,300 feet in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.
As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. We are founding members of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and faithfully follow strict environmental guidelines designed to protect the perfect natural balance of the ecosystem here.
No human activity is permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. When we leave, we will not even leave footprints behind.
Our captain and Expedition Team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and to go ashore on landings for exciting activities. You may have the chance to kayak the icy waters in the company of whales, hike, or even camp on the world´s most isolated continent.
Day 21-22 The Drake Passage - The Voyage North
On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 600 miles or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.
Day 23 - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM
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 Buenos Aires. If you crave even more exploration after Antarctica, we recommend you extend your stay in Buenos Aires or join an optional Post-program to the magnificent Iguazú waterfalls.