Antarctica and the Falkland Islands

Save up to 25% on Antarctica, the Falklands, South Georgia and Patagonia cruises.

17 days in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands from AU$7594 p/p based on 17 March 2020 departure.

Hurtigruten exclusive sale for a limited time:
Save up to 25% off expedition cruises to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Patagonia during the 2019/20 season. You can travel to magical Antarctica and the rugged Falkland Islands from just AU$7594. This is the most competitive price for this type of expedition in Australia right now.
Most expedition cruises for this season are actually sold out, so this may be the last chance to book the most remote corners of the world within the next year.

*Prices are in AUD and are correct as of 15 May 2019. Sale ends on 26 June 2019. Discounts are subject to availability at time of booking and applicable to specific departure dates. Contact us for terms and conditions.

This 17-day adventure introduces you to the highlights of the southern hemisphere as you fly from historic and vibrant Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to board the MS Midnatsol, bound for Antarctica and the Falklands. Five days are spent exploring the stunningly beautiful ice wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, with its abundance of penguins, seals and whales, amazing carved icebergs and glaciated mountains. Then its north to the isolated yet ruggedly beautiful Falkland Islands with their vast open spaces that are a haven for wildlife. Disembark in Uruguay’s colonial capital of Montevideo, one of South America’s most interesting cities.

CRUISE ITINERARY
17 DAYS

DAY 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

DAY 2: Fly South – Ushuaia
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome-on-board dinner.

DAY 3: At Sea – Drake Passage – Day 3 & 4
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us – it will overwhelm you! MS Midnatsol is designed to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. There will be lectures on the environment around us, films about Antarctica and the Activity Center provides the latest technology for preserving your memories. This Center is the heart of the expedition community, a friendly place to gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, and a warm area to mingle and share stories.

DAY 5: Antarctica & South Shetland – Day 5 to 9
Antarctica is sure to overwhelm your senses, with endless white horizons above oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species as you come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Enjoy close encounters with Antarctic wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations are non-stop.
We will land several times for unforgettable excursions. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice.

DAY 10: At Sea – Drake Passage
The Expedition team will continue the lecture programme, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as we make out way north to the Falklands.

DAY 11: Falkland Islands – Day 11 to 13
When we arrive the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline or kayaking clear waters. New Island is an adorable inlet, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if the sun was a little stronger. We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.

DAY 14: At Sea – Day 14 to 16
Days at sea are full of activity. By now, our Expedition team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fascinating and fun! We can promise first class edutainment.

DAY 17: Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo boasts colourful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America’s most interesting cities, you can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings, the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums and art galleries, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city after disembarking on MS Midnatsol.