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Antarctica – Exploring the Frozen Continent (Fridtjof Nansen)

Antarctica – Exploring the Frozen Continent (Fridtjof Nansen)

From AUD $13,785

Description

This exciting expedition cruise ventures far into the breathtaking wilderness of the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and as far south as the Antarctic Circle. Discover the rich wildlife and stunning icescapes of the most remote place on Earth and enjoy ice-cruising and landing activities led by our Expedition Team.

Trip Name
Antarctica – Exploring the Frozen Continent (Fridtjof Nansen)
Days
17
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 140 m Passenger Capacity: 530 Built: 2020 MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe. Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen. Combining state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations, the two Norwegian built ships introduces the next generation of adventure travel. Cabins and public areas The stunning scenery will be reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views. Science Center The core of the onboard experience is the Nansen Science Center, an edutainment venue to guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. Nansen Science Center will also be the on board HQ for the Expedition Team. Restaurants MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration. Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, Fredheim – the informal international meeting place, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking – where our honest and delicious cuisine reflects our destinations. After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym and Wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights. Everything you need for an expedition cruise Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides and guardians on your voyage of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science. MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas. In the footsteps of a great explorer The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896). Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Vibrant Metropolis
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself on a warm spring/summer day or extend your stay by an optional pre-programme to explore Wild Patagonia.
Day 2 - Day 2 Tierra del Fuego
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a Welcome dinner.
Day 3 - Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Our Expedition Team will prepare you for your intense polar exploration with fascinating lectures and presentations in the Science Center. On the way to Antarctica, we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where two oceans meet, creating nutrient-rich seas that attract marine and avian life. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife from deck.
Day 4 - Day 5 - 14 Antarctica ... Impossible to Describe
Welcome to the most remote area on earth! Our Expedition Team will lead you on ice-cruising and landings to come ashore to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and come closer to penguins, seals and ice.Antarctica inspires awe. Ninety per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4,000 metres thick in some places. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.The ten days of our exploration ensure an unforgettable Antarctica experience with lots of landings and activities.This is true wilderness, so our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your expedition cruise.We aim to land as often as possible, on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula, and to sail through the world-famous Lemaire Channel before we venture further south to Marguerite Bay to cross the legendary Antarctic Circle.Every moment in Antarctica is full of rich experiences. There are icebergs of every shape and colour, magnificent glaciers, vast horizons and astonishing encounters with fearless wildlife.An expedition cruise here is an amazing experience that is hard to sum up in a few short words. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”
Day 5 - Day 15-16 Heading back to civilisation
After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun and learning in the Science Center or enjoying the many onboard amenities.
Day 6 - Day 17 The End of the World
Our expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. For more adventure, you can extend your stay and enjoy our optional Post-programmes.
Day 7 - Please Note
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
15-02-202103-03-2021AUD $15,343Polar Outside. From
15-02-202103-03-2021AUD $15,889Arctic Superior. From
15-02-202103-03-2021AUD $20,680Expedition Suite. From
02-03-202118-03-2021AUD $13,785Polar Outside. From
02-03-202118-03-2021AUD $15,888Arctic Superior. From
02-03-202118-03-2021AUD $20,679Expedition Suite. From

Inclusions

    • Enjoy ten full days of adventure in Antarctica
    • Be one of the few who venture as far south as the Antarctic Circle
    • Chance to see incredible wildlife: penguins, whales, seals, albatross and many more
    • Explore with ice-cruising, landings and more led by our Expedition Team

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