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Antarctic Circle Expedition | Roald Amundsen

18 Days FROM USD 14,860

Overview

Experience Antarctica during the peak of the summer on this incredible 18 day expedition to the Antarctic Circle. You will undertake this voyage on board the Roald Amundsen, Antarctica's first hybrid-powered expedition vessel. Starting with an overnight in the vibrant Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, you will then take a charter flight to the end of the earth - Ushuaia - where you will begin your unforgettable expedition. 

A land of immense icebergs, stunning polar vistas, remote penguin colonies and curious swimming whales - Antarctica truly is an unforgettable place. As you spend 10 days exploring the worlds final frontier you will have many opportunities to see curious wildlife and amazing landscapes as you sail along past the ice south of the Antarctic Circle. You may possibly even make a landing at Marguerite Bay. This unforgettable expedition awaits. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACHUACR

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic Circle

Ship: ROALD AMUNDSEN

Flights: Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia included in cruise cost

CRUISE ITINERARY

You’ll have one summer’s night to spend in the bustling capital of Argentina. This is where passionate tango was born and you can watch, or better yet join in, shows at numerous locations across the city. To fuel your dance moves, there’s plenty of delicious local food to sample, like meaty empanadas, choripán, top-notch Argentinian steak, Malbec red wine and of course creamy dulce de leche for dessert.

If you arrive early enough in the day, take in history and architecture at the splendid Plaza de Mayo or head north to the garden district where you’ll find the largest Japanese gardens in the world outside of Japan itself. We also recommend popping into the impressive El Ateneo Grand Splendid, dubbed the ‘world’s most beautiful bookstore’. Buenos Aires is also the world capital of theatre and has more theatres than any city in the world. Almost every genre is showcased; circuses, musicals, drama, ballet, comedy. You name it, Buenos Aires has it.

Should you, however, have plenty of time on your hand, why not extending your stay with an optional Pre-Programme to explore wild Patagonia?

Arrival and Overnight in Buenos Aires

Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM

You have an early-morning flight to catch to Ushuaia, which is where your comfortable expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. As the plane begins its descent to Argentina’s southernmost city, you might have birds-eye views over Tierra del Fuego province and catch glimpses of fjords and glaciers in Alberto de Agostini National Park to the west.

Once you check-in on board the ship, it’ll be time to depart and begin your journey to Antarctica. You’ll attend a brief mandatory safety meeting and be introduced to the Expedition Team and key crew members. There’s also a welcome dinner to enjoy, which is a good occasion to start getting to know your fellow explorers. Afterwards, go for drinks in the bar or take a stroll around and get familiar with what will be your home for the next couple of weeks.

Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embarkation

Before you can relish in the infinite wonders that Antarctica has in store, we first need to make our way through what is infamously known as The Drake ‘Rite Of’ Passage. These turbulent waters were reportedly discovered by chance in the 16th century when one of Sir Francis Drake’s ships was forced south by heavy winds. They are still just as unpredictable today as they were back then, and conditions can vary wildly; rough and shaky or placid as a lake.

It takes approximately two days to cross the Drake Passage. This gives you plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming adventure. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center for lectures on topics like the Antarctic Treaty, accounts of past polar expeditions and the area’s rich biodiversity from the macro- to the microscopic. Other key takeaways will include how to keep safe during landings and the importance of not disturbing local wildlife be they pods of feeding whales or families of lazy-looking seals. You will also learn about IAATO guidelines, and why we have special sterilised boots for use ashore and why we vacuum our backpacks and clothes before going on landings in Antarctica. Optional Citizen Science programmes will also help to give you further insight into the frozen continent’s intricate ecosystem. Our ethos is the more you know, the more you’ll appreciate the unique experience only Antarctica offers.

Over the course of your journey, you will grow increasingly fond of the ship as it acts as a warm and homely sanctuary after each day of exploration. Whether your idea of relaxation is hitting the gym or being pampered at a spa, MS Fridtjof Nansen has got you covered on both. If the gym, outdoor running track and Wellness Centre aren’t enough, there’s also the infinity pool, panoramic sauna, and outdoor hot tubs. For the foodies, the ship comes with not just one but three exquisite onboard restaurants to satisfy any craving.

Crossing The drake - Day 3 to 4

You are about to explore the seventh continent of Antarctica over eleven magical days. Across all our expeditions and all our destinations, this is the longest period we offer in one place. Antarctica is so special and magnificent that it deserves as much time as we can spend here. The Expedition Team will take you on landings and go ice-cruising to get even closer to the amazing icescapes and wildlife. You will also get the chance to enjoy optional activities like showshoeing and kayaking. Not to mention the Citizen Science projects you can join to help scientists all over the world get a better understanding of the wildlife and ecology of Antarctica.

Where many other cruise operators are content to just do a sail-by, on which their guests only see but never set foot on the ice, your expedition with us will bring you ashore and on explorer boat ice-cruises on multiple occasions, which is whenever weather and sea ice conditions are right. This allows you to marvel at the massive ice fronts, dozens of icebergs, glacial walls, and frozen mountains in the safest and most sustainable way. Under the guidance of our experienced Expedition Team, you’ll also observe bustling colonies of everyone's favourite flightless birds, some of whom may be just as curious to see you as you’ll be to see them. Set amid the otherworldly scenery of Antarctica, your first small step on each landing marks one giant leap in your story here.

Together, we will go places few have been before, even attempting to venture beyond a numerous possible landing zones on the Antarctic Peninsula, past the Antarctic Circle and deep into the hidden corners of the continent. As long as weather and sea ice cooperate, we’ll sail as far as the polar circle at 66°33' South and beyond to Marguerite Bay. Rarely visited even by other expeditions, this wide bay is iced over for most of the year and is usually only accessible in the late summer season, even that is no guarantee. Whales are known to frequent the area, while the icy islands are havens for Adélie penguin rookeries and other polar birdlife. There are a number of scientific research bases located around Marguerite Bay which we will try and land at if conditions allow, such as a modern base on Horseshoe Island and historic ruins on Stonington Island.

Antarctic Circle - Days 5-15

After ten adrenaline-inducing days of high adventure in Antarctica, we’ll start heading back north to civilisation and to warmer weather. The two days spent back across the Drake Passage will allow you to press pause and fully absorb the amazing time you’ve just had. Share the trip’s most vivid highlights with fellow expedition members who, after your experiences together, have gone from strangers to lifelong friends. Join art classes, learn how to tie different kinds of sailor’s knots, and keep active in the gym and toasty in the sauna. Or watch for seabirds outside. By now, what with the Expedition Team’s lectures, you’ll hopefully be able to identify many of Antarctica’s winged wonders on your own.

Drake Passage to Ushuaia - Days 16-17

Your journey comes to a close as you reach Ushuaia. From the port, a transfer will take you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Disembarkation - Fly to Buenos Aires
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Pricing per person & date

Antarctic Circle Expedition | Roald Amundsen from USD 14,860
Departing Ending Duration
12 Jan 2023 29 Jan 2023 18
28 Jan 2023 14 Feb 2023 18
13 Feb 2023 02 Mar 2023 18
07 Jan 2024 24 Jan 2024 18
23 Jan 2024 09 Feb 2024 18
08 Feb 2024 25 Feb 2024 18

Important Information

  • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
    Return flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
    Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
    Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town
    Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
    Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
    English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
    Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
    Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
    Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
    Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
    Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
    Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities


    EXCLUSIONS

    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Luggage handling
    Optional shore excursions with our local partners
    Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
    Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather, ice and sea conditions.

  • Departure dates, seasonality and availability

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