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16 Day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Hurtigruten & Flights

$11,799
Per Person

Typically $18,999
Travel with MyHoliday2 on a Hurtigruten Antarctica Expedition Cruise and explore this wild and wonderful frozen continent. See penguins, whales and seals in their natural habitat on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Including flights from Australia! 

the tour

Travel with MyHoliday2 on an All Inclusive Hurtigruten Antarctica Expedition and explore this wild and wonderful frozen continent. See penguins, whales and seals in their natural habitat on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. See endless ranges of snow-coated mountains and the majesty of iceberg sculpted by sun, wind, and waves. Go on landings ashore, on small boat cruises, kayaking, snowshoeing, camping, and maybe even a polar plunge. Hurtigruten’s ships to Antarctica combine hybrid technology, helping us have the lowest possible CO2-footprint as possible.

Starting in Buenos Aires, you will fly to the southernmost town of Ushuaia to embark on your voyage. From here sail for two days into Antarctica across the infamous Drake Passage. Once in Antarctica, you’ll be surrounded by icy waters, glaciers and icebergs as big as cathedrals. You will feel like you’ve landed in a completely new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerising and massive. You might need to stop for a moment to be able to take it all in. That awe-inspired silence is inevitably broken though when you see the first signs of wildlife like penguins, whales or seals and enthusiastic cheers erupt spontaneously all across the ship.

INCLUSIONS

Return flights from Australia. A 14 day Hurtigruten Antarctica Expedition. Accommodation in an outdoor polar cabin on board a custom built expedition ship with all the mod-cons. 2 Nights in Buenos Aires before and 1 night after the expedition. All meals and drinks while on board including house wines, beers and soft drinks. A range of landing activities are included and much more. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. Secure your expedition with a 20% DEPOSIT and travel from November 2022 to March 2023. Call us to find out more. See full list of inclusions in tabs below.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Australia

Today you will depart Australia for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Depending on flight schedule you may depart on DAY 0.

MEALS: In-flight

OVERNIGHT: In-flight

DAY 2: Arrive Buenos Aires

After your flight from Australia, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

MEALS: In-flight

OVERNIGHT: Buenos Aires

DAY 3: Buenos Aires Free Day

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires, the lovely capital of Argentina. Check out the well-preserved Italian and French architecture, order delicious beef in one of the many great steakhouses and maybe practise your dancing moves in the famous hometown of tango. Make sure to embrace the heat from this sensuous city, because it is about to get much colder.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Buenos Aires

DAY 4: Buenos Aires ~ Ushuaia ~ Embark Expedition Ship

Late nighters beware, we fly early in the morning to Ushuaia where hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. This port city competes with Chilean Puerto Williams for the seemingly coveted title of the southernmost city in the world. The Martial Glacier sits north of the city, creating an impressive mountain backdrop for the ‘end of the world’.

After a mandatory health and safety meeting on board the ship, kick off your journey with a welcome dinner hosted by the Expedition Team. You can then spend some time getting to know the ship that will be your home for the next several days.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fridtjof Nansen

DAYS 5-6: Sailing through Drake Passage

In order to get to Antarctica, we have to cross the infamous Drake Passage. It was named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake who discovered it by chance in 1578 when his ship was taken south by heavy winds. Since there is no landmass at this latitude, wind and water roam freely, making it hard for ships to sail here. But don’t worry, even the ‘Drake Shake’ isn’t a big deal for our modern expedition ship.

It takes two days to cross the roughly 1000-km-wide Drake Passage. So, you’ll have some time on your hands, which is definitely a good thing as there is plenty to do to get ready for your Antarctic adventure. The Expedition Team will start their lecture programme in the Science Center, drawing on decades of experience to teach you how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. As per IAATO guidelines, we will all wear sterilised rubber boats when ashore and ensure we vacuum our clothing beforehand to remove any possible foreign contaminants. You will also learn about the various hands-on Citizen Science projects you can get involved in, all of which feed into live research and current science.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, lies at your feet to be explored as well, quite literally. Work out in the indoor or outdoor gym, or order a spa treatment in our Wellness Area. There are also three superb restaurants on board where you can enjoy delicious meals that are a treat for your eyes and your taste buds. But even with all these mod cons, don’t forget to head out on deck from time to time to look for your first iceberg, and to spot wildlife like whales, numerous types of petrels and albatrosses.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fridtjof Nansen

DAYS 7-11: Welcome To Antartica ~ Enjoy the Icescapes

Welcome to Antarctica. Being here, surrounded by icy waters, glaciers and icebergs big as cathedrals will probably make you feel like you’ve landed in a completely new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerising and massive. You might need to stop for a moment to be able to take it all in. That awe-inspired silence is inevitably broken though when you see the first signs of wildlife like penguins, whales or seals and enthusiastic cheers erupt spontaneously all across the ship.

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. In late spring from October to November, there will be much more snow, making the landscapes seem even more pristine. This forms the backdrop of penguin courting and nest building. Whales are still few and far in between during this time, most of them still on their way and beginning to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. Arrival of more whales marks the height of summer which is also when the first penguin chicks hatch. Seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around and is always a charming sight. February and March are the peak of whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.

When we get here, the Expedition Team will seize every chance to take you ice-cruising and on landings to get closer to the impressive scenery and wildlife. Spotting penguins from the ship is already an experience, which becomes even more wonderous when you go ashore to see them. It’s the same if a seal or whale suddenly appears next to you when cruising in our smaller explorer boats or when kayaking as part of an optional activity. Needless to say; keep your camera close at all times. To enhance your feeling of discovery, the Expedition Team will talk expertly about fascinating subjects like the frozen continent’s history, the biology of local wildlife, and glaciology.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fridtjof Nansen

DAYS 12-13: Heading Back to Civilisation

After having explored remote and wild Antarctica over five days, we will be due to sail back for home. By this point, both your head and your heart will be filled with lifelong memories. You’ll hopefully also have captured many of these special moments on your camera. Crossing back over the Drake Passage, you’ll probably spend the next couple of days going through those pictures just to try and stay in Antarctica a little longer. The Expedition Team will also be doing the same as they recap the journey’s many experiences over in the Science Center. Working out is also a great way of processing everything you have seen, or maybe let your mind wander back to Antarctica in the Explorer Lounge and Bar?

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fridtjof Nansen

DAY 14: Ushuaia ~ Buenos Aires

Your expedition cruise reaches its end as we return to Ushuaia. From here, you join a transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and a second chance to experience the Argentine capital. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Buenos Aires, Hotel

DAY 15: Departure Day

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia.

MEALS: Breakfast, In-flight

OVERNIGHT: In-flight

DAY 16: Arrive Australia

Today you will arrive home in Australia. We hope you have had a wonderful time and come back with fond memories and plenty of photos to bore your friends with!

NOTE: Some flights may arrive on DAY 17 due to flight scheduling.

MEALS: In-flight

Description

Travel with MyHoliday2 on an All Inclusive Hurtigruten Antarctica Expedition and explore this wild and wonderful frozen continent. See penguins, whales and seals in their natural habitat on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. See endless ranges of snow-coated mountains and the majesty of iceberg sculpted by sun, wind, and waves. Go on landings ashore, on small boat cruises, kayaking, snowshoeing, camping, and maybe even a polar plunge. Hurtigruten’s ships to Antarctica combine hybrid technology, helping us have the lowest possible CO2-footprint as possible.

Starting in Buenos Aires, you will fly to the southernmost town of Ushuaia to embark on your voyage. From here sail for two days into Antarctica across the infamous Drake Passage. Once in Antarctica, you’ll be surrounded by icy waters, glaciers and icebergs as big as cathedrals. You will feel like you’ve landed in a completely new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerising and massive. You might need to stop for a moment to be able to take it all in. That awe-inspired silence is inevitably broken though when you see the first signs of wildlife like penguins, whales or seals and enthusiastic cheers erupt spontaneously all across the ship.

INCLUSIONS

Return flights from Australia. A 14 day Hurtigruten Antarctica Expedition. Accommodation in an outdoor polar cabin on board a custom built expedition ship with all the mod-cons. 2 Nights in Buenos Aires before and 1 night after the expedition. All meals and drinks while on board including house wines, beers and soft drinks. A range of landing activities are included and much more. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. Secure your expedition with a 20% DEPOSIT and travel from November 2022 to March 2023. Call us to find out more. See full list of inclusions in tabs below.

INCLUSIONS

 

International flights ex SYD/MEL/BNE/PER (Other cities available at a surcharge)

Roundtrip Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

3 Nights hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires

10 Night Antarctica cruise on MS Fridtof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen

Onboard accommodation in a Polar Outside cabin

All meals and meal time drinks while on board the Expedition Cruise – including house beers, wines and softdrinks

À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests

Complimentary tea and coffee

Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.

Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board

English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore

Range of included activities

ONBOARD ACTIVITIES

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

Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research

Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos

Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track

Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

LANDING ACTIVITIES

Escorted landings – these include: scenic harbour ruins, penguin rookeries, walking on icebergs.

Small boat cruising – glide through the water taking in views of white landscapes. Spot seals, penguins and whales close up.

Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities

Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket

Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

All Transfers

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (extra cost)

Snow Camping in Antarctica 

Kayaking Adventure

Extended Hikes

 

 

EXCLUSIONS

 

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

Personal expenses

Tipping (not mandatory)

Other meals not stated in itinerary

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

7th November (MS Fridtjof Nansen)

17th November (MS Fridtjof Nansen)

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2023:

28 February (MS Roald Amundsen)

3rd March (MS Fridtjof Nansen)

11th November (MS Fridtjof Nansen)

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2024:

10th January (MS Fridtjof Nansen)

26th February (MS Fridtjof Nansen)

9th March (MS Roald Amundsen)

 

Prices start from $11,799 and will change due to cabin availability. 

 

PRICES

 

PRICES:

16 Day Antarctica Expedition – from $11,799 per person

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

A single traveller surcharge applies for solo travellers

Polar Outside Cabin –  From *$4500 per person 

Arctic Superior Cabin – Contact us to purchase

Expedition Suite – Contact us to purchase

 

*NOTE: The single supplement is different for every departure. This is based on the lead-in travel date. If you select a different date, or the single supplement is higher than $4,300 we will invoice you separately. 

 

THE SHIP

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships.

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 CENTRE

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.

UPGRADES AND OPTIONS

 

UPGRADE YOUR CABIN:

Arctic Superior Cabin – From $1700 per person depending on departure date. Contact us to purchase. 

Expedition Suite – From $4000 per person depending on departure date. Contact us to purchase. 

 

UPGRADE YOUR DEPARTURE CITY:

Fly from the following cities for a surcharge of $350 per person: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST

 

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DRINKS PACKAGE:

This is a package that will suit those guests who like to be able to choose their beverage more specifically to pair their meals – a more premium selection of beer and wine, in addition to a wide selection of spirits/drinks.

Valid throughout the day within opening hours in all restaurants.

– $760 per person

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY AND INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 9 March 2024

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 60 days prior to travel

BOOK BY 12 APRIL 2022.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

20% deposit is required to secure this package. This package is subject to Hurtigruten’s terms and conditions. 

This package is available with flights from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney on LATAM Airlines.

Other departure cities available with a $350 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/WLG/CBR. Add to cart at checkout

Your booking is not confirmed until you receive confirmation from MyHoliday2.

If our advertised availability is not there after purchase, you will be require to choose another date. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to remove availability at any time, which may affect your booking if it is not yet confirmed. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to increase the sale price at any time due to availability

The Single Supplement may be subject to change. We will be in contact if the single supplement changes after purchase. This is at the discretion of the Huritgruten Expedition Cruise, not MyHoliday2

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

Excursions and activities are subject to change

Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements

No gratuities expected

Departure dates are set by current airline schedules. Should airline schedules change, we may be required to alter the departure and return dates to suit new schedules.

21 Day Money Guarantee does not apply to this package

All travel documents are non-transferrable / non-changeable

Any required extensions to flights must be made prior to tickets being issued. If customer requests to change their outbound/return date after tickets are issued, request shall be denied.

Name changes are not permitted. Should a name change be required a full new ticket shall be issued and customers will be required to purchase a new ticket at market rate.

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

Although some airlines no longer require reconfirmation of flights, Reconfirm the ticket 3 days prior to each journey.

For frequent flyer eligibility, baggage allowance and special requirement (Special meals, seating request, medical requirements), please contact your travel consultant.

Please note maximum 2 pieces of checked luggage allowed per person / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch).

Please note, flights may require a stopover of more than 5 hours.

Some departure dates may require you to depart Australia on Day 0 or return to Australia on Day 17

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