The comfortable Fram is especially designed to cope with polar exploration making for a very safe and stable but nonetheless thrilling voyage, while Polarcirkel boats enable you to land in remote places.
It is from Buenos Aires that Shackleton and his crew of intrepid explorers first set sail towards South Georgia on their incredible journey on board the Endurance. Begin your voyage of discovery here, sailing south to the Falkland Islands whilst enjoying talks on wildlife and the history of the exploration from expert guides. On the Falkland Islands we look out for the black-browed albatross, elephant seal, southern sea lion, five species of penguin including the king penguin and visit the capital Port Stanley
Next visit South Georgia, a truly wild landscape of snowcapped peaks, blue glacier ice and emerald green bays and home to Grytviken Whaling Station and Shakleton's grave. Here there is chance to see the rockhopper penguin and fur or elephant seals. Solitary icebergs greet your arrival to Antarctica and as we get close to the Antarctic Peninsula.
In the Antarctic you can witness humpback whales breach as huge blocks calve off the front of glaciers into the calm waters below or see curious penguins patter by. Discover abandoned settlements and hopefully visit the ice-lined Lemaire Channel before cruising north past Cape Horn to Ushuaia.
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In the Realm of the Great Explorers Itinerary
Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. Discover the Paris of South America for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of tango has to offer during time at leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Enjoy breakfast before heading to the pier to embark your ship, MS Fram.
Days 3-5 - At sea
Acquaint yourself with the ship and fellow travellers, follow the on-board lecture series, enjoy the fresh air on deck or relax in the keep-fit area or observation lounge. as Fram heads south to the Falkland Islands.
Day 6 - Falkland Islands
Thanks to a unique sub-Antarctic eco-system, more than 70 animal and bird species live on these islands. The landscape is majestic, with cliffs and gentle beaches. We hope to reach North West Falkland late afternoon.
Days 7-8 - Falkland Islands
We will explore the north-west region of the Falklands further. We then continue to Port Stanley, the islands' capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional excursion or explore the town on your own. In the early evening of day 8 we set course for South Georgia.
Days 9-10 - At sea
On our way to South Georgia we will learn more about the history and the spectacular wildlife of the island also known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.
Days 11-12 - South Georgia
The alpine-peaked island of South Georgia has a variety and density of wildlife that will overwhelm even the most blasé visitor. The largest king penguin colonies in the workd are flanked by groups of fur and elephant seals. You will also see long-abandoned whaling stations and the poignant highlight for many visitors, the grave of Ernest Henry Shackleton.
Days 13-14 - At sea
We set sail for the southernmost continent and en route learn more about this fascinating white land through exciting lectures.
Days 15-17 - Antarctica
When you believe you have seen it all, Antarctica will make you re-consider. The last untouched place on earth, with crisp air, icebergs and endless white mountain ranges, this continent is dedicated to science and peace. There are no permanent human inhabitants but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. Words simply cannot describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica as well as our route. Every voyage is unique and our experienced crew will make all voyages an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage.
Days 18-19 - Drake Passage
With our bow pointed north and a collection of unforgettable images and experiences, MS Fram sails across the famous Drake Passage.
Day 20 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires
We arrive in Ushuaia in the morning. Ushauaia is the world's southernmost city and the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego. Your Antarctic voyage has come to an end, and the journey back continues with our charter flight to Buenos Aires.
Itineraries vary according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered. Please note: Oct 2016 and Feb 2017 departures are also 19-nights but include a pre-cruise stay in Montevideo. Please contact us for the detailed itineraries.