No matter where you have been and what you have seen on previous travels: the frozen continent of Antarctica is different from anything on the planet. Here, in the midst of the great white open, you will find nature at its most sublime and haunting. Antarctica is a land of superlatives: the coldest, driest, highest and most remote continent on Earth.
Great Antarctic explorers like Roald Amundsen have described the seventh continent as “mythic”, “otherworldly”, and “like a fairy tale” – because nothing compares to the Antarctic travel experience.
Hurtigruten are experts in every aspect of expedition travel with a mission to offer sustainable nature experiences at the polar edges of the world where you can be up close and personal with wildlife, culture and incredible scenery. Hurtigruten have sailed these polar waters for over 20 years. Get ready to explore the most remote and spectacular areas of the planet – our expedition ships combine hybrid technology with a premium onboard experience, designed for your safety and comfort.
Why discover Antarctica with Hurtigruten?
One reason to go to Antarctica is for the splendor of its scenery; endless ranges of snow-coated mountains and the majesty of icebergs sculpted by sun, wind, and waves. Experience the tranquillity of the vast landscapes; the starkness of monochromatic white everywhere you look; and the way the light plays off shades and hues in the ice, sea and sky.
The krill-rich waters of the Southern Ocean are a beacon for abundant wildlife: whales, seals, seabirds and of course, penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula is home to an estimated population of 12 million penguins across several species. Depending on when during the Antarctic summer you visit, you will witness their courting rituals first hand, see newly hatched chicks, or the moulting period.
You will not simply wave at Antarctica from the ship as you sail past it. Instead, you will join our experienced Expedition Team to go on landings ashore, on small boat cruises in the area, and on optional activities like kayaking, snowshoeing, camping, and maybe even a polar plunge if you are feeling brave enough! No matter your activity level or interests, you can explore Antarctica in the way that best suits you.
Our Expedition Team are there to guide and enhance everything you see and experience in Antarctica, sharing their insights on geology, climate change, polar history, and wildlife. We also offer photography tutorials, Citizen Science projects, and access to the ship’s onboard Science Center, a fully-equipped learning zone with a library, microscopes and other advanced tech.
Going beyond the Antarctic Circle
Some of our expeditions will attempt landings south of the Antarctic Circle in Marguerite Bay, Crystal Sound and the Weddell Sea. Much like the great explorers before you, your expedition will be determined by the weather and sea conditions, where plans sometimes change and adventure presents itself in unexpected ways… which is exactly what you would expect from a polar expedition.
Protecting the pristine
Antarctica is a pure and fragile environment. We work hard to ensure we leave nothing but sterilised boot prints and take nothing but precious memories. Our ice-class expedition ships combine state-of-the-art hybrid technology, helping us have the lowest possible CO2-footprint of all expedition cruises to Antarctica.
Highlights of Antarctica
12 DAYS | MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN
2022 departures: 8 Nov / 18 Nov / 28 Nov / 8 Dec* / 18 Dec / 28 Dec
2023 departures: 7 Jan / 17 Jan / 27 Jan / 22 Feb / 4 Mar
This classic Antarctica expedition cruise is the perfect way to experience spectacular wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy five full days in Antarctica with landings and ice-boat cruising, as well as chances to kayak, hike and much more. Join us aboard our advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship for an unforgettable adventure.
Polar Outside Cabin from: R104 200.- pps
Antarctica and Falklands Expedition
16 DAYS | MS ROALD AMUNDSEN
2022 departures: 7 Nov / 21 Nov / 5 Dec / 19 Dec
2023 departures: 11 Mar*
Explore Antarctica during its summer, touring icebergs and visiting penguin colonies ashore. You will also go to the Falkland Islands, visit its Capital Stanley and see penguins and seals. MS Roald Amundsen is the first hybrid-powered expedition ship of its kind in history. Our team of experts from around the world lead all lectures, landings and small boat cruises.
Polar Outside Cabin from: R119 350.- pps
Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
23 DAYS | MS FRAM
2022 departures: 5 Nov* / 26 Nov / 17 Dec
2023 departures: 7 Jan / 28 Jan / 18 Feb
Embark on this expedition cruise where you will have time to really immerse yourself in exploring the
Falklands, South Georgia, and ever-impressive Antarctica. See diverse species of penguins, seals
and whales. A rich programme of included activities, including explorer boat cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team.
Polar Inside Cabin from: R179 970.- pps
Polar Outside Cabin from: R216 140.- pps
For more information and to book, contact:
Tel: 031 266 0030
*Indicates departure date where lead price applies. Based on 2 adults sharing cabin; costs subject to change based on dates, availability and rate of exchange fluctuation. Flexi pricing and Terms & Conditions apply.