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THE FROZEN LAND OF THE PENGUINS PDF

  • Date14 November 2017 , 01 , 13 January 2018
  • Duration14 days
  • Starting From € 5 923,00
  • ShipMS Fram

Join us as we take bird watching to a whole new level! We travel to Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth for a close encounter with its wildlife. Early Antarctic explorers actually thought penguins were fish and classified them accordingly

Be prepared to be overwhelmed by these amazing birds in their large, dense 'rookeries', some with 180,000 or more birds. The sights, smells, and noise of these huge colonies are unforgettable. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the last place on the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Starting in Buenos Aires, you have the possibility to discover the ”Paris of South America” before embarking on MS Fram in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. We set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the notorious Drake Passage, accompanied by wandering albatross and other seabirds. An expert lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica prepares you for adventure ahead as the ship heads south into open sea

Explore the wildlife of Antarctica

Having no land predators to worry about, the animals in Antarctica are fearless when encountering humans. They are as curious as you are, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your mutual curiosity when we visit the resident colonies of Chinstrap penguins at Deception Island and Half Moon Island, the Gentoo penguin colonies at Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour or the Adélie penguins at Peterman Island and the huge icebergs in the Antarctic Sound, where you also meet leopard seals and killer whales. The sights, smells, and noises of these huge colonies will overwhelm you - as will hikes to explore the some of the last untouched places on the planet.

Turning back we will once again sail through the Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before disembarking in Ushuaia.


Departs From
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 1

The Journey begins

Location:Buenos Aires

Your voyage starts with an overnight stay at a first class hotel in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself

Explore

Location:Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the evening MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica

Day 2

Day 3-4

Explore

Location:Drake Passage

In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds from deck, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

During these two days at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, the penguins in particular. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, will overwhelm you

Explore

Location:Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans and they might be just as curious about you as you are about them

Some of the highlights during our time here are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour

On Petermann Island you will see thousands of adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic sound are home to an estimated half million adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience adélie penguins in Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet

Day 5 - 11

Day 12 - 13

Explore

Location:Drake Passage

The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather

On our way back to civilization, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica

Journey Home

Location:Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion. After the flight back to Buenos Aires you can extend your adventure with a post voyage extension to the Tigre Delta or Iguazu falls

Day 14

Location
Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires

Price includes:

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including Breakfast
  • Return Economy flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Transfer in Ushuaia with Orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Please note:

  • Prices are in €s (Euros) per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather – and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Luggage Handling

Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability

Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Areas we explore: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctic Peninsula. Vessel: MS Fram
  • Sailing Distance: Approx. 1800 nautical miles (3300 kilometres)

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

  • Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions. We reserve the right to change the scheduled programme and itinerary
  • Some activities and excursions will only be sold on board. Rubber boots are available to rent on board. We recommend purchasing travel insurance

Explorer Voyages Practical Information MS Fram

Alcohol Policy

Please remember that only beverages purchased from the ships' restaurants and bars can be consumed on board. Alcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call and from our on-board shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your cabin on the last day of the sailing. According to Norwegian law, persons over the age of 18 are allowed to purchase beer and wine. Spirits are only available to persons over the age of 20 are allowed to purchase spirits

Changes to the itinerary and the excursions

We are sailing in waters where the elements rule, and weather, sea and ice conditions may affect the itinerary. Because of this, the routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change. Excursions may also be subject to minimum/maximum number of participants. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and the content of excursions without prior notice

Charter flight to Ushuaia

The flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and the return flight are part of your voyage. The flight from Buenos Aires usually departs early in the morning and the return flight to Buenos Aires in the afternoon. Please note that the airline will confirm the final flight times between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia only a few days prior to the day of departure. For final flight times and your boarding pass, please contact our hospitality desk at Emperador Hotel in Buenos Aires one day prior to departure. If you do not plan an overnight stay at the end of your voyage, please do not book your international flight from Buenos Aires in any case before 20:00. Please note that the flight to/from Ushuaia departs/arrives at the Jorge Newberry National Airport. You need at least 3 hours transfer time in Buenos Aires for your connecting flight from Ezeiza airport. We are unable to accept responsibility if you miss your return flight in the event of any delay

Children

For safety reasons we cannot accept children under the age of 5 to travel with us to Antarctica

There is no age restriction on our other destinations. Also for safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be individually considered on each landing. It is entirely at the Captain’s discretion to allow children on shore landings

Disabled cabins / Mobility

MS Fram is suitable for wheel chair users. Persons in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the ship’s gangway will be used in order to embark/disembark wheelchairs. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require use of a portable gangway, or during landings with Polarcirkel Boats, it is not possible to use/take wheelchairs. Embarkation and disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq/Greenland is by Polarcirkel boat and therefore we regret that any voyages starting and ending in Kangerlussuaq are not suitable for wheelchair users

Environment and green navigation

Our Captains take pride in route planning that minimises the load of the engines and reduces emissions. All waste is stored on board until it is deposited for treatment ashore. We never dump waste in the sea and we ask you not to leave any waste when you are on shore excursions. In populated areas there are containers for depositing waste, please use them. We ask you to respect the saying: “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures.”

Expedition Team

The on board Expedition Team is composed of an Expedition Leader, an Assistant Expedition Leader and several lecturers and experts. Your Expedition Leader will regularly update you on the progress of the trip as well as the different points of interest and wildlife sightings that may occur. Biographies of the Expedition Team can be found on the Information bulletin board located close to the Information desk. At the Expedition desk you will be able to find information regarding the trip and book optional excursions

Lifesaving equipment, life vests and safety on board

The ship complies with all safety requirements and is a modern vessel suitable for sailing in icy waters. Upon arrival on board all passengers will be instructed in safety procedures, and the use and location of the safety equipment. There is a safety plan on the inside of the cabin door. We stress the importance of becoming acquainted with the ship's safety plan. Special safety regulations will apply on landings with the Polarcirkel boats. Please follow the instructions given by the Expedition Leader and crew/staff. Special lifejackets for use during landings will be handed out to all passengers before first landing. A mandatory briefing regarding the safety guidelines will also be given

Medical Declaration Form

In accordance with Hurtigruten ASA requirements, all travellers to Antarctica and North East Greenland must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. This form will be sent to you well in advance. The form must be filled out, brought on board the ship and personally delivered to the doctor upon embarkation. Boarding may be denied if these forms are not presented at time of embarkation

Medical emergencies and medication

For your safety there is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board at all times. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and drugs to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected. We strongly recommend carrying sufficient travel/health insurance. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage properly labelled and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital drugs, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival. Illness on board can lead to quarantine and orders from the ship’s physician and captain, must be followed

Mobile phone

Depending on the operator with whom you have a contract, mobile phones will function in some places on shore. Check with your carrier company for details. Guests may use their own GSM telephones on board the ship at all times as long as we have connection at an international price level. The price will vary depending on which mobile operator you use. Please check with your carrier company for rates and if your subscription is valid on the MCP Satellite System on board

Passport and VISA requirements

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. Passport is the only valid identification for all of our voyages aboard MS Fram. ID-cards are not accepted. The passport needs to be valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. At check-in passports will be collected by the crew on board the vessel, in order to clear immigrations and customs. Passports will be kept throughout the whole voyage and returned at the end of the trip. Please bring a photocopy of the passport with you. It is the guests’ responsibility to identify and to obtain the necessary visas before commencing their cruise. Based on nationality, many countries still require an entry visa. We regret we are unable to accept any liability if you are denied access to a flight or entry into a country or are otherwise affected by difficulties or costs resulting from your passport not being approved or if you have not obtained the required visa or other documentation

Ship’s security

MS Fram complies with the ISPS-regulations (International Ship and Port Security System) where all luggage is subject to X-ray/metal detector inspection upon arrival at port facility or ship. Please keep this is in mind when packing your luggage for the voyage. The ISPS regulations also include hand baggage scan in all ports of call throughout the course of the voyage

Special requests

If you have special requests such as vegetarian, diabetic or gluten free food, please inform us at time of booking and contact the Head Waiter when on board. We will do our best to meet such requests but cannot guarantee to do so and under no circumstance will any such request be accepted by us so as to form part of a contractual agreement

Vaccinations

Please check with your General Practitioner regarding the recommended vaccinations for your journey

What to wear

On board dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner, the dress code is casual rather than formal. The weather can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations we recommend the layered dress approach that enables you to adapt to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation conditions easily. For all voyages we advise you to take breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal clothing can be useful, together with thermal underwear, during the winter months. On land where it may be icy, sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful

On board information

MS Fram was specially built for comfortable sailing in the remote waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, and you may enjoy her many services whilst she takes you close to nature and wildlife. No dressing up for dinner – no fuss, no frenzy – our aim is to sail calmly through the crisp clean air, close to the ever-changing environment

Announcements

To hear all announcements in the cabin, the TV has to be set to a channel number. Check your cabin folder for specific channel number once on board. Important updates to our programme and emergency information will be announced in the cabins via separate speakers overriding all other audio in the cabin

Artworks

Local artists from the Arctic have contributed to making the MS Fram a modern masterpiece. There is a permanent exhibition of original artefacts from the original Fram used by Nansen and Amundsen

Bar service

The ship has a bar with an excellent selection of spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks at moderate prices, and a lounge with coffee service

Cabins

There is a wide range of comfortable cabins on board, all with private bathrooms. Please note that check in hours in reception may open before the cabin is ready for use. You will be informed at check-in when your cabin is ready for you. You may expect some noise and vibration in some cabins. This varies depending on the location of your cabin. Also, noise affects people differently and what may be a problem for one person may not be a problem for others. Please note that cabins on deck 5 with passenger access to outside areas may sometimes have an obstructed view due to other passengers walking past. Please ask our reservation team for advice on the best cabin location for you

Cruise card/payment/credit cards

A cruise card will be issued upon arrival on board as part of the check in procedure in accordance with ISPS regulations. All our guests are requested to wear this card when disembarking the ship in all ports of call and landings. The card serves as a control system on the gangway enabling the ship to know which of our guests are on board and ashore at any time. This card, in addition to being the key card for your cabin, is also your payment card on board. The card is the only means of payment for the on board facilities

To activate the cruise card account you must have a Visa, American Express, Diners or Mastercard. The credit card must be valid more than 3 months after your stay on board. We regret that our system does not support Maestro Card. Please note that when using your credit card on board the ship, your account will be debited in NOK. The rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company. The evening before the voyage ends the account will be totalled and settled on board, and a receipt brought to your cabin. We regret that there is no facility for cash withdrawals or currency exchange on board

Electricity

The plugs in your cabins are all 220V/50hz. Suites have 110V for Shavers. The plugs are continental two pin plugs. Adapters are available for purchase in the shop

Entertainment

The emphasis on board is on relaxation and discovery, and not on commercial entertainment often part of conventional cruises. Our aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some musical entertainment on board in the evenings

Fitness room, sauna and Jacuzzi

On deck 7, you find our modern fitness room and comfortable sauna with a fantastic view through panorama windows. Two outdoor Jacuzzis invite you to take a warm bath

Gratuity Policy

We have learned that many of our guests wish to acknowledge the service provided by our crew on board. It is at you discretion to honour service rendered by the crew in bars, restaurant and cabins. In order to give you some guidelines, we recommend 80 NOK (approx 9 Euro, 12 USD) per guest per day as an average gratuity. Whatever amount you decide to give, please fill in the form you will find in your cabin and give it to the receptionist two nights before the end of the cruise. The amount will then be debited to your cruise account

Information and services

On deck 4, you will find our reception and expedition desk, where the staff is available to answer your questions. In this area, you will also find our Internet café, our lobby with wireless access and our lecture rooms

Jacket

A complementary Explorer jacket can be picked up upon arrival to the vessel

Language

The language on board is English. Announcements, lectures and written information are also given in German

Laundry

A laundry service is available on board at low cost. No self-service or dry-cleaning is possible

Lectures

The ship’s experienced lecturers’ have an in-depth knowledge of the areas in which we sail. They will give, on a regular basis, lectures on topics such as biology, history and geology throughout the course of the trip. The lecturing schedule will be announced every day in the on board daily program. Do not hesitate to contact our Expedition Team for any questions or concerns you might have

Library

The ship has a small selection of books on different topics that is available to guests while on board

Observation lounge

MS Fram's observation lounge is called Qilak, meaning “sky” in Greenlandic, and the name of this lounge sets the standard. Here you find large panoramic windows, comfortable seats and binoculars so you can view the wildlife and details of the ever-changing landscape

Outdoor decks

MS Fram has spacious outdoor areas. Enjoy the views from the very front of the ship where there is a large viewing area or from the back on deck 7. Both are perfect vantage points to sit back, relax and watch the world go by

Post

You can hand in your mail in the reception, and for a limited amount covering service fee and stamps, we will forward your mail in every port where it is possible. The time it takes for postcards or other mail to reach the destination varies and may be relatively long. Hurtigruten acccepts no responsibility for lost mail

Resident photographer

Our resident photographer will invite you to photography workshops and practical sessions out on deck to enable you to take the best possible pictures from your voyage

Restaurant & cuisine

Your voyage includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our restaurant is named Imaq – the Greenlandic word for “ocean”, offering scenic views from every table. At the far end of the restaurant is a balcony, an ideal place from where to take photos. The open seating for the breakfast and lunch buffet creates a relaxed atmosphere. Dinner varies between buffets, set meals and barbeques. The type of dinner is announced in the daily programme. Our Head Waiter will assign tables prior to arrival. Information about table number and meal times will be in your cabin upon arrival. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements to your sales office/travel agent. At some voyages we might serve the dinner divided into Boat groups. Where possible, we plan our menus around seasonal ingredients, taking advantage of local produce to satisfy healthy appetites stimulated by the fresh sea air. Regular coffee/tea is complimentary throughout the whole voyage. Other beverages and refreshments during the day are not included but can be purchased on board in the restaurant, cafeteria and bar

Room service

The cabins are cleaned daily. We regret that meals or drinks cannot be served in the cabins

Rubber boot rentals

On board you may rent a pair of high quality boots for a low cost to wear during landings and hikes. These boots will be kept on the ship’s tender deck, and you will have your private pair during the whole voyage. We also offer high quality binoculars, walking sticks and a small selection of warm thermo suits for rent at a low cost

Seasickness

Seasickness pills are available for purchase in the reception. If you are prone to seasickness it is recommended that you bring pills that you are familiar with. You may also buy “sea bands” on board

Shop

In our on board shop you can buy modern clothes suitable for Explorer voyages. Our Expedition Team will be happy to give you expert advice on how to dress properly in polar areas. We offer a great range of both warm and practical clothing, and we focus fabrics with natural fibres. We also offer souvenirs, handicrafts, and postcards at good prices. In addition we also stock a small selection of soap, toothpaste and other personal effects

Shore excursions

A selection of shore excursions is available to pre-book. Where available we will supply you with excursion information in advance, otherwise you will receive full details and prices on board. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum number of participants and local weather conditions

Smoking

You are welcome to smoke in designated areas on outside decks, but not in your cabin or elsewhere on board. To show respect for the environment, please use the provided ashtrays when smoking. Throwing cigarette butts overboard is strictly prohibited. A cleaning charge of 1 500 NOK will be applied for smoking in your non-smoking cabin, to cover for the cost of cleaning linen and curtains to return it to a non-smoking standard

Suite service

As a suite guest on MS Fram, we offer you an exclusive suite check-in area at deck 5 with a chilled glass of champagne to begin your voyage. Special amenities come with our magnificent suites including a welcome on board gift, complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner inclusive of chilled filtered water by the carafe, sodas, soft drinks, beer and a selection of wine by the glass. We also offer an exclusive breakfast area with speciality buffet products. If local products are available, we will do our best to provide them to you. In the suite you will find a kettle for your convenience with coffee, teas, sweeteners and cream, and the mini bar has a complimentary selection upon your arrival. Replenishment of the mini bar is chargeable.

Telephone/Internet

All cabins have a telephone. Buy a phone card in the reception to call from the ship. There is an Internet café on board (at extra cost) and Wi-Fi is available on deck 4 (in the reception area only) and in the bar on deck 7. Please note that the connection is a 512MB line and that both Internet and telephones from time to time will be out of range due to the vessel’s location. Due to the limited capacity we kindly ask you not to use live casting /live streaming websites

Water

The tap water in your cabin is potable, but we recommend buying bottled water or our self-produced potable water by the carafe in the restaurant for the quality and freshness

Walking on board

We kindly remind you to be careful walking on board the ship while at sea, especially out on deck, where you should mind the signs warning of wet and slippery decks. Be aware that the doors toward the outer decks on 5, 7 and 8 are potentially dangerous in windy conditions. Please respect signs and announcements advising or warning you not to go outside. While walking inside, hold on to railings but not to doorframes to avoid injury

Welcome meeting/Information meeting

Upon arrival on board, there will be a mandatory passenger safety drill before departure. There will also be a welcome meeting where security information as well as practical information about the cruise will be given, and an opportunity to meet some of the crew and be introduced to the key personnel on board

Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives in Antarctica?

There are neither permanent residents nor native inhabitants in Antarctica. However, about 4,000 people stay on scientific bases in the short summer period and around 1,000 in total during the winter months. In addition around 30,000 tourists visit the area during summer

What weather should I expect?

Antarctica is the windiest, coldest and highest continent on Earth. On the Antarctic Peninsula, which is the area we sail in, the temperatures average 0-5 degrees Celsius during summer (November – March). During your journey temperatures will vary from warm summer in Buenos Aires (30°C/ 80°F) to winter (around 0°C/ 32°F) in Antarctica. Expect periods of high winds when in Antarctica – cold air travels down the glaciers and iceshelves. These are called katabatic winds and can occur when you least expect it

What's the history of Antarctica?

Briefly: It was the ancient Greeks who first came up with the idea of Antarctica. They knew about the Arctic - named Arktos - The Bear, from the constellation the great bear, and decided that in order to balance the world there should be a similar cold southern land mass that was the same but the opposite 'Ant - Arktos' - opposite The Bear. The first person believed to have landed on the continent was the Norwegian, Carsten Borchgrevink who also pioneered the use of sled-dogs for transportation in Antarctica. Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole on December 14, 1911. The first International Geophysical Year IGY was 1957-1958 when 12 nations built more than 60 research stations in Antarctica and formed the beginning of an international cooperation. In 1961 the Antarctic Treaty came into effect

What nature will I see?

Being the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica supports no terrestrial mammals - there are no trees or shrubs, and only two species of flowering plants, Antarctic hair grass (Deschampsia Antarctica) and Antarctic pearlwort (Colobanthus quitensis). The sea is what supports most creatures, such as penguins and seals. In Antarctica you will see thousands of penguins eagerly nesting and feeding during the short summer months. There is a rich variety of mammals. As they have not been hunted for decades, most species are more curious than afraid of tourists. There is also an abundance of birds, with the mighty Albatross as the king of the sky

What currency should I bring?

Argentine pesos are used in Argentina. US dollars may be exchanged into local currency at either banks or Money Exchange kiosks, at the open market exchange rate of the day. Some shops might accept US cash, though this is not a common practice. You can also withdraw cash from ATM’s using your credit card and PIN code. When visiting the Falkland Islands local pounds (FIP) are used as well as pound sterling. When landing in Antarctica some bases do accept USD cash only. In Port Lockroy, the following currencies are accepted; GBP, USD, Euro, and major credit cards (for purchases above 100 USD)

How do your voyages protect the environment?

Given its isolation, the Antarctic environment is probably the most pristine natural environment on the planet. For visitors, this fact comes with a set of obligations – the most important and general is to leave no traces behind. The Antarctic Treaty and IAATO prohibiting more than 100 people to be ashore simultaneously strictly regulate human traffic in Antarctica. All guests will be given instructions on how to behave when on shore in Antarctica. Antarctic Treaty Recommendation XVIII-1 and IAATO guidelines are mandatory and must be followed

What clothing should I pack?

According to IAATO regulations and to avoid any transmission of diseases to the vulnerable ecosystem in Antarctica we ask our travellers to bring clean clothes to wear ashore. For more information, see equipment list

Is there access for wheelchairs/disabled passengers?

Wheelchair passengers may travel on the MS Fram to Antarctica as the ship is handicap accessible, however, unfortunately, excursions and landings are not adapted for handicapped travellers

What happens in case of a medical emergency?

In case of a medical emergency in Antarctica the only method of evacuation is by plane to the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, as there are no hospital facilities in Antarctica. This is very expensive and dependent on favourable weather conditions. Therefore comprehensive travel/health insurance is mandatory

What medical forms are required?

To comply with IAATO and Hurtigruten ASA regulations all guests must have completed the IAATO medical questionnaire including a confirmation of fitness to travel from your doctor. You must take the completed questionnaire on board and deliver it to the ship’s doctor. Guests without the completed questionnaire may be refused embarkation if the ship’s doctor has doubts about your health condition

What time zones will I be in?

Buenos Aires; GMT -3
For example Central Europe 12.00 noon - Buenos Aires 09.00
Ushuaia; GMT -4
For example Central Europe 12.00 noon - Ushuaia 08.00
This time difference is in operation during the South American summer season (mid October to March)

What our customers say about us

"I really enjoyed the trip and it was an unforgettable experience."

Tour : Land of the Penguins Antarctica , Nov 17 , 2015

I don't think I can write and convey even the essence of it all, it's a lifetime experience, even the photos won't be able to do justice. Everything was perfect.

Tour:Antarctica , Feb 2008

It was indeed a great pleasure travelling to Antarctica on MS Fram the expedition ship from Hurtigruten shipping line.

Tour : Greetings from Udaipur