Antarctica & South America

Hurtigruten Expeditions on the MS Fridtjof Nansen

  • Date

    January 9-26, 2024 | 18 Days

  • Location

    South America | Antarctica


Antarctica is a land of superlatives: the coldest, driest, highest and most remote continent on Earth. Here, the elements rule and exploring this vast, white continent will seem daring and extreme to many. And that’s exactly why you’ll want to go. 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. Traverse the Drake Passage on your way to the “White Continent,” Antarctica, home of the most spectacular ice formations on the planet and the largest penguin colonies. Watch for whales, as well as fur and elephant seals as you take in the beauty that surrounds you. Continue your adventure as we return to the city known as the “Paris of South America” – Buenos Aires, Argentina to recharge and ready yourself for the next part of our journey: Iguazu Falls! See this natural wonder of the world from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinian side. Relish in the unique and beautiful view on each side of the falls while learning about the local flora and fauna. Return home with a new appreciation of our beautiful planet and spectacular memories from this once in a lifetime adventure.


  • Visit stunning Antarctica and the magnificent Iguazu Falls
  • Three nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Tango Dinner
  • Estancia Tour
  • Sail on Hurtigruten Expeditions latest ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Sail the Drake Passage
  • Onshore landings and small boat exploration cruises
  • View spectacular wildlife, like penguins, whales and seals
  • Enjoy Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Escorted
  • 10 nights shipboard accommodations on Hurtigruten Expeditions MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • 5 nights hotel accommodations
  • All meals on ship
  • 9 meals on land
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Transfers
  • Taxes, and port charges


A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

This itinerary includes landings with active walking on uneven terrain, snow, and ice. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be experienced during landings.

Additional costs apply for optional excursions which can only be booked onboard.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (primary series only, not boosters) is currently required for this cruise.

COVID restrictions will vary and may be lifted or reimplemented by your date of travel.

Travel Insurance coverage required for this trip.

Medical Fit to Travel Form must be completed by both the passenger and the passenger’s personal physician and submitted no later than 8 weeks prior to departure.

No visas are currently required for any of the countries visited on this itinerary.

Tue, Jan 9: Overnight flight from Indianapolis to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Wed, Jan 10: Arrive in Buenos Aires in the morning and start the day off right with a welcome lunch. Afterwards, enjoy the sights and sounds of Argentina as we tour the city with a local guide. Commonly referred to as the “Paris of the South” this romantic city truly has an inescapable allure, and you’ll be captivated by the culture, culinary delights, and colorful history. Your narrated tour will take you through the highlights of this beautiful city before returning to the hotel for two nights. (Meal: Lunch)

Thu, Jan 11: After breakfast, depart the hotel and travel outside the hustle and bustle of the city to the Las Pampas region to experience a simpler way of life on an estancia. On arrival, sample traditional empanadas, and before taking a stroll around the grounds and museum. Meet the gauchos of the Argentine Pampas – skilled horsemen, sometimes described as the “cowboys of Argentina”. After working up an appetite, enjoy a traditional asado of delicious, barbecued meats and delectable sides, eaten family style, all while gauchos in traditional dress entertain you with traditional folk dancing. After lunch, watch an impressive display of the gaucho’s horse riding and his connective relationship with his horse.  Return to the hotel following an impactful day! (B,L)

Fri, Jan 12: Begin the day with an early morning flight to Ushuaia, a bustling port city and the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Martial Glacier, Ushuaia vies for the title of the world’s southernmost city. Transfer from the airport to your ship, Hurtigruten’s newest expedition ship, the MS Fridtjof Nansen.  This hybrid-powered expedition ship is specially designed for sustainable cruising in polar waters. On board, meet the Expedition Team—your handpicked hosts who will ensure your expedition is full of adventure and informative experiences! All have decades of exploration know-how and are experts on the destination you are in. Some are Arctic Nature Guides or rangers; others have worked as ecologists on remote research and conservation projects, yet each team member is deeply committed to sustainability and trained to safeguard you, the wildlife, and the fragile habitats. They come from all walks of life and are a treasure trove of fascinating facts! After a briefing from the team, settle into your cabin and explore the comforts and amenities on board. Later, join your Expedition Team for a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Sat, Jan 13: Set a course for Antarctica today on the two-day crossing through the Drake Passage. Visit the onboard Science Center and find out what lies ahead. Listen to experts talk passionately about Antarctica’s history, the science beneath the ice, and the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. You’ll learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible, and about the Citizen Science projects you can join. (B,L,D)

Sun, Jan 14: Continue learning more about your surroundings from on board experts, relax and meet your fellow adventurers, take an invigorating swim, or enjoy a spa treatment.  Throughout the day, keep watch for possible photo opportunities such as icebergs, whales, and albatross. (B,L,D)

Mon, Jan 15: Over the next five days, experience cruising the Antarctic Peninsula in all its natural majesty! You’ll be filled with wonder surrounded by looming glaciers and icebergs the size of floating cathedrals. Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It’s a stillness that’s broken every so often by the locals—the wildlife. Whales begin to arrive in greater numbers by this time, and this is also when the first penguin chicks hatch and seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around is always a charming sight. Experience this amazing world in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime. (B,L,D)

Tue, Jan 16: Throughout your days here, the Expedition Team will join you ashore on landings and small boat ice cruises, all included as part of your expedition. There may even be an opportunity to go kayaking among the icebergs as an optional activity. Back on board, the experts will continue their enlightening lectures, helping expand your insights of this frozen continent. (B,L,D)

Wed, Jan 17: Around the ship, don’t miss the opportunity to unwind in one of the hot tubs on deck, in the sauna with a view, or with a spa treatment in the Wellness Center.  Dine in one of the three onboard restaurants serving a wide variety of dishes. Spend time out on deck chatting with the team as they share fun facts and anecdotes. (B,L,D)

Thu, Jan 18: Each day brings new sights, adventures, and opportunities to explore. Participate in the Citizen Science program, learn tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos, or simply relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. (B,L,D)

Fri, Jan 19: Enjoy the last magical day in Antarctica. Even after five days, you’ll only have scratched the surface of all there is to discover. It really is just the tip of the iceberg. (B,L,D)

Sat, Jan 20: Cross back through the Drake Passage. If the adrenaline is still coursing through you, a trip to the gym and sauna may help, or enjoy a few relaxing treatments in the Wellness Spa. (B,L,D)

Sun, Jan 21: Today could be a good time to sift through your photos and videos to recapture a sense of Antarctica’s magnitude. (B,L,D)

Mon, Jan 22: Arrive back to Ushuaia, where the cruise comes to an end.  From here take a charter flight back to Buenos Aires, and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. The balance of the day is yours to explore before rejoining the group for a special Tango dinner this evening. (B,D)

Tue, Jan 23: After breakfast at the hotel, fly to Iguazu to meet a local guide.  Spend the afternoon enjoying the stunning views from the Brazilian side of the falls, walking the path among plunging cascades and panoramic views. (B)

Wed, Jan 24: Today, you’ll see the Argentinian side of the falls and take a train ride to the upper circuit. This is where you’ll see and hear the Devil’s Throat, one of the highest and most prominent of the cascades. Look out for local flora and fauna on a glorious 2-mile walk along the Iguazu River canyon, taking in the sights and sounds of around 270 individual cataracts. After dinner at the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. (B,D)

Thu, Jan 25: Fly from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires, and connect to your international flights home. (B)

Fri, Jan 26: Arrive in Indianapolis this morning, the culmination of an amazing expedition.

MS Fridtjof Nansen. This newest addition to Hurtigruten’s 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). Highlights: stylish and comfortable Scandinavian designed staterooms • 3 restaurants • Explorer lounge & bar • outdoor infinity pool • 2 hot tubs • Science center • wellness area • sauna • Fitness room • two-level indoor/outdoor Observation deck • library • WiFi • fleet of Blueye underwater drones • Expedition boats • kayaks • mid-level expedition launch • Expedition Team


  • Price
    Per Person*
  • Double
  • Single
  • RR Outside Window
  • $16,149
  • $20,999
  • XT Upper Balcony
  • $18,199
  • $23,949
  • ME Suite w/ Balcony
  • $20,189
  • $33,369

* Subject to change due to fuel surcharge.

Call for additional stateroom category and occupancy pricing.