Discover the distant land of icebergs and penguins with the TV presenter, Michaela Strachan

With its vast pristine scenery, extreme climate, roaming icebergs and magnificent marine life, Antarctica is a destination like no other. This new voyage to the virtually uninhabited seventh continent promises to be a phenomenal adventure.

You'll start your journey in Buenos Aires, before heading to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's southernmost city. Here you'll board MS Fridtjof Nansen, a next-generation expedition ship, to begin your 10-night voyage to the far-flung islands of the Antarctic Peninsula.

You'll be joined on board by BBC wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, one of the hosts of the much-loved Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. Michaela will give an exclusive talk and stay on hand to discuss all the captivating wildlife you'll see, from orca, humpback and minke whales, to leopard seals and penguins. Every day is a new adventure and each voyage is unique as the landing sites visited depend on the ship's location and weather conditions.

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Michaela Strachan
Wildlife expert, Springwatch presenter

Former children's TV presenter, Michaela was a regular reporter on the BBC's Countryfile before moving to South Africa. She has since been part of the presenting team on Winterwatch, Autumnwatch and Springwatch.

Price includes

  • Free airport lounge access for subscribers**
  • Overnight stay in Buenos Aires before your expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • Exclusive events with Michaela Strachan
  • Return flight from London (regional departures available at a supplement), overseas transfers from airport to hotel
  • Return economy flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • 10-night expedition cruise on MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including house beer, wine, sodas and mineral water in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrom for suite guests
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor running track plus indoor and outdoor gyms
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • English-speaking expedition team and tour leader
  • 100% financially protected through the Travel Trust Association

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Mar 7, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Mar 21, 2022
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£7,651*

* PLEASE NOTE, price is based on two sharing a cabin and subject to cabin grade availability at time of booking. Single supplement applies. **Subscribers will receive a complimentary airport lounge prior to their departure. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rewards. Calls charged at local rates. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten: ABTA V7545 ATOL 3584, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. TS Tours is acting as agent. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary may be subject to change. This trip is 100% financially protected through the Travel Trust Association (Q8549).

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Itinerary

  1. Days
    1-2
    Fly to and stay in Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Depart the UK overnight and arrive in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina, for an overnight stay. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself on a warm spring or summer day or extend your stay with an optional Pre-Programme to explore wild Patagonia.

  2. Day
    3
    Ushuaia
    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation - MS Fridtjof Nansen
    Meals - Dinner
  3. Days
    4-5
    Crossing the Drake Passage
    Drake Passage, Antarctica

    Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team starts the lecture programme, giving you information about Antarctica's fascinating history and environmental science. You'll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you'll join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research. This is also a good opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of your advanced hybrid powered expedition ship.

    Accommodation - MS Fridtjof Nansen
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Days
    6-10
    Antarctica
    Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

    Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.

    The Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

    You will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness and Michaela will give you an introduction to your adventure, sharing anecdotes from her career. She will also give a second talk on the wildlife that surrounds you.

    Accommodation - MS Fridtjof Nansen
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Days
    11-12
    Sail back to Ushuaia
    Drake Passage, Antarctica

    After exploring this exhilarating continent, you set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds which follow the ship.

    Accommodation - MS Fridtjof Nansen
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Days
    13-14
    Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia. After disembarking, you'll be transferred to airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay.

  7. Day
    15
    Arrive back in the UK
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten's fleet of custom built ships - and the next generation expedition ship. Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen combines state-of-the-art technology with Hurtigruten's 125 years of experience exploring unparalleled destinations.

Style & Character

The stunning scenery is reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool are used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas.

Facilities & Services

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.
Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable specialists, who instruct on safety, sustainability and science.
In the Nansen Science Center, guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas you explore together. The ship also has a variety of custom-built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.

Cabins

All cabins are outside, half have private balconies, and aft suites feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views.
Expedition Suite: large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows. Most have balconies. Some have private outdoor hot tub. Flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable sofas, sitting areas and TV. Can accomodate up to four people. Exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations.
Arctic Superior: comfortable, roomy accommodation with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV. Most have balconies.
Polar Outside: primarily on the middle decks with windows. Most are spacious and have flexible sleeping arrangements and TVs. Can accommodate two to four passengers.

Food & Drink

MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from the rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, the informal Fredheim, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Mar 7, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Mar 21, 2022
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£7,651*

* PLEASE NOTE, price is based on two sharing a cabin and subject to cabin grade availability at time of booking. Single supplement applies. **Subscribers will receive a complimentary airport lounge prior to their departure. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rewards. Calls charged at local rates. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten: ABTA V7545 ATOL 3584, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. TS Tours is acting as agent. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary may be subject to change. This trip is 100% financially protected through the Travel Trust Association (Q8549).

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