Explore with Sven: Antarctica

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Availability : January 6-17, 2021

Explore with Sven: Antarctica

Highlights Include:

  • Traveling with Twin Cities Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard and a small group of like-minded adventurers to experience the last true wilderness
  • Opportunities for participating in citizen science
  • Photographers on board to assist with capturing Antarctica’s vast beauty
  • Searching for whales, penguins, seals, many seabirds, and more

Photo: Maximilian Schwarz/Hurtigruten

Tour Details

From: $8,980 per person | Single supplement on request

12 days

Tour Dates: 
January 6 – 17, 2021

Antarctica is pristine. And efforts are being made to keep it that way especially with the increasing numbers of people that wish to experience it. If you are looking to visit Antarctica responsibly then this is the tour for you! Visit this pristine landscape on the most technologically advanced, clean-powered ship! The MS Fridtjof Nansen uses hybrid technology to silently glide through the straits and passages on Antarctica. Plus, on this special voyage, we will be joined by Twin Cities Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard who will give you a unique look into how the climate of Antarctica is changing. 

This tour is part of our exclusive Explore with Sven Travel Series. Explore with Sven tours are small-group tours hosted by Twin Cities meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

January 6Arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Once we arrive at the airport we will be transferred to our hotel. Spend the evening at our leisure and discover “Paris of South America” on a warm spring/summer evening. Overnight at Emperador Hotel (or similar)

January 7Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation | B D

We’ll fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we start our journey with a welcome dinner. Overnight on board

January 8-9The Drake Passage | Meals: B L D

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. MS Fridtjof Nansen is designed to make polar exploration a pleasure for all ages and learning levels. There will be lectures on the environment, films about Antarctica in the Science Center, and the ship offers a pool, hot tubs and a wellness center to enrich our journey. Overnights on board

January 10-14Antarctica, the "White Continent" | Meals: B L D

Welcome to the most remote area on Earth! We will spend the next five days going ashore to explore breathtaking Antarctic scenery and encounter penguins. Even while sailing through the channels and fjords there will be ample opportunities to sight whales and seals from the deck. 

We always work with the elements in Antarctica and intend to land on the  South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.
The places we visit offer opportunities to discreetly observe different types of penguin colonies, seals, and whales, as well as see glaciers and icebergs in every shape and color. We also visit whaling stations and scientific facilities.

Our activities are varied and exciting. One day you might go ashore to see penguins and hear the ominous crackling of glacial ice. The next day, you may feel the wind on your face as we cruise amidst sea ice searching for seals. Another day may entail kayaking or a walk. Our onboard photographer will be on hand to show us the basics of expedition photography to capture these amazing experiences. Overnights on board

January 15-16The Drake Passage | Meals: B L D

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set our course back to civilization. Spend the time at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center, or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds that follow our ship. Overnights on board

January 17Depart Ushuaia, Argentina | Meals: B

Our Antarctic expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. For more adventure, extend your stay with an optional pre- or post-cruise land adventure to explore Argentina.

  • Round trip flights Buenos Aires – Ushuaia including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • One night accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Ten nights’ accommodation on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen in cabin category RR
  • Arrival transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including one orientation tour
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner); early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to daily meals while on board the ship
  • Beverages are included with meals beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water); Coffee and tea are available any time of the day
  • Zodiac excursions with an expert expedition team
  • Professional, English-speaking Expedition Team  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for included activities  
  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology, or culture
  • Explorer Science program
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment, and tips & tricks
  • Photos and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come, and port presentations
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Use of the gym, hot tubs, and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
Not Included
  • International flights related taxes
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance – recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
  • Pre- and post-cruise land arrangements, except single night in Ushuaia upon arrival
  • Borton Overseas can assist with international air and other travel arrangements in connection with this program. Please inquire!
  • There is a customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided by Borton Overseas)
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