On board MS HANSEATIC from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Expedition Antarctica; a world of ice

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Look forward to spring awakening in the vast fields of snow, mighty ice formations and unique glacial panoramas. A spectacular backdrop for wildlife sightings when the Zodiacs take you to huge colonies of penguins, elephant seals and seals. 

from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 30.11.2017 to 19.12.2017 (19 days)
Cruise number: HAN1722

15 days cruise only from € 10,441 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 12,441 per person

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

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Thu, 30.11.2017

Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires

Fri, 01.12.2017

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Sat, 02.12.2017

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

Sun, 03.12.2017
- Tue, 05.12.2017

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 06.12.2017
- Fri, 08.12.2017

South Georgia

Days of breathtaking expedition experiences lie ahead when glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords on the horizon signal your approach to this unique animal paradise. Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to let you experience very special wildlife sightings. For example, standing with the experts in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins. The island is home to almost 200,000 animals inhabiting the steep slopes and coasts – such as Salisbury Plain, which is covered by birds begging for food, or the Gold Harbour beach where fur seals and elephant seals sleep through your visit. The biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you will intensify your unique natural experiences with surprising details about the masses of animals. At the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by. Making a heroic effort, he once saved his team after the ship was forced to spend winter in the pack ice. It is an example of the lifelines of the polar explorers you will cross on every expedition.

Sat, 09.12.2017
- Sun, 10.12.2017

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 11.12.2017
- Thu, 14.12.2017

South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

South Shetland Islands
Towering basalt rocks, bizarre volcanic rock, black volcanic beaches and fossils up to 150 million years old: the archaic beauty of the Antarctic’s largest island group is also a history book of geology – and Antarctic exploration. After being forced to abandon their ship in the ice, Shackleton’s men spent the winter on the rocky Elephant Island. In good weather, we can set out in smaller boats to reach destinations such as Half Moon Island. Walk across vast fields of snow and enjoy beautiful views of the rugged neighbouring Livingston Island, the home of majestic elephant seals. Your impressions will be just as unforgettable when the HANSEATIC calls at Deception lsland. Thanks to its shallow draught, the ship can sail directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Flanked by rock faces up to 50 m (164 ft) in height, the black sand in front of you gives off steam as a testament to a past eruption – and you in the heart of the scenery.

Antarctic Peninsula and outlying islands
Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship like the HANSEATIC can guarantee the full Antarctic experience: enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you first set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs the size of houses drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The imposing glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, generate a sublime soundscape. And gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see – including on Cuverville Island, for example, surrounded by drifting icebergs. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking. The former British research station is one of the historical sites of the Antarctic and has been transformed into a museum – only a handful of people live here to record first-hand observations of hundreds of birds and numerous penguins.

Fri, 15.12.2017
- Sat, 16.12.2017

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Sun, 17.12.2017

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 18.12.2017

Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany

Tue, 19.12.2017

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions. Wildlife sightings may vary from year to year.
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Clear and simple – our pricing model

¹ Butler service included in categories 6 and 7

You will find more information, especially with regards to vaccination and visa requirements, in the General Information section.

Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:


Team of experts on board

On every expedition, you will be accompanied by renowned experts in various fields. Biologists, glaciologists, geologists and historians will make you experience the wonders of the sixth continent even more intensely. In-depth on-board preparation and follow-up sessions for trips ashore, interesting pointers during Zodiac rides and compelling expert knowledge on your natural history excursions ashore will broaden the horizons of your knowledge.