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Life Returns | Springtime Expedition to Antarctica


Departure date
23 days

Cruise Overview

Antarctica Cruise | Life Returns - Springtime Expedition to Antarctica | HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

Late spring expedition gives you five days in Antarctica during its late spring as the glaciers and icebergs are at their most sparkly and pristine. 

Visit the beautiful, windswept Falkland Islands and the 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean' South Georgia at the height of mating season. 

Over three weeks exploring some of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth, with abundant wildlife.

Southern Ocean islands of wonder 

Setting off from Buenos Aires, we head to the windswept green hills and the white-sand beaches of the Falkland Islands. And while the wildlife here is plentiful, South Georgia is in a class of its own, and the beaches heave with seals, penguins and other seabirds.  

Amazing Antarctic wildlife 

At this time of year, the snow is fresh from winter, and in the sea towering icebergs glisten in their newly sculpted grandeur while on land the penguins are courting and nest-building. Over the next five days, we'll explore several landing sites where you can truly experience the frozen continent up close. Your voyage ends in Chile’s Patagonia region.

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We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

The beat of Buenos Aires

Day 1

Preparing for adventure

Day 2-4

Wildlife of the Falklands

Day 5-7

Adventure lies ahead

Day 8-9

The southern Serengeti

Day 11-13

Antarctica bound

Day 13-14

Another world

Day 15-19

The passage back

Day 20-22

Arrival in Punta Arenas

Day 23

What's included


  • Flight in economy class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile 


  • Transfer from the ship to the Punta Arenas airport after the expedition cruise 

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wine, beer and spirits available at meals and throughout the day and evening (subject to licensing laws, excludes premium drinks)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Fine dining in restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A polar expedition jacket, a backpack, or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of sauna, hot tubs, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Centre
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landing with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight stay might be needed (not included)

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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