HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FROZEN CONTINENT 2019/20

Get ready for a rare adventure! From Ushuaia you cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands. On board there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.

Dates
Duration
Starting From Ship Name
10 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019, 2 Dec 2019, 28 Dec 2019, 30 Jan 2020, 10 Feb 2020, 21 Feb 2020, 3 Mar 2020, 13 Days USD 7,139 MS Midnatsol



 

Close encounters with Antarctic wildlife

Taking an expedition to Antarctica with MS Midnatsol is sure to rank among the most exciting things you’ll ever do: exploring the most remote place on earth. Join us on this adventure filled with the unparalleled highlights of Antarctica.

A frozen but bustling continent

We sail across the Drake Passage heading towards Antarctica. When we arrive in the continent, it does not take long before all your attention is focused on the mysterious world we have just arrived. Behind each iceberg are new adventures hidden.

Prepare to get goose bumps. Antarctica animal life is a chapter for itself. Here you will see whales, thousands of penguins and very cute harnesses. Icebergs in all sorts of colors and colors pass by. The horizon seems endless and we sail through a blue sea where you can see both icebergs and whales. Let yourself be fascinated and charmed by the great penguin colonies who welcome you. You will feel like a real explorer when we go to land to explore and when we drive small boats through the Arctic Ocean.

When you return on board, you have the opportunity to learn more about Antarctica and share the exciting experiences you've had with family and new friends. MS Midnatsol is designed to satisfy the needs of modern adventurers - both on board and on land. In our activity center, you can meet other adventurers, and learn more about popular science topics along with our expedition team. The onboard program is suitable for people of all ages. In the media room we show today's highlights, and if you have not been on land or on excursions you can watch movies and videos from them every night. All scientific content is presented in a lively, fun and easy-to-understand way: first class "edutainment" , so to speak.

So join on a journey to the outermost world!


Nov - Mar
Departs From
Buenos Aires

Day 1

Cultural and cool

Location: Buenos Aires

This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

Tierra del Fuego

Location: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

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

Day 2

Day 3-4

Crossing the Drake Passage

Location: Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will overwhelm you! MS Midnatsol is designed especially to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. There will also be several lectures on the environment around us; films about Antarctica and the Activity Center will be providing the latest technology for preserving your memories. This will be the heart of the expedition community, where we gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, mingle and share stories.

Antarctica … another world!

Location:Antarctica

You are now in one of the most remote areas on earth! There have been spectacular photo opportunities so far, but Antarctica itself is in a whole different category. Come ashore to explore the breath taking Antarctic scenery and to come close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck there will be ample opportunities to sight whales.

Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base.

We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of Gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. Cuverville Island is home to another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay.

Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has stunning scenery and is often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December. We have planned plenty of activities to make you experience Antarctica in the best way. This might mean that one day you will go shore to see penguins and hear the crackling noise of glaciers.

Next day, you get to feel the salt and wind as you cruise between the sea ice, looking for leopard seals taking a snooze on the ice. Third day, kayaking or a longer hike or walk. Back on board we also have activities that will satisfy a whole range of interests in the explorer room. The on board photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography.

Join gatherings where the various members of the expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and the expedition leader discusses the next day’s plan. These gatherings are great opportunities for sharing and shared memory making and mingling with the expedition community.

Day 5-10

Day 11-12

Heading back to civilisation

Location: Drake Passage

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Activity Center or just relaxing on deck.

The end of the adventure

Location: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you haven't had enough adventures, you have the possibility to extend your stay and enjoy our optional post expedition programmes.

Day 13

Location
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires


*Rates are per person on twin sharing. Except for the Suites, all cabins have separate beds. Suites have double beds. Rates are capacity controlled and subject to change.

PRICE INCLUDES
  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
NOT INCLUDED
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

DISCLAIMER: PRICES QUOTED ARE MERELY INDICATIVE.    RATES ARE CAPACITY-CONTROLLED AND SUBJECT TO EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS AT THE TIME OF INVOICING.


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