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Christmas Adventure in Antarctica (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: 20 Dec 2018 - 03 Jan 2019

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DAY 1
20 Dec 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The spirit of tango radiates from every corner of Buenos Aires. The national dance of Argentina showcases fancy footwork at its finest and is a mesmerizing display of dance mastery, an impassioned physical portrayal of seduction and despair. During the famous milonga nights (tango nights at a local dance hall) you'll observe intertwined tangueros in action, or you can join a spectacular 'tango and dinner' show. If you want to give the dance floor a try yourself, you should visit places like Tangocool, La Marshall, or La Viruta where newcomers are welcome. Also, strolling around during daytime, you will witness street tango at almost every street corner. Walking in a labyrinth of tombs and mausoleums might sound kind of creepy. But the Cementerio de la Recoleta is a remarkable necropolis. When you find the crowd, you have found Evita's monument. For even more Evita history, visit the presidential palace Casa Rosada, and the Museo Evita. Find an almost unspoiled subtropical delta full of densely forested islands and shining waterways at the Tigre delta just half an hour away from downtown. You can look forward to spending a night here, in the city of tango, before flying south to embark on the adventure.

DAY 2
21 Dec 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Air travel
Ushuaia, Argentina

After an early morning flight, you find yourself in the southernmost town in the world, flanked by the most southern point of the Andes mountain range. MS Midnatsol is ready to take you to sea. And we kick off everything with a welcome dinner.

DAY 3
22 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea

We cross the Drake Passage and soon we will actually be in Antarctica! Join our lectures, learn more about photography, or join in on interesting sessions in the science centre. These activities are designed to make your visit to Antarctica even more interesting. Our Young Explorers have their own and exciting program.

DAY 4
23 Dec 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 5
24 Dec 2018
Deception Island, Antarctica
DAY 6
25 Dec 2018
Half Moon Island, Antarctica
DAY 7
26 Dec 2018
Antarctic Sound (Cruising)
DAY 8
27 Dec 2018
Brown Bluff, Antarctica

We cruise towards South Shetland Islands and Antarctica, and the highlights line up during our eight days here. This land and seascape with glaciers galore and beaches teeming with wildlife is a superb and quite different place to celebrate Christmas Eve. Onboard we invite you to take part in a real Norwegian Christmas celebration, with traditional food from Norway and Europe, carols, and lots of fun. Among the places we might visit is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands, a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where we can take our backpacks and hike. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island's extremely diverse landscape. It might be difficult to navigate through the 30 mile Antarctic Sound due to ice, but it offers the most impressive manifestations of icebergs that you will see on this adventure. On Brown Bluff, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, and Cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise 2,444 ft out of the sea. The stony beach is suitable for shore landings outside of nesting season. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful untouched places on the planet.

DAY 9
28 Dec 2018
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 10
29 Dec 2018
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 11
30 Dec 2018
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 12
31 Dec 2018
Antarctica (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 13
01 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea

After five fantastic days in Antarctica, we are heading back to South America. Spend some time on deck and take advantage of sailing this legendary part of the ocean. Still, the weather can be quite rough on the Drake (Drake Shake), but it can also be very fine, what we call 'Drake Lake'. Usually it's somewhere in between. The Drake Passage is an excellent area for bird watching. However, in rough seas you may not be able to go out on deck. If it's too calm the birds do not fly much, as they need stronger winds to glide over the ocean. So hope for conditions somewhere in between 'Lake' and 'Shake'.

DAY 14
02 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 15
03 Jan 2019
Ushuaia, Argentina
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Just as the New Year begins, we see the end of this Christmas adventure when we arrive in Ushuaia and transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you want some sun and warmth after spending time in one of the coldest places on earth, we recommend you participate in one of our post-voyage programs in Buenos Aires.

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About the Ship

South America landscape
MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun)

The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship is dedicated to the Norwegian summer.The interior's bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display.

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Included

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis

  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore

  • Professional English speaking Expedition team

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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