EXPEDITION CRUISE

Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica – Southbound (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Montevideo, Uruguay to Ushuaia, Argentina
Dates: 22 Oct 2018 - 07 Nov 2018

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DAY 1
22 Oct 2018
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo boasts colorful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America's most interesting cities, you can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th-century buildings, the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums, and art galleries, and the stretch of white sandy beaches surrounding the city before embarking on MS Midnatsol for your adventure.

DAY 2
23 Oct 2018
Day-at-Sea

Enjoy the first day onboard! The expedition team will start the lecture program covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and enjoy the sun and the warm temperatures and look out for wildlife as we make out way south.

DAY 3
24 Oct 2018
Valdes Peninsula, Argentina
DAY 4
25 Oct 2018
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

The first highlight on this expedition is our visit to the Valdes Peninsula. This is a nature reserve that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina's barren eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly shaped peninsula is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats, with elephant seals, Magellan penguins, the southern right whale, and a great variety of birds. Puerto Madryn is known as the gateway to whales, penguins... and Welsh traditions. Founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865, it is now one of the most vibrant cities in Patagonia, with a beautiful coastal avenue overlooking the huge natural amphitheatre of Golfo Nuevo. Enjoy our wide variety of excursions like horseback riding, snorkelling with sea lions, kayaking with sea lions, whale watching, or visit Estancia San Lorenzo where you will see wildlife including rheas (flightless ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas), and elephant seals.

DAY 5
26 Oct 2018
Day-at-Sea

Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos, and films with your fellow adventurers.

DAY 6
27 Oct 2018
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

When we arrive at the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley, to penguins, hikes in the hills or along the coastline, or kayaking clear waters. New Island is an adorable inlet, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if the sun was a little stronger. We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks, and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.

DAY 7
28 Oct 2018
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
DAY 8
29 Oct 2018
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
DAY 9
30 Oct 2018
Drake Passage (Cruising)

A day at sea is full of activity. By now, our expedition team will probably have convinced everybody onboard that science is fun! We can promise first class edutainment. Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will notice that the air becomes crisper and colder. From deck, you might start seeing icebergs in the water, maybe whales as well.

DAY 10
31 Oct 2018
Half Moon Island, Antarctica
DAY 11
01 Nov 2018
Yankee Harbour, Antarctica
DAY 12
02 Nov 2018
Cuverville Island (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 13
03 Nov 2018
Neko Harbor, Antarctica
DAY 14
04 Nov 2018
Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica

Antarctica is sure to overwhelm you. Endless white horizons, an ocean full of glorious icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans; you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species. Come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations, and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world and the sensations are non-stop. We will land several times for unforgettable experiences. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour, and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbor is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating ice.

DAY 15
05 Nov 2018
Drake Passage (Cruising)

After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days onboard are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Spend time with family, old friends, new friends, and our expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner on the last evening.

DAY 16
06 Nov 2018
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 17
07 Nov 2018
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arriving in Ushuaia, it's time to say goodbye. We transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. If you want to have a bit more fun before going home, you are more than welcome to join our optional excursions in the post program.

Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica – Southbound map

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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.

What's Included

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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Choose from a variety of cabin options ranging from Interior, Ocean View and Suite categories on any one of our 15 ships offering modern facilities carefully blended with true character.

Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions of this contract apply to the sea passage as well as to all other products or services of any kind whatsoever provided for or arranged by Hurtigruten AS, their agents or independent contractors. These terms and conditions represent the entire agreement and a binding contract between Hurtigruten AS and the customer. These pro-visions supersede any oral or written representations. Any change in these provisions must be in writing signed by the president of Hurtigruten AS.The transports of passengers, baggage and vehicles is subject to the provisions of the Act no. 39 of 24 June 1994 Norwegian Maritime Code, as amended (‘Norwegian Maritime Code’), and package tours are subject to the provisions of the Act no. 57 of 25 August 1995 Relating to Package Tours (‘Package Tours Act’). Copies of the Norwegian Maritime Code and the Package Tours Acts, in Norwegian and in English, are on file with Hurtigruten AS and available upon request. The terms and conditions of this contract are drawn up in accord ance with the Norwegian Maritime Code, Package Tours Act, and the regulations laid down by the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. However, in case of conflict between this contract and the Norwegian Maritime Code or Package Tours Act, this contract shall take precedence.

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Shore Excursions

Montevideo, Uruguay - 22 Oct 2018

Puerto Madryn, Argentina - 25 Oct 2018

Ushuaia, Argentina - 07 Nov 2018

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