Ushuaia – Antarctica – Falkland Islands – Montevideo
On this adventure you will experience South America, the Falkland Islands – and Antarctica. See penguins, seals and whales. Take hikes on the ice and go kayaking in among icebergs. Our extensive on-board program, excursions and activities make this a dream for any adventurer, no matter your age.
• Experience Antarctica, the Falklands and South America
• See the amazing wildlife of the southern hemisphere, some up close
• Come ashore in Antarctica and go kayaking in the most remote place on Earth
• Wide-ranging science program and Young Explorers Program
Travel Period: February 26, 2019
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and weather, wind and ice conditions determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
February 26, 2019
Departs from Buenos Aires
The Vibrant Capital of Argentina
Location : Buenos Aires
Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires, and enjoy its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm.
Embarking On the Adventure
Location : Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
After a three-hour flight, you find yourself in the southernmost town in the world, flanked by the most southern point of the Andes Mountain Range. In Ushuaia, MS Midnatsol is ready to take you south. And we kick off everything with a welcome dinner.
Enjoy the Activities On Board
Location : Drake Passage
A day at sea is full of activity. Our Expedition Team will most likely convince everybody on board 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.
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales
Location : Antarctica
Antarctica is sure to overwhelm you. Endless white horizons, the 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 Harbor 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 Harbor 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.
Relaxing On MS Midnatsol
Location : At sea
Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos and films with your fellow adventurers. Be on deck to fully enjoy the feeling of being at sea.
Pubs, Penguins and Perfect Wilderness
Location : Falkland Islands
When we arrive 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.
The Beginning of the End of the Adventure
Location : At sea
After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days on board are spent crossing the South Atlantic Ocean. Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our Expedition Team, and enjoy the farewell dinner on the last evening.
Discover Montevideo, Before Flying Home
Location : Montevideo
You disembark in Montevideo. The city has a sly sophistication and surprising cultural diversity for such a small population, boasting a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco style. Maybe you have the time to 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 you fly home.
March 14, 2019
The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer.
MS Midnatsol has a strong environmental profile and modern design. The interior’s bright, colorful décor is inspired by Norway´s sunny warm days of summer, a motif reflected in many of the pieces of Norwegian modern art on board. The ship is also a TV star, having been featured in the award-winning Norwegian television documentary, “Hurtigruten 365.” The vessel´s sun deck and hot tub are on deck 9. Key features on MS Midnatsol include the large, two-story panorama lounge over the bow, with wall-to-wall windows that bathe the room in natural light and provide extraordinary views.
MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1X ship, equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition cruises in Antarctica. The ship started taking explorers on adventures to Patagonia and Antarctica in 2016.
Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and waters we sail in. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture and presentations program and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of “friluftsliv,” and encourages you take part in various “friluftsliv” hikes and activities during the cruise.
The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage. Read more about our Expedition Teams here.
• Expedition Team
• Two-story panorama lounge
• Separate à la carte restaurant
• Hot tubs
• Fitness room and sauna
• Amfi theatre for educational lectures and conference facilities
• Car deck