Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Northbound

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 onboard programme, excursions and activities make this a dream for any adventurer, not 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 programme and Young Explorer programme
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The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will 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.

26 February 2019

Departs from Buenos Aires

On this adventure, there is no need to restrain your enthusiasm! This expedition includes the highlights of the southern hemisphere.

From urban adventure to the most remote place on earth in a few days

First, enjoy big city life in Buenos Aires, before embarking on MS Midnatsol in Ushuaia.

Mind-blowing Antarctica

We cross the Drake Passage to explore the most remote place on planet Earth. The Antarctic ice cap covers 98 % of the continent and is the largest single mass of ice in the world. This is a wilderness teeming with life. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their noisy and crowded colonies.

Join the Expedition team and explore the icy shores of Antarctica with landings to get a close look at penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most fascinating places. On board, interesting lectures, the Science centre, our Young Explorers Antarctica programme, workshops and the Photo and optics test centre will take your exploration to a new and entertaining level.

Fabulous Falklands

A different wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falklands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies, while red English buses and cozy pubs dot the villages and towns.

We round off this adventure by spending two amazing days crossing the ocean to Montevideo.

Day 1
A bridge over water with a city in the background

The vibrant capital of Argentina

Buenos Aires

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires, and enjoy its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm.

Day 2
A double decker bus parked on the side of a road

Embarking the adventure

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.

Day 3-4
A large body of water

Enjoy the activities on board

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.

Day 5-10
Iceberg in Antarctica Sound
Imagine waking up on Christmas day and pulling back the cabin curtains to reveal an iceberg in the Antarctica Sound. We will explore the most remote place on earth, on an adventure that takes you to the unparalleled highlights of Antarctica. Photo: Karsten Bidstrup Photo
The Antarctic wilderness is unlike anything you've ever experienced. Join our daily landings and get close to the incredible wildlife.
The Antarctic wilderness is unlike anything you've ever experienced. Join our daily landings and get close to the incredible wildlife. Photo

Penguins, icebergs, seals and whales


Antarctica is sure to overwhelm you. Endless white horizons, oceans are 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 Harbour 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 11
A man sitting in front of a crowd

Relaxing on MS Midnatsol

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.

Day 12-13
A powerful wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falkland Islands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies in the countryside, while red English buses trundle past cozy pubs in the town.
A powerful wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falkland Islands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies in the countryside, while red English buses trundle past cozy pubs in the town. Photo: Franz Gingele Photo

Pubs, penguins and perfect wilderness

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.

Day 14-16
A group of people standing in front of a body of water

The beginning of the end of the adventure

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.

Day 17
A statue in front of a tall building

Discover Montevideo, before flying home


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 Maye 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.

14 March 2019

Location Montevideo

Price includes:

• Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
• Overnight in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
• Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
• Economy flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
• Transfer airport to ship in Ushuaia
• 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 accompanying landings and activities
• Free tea and coffee

Not included:

• International flights
• Travel insurance
• Luggage handling
• Optional excursions and gratuities

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Things to see and do


Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Antarctica and South America has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions. They can be pre-booked or bought on board if there is capacity left.


Learn more about the experience of sailing to the last unexplored place on Earth, Antarctica.

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