Explore the South Atlantic, Antarctica and Patagonia
Close in on the highlights of the South American coast and Antarctica
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique. Departure date: 25 Oct 2016 & 22 Oct 2017
You start the voyage with an overnight stay in Montevideo. 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.
The next morning you embark the MS Midnatsol and the adventure begins!
Spending a day at sea, you can get to know your fellow adventurers, have fun in the explorer room or just enjoy the views from deck.
You can look forward to our one and half day stay in the Valdés region. This is one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina where you can experience some of the largest marine animals in their natural environment. We will also pay a visit to the amazing Puerto Madryn.
The Valdez Peninsula is a fauna reservation 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 richest wildlife, with elephant seals, magellanic penguins, the southern right whale and a great vatiety of birds.
Spend another relaxing but exciting day at sea.
The Falklands Islands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones with an estimated 3 000 inhabitants. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, penguins while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. We will visit a local family and enjoy cakes and refreshments.
The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. The penguins will approach you close up, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities!
Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot as shops and services are all centred on the port, including Stanley's lively pubs.
Tomorrow we are in Antarctica! You will soon enough find out if your inner image of Antarctica fits reality. We will fill the day with preparatory exercises – titbits of information that give you the best possible “canvas” on which to paint your experiences. Our curated Polar film festival will continue in the lecture hall.
Now you are in one of the most remote areas of the world! We will visit places that were used by the old days whalers, landings with great surroundings and have theme days on board. Among the places we will see are Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has spectacular scenery and is often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here in December. The Antarctic Sound offers an astounding assortment of floating ice. Brown Bluff is recognisable by the cliffs that dominate the landscape, soaring at 750 metres. After exploring this superlative-exhausting continent, we set course for South America again. Come ashore and join our expedition team to see see the penguins, seals and maybe whales up close, enjoy field days, kayaking and exploring the waters and ice in small boats.
We continue our voyage in Antarctica.
We continue our voyage in Antarctica.
We continue our voyage in Antarctica.
The Drake Passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have had the chance to experience. You can use this days at sea to recap your experiences, sort your photos or simply relax on deck.
When ranking the mythical places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.
As we set course for Punta Arenas, we sail through some of the wildest and most impressive landscapes anywhere on earth. The Chilean fjords are deep with high mountains and glaciers calving into the sea. Enjoy the amazing views from deck, or come ashore to explore the area like Darwin did more that 180 years ago.
Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. When we reach Punta Arenas, on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, it is time to say goodbye to all your new friends and the crew. Your journey home continues with your flight to Santiago de Chile.
Bird watching in the Falkland IslandsExcursion Antarctica (0 Hour) From £ 72
Falklands nature walkExcursion Antarctica, Port Stanley (3 Hours) From £ 72
Long Island FarmExcursion Antarctica, South America, Port Stanley (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 265
Scenic air tourExcursion Antarctica, South America, Port Stanley (1 Hour) From £ 265
Port Stanley HighlightsExcursion Antarctica, South America, Port Stanley (0 Hour) From £ 61
Stanley Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic FlightExcursion Antarctica, South America (approx. 3 hrs) From £ 308
Stanley History TourExcursion Antarctica, South America (2 hours) From £ 61
Puerto Madryn - Whale WatchingExcursion South America (Approx. 5 hours) From £ 257
Puerto Madryn - Kayak with sea lionsExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 180
Puerto Madryn - Horseback ridingExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 273
Puerto Madryn - Estancia San Lorenzo & PenguinsExcursion South America (Approx: 7.5 hours) From £ 216
Puerto Madryn - HD snorkelling with sea lionsExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 257
Explorer Photography SchoolExcursion Norwegian coast, South America, Antarctica, Africa, Transatlantic (7 hours) From £ 616
Kayak Workshop in AntarcticaExcursion Antarctica (2 days ) From £ 616
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