Antarctica and Falklands - Southern Hemisphere Adventure (Northbound)

This adventure brings you to highlights of South America, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica. See penguins, seals, and whales, and take hikes on the ice and kayak among icebergs. And on board there is so much to do. Take advantage of our Activity Center for exciting lectures, activities, and more, that are designed to enhance your trip.

  • Experience Antarctica, the Falklands, and South America
  • See the amazing wildlife of the southern hemisphere, sometimes up close
  • Go ashore in Antarctica and kayak in the most remote place on Earth
  • Wide-ranging science program

Itinerary

Cruise 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.

Departure March 14, 2020

Departs from Buenos Aires
Overview

This expedition brings you to amazing highlights of the southern hemisphere. It is also available in 2019 - read more about it here.

From Urban Adventure to Remote Wilderness

Enjoy big city life in Buenos Aires before embarking on MS Midnatsol in Ushuaia.

Mind-Blowing Antarctica

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

Join the expedition team and discover the icy shores of Antarctica on landings to get a close look at wildlife, explore by kayak, and visit fascinating places. On board, enjoy interesting lectures and activities, and photo workshops that will take your expedition to a new and entertaining level.  

Fabulous Falklands

A powerful wilderness and cultural experience awaits you on the Falklands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies in the countryside, while red English buses trundle past cozy pubs in the town.

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

 

Day 1
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Cultural and Cool

Buenos Aires

This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the 'Paris of South America' for yourself.

Day 2
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Tierra del Fuego

Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Midnatsol awaits you. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome on board dinner.

Day 3-4
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Crossing the Drake Passage

Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us - it will take your breath away! Take it all in on board MS Midnatsol with its two-story panorama lounge over the bow, with wall-to-wall windows that bathe the room in natural light and provide extraordinary views.

Day 5-9
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Penguins, Icebergs, Seals, and Whales

Antarctica

Antarctica is sure to inspire you with its beauty: endless white horizons above oceans full of glorious icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be meeting the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to truly close encounters with this most charming of bird species as you go ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. You'll enjoy close encounters with Antarctic wildlife and glaciers, and old whaling stations and its relics. And from the deck, there are great opportunities to spot whales. 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 as weather and ice conditions allow. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island 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. 

Day 10
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Scanning for Wildlife and Joining Lectures

At sea

The expedition team will continue its lecture program, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as we make out way north to the Falklands. 

Day 12-13
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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, and kayaking in crystal-clear waters. New Island is an lovely inlet, with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if only the weather was a little bit warmer!

We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day among penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions such as history tours, birdwatching 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
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Enjoy Onboard Activities

At sea

Days at sea are full of activity and learning. By now, our expedition team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fascinating and fun! We can promise first class 'edutainment'!

Day 17
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Fascinating Capital

Montevideo

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-sand beaches that surround the city after disembarking the MS Midnatsol.

Arrival 30 March 2020

Location Montevideo
What's Included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the cruise, including breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
  • Economy flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer from the airport to the 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 accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

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

Your Ship on this Voyage

Cruise the coast of South America and Antarctica on board MS Midnatsol, our discovery style ship with unmatched panoramic views.

Experiences

Excursions on Your Cruise

Get closer to nature and learn more about your destination with our wide range of optional excursions. They can be pre-ordered while booking your expedition cruise online, or added later if there is still availability.

Learn more about your destinations

Read more about the experience of sailing to the Falkand Islands and the last unexplored place on Earth, Antarctica.

Practical Information