MS Midnatsol
13 days

Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Midnatsol
13 days

Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent
  • Six days exploring 22 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • February in Antarctica has the warmest weather and hatching penguin chicks
  • February and March are the best periods for whale watching in Antarctica
  • Inclusive lectures, onboard Science Center, and Citizen Science program
Icebergs while crossing Drake Passage

Itinerary

One of our shortest expeditions to Antarctica gives guests six days in the Antarctic Peninsula, focused on exploring the many penguin colonies, glaciers, and icebergs found there.
Day 1
Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires
A bridge over water with a city in the background
Start your expedition in the beautiful Argentine city of Buenos Aires.
Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
 
Temperature range Feb-Mar: 69 – 78°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
A bridge over water with a city in the background
Start your expedition in the beautiful Argentine city of Buenos Aires.
A small boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world which earned it the nickname as "the end of the world".
Day 2
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship
A small boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world which earned it the nickname as "the end of the world".
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and where MS Midnatsol awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
Temperature range Feb-Mar: 42 – 54°F 
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to Buenos Aires airport
·  Flight in coach class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
·  Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship
Day 3-4
Drake Passage
Sail the Drake Passage to Antarctica
A man looking at the camera
Your expedition to Antarctica is well under way. Enjoy your days crossing the Drake Passage by joining some of our on board lectures presented by the expedition team.
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 
 
While at sea, and provided conditions are calm, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures and watch films about Antarctica in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and gym.
A man looking at the camera
Your expedition to Antarctica is well under way. Enjoy your days crossing the Drake Passage by joining some of our on board lectures presented by the expedition team.
Iceberg in Paradise Bay Antarctica
Day 5-10
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
The oceans are teeming with life in Antarctica. Our Expedition Team will take you on landings close to wildlife, and each journey will serve as a reminder that you are now a true polar explorer.
The oceans are teeming with life in Antarctica. Our expedition team will take you on landings close to wildlife, and each journey will serve as a reminder that you are now a true polar explorer.
A whale in Wilhelmina Bay, or "Whale-mina Bay"
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 5-10
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Iceberg in Paradise Bay Antarctica
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.
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites to go cruising in small boats and to make landings where guests are able to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
 
Temperature range Feb-Mar: 30 – 34°F
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics 
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snow fields
·  In-depth photography lessons
Day 11-12
Drake Passage
Sail the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia
A group of ice cream

As we return to open water, guests will have time to learn more in the Science Center, attend lectures, or just relax while bird and whale watching out on deck.

A group of ice cream
A large brick building
Colorful buildings that can be found along the Caminito in Buenos Aire's La Boca neighborhood.
Day 13
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark the ship, and fly back to Buenos Aires
A large brick building
Colorful buildings that can be found along the Caminito in Buenos Aire's La Boca neighborhood.
It’s time to return home via Ushuaia and Buenos Aires. Guests can extend their trip with a choice of excursions or a post-voyage program.
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
 
Consider extending your stay and enjoying our optional post-cruise expedition programs (Land Adventures)
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • 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 accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
A large ship in the water
Photo: Genna Roland / Hurtigruten

Your Ship

MS Midnatsol

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 970 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 632
Car capacity 32
Gross tonnage 16151
Length 135.75 m / 445 ft
Beam 21.5 m / 70.5 ft
Speed 18 knots
A large ship in the water
Photo: Genna Roland / Hurtigruten

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