Antarctica: One Destination, Four Expedition Ships
Whether you're an active explorer who thrives in extreme elements, or someone looking for a leisurely cruise, an Antarctic expedition with Hurtigruten is extraordinary.
At Hurtigruten, our exploration style meets the needs of people who value learning and personal growth over excessive luxury. Our guests value interactions with nature and wildlife, a larger than life experience.
Our expedition vessels sailing to Antarctica have been designed especially to cater to those who prefer a more active expedition. MS Fram, MS Midnatsol, and our brand-new, hybrid eletric-powered ships MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, each have their own personality. But they share one thing in common—all are custom-built to serve as a perfect base camp for your adventure.
MS Fram has a prestigious legacy as a famous expedition ship, and is a true favorite in the Hurtigruten fleet, among staff and guests alike. Intimate and intrepid, she is outfitted specifically for authentic adventures in Antarctica. Itineraries on MS Fram encompass in-depth explorations, sailing inside the Antarctic Circle, and venturing far into the areas that are almost permanently iced down and totally unnavigable in winter. Such areas are typically unreachable by larger vessels, regardless of the ice conditions and time of year.
On MS Midnatsol, you will travel in casual comfort where hands-on experiences, learning, and interactions with Antarctica's pristine shores and ice-filled waterways are the basis for connecting with your inner explorer. Expedition cruises on MS Midnatsol are suited to those with a true spirit of exploration. All itineraries begin and end in Puntas Arenas; from there, you will explore the deep fjords of Chile, visit Cape Horn, and see the highlights of Antarctica.
MS Roald Amundsen and her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a truly comfortable base camp at sea. On board recreation and dining will be top quality, with three pools and three dining establishments on offer. Best of all, MS Roald Amundsen will be the first expedition ship ever to sail with electric hybrid technology. This will reduce fuel consumption approximately 20 percent and enable the ship to sail on 100% electric power for up to 30 minutes, allowing you to experience the wonder of Antarctica in near silence. Cruises on MS Roald Amundsen, launching in 2019, will explore the Falkland Islands, Chilean Fjords, and sail south of the Antarctic Circle—a milestone that few travelers reach. MS Fridtjof Nansen will set sail in 2020.
Like the great explorers who paved the way into these southern oceans before you, weather, wind, ice, and local conditions will determine the exact nature of your program and schedule. Regardless of which ship you choose, every voyage is unique and you will witnesss awe-inspiring scenery and landscapes that remain as unchanged as the day man first set eyes upon them.
||MS Roald Amundsen
||The Expedition Ship
||The Discovery Ship
||The Ship of the Future
|Maximum Guests in Antarctica
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||Lecture program (biology, geology, history and Arctic treaty) and from 2018/19 - Science Center, Photography workshop and morning exercise
||Lecture program (edutainment biology, geology, history, Antarctica Treaty and general talks), Young Explorers program, onboard Science Center and morning exercise
||Lecture program, Young Explorers Program, Photography workshop, onboard Science Center and morning exercise
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