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Science Center Program on MS Midnatsol's Antarctica Expeditions

On Hurtigruten expeditions to Antarctica aboard MS Midnatsol, guests can perform their own science experiments using our high-tech microscopes with our complimentary science center program.

You Are Never Too Old – Or Too Young – To Broaden Your Horizons!

At Hurtigruten, we want to take our science exploration one step further. In addition to our science lectures, which will still be the primary information source, we are proud to introduce our brand new science center. On Hurtigruten voyages to Antarctica aboard MS Midnatsol, guests can be more ‘hands-on’ by performing their own science experiments. The program is complimentary, although guests will be asked to sign up for sessions with our biologists and geologists due to limited space and equipment. Our science center will feature the following equipment:


The Leica DM500 is a biological microscope that has been designed for demanding applications in teaching. The optics are very user-friendly, which means that even novice users quickly see good images. The settings have been reduced to the essentials, meaning that operating errors and any consequent damage are virtually eliminated.


The Leica EZ4 is a stereomicroscope that is also used for training purposes. Stereomicroscopes are used for enlargements of stones, insects, etc. The image quality of this model is very good, making it highly suitable for experienced users, too.

During sessions, we will divide into groups where 2–3 people share one microscope. The biologist and geologist will sometimes invite guests along to sample biomaterial for use in the science center. There is also a large screen connected to the teacher’s microscope for viewing by everyone during the
science session.