No matter where you have been and what you have seen on previous travels: Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience. A huge cold-water current encloses this isolated continent. So here in the midst of the great white open, you will find nature at its most sublime and haunting.
The awe-inspiring landscapes of Antarctica have remained virtually unchanged since the day man first set eyes upon them. It is the coldest, driest, highest and cleanest continent on Earth. There are no permanent human inhabitants, but instead it is home to millions of penguins, seals and birds. During the austral summer, its shores are a feeding ground for thousands of whales. You can also see shoals of penguins swimming out to sea to hunt for krill, the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines, and the singing humpback whale as it acrobatically breaches the water. Since the first great explorers raced each other to the South Pole, Antarctica has been the place for the more adventurous. Today, human activity is limited to tourism and science, with research stations monitoring everything from the Antarctic eco system to climate change, since the area is considered key to understanding the "health issues" of our globe.
Environmentally friendly tourism
Sailing in such pristine surroundings naturally comes with a huge responsibility. Hurtigruten is committed to the highest standards of seamanship and an environmentally friendly operation. Our activities and reputation rest on our long tradition and experience when it comes to exploring polar waters.
Three ways to explore Antarctica
With Hurtigruten you can choose among a variety of expedition sailings on MS Midnatsol, the smaller MS Fram, or the newest of our fleet, MS Roald Amundsen.
Our discovery ship, MS Midnatsol accommodates a maximum of 500 guests, enabling comfortable and family-friendly explorer travel, ideal for the curious traveller. In 2018/19 she will operate mainly in Antarctica.
With MS Fram you go on true expeditions. The ship is small, so it is the ultimate way to really explore Antarctica, taking you up close to inaccessible locations. The expedition landings take you ashore to see wildlife and historic sites close up, and also offer the chance to try several excursions and trips that will challenge you, both mentally and physically.
The ship of the future, MS Roald Amundsen, will launch in autumn 2018 and boasts rich Scandinavian design and advanced hybrid technology. She will sail almost silently to fragile natural areas, while reducing emissions to a minimum. Exploration voyages with MS Roald Amundsen cover the Falklands, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica including sailings south of the Antarctic Circle.
Landings in Antarctica
Each Hurtigruten Explorer voyage is unique and our schedule is dictated by the elements. Evidently, our itineraries are only indicative of your voyage although you can find a selection of some of the possible landing sites here.