Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound
October 22, 2018
On this adventure, there is no need to restrain your enthusiasm! This expedition includes all the highlights of the southern hemisphere.
From Urban Adventure to the Most Remote Place On Earth in a Few Days
First, enjoy big city life in Montevideo, before embarking on MS Midnatsol. After a day at sea, we arrive Puerto Madryn, gateway to the Valdez Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its abundant wildlife. Here you can encounter some of the largest marine animals in their natural environment.
A different wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falklands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies, while red English buses and cozy pubs dot the villages and towns.
We cross the Drake Passage to explore the most remote place on planet Earth. The Antarctic ice cap covers 98% of the continent and is the largest single mass of ice in the world. This is a wilderness teeming with life. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their noisy and crowded colonies.
Join the Expedition Team and 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. On board, interesting lectures, the science center, our Young Explorers Antarctica program, workshops and the photo and optics test center will take your exploration to a new and entertaining level.
We round off this adventure by spending two days crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.
- Experience Antarctica, Patagonia, the Falklands and South America
- See the amazing wildlife of the southern hemisphere, some up close
- Come ashore in Antarctica and go kayaking in the most remote place on Earth
- Wide-ranging science program and Young Explorers Program
- Hurtigruten expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis
- Economy flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
- Wind- and water- resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
- Transfer from ship to airport in Ushuaia
- Economy-class flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional excursions and gratuities
Filled to the Brim with Experiences - 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, sandy beaches surrounding the city before embarking on MS Midnatsol for your adventure.
Wildlife-spotting and Lectures - At Sea
Enjoy the first day on board! The Expedition Team will start the lecture program covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and enjoy the sun and the warm temperatures and look out for wildlife as we make out way south.
First of Many Highlights - Puerto Madryn
The first highlight on this expedition is our visit to the Valdez Peninsula. This is a nature reserve that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina's barren eastern Patagonian coast, this oddly shaped peninsula is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats, with elephant seals, Magellan penguins, the southern right whale and a great variety of birds. Puerto Madryn is known as the gateway to whales, penguins… and Welsh traditions. Founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865, it is now one of the most vibrant cities in Patagonia, with a beautiful coastal avenue overlooking the huge natural amphitheatre of Nuevo Gulf. Enjoy our wide variety of excursions like horseback riding, snorkelling with sea lions, kayaking with sea lions, whale watching or visit Estancia San Lorenzo where you will see wildlife including rheas (flightless, ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas) and elephant seals.
Relaxing on MS Midnatsol - At Sea
Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos and films with your fellow adventurers.
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 or kayaking clear waters. New Island is an adorable inlet, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island, if the sun was a little stronger. We pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins and seals. While we are here, you can join several excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.
Enjoy the Activities On Board - Drake Passage
A day at sea is full of activity. By now, our Expedition Team will probably have convinced everybody on board that science is fun! We can promise first class edutainment. Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will notice that the air becomes crisper and colder. From deck, you might start seeing icebergs in the water, maybe whales as well.
Penguins, Icebergs, Seals and Whales - Antarctica
Antarctica is sure to overwhelm you. Endless white horizons, an ocean full of glorious icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans; you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species. Come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. 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. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor 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.
The Beginning of the End of the Adventure - Crossing the Drake Passage
After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our Expedition Team, and enjoy the farewell dinner on the last evening.
The Southernmost Town in the World - Ushuaia
Arriving in Ushuaia, it’s time to say goodbye. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you want to have a bit more fun before going home, you are more than welcome to join our optional excursions in the post program.