Southern Hemisphere Adventure

Ever wanted to experience the mystical magic of the Southern Hemisphere? Well now you can. Our bespoke cruise from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes in Antarctica, Patagonia and the Falklands. With landings and ice cruising, this expedition pushes the boundaries and goes well beyond the limit of ordinary voyages.

To show you the incredible landscape and bring you closer to the diverse wildlife, we will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. Venturing far into remote waters you’ll get to see unimagined wildlife – penguins, seals, birds, whales and more in their natural habitat.

The Coldest Place on Earth

The site of the South Pole and the southernmost continent, Antarctica, is an ice-covered landmass and is made up of 98% solid ice. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and at 5,500,00 square miles it is the fifth-largest continent and is nearly twice the size of Australia. Inhospitable, vast and impressive, it promises to be an indescribable experience quite like no other.

Explore the amazing scenery and wonder at the unspoilt wilderness with our extreme and action-packed 19-day winter adventure.

  • Experience ice-cruising and landings
  • See the abundance of diverse wildlife
  • Hike, camp and kayak in unforgettable landscapes
  • Get up close and personal with the powerful beauty of Antarctica

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to explore but bear in mind that this is just an indication of what you can experience.

Day 1: Buenos Aires

The Birthplace of Tango

Buenos Aires, the vibrant and bustling capital of Argentina is the starting point for our expedition. An overnight stay gives you the chance to acquaint yourself and explore this lively city at your leisure.

Day 2: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

Tierra del Feugo

An early morning flight to Ushuaia gives you some time to experience this beautiful city before picking up the ship. Once onboard, we kick off the cruise with a welcome dinner.

Day 3: The Drake Passage

Buckle Up: Days 3 – 4

As we cross the famed 950km Drake Passage, you know that Antarctica is just around the corner. Our Expedition Team will be waiting for you in the Science Centre, to explain more about the fascinating history and the environmental wonder that is Antarctica.

Day 4: Antarctica

Seals, Whales, Penguins – Oh and Icebergs! Days 5 – 9

White horizons, whales in abundance and columns of ice rising majestically from the sea – Antarctica will leave you in awe.

This is a true wilderness. It’s also where our experienced Captain comes into his own. Working with the elements he’ll attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula to show you the diversity of the incredible landscape and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

One thing that we can guarantee – the sights and sounds of Antarctica will stay with you for a lifetime!

Day 5: At Sea

Time to Relax: Days 10 – 11

Take some time out to relax. But don’t relax too much – there’s still so much to see from the deck. It’s also a good opportunity to revisit the Science Centre for a recap on your recent Antarctica experience.

Day 6: The Falkland Islands

Blue Skies All The Way: Days 12 – 14

Clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white beaches. The Falklands is a natural wonderland where diverse wildlife live side by side. Here, it’s not unusual to find sheep grazing alongside large colonies of albatross and penguins, whilst the skies are filled with caracaras, on the hunt for their next meal.

We dock at Stanley, the island’s capital for a full day, so you’ll have plenty of time to acquaint yourself with the town. There is also an included self-guided walk (can be taken as part of a group or on an individual basis). Starting at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens the walk takes in Christchurch Cathedral, Whalebone Arch and the Historic Dockyard Museum.

Day 7: At Sea

Fun Onboard

Enjoy the abundance of wildlife from the deck and learn more about their habitat and environment with our in-depth lectures as we cross the open sea.

Day 8: Puerto Madryn

World Heritage Highlights

Situated on Argentina’s Patagonian coast, the Valdex Peninsula is a stunning nature reserve. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the peninsula is home to dramatic natural habitats. Known for the marine animals that inhabit the surrounding beaches and waters, it is a site of global significance for the conservation of marine mammals, such as the endangered southern right whale.

Founded by Welsh settlers in the late 19th century, Puerto Madryn, still has a number of Welsh influences, including tea. Included in the itinerary is trip to one of the tea houses, where, once you’ve  enjoyed your tea, you can sit back and observe the sea lions.

Day 9: At Sea

Sailing North: Days 17 – 18

As we head north on our return journey, you’ll notice the marked difference as temperatures start to rise. we spend two days cruising. It’s a great time to relax with your fellow explorers and enjoy all the that the ship has to offer, including the farewell dinner on the last night.

Day 10: Montevideo

Vibrant Culture

Your cruise ends in Uruguay’s capital and largest city, Montevideo. Home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population, it is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Although only 20km from east to west, it is very diverse, with areas varying from an industrial port to an exclusive beachside suburb. While you’re here, there are a number of places you can visit from the Old Town to the museums, art galleries and sandy beaches that surround the city.

What’s included

Included in your voyage:

  • Return economy flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Hurtigruten Expedition cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you will visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
  • Professional hand-picked English-speaking Expedition Team experienced in the region we sail in
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • A la carte restaurant (for suite guests only)
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests (be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported)

Engaging onboard activities and education:

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture providing context to your voyage and helping you to understand the destinations you will experience
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities – learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips and tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gathers to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
  • Destination-focused onboard library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

What’s not included in your voyage:

  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes
  • Optional small-group Explorer photo programme with our Expedition Photographer
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling

Please Note:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • It is essential to complete a medical questionnaire

Life On Board

The Hurtigruten line was originally launched to transport people and goods along the coast of Norway. It was particularly prevalent in winter when infrastructure was still in its infancy and land travel was generally more difficult. Even though there are now alternative means of transport, the Hurtigruten line still runs, calling at 34 ports along the Norwegian coastline.

They are though, not traditional cruise ships and life on board a Hurtigruten ship is vastly different to what you might expect onboard a traditional cruise liner and offers less in terms of entertainment. However, as a majority of their ships are much smaller than traditional cruise ships (150 – 500 passengers as opposed to 1000s) it means that they can enter the fjords in both winter and summer. And because they stop at so many ports, you will get to see more of the Norwegian coastline as opposed to just the ‘highlights’.

They also don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and amenities. The cabins are all elegantly furnished with a choice of cabin to suit all budgets. One of the most popular ships, the MS Polarlys, was refurbished in 2016. Featuring a modern, Arctic-inspired interior, there are three restaurants offering a range of different cuisine, a Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. On deck you can while the time away and take in the view from one of the two hot tubs, or if you prefer, enjoy a drink at the bar at the front of the ship.

But Hurtigruten really does come into its own with its on-board Expedition team. Passionate and experienced about all things ‘Norwegian’, the team host lectures, presentation programmes and activities on a regular basis.

Features at a glance:

  • Expedition Team
  • Three restaurants
  • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Hot tubs
  • Fitness room
  • Conference room
  • Lift
  • Car deck

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