Antarctica & Falkland Islands – Southern Hemisphere Adventure (Southbound)
Duration: 17 days
Ship: MS Midnatsol
26 October 2019
- Experience Antarctica, Patagonia, the Falklands and South America
- See the amazing wildlife of the southern hemisphere, sometimes up close
- Come ashore in Antarctica and go kayaking in the most remote place on Earth
- Wide-ranging Science programme
Enjoy an overnight stay in Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay, before you explore the city the following day.
Montevideo boasts colourful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Enjoy a tour through this vibrant city before embarking on MS Midnatsol for your polar adventure.
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 our way south.
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.
Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos and films with your fellow adventurers.
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.
Days at sea are 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.
Antarctica is sure to overwhelm you. Endless white horizons, oceans are 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 Harbour and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of Gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour 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.
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.
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 programme.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- One hotel night in Montevideo before the voyage including breakfast and sightseeing tour
- Transfer hotel to ship in Montevideo
- Transfer ship to airport in Ushuaia
- 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 as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional excursions and gratuities
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The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer. The ship sails along the Norwegian coast from May to September, and is part of our global expedition cruises during the rest of the year.
Bird watching in the Falkland Islands
Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour
Port Stanley Highlights tour
Stanley History Tour
Stanley - Scenic air tour
Stanley Long Island Farm
Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight
Falklands Nature Trek
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Buenos Aires - Overnight Tour: Iguazu Falls
Buenos Aires - Dinner & tango show
Buenos Aires - Tigre Delta Tour
Buenos Aires - Estancia Santa Susana
Montevideo - Charming Colonia del Sacramento
Ushuaia - Scenic drive and hiking at the end of the world
Everything you need to know about a cruise with Hurtigruten
- Practical Information: Expedition Cruises with MS Midnatsol
- Landing sites in Antarctica
- Meet our Expedition Teams
- Antarctica Travel Guide
- Antarctica: Frequently Asked Questions
- What to pack for Expedition Cruises to Antarctica and beyond
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board
- Frequently Asked Questions: Hurtigruten Cruises