Antarctic Explorer Travel with Hurtigruten

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Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience. A continent enclosed by a cold water current circling a landmass so large that the total area of France, Germany and Spain would fit in – ten times. It is so cold that only two species of vascular plants have found it habitable here. It is covered with a sheet of ice averaging a thickness of more than 2000 meters. There are no permanent human inhabitants but millions of penguins. It is a feeding area for thousands of whales in the Austral summer. Above all, it is a continent dedicated to science and peace. Words simply does not describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent.

Four of Hurtigruten’s Explorer ships take you as close as possible to Antarctic wildlife and untouched wilderness. Each of the vessels offer a fascinating and varied schedule of landings, all designed to create unforgettable memories. MS Fram carries only 200 guests, while MS Midnatsol, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen carry 500 each. This relatively small passenger size allows Hurtigruten Explorer ships to make landings in some of the most spectacular scenery of the area, following IAATA regulations. MS Fram, as a category 1 vessel, offers the widest possible range of landing sites. Unlike other cruise ships, Hurtigruten’s tender boats launch from the mid-deck, creating smoother, safer and quicker embarkation times.

The Expedition Teams on board each ship are experts in marine biology, arctic survival, oceanography, photography and more, to help make your journey an unforgettable experience. Safety is Hurtigruten’s highest priority. All crew are experts in extreme conditions with years of experience and deep knowledge of the environment.

New Arrivals in 2019 & 2020
Launched in mid-2019, MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten is adding to its fleet. Her first season in Antarctica will be in Winter 2019-20. She will be followed by her almost identical twin sister, MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020. Both are state-of-the art expedition ships; quieter, smoother and cleaner than any other. Features on both ships include all outside cabins, 3 specialist restaurants, a large gym, pool and Jacuzzi. Best of all, the ships represents a major step forward for sustainable travel. Their cutting edge hybrid technology mean they will be able to glide almost silently on electric power through pristine waters. The ships are specially constructed for voyages in polar regions and will serve as your advanced base camps at sea.

You can find full details of all Antarctic Cruise itineraries on offer for 2020-21 and a preview of some of the the 2021-22 voyages by viewing Hurtigruten’s online brochures (NB: prices in sterling and for voyage only).

For full package prices on Hurtigruten, in Euro to include international flights, full board voyage and optional land-based add-ons, please call us on 01-210 8391.

SPECIAL OFFERS – ANTARCTICA

Hurtigruten is offering international flights from Ireland included in selected Antarctica cruise package prices available for travel between October 2020 and March 2021 for bookings made by 31 March 2020. Voyage itinerary options available range from 18 – 21 nights. Please contact us for details on Tel: 01 210 8391.

There is no single supplement on selected Explorer Voyages to Antarctica still available to travel this season, in March 2020 (and one in October 2020). Must be booked by 29 Feb. The voyages are:

Voyage: Antarctica & Falklands
Sailing date:  14 Mar 2020
Duration: 17 days
Ship: MS Midnatsol

Voyage: Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent
Sailing dates: 03 March 2020
Duration: 13 days
Ship: MS Midnatsol

Voyage:  Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
Sailing date: 01 March 2020
Duration: 20 days
Ship: MS Fram

Voyage: Patagonia, Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
Sailing dates:  15 March 2020
Duration: 19 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Voyage: Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica
Sailing dates: 21 October 2020
Duration: 19 days
Ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen

Subject to availability at time of booking.

At 4am on 04 December 2021 a total solar eclipse can be experienced around the South Orkney Islands, about 600km northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Seize this rare chance and join a Hurtigruten expedition cruise on MS Fram, or the hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen, both of which will be positioned directly under the path of the eclipse. Click here for details.

Hurtigruten explorer expedition adventure cruiseOn board the Hurtigruten ships you enjoy all comforts of a modern vessel as you follow in the wake of Antarctic explorers such as Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. You will see historic sights including polar cabins and scientific bases. Visiting the White Continent, even in the relative luxury of a modern ship, still feels like an adventure and a rare privilege.

Find out more about life on board and itineraries on offer in Antarctica in 2020/21 and 2021/22 by viewing Hurtigruten’s online brochures (NB: prices in sterling and for voyage only). Then give Project Travel a call on 01 – 210 8391. We will check for any special offers on or near your travel dates to give you the best value. We will price the entire package for you in Euro to include flights and any hotel nights required before and/or after the voyage. What’s more, we can usually offer better prices than Hurtigruten for travel from Ireland.

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