Solar Eclipse Cruises 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Due to international regulations, Hurtigruten plans to gradually restart expedition cruises in areas where restrictions are lifted – where and when they believe it is safe. They will make decisions on each individual voyage, and update all booked guests on any changes. As of 03/08/2020, Hurtigruten has temporarily suspended all expedition sailings on MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Spitsbergen until further notice.

 At 4am on 4 December 2021, a total solar eclipse can be experienced in the Scotia Sea around the South Orkney Islands, a group of four islands about 600 km 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, to Antarctica during the total Solar Eclipse, an opportunity that arises only once in several lifetimes.

Price from: €12,044 pp sharing (plus international flights)
Activities: included (onboard and on land)
Destinations: South America, South Orkney Islands, Falkland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula
Season: Winter (in Ireland)
Types: Astronomers, Couples, Groups, Solo Travellers

See Hurtigruten’s online brochures to discover more about their destinations, their ships and life on board during an Explorer voyage.

MS ROALD AMUNDSEN (18 days)

  • Day 1 Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas
  • Days 3 – 4 At sea
  • Days 5-9 Antarctica
  • Day 10 At sea
  • Day 11 South Orkney Islands
  • Days 12-13At sea
  • Days 14-16 The Falkland Islands
  • Day 17 At sea
  • Day 18 Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

Please note, extra days may be required before/after this itinerary to meet international flight schedules. Changes to the cost may apply.

MS FRAM (23 days)

  • Day 1 Buenos Aires
  • Day 2 Buenos Aires / Ushuaia
  • Day 3 At sea
  • Days 4-5 The Falklands Islands
  • Days 6-7 At sea
  • Days 8-10 South Georgia
  • Days 11-12 At sea
  • Day 13 South Orkney Islands
  • Days 14-15 At sea
  • Days 16-20 Antarctica
  • Days 21-22 The Drake Passage
  • Day 23 Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Please note, extra days may be required before/after this itinerary to meet international flight schedules. Changes to the cost may apply.

Departure MS Fram: 22 November 2021 (23 days)

Departure MS Roald Amundsen: 24 November 2021 (18 days)

You will have to leave Ireland at least one day before the above package commencement dates to allow for international travel time.

MS Fram: Inside cabin from €14,065 pp sharing; Outside cabin from €15,899 pp sharing
Single Supplement: Inside cabin from €5829; Outside cabin from €6654

MS Roald Amundsen: Outside cabin from €12,044 pp sharing
Single Supplement: from €4964

Please note: Prices above do not include international flights and any extra overnights required to meet flight schedules to/from Ireland. Estimate from around €1600 per person.

Prices correct at time of print (Jul 2020). Subject to availability at time of booking. As it is a natural phenomenon and subject to local weather conditions, seeing the eclipse is not guaranteed. However, you will still be able to experience a moment of distinct darkness for the duration of the eclipse.

Hotel – Overnight in Santiago (MS Roald Amundsen) or Buenos Aires (MS Fram) before the expedition cruise, including breakfast.

Flights – Return flights in economy class between Santiago & Punta Arenas (MS Roald Amundsen) or Buenos Aires & Ushuaia (MS Fram). (NB: International flights NOT included, estimate from €1600 pp).

Transfers – from the hotel to airport before the expedition cruise; between airport and the ship, including a short tour of the city.

Expedition Cruise – cabin of your choice; breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune (and Fredheim on MS Roald Amundsen); À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests; complimentary tea and coffee; complimentary Wi-Fi on board (limited connection, streaming is not supported); reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board; English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore; range of included excursions.

Onboard Activities – Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics; use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes;  Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research; professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape, wildlife and eclipse photos; use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and gym; informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come.

Landing Activities – escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica & South Orkney Islands; loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities; complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket.

No gratuities expected.

  • International flights Ireland / South America. Estimate from around €1600 per person.
  • Meals / beverages other than as stated
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with local supplier partners
  • Optional small-group activities with Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the ship’s onboard wellness and spa area

Options:

  • Optional tours and excursions (full list available closer to departure date)
  • Pre- and post-voyage add-ons. Available on request

Notes:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
  • As it is a natural phenomenon and subject to local weather conditions, seeing the eclipse is not guaranteed. However, you will still be able to experience a moment of distinct darkness for the duration of the eclipse.

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