Solar Eclipse Cruises 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:  Hurtigruten plans to restart expedition cruises from January 2021 with even stricter Covid-19 measures in place. This will include testing for all guests. Expedition cruises will only recommence 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. In September it was decided to cancel all Antarctica departures in October, November & December 2020.

 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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