Location : Montevideo, Uruguay
Experience untouched landscapes and dramatic icebergs at their best early in the season. This extraordinary wildlife adventure is an incredible opportunity to see whales, sea lions with their pups, dolphins, and migrating penguins. From Montevideo, MS Midnatsol takes you on an 18-day expedition to Península Valdés and then to the Falkland Islands before reaching the final frontier – Antarctica. On our return journey we visit Cape Horn and the wild fjords of Chile en route to our final destination, Punta Arenas.
Starting in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, you have the opportunity to take a city tour before heading toward Antarctica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Península Valdés is the first stop. This is one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina, where you have the opportunity to see some of the largest marine animals in the world in their natural environment.
Next, we stop in Puerto Madryn, where you can join excursions such as whale watching or hiking in the wonderful surroundings here. Then we set our course for the Falkland Islands, where we use small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking, or birdwatching safaris around the small islands, and visit Stanley, the capital of the Falklands.
In Antarctica, you will experience everything from landings in great surroundings to theme days on board. You also have the opportunity to enjoy kayaking and exploring the water and ice in small boats.
Returning from Antarctica, we pass Cape Horn, where seafarers had to pass in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other before the Panama Canal. We will try to make a landing here, despite its reputation of high seas and challenging conditions. After traveling through the Chilean fjords we reach Punta Arenas, where the journey ends before your flight home.
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
Spend a day at sea sailing south toward Península Valdés. Take the time to get to know your fellow adventurers, check out the Explorer room, or just enjoy the views from the deck. Your expedition team will offers fascinating and informative briefings about the history of the places you will visit and the wildlife you will see.
We set course south to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, located 480 miles north of Cape Horn and about 994 miles from Antarctica. While we are at sea a number of presentations will be given about the history and wildlife in the region.
Now you are in one of the most remote areas of the world! We will visit places that were occupied by whalers in the past and explore the endless white surroundings. Go ashore with our expedition team to see penguins and seals up close, enjoy field days, and explore the waters and ice in kayaks and small boats. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land at several sites. You will see Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. Among the places we will try to see and explore are Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay; Paradise Harbour, which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century; Wilhelmina Bay, or 'Whale-mina Bay', as it is called, due to its spectacular scenery and the humpback whales who visit in December; the floating ice of the Antarctic Sound; and Brown Bluff, recognizable by the 2,460-foot-high cliffs that dominate the landscape. Weather, wind, and ice conditions dictate our program and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. After exploring this incredible continent, we set course back to South America.
Sail the coast of South America and Antarctica on board MS Midnatsol, our discovery style ship with unmatched panoramic views.
Learn more about what you can experience on board and travel with confidence on MS Midnatsol.
Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Antarctica has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.
Learn about the experience of sailing to and landing on the sublime Antartic continent.
Enhance your vacation in Antarctica with an extension program before or after your voyage. Choose excursions of several hours or multi-day tours that include overnight hotel stays in Montevideo or Santiago de Chile.
Please contact us if you want to add on a flight from the US to Montevideo or from Santiago de Chile to the US. Our arrival package includes airport transfers, and our departure package includes transfers and an overnight hotel stay in Santiago.