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Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound

This expedition takes you to the spectacular highlights of the southern hemisphere.

From urban adventure to polar wilderness
Enjoy a taste of big city life in Montevideo before embarking on MS Midnatsol. After two days at sea, we arrive Puerto Madryn, the gateway to the Valdez Peninsula. This area was named a World Heritage site by Unesco for its abundance in wildlife. Here you can encounter some of the largest marine animals in their natural environment.

Fabulous Falklands
A starkly contrasting wilderness and cultural experience awaits on the Falklands. Sheep graze next to penguin colonies in the countryside, while red English buses trundle by cozy pubs in the town.

Mind-blowing Antarctica
We cross the Drake Passage to explore the most remote place on planet Earth. The Antarctic ice cap covers 98 % of the continent and is the largest single mass of ice in the world. This is a wilderness teeming with life. Come ashore to meet the penguins in their noisy and crowded colonies.

Join the Expedition team and explore the icy shores of Antarctica with landings to get a close look at penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most fascinating places. On board, interesting lectures on science and history, activities and workshops in expedition photography will take your exploration to a new and entertaining level.

We round off this adventure by spending two days crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.

Please note - your price includes: 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

26 October, 2019 to 11 November, 2019 Make a booking request for Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound, departing on 26 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 7829 GBP pp
Inside cabin, 6 – 10 m2 (65 – 108 sq ft) separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa. Some with upper / lower berths.
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Polar Outside. From £ 8319 GBP pp
Outside cabin, 7 – 13 m2 (75-140 sq ft), with portholes, separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa.Some with upper/lower berths.
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Arctic Superior. From £ 9055 GBP pp
Outside cabin, 8 – 13 m2 (86-140 sq ft), these cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa. Upper and middle decks.
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Expedition Suite. From £ 13789 GBP pp
Suite, 28 – 30 m2 (301-323 sq ft), one or two rooms, seating area, TV, mini-bar, some with private balcony.
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Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound itinerary:

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Days 1 - 2 A vibrant capital
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.
Days 3 - 4 Wildlife and lectures
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.
Day 5 World Heritage Highlights
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.
Day 6 Relaxing on MS Midnatsol
Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos and films with your fellow adventurers.
Days 7 - 9 Pubs, penguins and perfect wilderness
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 10 - 11 Enjoy the onboard activities
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.
Days 12 - 14 Penguins, icebergs, seals and whales
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.
Days 15 - 16 The beginning of the end of the adventure
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.
Day 17 The southernmost town in the world
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.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Itineraries are subject to change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos and films with your fellow adventurers.
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 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.
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.
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MS Midnatsol , the ship servicing Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound

MS Midnatsol

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 136m

Passenger Capacity: 500

Built: 2003

MS Midnatsol has a strong environmental profile and a modern design. The interior’s bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. She is also a TV star, being featured in the award winning documentary "Hurtigruten 365", made by Norwegian TV. On deck 9 you find the sun deck and a Jacuzzi. Key qualities of the MS Midnatsol include the large, two-story panorama lounge above the bow, and the large glass expanses that allow natural light to enter, while providing extraordinary views.

MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1X ship and equipped with advanced technology, making her very well suited for expedition voyages in Antarctica.

  • Two-story panorama lounge 
  • Bars 
  • Café 
  • Library 
  • Restaurant 
  • Separate a la carte restaurant 
  • Playroom 
  • Sauna 
  • Shop
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness room
  • Amfi theatre for educational lectures and conference facilities

• 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
Enquire now about Southern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica - Southbound

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