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Christmas in Antarctica

Christmas in Antarctica 17 days

Prices From £5,648pp
13 DEC, 2019 | Up to 16 nights

Christmas in Antarctica 17 days

Aboard: MS Midnatsol Fridtjof Nansen

A thrilling classic Antarctica adventure offering the chance to spend Christmas with the penguins, in the pristine polar wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula! Beginning with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina, your package includes free flights to and from Ushuaia where you will board your ship to sail deep in to the south to explore the wonders of Antarctica. Here, you will have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the White Continent, marvelling at incredible scenery and delighting in the myriad bird and marine wildlife. Throughout your journey you will enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises through the iceberg-rich waters and come ashore to see the wildlife up close including thousands of penguins and an abundance of seals and whales. Travelling in the company of a high class expedition team you can make use of the first class lecture and presentation programme, as well as enjoying the interactive onboard science centre. Or if you prefer you can simply sit back and watch the icebergs float by as you soak up the sights in this remarkable pristine paradise at the bottom of the world.

Highlights

  • Celebrate Christmas amongst the penguins!
  • Step foot on the Antarctic continent
  • Spectacular polar scenery
  • Myriad birds and marine wildlife
  • Exciting Zodiac landings and excursions
  • High-tech science centre and informative lecture programme

What's Included

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

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Buenos Aires
1Day

Buenos Aires

Your Antarctica itinerary will begin in Buenos Aires, the bustling and vibrant capital of Argentina, where after having arrived independently you will make your way to your included hotel for an overnight stay. The day is yours to do with what you please, and we can arrange an optional city tour in the afternoon if you wish. In the evening you can spend some time sampling the city’s unique atmosphere before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.



Ushuaia
2Day

Ushuaia

After breakfast it will be time to join your transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina, where your ship awaits. After boarding and familiarising yourself with the ship you can enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and spend some time on deck as we sail through the scenic Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage.



At Sea
3 - 4Days

At Sea

Today your adventure truly begins as we spend 2 days traversing the famous Drake Passage towards mighty Antarctica. Make sure to spend some time on deck or in the observation lounge watching the myriad seabirds that follow the ship and looking out for whale sightings. Your programme of expert lectures and presentations will begin, covering everything from the environments and wildlife of Antarctica to historic polar exploration. As the excitement builds we will gather for talks and briefings, and as we pass the Antarctic Convergence we will spot the first of many icebergs.

Antarctica
5 - 14Days

Antarctica

Today we have reached one of the most remote areas on earth…Antarctica! A land of superlatives, Antarctica will without doubt take your breath away. We will spend our days here exploring by Zodiac and on foot to get up close to one of nature’s most remarkable areas. As you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice it is not uncommon to feel sense of euphoria as you discover a land where few have been and experience unforgettable scenery and wildlife encounters. Throughout your time here you are likely to see thousands of penguins along with numerous seals, whales and seabirds, all set amongst the most picture perfect landscapes you could imagine.

Any expedition to Antarctica requires an element of flexibility as ice and sea conditions can often dictate the routes taken, and your captain will choose each day the best route to take to ensure you experience everything that this amazing region has to offer, with each day offering a new and exciting experience. The first area we expect to visit will be the often mist-shrouded volcanic islands of the South Shetland Islands group, and make sure to have your cameras ready as we sail into the natural harbour of Deception Island to visit an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. We also plan to visit the staggeringly photogenic Half Moon Island, home to the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, and Yankee Harbour to visit its large colony of Gentoo penguins.

As we sail to the Peninsula itself we will stop at Cuverville Island to see another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins, the aptly named Paradise Bay and beautifully scenic Neko Harbour. For whale spotting we will visit Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales that are often spotted here.

Each day will bring a new adventure and focus, with planned activities designed to ensure every moment is memorable. And the fun isn’t restricted to land, as your expert expedition crew will deliver activities and talks to suit a wide range of interests. Your onboard photography expert will offer hints and tips for capturing the perfect pictures and if you prefer to stay on board there will be excellent viewing opportunities from the deck or observation lounges.

Christmas Day will be a unique mix of exciting activities amongst the ice and penguins, combined with traditional Norwegian celebrations on board. You might enjoy a special lunch followed by a walk to the top of a snow-covered hill set within a glaciated bay. Or your Christmas gift may be a cruise amongst ice bergs followed by a visit from a certain white-bearded gentleman.

From hiking across the snowscapes and optional kayaking excursions to wildlife Zodiac cruises and expert lectures and discussions, this will surely be the trip of a lifetime.

At Sea
15 - 16Days

At Sea

After an in-depth exploration of this exhilarating continent it’s time to head back towards civilisation as we sail back through the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia. Spend some time on deck looking for more seabird sightings, relax in the welcoming lounge and share tales of your adventures or enjoy the onboard Science Centre. Whatever you choose to do with these last few days you can be sure that you will be filled with contentment as you dissolve the fact that you have just visited one of the most impressive and remote regions on the planet.



Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
17Day

Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Sailing back through the beautiful Beagle Channel it’s sadly time to bid a fond farewell to your expedition team as we disembark in Ushuaia and take our return flight back to Buenos Aires. If you’re itching for more adventure there are ample opportunities for extensions either in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires and we would be more than happy to help arrange these for you.

A view from Above

All Aboard

MS Midnatsol
Mid range vessel

MS Midnatsol

Midnatsol is one of the larger vessels sailing in the Antarctic. The ship has a 1X ice classification and advanced technology. There is a mixture of cabins and suites with options for singles, doubles/twins and family groups. Public areas include panorama lounge, bars, two restaurants, library, fitness room, sauna & jacuzzi and lecture theatre.

Fridtjof Nansen
Luxury vessel

Fridtjof Nansen

The next generation of expedition ship, this brand new custom-built vessel (launching 2019) features a revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system. Combining state of the art technology with a premium on board experience the ship has a rich and comfortable interior design using the finest Scandinavian materials, and offers 3 excellent restaurants, a welcoming explorer lounge, a large gym and wellness centre, a fantastic infinity pool and Jacuzzis, and huge indoor and outdoor observation decks. The highlight of this vessel for many will be the onboard Nansen Science Centre, an interactive area where guests can develop a deeper understanding of the areas we will be exploring. All of the spacious accommodation cabins on the Fridtjof Nansen are outside cabins and have been stylishly decorated and sumptuously furnished. All cabins have windows and 50% of them feature a private balcony. Premium aft suites feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

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Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

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