Hurtigruten Expeditions restarts in Antarctica with 2 ships from Punta Arenas (Chile)

   December 5, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

After a ~2 years of hiatus due to the COVID crisis, adventurous world travelers can again visit the Antarctic Peninsula.

The first Hurtigruten Expeditions' passengers set foot on Orne Harbour and Duse Bay along the peninsula's Danco Coast.

Restarting cruising to Antarctica is a major milestone for the expedition travel industry, including Hurtigruten - currently the world’s largest expedition cruise brand.

The battery-hybrid powered ship ms Roald Amundsen, which is named after the first man to reach the South Pole, spent a day and a half navigating the Drake Passage that separates South America’s Cape Horn and the UK's South Shetland Islands, prior to reaching the Antarctica.

MS Roald Amundsen's tourists were offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to a "front-row experience" of the 2021 solar eclipse. The December 4th solar eclipse was only visible in the Antarctic. 

On all Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises, travelers are invited to draw on the knowledge of 20+ crew part of the boat's resident Expedition Teams.

For this season, the Norwegian company has returned to Antarctica with 2 ships (MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fram), both homeported in/departing from Chile's Punta Arenas.

In addition to the South Pole and the Antarctic islands, Hurtigruten also invites travelers to explore the UK's territories South Georgia and the Falklands.

According to Hurtigruten Expeditions, adventure travel is on the rise, not only to Antarctica,