If I had to pick two of the most interesting cruises I’ve ever taken, my voyages aboard Norwegian expedition line Hurtigruten would be right up there. In February of 2013, I sailed aboard the elegant, 2003-built Midnatsol on the line’s classic voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, Norway. Dark, snowy and mysterious, my winter voyage aboard the Midnatsol showed me a side of Norway that remains hidden during the sunny summer months.
One of my other favorite trips was also taken more recently, when I sailed aboard the line’s 2007-built expedition ship, Fram, for Antarctica. The so-called White Continent defies description. No two islands are alike, and every time I climbed into one of the ship’s zodiac rafts, I never knew what adventures lay ahead. Without fail, I always returned onboard amazed.
Now, cruisers are about to get more choice in Antarctica, courtesy of the beautiful Midnatsol.
Hurtigruten recently announced that Midnatsol will join the Fram in Antarctica for the 2016-2017 season – more than tripling the company’s guest capacity for sailings in this deeply mysterious area. It’s the first time that Midnatsol will have sailed to the polar region.
“This is an important strategic choice for Hurtigruten as we strengthen our position in the growing exploration market,” says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO for Hurtigruten. “As a leading, responsible player in sustainable travel, we’re happy to offer the modern and flexible Midnatsol to meet the growing global demand for active nature-based experiences.”
For her first season in Antarctica, Midnatsol will feature 10 separate Antarctic voyages that depart from Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia. These will range in length from 15 to 18 days, and will include the services of an experienced expedition team that will lead guests on landings and excursions to explore the unique landscape of the Antarctic Peninsu