Friday, 26 November 2010

Hurtigruten's South Pole Anniversary Adventure

By guest blogger Steve Newman

One hundred years after the Norwegians reached the South Pole, Hurtigruten are recreating the sea voyage in the Fram, the same name as the original vessel. The aim is to sail deep into the Weddell Sea, a remote and rarely visited area of the Antarctic Peninsula. Highlights will include the South Shetland Islands and isles along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting penguin colonies, exploring spectacular ice formations and looking out for whales, dolphins, seals and the dazzling variety of sea birds that call these waters home.

Weather, wind and ice conditions will determine the full programme, but the landing sites will include some of Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour on Greenwich Island, Antarctic Sound, Brown Bluff, Snow Hill Island, James Ross Island, Vega Island, Trinity Peninsula, Prince Gustav Channel, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, Paradise Harbour, Petermann Island, Port Lockroy, Wilhelmina Bay and the narrow iceberg lined Lemaire Channel.
The flight package includes: Return economy class (usually overnight) flights from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires (via Madrid or similar), including applicable taxes and current fuel surcharges (except departure tax from South America, which has to be paid locally). Not included: optional carbon balancing fee (£30 per person). Departures & supplements from other UK airports are available on request.

For more information, visit http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/ or visit the adventure cruise specialists of The Cruise Line Ltd.