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Hurtigruten continues to find ways to add excitement and unique qualities to its exploration sailings – with the latest being the option to pitch tents and camp overnight on the frozen landscapes of the White Continent. Guests opting for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure get a glimpse of how it might have been for explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Earnest Shackleton – albeit with the perks of modern equipment and safeguards. "The idea is to offer our guests an authentic experience in the spirit of the great explorer, Amundsen," explains Mona Ringstrand, explorer product manager at Hurtigruten ASA. This "bragging rights" adventure is priced at about $US 500 per person.
The company is also offering special pricing for its Jan. 20 Weddell Sea sailing and four Classic Expedition departures – upwards of 25% off regular fares. This is a savings of $US4,000 to $9,000 per couple.
Accompanied by two experienced expedition guides for every 15 participants, travellers will participate in the set up of the two-person tents and will be supplied with all cold-weather needs — except pajamas. The guides will be doing activities dependent on the situations – short walks, talks, listening to the polar sounds, offering hot drinks and a cold drink toast, wake-up calls for the White Continent sunrise, and more. Developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, the company abides by IAATO guidelines – all meals are still on board MS Fram. Although offered on every departure, the final decision regarding which sailings as well as locations of the camping option are determined by weather and land conditions.
Hurtigruten offers five different Antarctica itineraries aboard the well-designed expedition ship, MS Fram, with starting prices from $US 5,327 to $10,321:
- 10-day "Classic Expedition" focuses solely on Antarctica, sailing through the Drake Passage to landings that immerse guests in the remote landscape and exotic wildlife of The White Continent;
- 13-day "Polar Circle Expedition," similar to the 10-day experience, spends its extra days travelling as far south as the Antarctic Circle;
- 13-day "Weddell Sea Expedition" follows the path forged by British Captain James Weddell, who reached 74º latitude in 1823 – a first for explorations;
- 17-day "Christmas Expedition" celebrates the season with traditional carols, festive meals, Santa Claus visits and a New Year’s gala and includes the Falklands and South Georgia;
- 19-day "In the Realm of the Great Explorers" explores the areas visited by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, and takes in the sub-Arctic eco-system of the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia.
Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition voyages, sailing to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway’s coast and Europe in the spring and fall. The company’s fleet of 12 intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 passengers, allows travellers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere. Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from The Cruise People, Ltd. at 1-800-961-5536, email@example.com .