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Solar Eclipse Cruises | Hurtigruten®

The Darkest Dawn
– Experience a rare total Solar Eclipse in the South Orkney Islands as part of a expedition cruise to Antarctica
On December 4, 2021, a total Solar Eclipse will occur in the Scotia Sea around the South Orkney Islands, near the Antarctic Peninsula. This phenomenon won’t occur here again for another 400-or-so years. Seize this rare chance and join a Hurtigruten expedition cruise to Antarctica during the total Solar Eclipse, an opportunity that arises only once in several lifetimes.

23 -days • The Ultimate Expedition and Solar Eclipse

Departure: November 22, 2021

Join us for a fantastic expedition cruise to the Falklands, untouched South Georgia and experience a total Solar Eclipse from the South Orkney Islands before our ultimate exploration of Antarctica.

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18 -days • Great Explorers and Solar Eclipse

Departures: November 24, 2021

Sail in the wake of the great explorers to experience the Chilean fjords, majestic Antarctica and experience a total Solar Eclipse from the South Orkney Islands before heading to the Falkland Islands. 

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A Solar Eclipse

A total Solar Eclipse is when the moon covers the sun completely for a few minutes. Day suddenly becomes almost as dark as night and the temperature drops noticeably. Birds flying near the ship may also fall eerily silent, as if holding their breaths while the moment passes.

There are a number of features to look out for when studying a total Solar Eclipse by eye, including the red rim, or chromosphere, while the sun is covered, as well as the coronal flare at the top of the sun.

This eclipse will also be a little unusual as the path of the total eclipse will move from east to west, which is the opposite direction to most other eclipses and a feature unique to observing it in the polar regions.

Should weather prevent us from observing the eclipse directly, you will still be able to experience a distinct moment of darkness for the duration of the eclipse. It will seem as if the whole world has stood still in reverence of this phenomenon. These are moments that you’ll never forget. 

South Orkney Islands

For 2021, the total Solar Eclipse will only be observable around Antarctica. We will experience it in the Scotia Sea near the South Orkney Islands, a group of four islands about 600 km (just over 370 miles) northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Early morning in the South Orkney Islands during its summer season means the sun will be hanging low on the horizon, having barely set during the night. Provided skies are clear, we will be able to observe the eclipse from beginning to end, lasting just under two minutes.

After observing the Solar Eclipse, we may explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which makes them the perfect habitat for various species of penguins and seals. 

Your Experience

The decks of expedition ships MS Fram or MS Roald Amundsen, which are positioned in the waters near the South Orkney Islands, are the ideal place for front-row seats to the upcoming total Solar Eclipse. 

As part of your cruise with us:

  • the Expedition Team will give out special-purpose solar filter sunglasses designed specifically to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays.
  • A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the cruise, delivering a series of in-depth lectures on this extraordinary occurrence and providing insights during the eclipse itself.
  • You’ll receive tips and ideas from professional on board photographers on how to capture the spectacular event.
  • The professional photographers will also shoot the Solar Eclipse from more than one angle and even film with drones, if conditions allow. You will be able to access their footage and share it with your friends and family back home.

Hurtigruten assumes no responsibility or liability for weather conditions, such as clouds or fog, during the solar eclipse which may reduce or obstruct the viewing conditions. Actual landscapes, views and weather conditions may vary due to date, time of day and other variables.

Terms & Conditions: *

  • These sailings are capacity controlled, and subject to  availability at the time of booking.
  • Not included: international flights, travel insurance,  luggage handling, and items of a personal nature.
  • Other restrictions may apply.
  • Full terms & conditions for all Hurtigruten voyages can be found here.
Please contact your travel professional at this agency for more details on this offer.
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