Solar Eclipse Cruises | Hurtigruten®
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.
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.
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.
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.
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