A rare solar eclipse is occurring on December 4th, 2021 and Hurtigruten is offering people from around the world a once in a lifetime opportunity to view this astronomical phenomenon. Both of the world’s only hybrid-powered expedition ships, the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fram, will be setting sail to Antarctica so guests can witness this unique natural phenomenon that occurs only once every 400 years.
A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun and the day suddenly becomes almost as dark as the night. In 2021, this solar eclipse will only be observable around Antarctica over the Scotia Sea and around the South Orkney Islands, which are 600 km northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. A full 23-day voyage on the MS Fram takes travellers to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia. A shorter, 18 day sailing is also available for those with less time onboard the MS Roald Amundsen. This cruise also allows a viewing of the solar eclipse and includes stops to Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and the Falklands.
During Antarctica’s summer months, the sun hangs low in the horizon and barely ever sets. If the sky is clear, passengers will be able to view the eclipse in its entirety, lasting roughly two minutes in length. As they are specially positioned close to the water, the decks of these expedition ships become incredible front row seats to view the eclipse. Perhaps what is even more unique is how the eclipse will occur. Usually, the moon will move over the sun from west to east, but due to it’s Antarctic location, the moon will move in the opposite direction.
This is what Hurtigruten is planning to ensure guests have the most memorable eclipse experience possible:
The Expedition Team will supply guests with special-purpose solar filter sunglasses designed to protect guest’s eyes from harmful ultraviolet light and infrared rays.
A professional astronomer will be on board for the full duration of the cruise, delivering a series of in-depth lectures throughout the journey and providing commentary and insights during the eclipse.
Professional onboard photographers will provide guests with tips and tricks for how best to capture the solar eclipse. They will also be taking photos from various angles and even be capturing it with a film drone. Guests will be able to access the footage later to share with family and friends.
“This is a truly unique opportunity for a very limited number of modern-day adventure travellers to both immerse in the seventh continent and its icebergs, penguins, seals, whales and birds, and at the same time have front-row access to an astonishing planetary display,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
Make sure to seize this rare chance to see the solar eclipse in person, an out of this world experience that will surely create memories to last a lifetime. Get in touch with one of our Cruise Specialists to find out how you can experience this unique moment in time. Call 1-800-387-8890 and reserve you place early as this unique adventure is sure to fill early.