Hurtigruten makes history in Antarctica

Hurtigruten makes history in Antarctica

Hurtigruten’s hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, has made history once again – exploring waters further south than any of its ships have ever been.

After crossing the Antarctic circle last week, MS Roald Amundsen captain Torry Sakkariassen and his crew continued to push south. At 4:15pm Antarctica time on 19 February, the ship reached the ice edge at 70°10.208’ degrees south.

“Our guests are thrilled,” Sakkariassen said. “This is what Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises are all about – pushing new frontiers and creating unique experiences for guests from all over the world.

“We are exploring in the footsteps of the polar hero Roald Amundsen himself.”

MS Roald Amundsen is the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship, equipped with large battery packs that significantly reduce emissions. The ship’s specially designed ice-strengthened hull allows her to operate in areas most other ships can’t.

After exploring the ice-laden areas at 70 degrees south in sub-zero temperatures southwest of Charcot Island, MS Roald Amundsen’s guests and crew are now making their way back north.

They will explore a variety of landing sites around the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands, before returning to Chile and the last two expedition cruises of the 2019/2020 Antarctica season.

Photos supplied by Hurtigruten.

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