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    Antarctica and the Falkland Islands aboard MS Midnatsol - January 2017

    This is an account of our trip last January which started in Santiago, Chile taking in Patagonia before joining MS Midnatsol in Punta Arenas to sail to Antarctica. It also included three days in the Falkland Islands before returning to Punta Arenas.

    We started the journey flying from Glasgow to Amsterdam and the overnight KLM flight to Buenos Aires from where we then flew on to Santiago. We spent a night there at the Sheraton Hotel and the following took a flight to Punta Arenas and then a three hour bus drive to Puerto Natales where we stayed for three nights.

    Flying over the Andes on the way into Santiago


    Santiago from the Hotel roof



    Round the pool in the evening

    #2
    Much of the journey from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales was on a long straight road across very open countryside




    With a short break at a Service Area!

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      #3
      The next day was spent on a farm a short boat ride up the fjord from Puerto Natales










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        Torres del Paine National Park










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            #6
            Puerto Natales





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              #7
              What an amazing journey - and what an amazing landscape. I have only sailed through this area three times in my life and I hope some day I will be able to work my way down there again.

              Looking at these images, it makes me miss those cruises so very much!
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • Linray
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                There's a lot more to come! Did you ever get to Antarctica?

              • pakarang
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                Yes, I have been to Antarctica twice actually - each time as amazing a trip as anything I have ever experienced in my life.

                As the Antarctica ice-polis told me: You should never visit Antarctica early in your life because afterwards, no place will ever be able to surpass the experience.

                He was so true!

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              Entranced to see the clear photos of my favourite mountains, the Cuernos del Paine. Also Puerto Natales,which always seems to be windy! Beautiful country.

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              • Linray
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                Yes, it was windy!...but also very beautiful.

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              Leaving Puerto Natales after breakfast we made the three hour bus journey back to Punta Arenas to be greeted by the sight of MS Midnatsol docked in the harbour. Once all the loading was complete and the passengers safely on board MS Midnatsol set sail for Antarctica around 7pm.










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                We sailed out through the Magellan Straits and as it was 6 January the Christmas decorations were still up, but had been taken down the next morning.








                and the next afternoon entered Garibaldi Fjord

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                  This was the first time leaving the ship on the zodiacs to explore the glacier and look for wild life.








                  Then we had our first sighting of the massive sea lions hauled out on the rocks


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                    And then a close up look at the Garibaldi Glacier








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                      #13
                      Absolutely amazing - both the trip and the images!

                      Your report really makes me want to visit this icy continent one more time in my life!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        #14
                        The scale of the glacier is immense from that angle.

                        Must feel really odd to travel so far, arrive at the port, and then see MS sitting on the berth so far away from her home.
                        Cheers,

                        Mark.

                        www.pologlover.co.uk

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                        • Linray
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                          It was kind of strange, and sometimes it was hard to believe we were so far south. I kept looking at a globe and couldn't quite take it in where we were! Midnatsol had been our first Hurtigruten ship 12 years ago on the Coastal Voyage so it was lovely to sail on her again.

                        #15
                        Impressive photos from your trip with "Midnatsol" ,Linray
                        Best wishes from
                        Bengt Domben

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                        • Linray
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                          Thank you
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