MS Roald Amundsen, a battery-hybrid powered expedition cruise ship operated by Hurtigruten, has been exploring waters further south than any ship operated by the line in its 127-year history.
After crossing the Antarctic circle earlier this week, captain Torry Sakkariassen and his crew continued to push south.
At 16:15 Antarctica time on February 19th, MS Roald Amundsen reached the ice edge at 70°10.208’ degrees south.
“Our guests are thrilled.
“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,” Sakkariassen added.
MS Roald Amundsen is the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, equipped with large battery packs that significantly reduces emissions.
As her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, sailing her maiden voyage this spring, MS Roald Amundsen’s specially designed ice strengthened hull allows her to operate in areas most other ships could ever dream of.
After exploring the ice-laden areas at 70 degrees south in sub-zero temperatures south-west 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 Antarctica season.