Ask The Expert: Tudor Morgan at Hurtigruten Expeditions
What are the highlights of an expedition to Antarctica?
There are so many: the scenery, marine and bird life are breathtaking from the moment you leave the southern tip of South America.
If you voyage at the start of the main Antarctic season, which runs from late October to March, you’ll see the area come out of winter, which is magical. The mid-season is a joy as you can see penguin chicks. As winter returns, it’s equally spectacular. No wildlife documentary can replace seeing it in person.
ICED GEM: Huge iceberg at Danco Island
What is life like on a Hurtigruten ship?
It’s great. The big surprise for guests is how friendly it is, with comfortable cabins and relaxed public spaces. We don’t have a dress code, casino or big entertainment venue. The stars of our voyages are the destinations, the journey and the Expeditions Teams who bring it to life.
What is a typical day?
There isn’t one, which makes our voyages so unique. You may want to join our Expeditions Team at a lecture, briefing or discussion. Or join shore landings at wildlife colonies, historic sites and scenic locations. You could go kayaking, try painting, photography, navigation or even knitting!
Many travellers love helping our guest scientists in the Science Centre as they collect data on the areas we sail in. Working with local research groups gives our voyages real purpose. Guests are part of that journey.
Penguins at the Antarctica on an iceberg
Is there time to relax?
Absolutely! You can do as much or as little as you choose. There’s delicious food, plenty of opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the local nature and destination, and time to chat to fellow guests in our Explorers’ Lounge.
When did you first visit Antarctica?
After university I worked with the British Antarctic Survey and fell in love with the area. As a guide on Hurtigruten Expedition’s MS Fram, I could share that passion with guests. I’m lucky to still be part of an incredible team.
Where do you go on holiday?
I’ll never tire of Antarctica. but I love finding hidden gems in the UK. The northwest of Scotland is a particular favourite.