Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica with David Lindo

Santiago de Chile - Antarctica - Punta Arenas

Join us for a 15-day genuine adventure to experience the Chilean fjords and the white continent of Antarctica. This expedition is accompanied by The Urban Birder, David Lindo

  • Enjoy being accompanied by expert guest lecturer on board, David Lindo
  • Make use of the on board science centre and lectures on popular science topics
  • Take part in activities in our fully equipped explorer room
  • Join the excitement during landings in Antarctica

Overview

Antarctic wilderness

With its incredibly rich fauna, the Southern Ocean is a drama on a grand scale in which the struggle for survival is constant. There are more penguins, and penguin species, here than anywhere else on earth.

Elephant and fur seals, minke whales, large flocks of sea birds – not forgetting the wandering albatross – give life to this surreal and beautiful landscape. This cruise is a fantastic opportunity to take a close-up look at the world’s most fascinating and charming continent. On board our comfortable ship you can hear presentations by experts, like David Lindo, about Antarctica’s rich history and wildlife, so that you can get even more out of what you will experience along the way.

On this expedition you will have a unique opportunity to travel to the mighty frozen wastes of the south, as well as seeing the beautiful fjords of Chile. As we sail pass Cape Horn twice, it gives us two chances of stepping ashore. 

David Lindo - The Urban Birder

 David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, is one of the UK’s leading ornithologists. Presenter on BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch and regular guest on Countryfile TV, he was recently voted the 7th most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine. 

Author of two books - 'The Urban Birder' (2011) and 'Tales from Concrete Jungles' (published by Bloomsbury, 2015), David writes a popular monthly urban birding column in Britain’s best-selling birding publication, 'Bird Watching Magazine' and regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Friends of the Earth magazine and 'Nature’s Home' - the membership publication for Britain's largest conservation organisation – the RSBP

David is passionate about promoting birding and wildlife in an urban environment, educating children about birdlife in the UK. A well-respected public speaker, David has also spoken at wildlife events all over the world, for DEFRA, and for arts festivals such as Latitude and Port Eliot, Salon London. 

He is an Ambassador for Leica, fellow member of the International League of Conservation Writers, founder of the Tower 42 Bird Study Group and on the committee of The Friends Of Wormwood Scrubs. David also runs tours involving Urban Birding all over the world. From Peru, Spain, Latvia and Serbia, to his native Wormwood Scrubs in London - and now on a special sailing to the white continent, Antartica.

Price includes:

  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • David Lindo lecture programme
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note: 

  • Prices are in GBP (£) per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather – and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board
Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

January and February 2017 and 2018

Departure port Santiago, Chile
Day 1
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Photo: Matyas Rehak Photo

Taste of Santiago


Location: Santiago de Chile

Before embarking on this adventure, you spend a night in Santiago de Chile.

Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. Mountains of the Andes chain can be seen from most points in the city.

Day 2
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Midnatsol awaits


Location: Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas

The next day you fly to Punta Arenas where your expedition ship the MS Midnatsol is already waiting for you. 

Day 3
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Spectacular views


Location: Chilean fjords

Before continuing through the fabled waters of Patagonia, you will sail in one of the world’s most remote, undisturbed and beautiful places. The Chilean fjords are truly spectacular, and staying on deck to take in the view is the preferred activity.

We will travel south in the Magellan Strait and pass Isla Tucker and then through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel. The Magellan Strait bears the name of the Portuguese seafarer who discovered the southern passage in 1520 and is of permanent significance for navigation between the oceans and for domestic maritime communication between Chile and Argentina.

Day 4
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

56 Degrees south


Location: Chilean fjords and Cape Horn

We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn. However, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

Days 5-6

Prepare yourself for Antarctica


Location: Drake Passage

We spend a couple of days cruising the Drake Passage which connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Here the warm water from the north meets the cold, less salty water from the south. This makes the ocean particularly rich in nutrients and is home to unique marine life.

Our sailing is ideal to prepare yourself for Antarctica - either with one of the films we show, by joining lectures or with a stay in the explorer room.

Trust us, Antarctica will overwhelm you. Everything is endless and white and the oceans are full of icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans; you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species.

Days 7-11
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Close encounters


Location: Antarctica

Come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, penguins and fur seals. From deck there are lots of chances of seeing whales as well. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world, but trust us when we say that you will not be bored for one single second.

Weather, wind and ice conditions dictate our programme and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. Among the places we will see are South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins. We may also explore Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay and Paradise Harbour which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape.

Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings to get a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places. On board there are several lectures and “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica.

Day 12
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Reflect on the Antarctic adventure


Location: The Drake Passage

After six exciting days in Antarctica, we spend a day recapping our experiences, have fun in the explorer room or just relax on deck. 

Day 13
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Possible landings


Location: Cape Horn and Chilean fjords

If we didn’t go ashore on Cape Horn on our way south we will try again today, or visit Puerto Williams, that is home to an interesting museum of anthropology and remains of ancient Indian campsites. It is only the narrow Beagle Channel which divides Puerto Williams from the Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, where high, snow covered peaks create a monumental background.

Day 14
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Surrounded by nature


Location: Chilean fjords

We sail through the Chilean fjords and enjoy a day of wild nature and impressive sights. We will find a great place to land, surrounded by wilderness and glaciers. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner.

Day 15
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Journey home


Location: Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

The adventure is over as we reach Punta Arenas, and it is time to say goodbye to all your new friends and the crew. After debarkation we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile.

February 2017 and 2018

Location Santiago, Chile
Your ship

Our ship sailing this route

Cruise the coast of South America and Antarctica on board MS Midnatsol, our discovery style ship with unmatched panoramic views.

Things to see and do Extend your holiday

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Santiago de Chile.

Pre and post programmes

Complete your holiday in South America with an extension programme before or after your sailing. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels in Santiago de Chile.