Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands – Great Explorers and Wildlife (20 days)

This is the ultimate expedition cruise, ranging from the Patagonian fjords to the majesty of Antarctica, with an attempt to venture below the polar circle, and finally on to the magical Falklands. Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings to get close to thousands of animals on this wildlife-rich journey.

  • Combine Patagonia, the Falklands and Antarctica in a single extraordinary journey
  • Venture below the Antarctic Circle
  • See incredible wildlife: penguins, whales, seals, albatross and many more
  • Explore on ice-cruising and landing activities designed for true adventure
Save £750 per person

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £750 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


Itinerary

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 23 January, 10 February & 28 February 2021

Departs from Santiago de Chile
Overview

The Ultimate Expedition Cruise to Antarctica

Explore the Chilean fjords before your encounter with the rich wildlife of Antarctica, as we attempt to sail below the Antarctic Circle in search of true adventure on board MS Roald Amundsen. On our way home, we visit the magical Falkland Islands.

Beautiful Patagonia

This expedition cruise to Antarctica will introduce you to the natural beauty of the Patagonian fjords before crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica and the mighty frozen wilderness of the south.

Massive Icebergs, teeming wildlife and fascinating history

Our voyage allows for a deep exploration of stunning Antarctica - nine days with ice-cruising, landings and activities for all levels of explorers, led by our expert Expedition Team.

This is true wilderness, so the captain will use his experience to create the best itinerary. We hope to call on beautiful spots in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula before we sail further south with the aim of reaching the Polar Circle.

A world of contrasts

Next, we set course for the contrasts of the Falkland Islands, from the red buses and English pubs of Stanley to the vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife of the countryside.

Day 1: Santiago de Chile
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile Photo

Exciting and Diverse

Hotel

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, the exciting and diverse capital of Chile. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders, to skyscrapers in the centre, to lovely colonial architecture, to the shores of the fast-flowing Mapacho River.  Why not extend your expedition by adding an optional Pre-programme adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert?  

Day 2: Santiago / Punta Arenas
Leaving Punta Arenas
Leaving Punta Arenas Photo: Karsten Bidstrup Photo

Embarking the Expedition

Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where the hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Day 3: Chilean fjords
Rainbow over Beagle Channel
Rainbow over Beagle Channel Photo: Genna Roland Photo

Scenic Beagle Channel

Patagonia

Enjoy cruising the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. Take in the isolated islands, hidden bays and rich wildlife that create one the world´s most beautiful landscapes.

Day 4-5: Drake Passage

Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

At Sea

As the southernmost point of South America, Cape Horn ranks among the most iconic places on Earth. If conditions allow, we will make a landing here before traversing the famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. Enjoy lectures in our Science Center and all the amenities of our state-of-the-art hybrid powered expedition ship on the crossing.

Day 6-14: Antarctica
Highlight

Antarctica – Impossible to Describe

Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder. Ninety per cent of the world´s ice is here, in some places up to 4,000 metres thick, covering the landmass. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, seals and whales.

As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is permitted that alters the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

This is true wilderness, so our experienced captain will work with the conditions to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We will attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to show you the diversity of the regions wildlife and landscape.

On this special voyage, we hope to cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’ south, far beyond the limit of most cruises in Antarctica, venturing far into the areas that are permanently iced down and unnavigable in the winter.

Whenever opportunities arise, our Expedition Team will take you for landings and ice cruising to get close to the surreal beauty of Antarctica.

It´s hard to sum up the power of the experience. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.

Day 15-16: At sea
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck Photo: Marsel Van Oosten Photo

Lectures and Observing Wildlife on Deck

After exploring this unforgettable continent, we set course for the Falkland Islands, which consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller isles. There is fascinating history here, as Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing in 1690.

Our Expedition Team will hold fascinating lectures in our Science Center, and point out wildlife from our outer decks.

Day 17-18: The Falkland Islands
Highlight

At the Edge of Antarctica

We arrive at a colourful English village, a powerful contrast to white Antarctica, with red phone boxes, red buses and old pubs. Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, is inviting and a good size for roaming the streets on foot. Or you can join an excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area.

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white sand beaches. Bird lovers will appreciate West Point Island, an avian paradise with penguins, albatrosses and geese.

Day 19: At sea

The Magellan Strait

As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition cruise in the Science Center. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

Day 20: Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile Photo

The End of the Expedition

We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a Post-programme adventure to experience more of this impressive region.

Arrival 11 February, 01 March & 19 March 2021

Location Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Return economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to ship including city tour and lunchbox and transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment neededfor optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)  
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo programme with our Expedition Photographer   
  • Travel insurance  
  • Luggage handling

NOTES:

Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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