Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands – Great Explorers and Wildlife (18 days)

Sail in the wake of the great explorers to experience the Chilean fjords, the Falklands and majestic Antarctica in one extraordinary expedition cruise. Enjoy chances to see wildlife like penguins, whales and seals amidst icebergs and stunning natural beauty. Along the way, our Expedition Team leads exciting ice-cruising and landing activities to guarantee an unforgettable voyage.

  • Experience the unique beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
  • Possible landing at legendary Cape Horn
  • Great chances to see wildlife – penguins, seals, whales and more
  • Exciting ice-cruising and landing activities led by our expert Expedition Team
Save £1000 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 £1000 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 04 Nov, 20 Nov, 06 Dec & 22 Dec 2020, & 07 Jan 2021

Departs from Santiago de Chile
Overview

From Stunning Fjords to Teeming Wildlife

This expedition cruise to Antarctica will introduce you to the remote natural beauty of Patagonia before crossing the Drake Passage to wildlife-rich beauty of the southern reaches of the planet.

Endless Beauty and Fascinating History

In Antarctica, we will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula with the aim of showing you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife in this pristine wilderness.

True Wilderness

This is true wilderness, so the elements rule and will determine our final itinerary. At every opportunity, our Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and bring you ashore for landings to get close to these extraordinary areas.

There may also be opportunities to kayak in the icy waters, hike in magnificent surroundings or even spend the night in a tent on the most isolated continent in the world.

A World of Contrasts

The final part of your expedition cruise comes as we set course for the magical Falkland Islands to discover a world of contrasts, from the pubs of Stanley to the vast 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

Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and we will do our best to make a landing here. MS Roald Amundsen will then cross the famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. On the way, enjoy fascinating lectures from our Expedition Team in the Science Center and take advantage of the Wellness area and other onboard amenities.

Day 6-12: Antarctica
Highlight

Antarctica – Beautiful Beyond Description

Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale.  It is home to 90 per cent of the world´s ice, reaching up to 4,000 metres in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

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

Our captain and Expedition Team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and to come ashore on landings for exciting activities.  You may have the chance to kayaks the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even tent camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

It´s hard to sum up all that an expedition cruise to Antarctica will give you. 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 13: At sea
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck Photo: Marsel Van Oosten Photo

Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on Deck

After exploring this unforgettable continent, we set course for the Falkland Islands. Our Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the Islands, point out wildlife from our outer decks and scout for the Albatrosses that often guide our way.

Day 14-16: The Falkland Islands
Highlight

At the Edge of Antarctica

After the wilderness of Antarctica, enjoy the contrast provided by Stanley, with red phone boxes, red buses and old pubs. The capital is good size for roaming the streets on foot, or you can join an excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked here throughout the day.

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white sand beaches.

As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for generations. We may go ashore on Carcass Island - an avian paradise with ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at the birds.

Day 17: 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 18: 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 21 Nov, 07 Dec & 23 Dec 2020, 08 Jan & 24 Jan 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 in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox
  • 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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