Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)

Travel information 19 days MS Fram
Departures 15 October 2021
Price from £ 8750
£ 8195
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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  • Experience Patagonia and Antarctica in one expedition cruise
  • Discover the magnificent Chilean fjords
  • See Cape Horn and cross the Drake Passage
  • Enjoy ice-cruising, landings and encounters with wildlife in Antarctica

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.

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound) Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)
  • Day 1
    Valparaiso, Chile

    The ‘Jewel of the Pacific’

    Estimated time of departure is 22:00

    This expedition cruise starts in colourful Valparaíso. One of the best ways to see this town is by riding its funiculars to sweeping views. Explore the port to get a feel for Chile’s seafaring side. We also recommend a visit to the Historic Quarter before embarking on MS Fram. You can also add an optional 4-day Pre-Programme to Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world.

    Day 1
    Valparaiso, Chile

    The ‘Jewel of the Pacific’

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Sailing South

    As we make our way along the Pacific coast of Chile, the Expedition Team will start the lecture programme to prepare you for the experiences ahead. Make sure to also spend some time on deck to look out for wildlife.

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Sailing South

  • Day 4
    Castro

    Cosmopolitan Castro

    Castro, set among windswept hills and green vegetation, is known for its colourful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia San Francisco.

    • Included Castro Walking Tour
    Day 4
    Castro

    Cosmopolitan Castro

  • Day 5
    At sea

    Waters of Patagonia

    We sail south through the fabled waters of Patagonia and to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places: the province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning Last Hope. We voyage through iconic Andean seascapes for views of a glorious expanse of undisturbed nature.

    Day 5
    At sea

    Waters of Patagonia

  • Day 6
    Puerto Edén

    Isolated Beauty

    The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar tribe.

    Day 6
    Puerto Edén

    Isolated Beauty

  • Day 7-8
    Puerto Natales - Full day

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, world famous for the impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a landscape of stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks that host a wide variety of wildlife. Watch for llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.

    • Included Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales
    Day 7-8
    Puerto Natales - Full day

    Torres del Paine National Park

  • Day 9
    Chilean fjords

    A Paradise for Nature Lovers

    Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water characterise this wild area that seems almost untouched by humans. Glacial ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the lovely isolated islands and hidden bays that form this unique fjord landscape.

    Day 9
    Chilean fjords

    A Paradise for Nature Lovers

  • Day 10-11
    At Sea

    Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

    In the morning we will sail through the scenic Beagle Channel before we continue into open waters, and if conditions allow, we will make an attempt to land on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America.

    Next, we sail the legendary Drake Passage while our lecture series prepares you for Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife and history. You’ll learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research.

    Day 10-11
    At Sea

    Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

  • Day 12-16
    Antarctica

    The Most Remote and Beautiful Places on Earth

    Antarctica never ceases to amaze and astound. 90% of the world´s ice is here, and the continent virtually doubles in size of due to sea ice in the winter. In summer, it is a cradle of life, a vital 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 that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

    The elements rule in Antarctica, and our experienced Captain will create the best itinerary possible for your adventure. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to show you the diversity of the reigion´s wildlife and landscape.

    Our expert Expedition Team will take you out for ice-cruising and exciting landing activities. There may also be the chance to kayak in the company of whales and icebergs, hike in amazing scenery and perhaps camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

    Day 12-16
    Antarctica

    The Most Remote and Beautiful Places on Earth

  • Day 17-18
    At Sea

    Crossing the Drake Passage

    MS Fram takes us safely back across the Drake Passage as we continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

    Day 17-18
    At Sea

    Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Day 19
    Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    The End of the Expedition

    Estimated time of arrival is 06:00

    Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. When we reach Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, it is time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Buenos Aires, where you have the chance to extend your stay or join our optional Post-Programme to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls.

    Day 19
    Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    The End of the Expedition

Departures

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Current offers on this cruise:

  • Flight included

    Book your expedition cruise in 2021-2022 early and your flights from London will be included!
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  • Book with Confidence

    Our popular Book with Confidence policy is back, giving you the peace of mind you want for your next adventure exploring the world with us.
    The benefits of the policy apply to any new bookings made between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021, for expedition cruises departing on or before 30 June 2022.
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  • No single supplement on selected departures

    Solo travellers who prefer their own space while still travelling with others, have the opportunity to save on select voyages departing in 2021.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Transfer

  • Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport after the expedition cruise

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Ship yard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch
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