Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Northbound)

This expedition cruise takes you from the untouched wilderness of Antarctica to the beautiful fjords of Chile. Join us on a great adventure as we explore the white continent with ice-cruising, landings and other exciting activities, followed by a voyage of discovery to the remote and stunning Chilean coast.

  • Rare chance to explore Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition
  • Opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords and see Cape Horn in full summer
  • Take part in landings, hiking and ice-cruising in Antarctica
Early booking offer

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 £500 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 16 March 2021

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview

Exploring the Greatest Wilderness on Earth

After joining MS Fram in Ushuaia, we will cross the Drake Passage to reach the mighty frozen wilderness of Antarctica.

Our expert captain and Expedition Team will attempt landings to see penguins, seals, whales and huge flocks of sea birds in the beautiful landscape. All our activities are carefully planned so as not to disturb the wildlife. There may also be chances to join an optional kayaking tour in the spectacular icy waters.

There is nowhere on Earth that compares with Antarctica. This is an expedition cruise that will live in your memory forever.

Cape Horn and Stunning Fjords

After unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Fram takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage. Cape Horn is a mystical place where two oceans meet, and we hope to go ashore here. Next, we sail to one of the most scenic national parks on Earth and then into the stunning fjords of Chile.

This wild and remote area of the world seems almost untouched by humans, with steep mountain walls plunging straight into icy waters. Deep valleys and snow-capped peaks create a stunning contrast with the lush coastal plain, which supports a rich variety of wildlife.

On our way towards colourful Valparaiso, we sail along the pristine beauty of the Chilean pacific coastline, a fitting finale for a truly unique and spectacular journey. After disembarkation, the region offers fantastic Post-programme adventures to extend your trip.

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Explore the `Birthplace of Tango´

Hotel

Your expedition starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the `Paris of South America´ for yourself.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego

Flight & embarkation

The following day, you fly to Ushuaia. The flight leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking on MS Fram. In the evening, we will sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3: Drake Passage

Crossing the Fabled Drake Passage

At Sea

MS Fram takes us safely across the famous Drake Passage. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 mi) or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team will prepare you for your exploration through a series of informative lectures and demonstrations.

Day 4-8: Antarctica
Highlight

The White Wonder that is Antarctica

This pure wilderness of Antarctica is full of overwhelming impressions. The elements rule here, so your Expedition Team will work with the conditions to select the best possible landing sites to create unforgettable experiences on the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows us to take advantage of the unexpected, and wildlife will be at the forefront of our plans.

At every opportunity, our Expedition Team will take you out for landings or ice cruising to get close and truly explore Antarctic beauty, while being sure not to disturb the wildlife.

Our activities offer you the chance to experience Antarctica with all your senses as we sail remote waters with icebergs floating by, hike up snowy pathways to spectacular views, and listen to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling. Every day will be different, and each is carefully designed to create lasting memories.

Day 9-10: At sea
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage. Photo: Karsten Bidstrup Photo

Sailing North

Sailing northbound across the Drake Passage is chance to re-cap on all we have seen and heard in Antarctica. The Expedition Team will continue their lecture programme to prepare you for the delights ahead. Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and ecosystems of the area. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife.

Day 11: At sea
Cape Horn, Chile
Cape Horn, Chile Photo: Maximilian Schwarz Photo

Cape Horn

We will attempt a landing on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America. (Going ashore can be very difficult because of weather in this area). This is the southernmost point of South America, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, we will sail on to the sheltered waters of the Beagle Channel.

Day 12: Chilean fjords

A Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts

The glacier-created Chilean fjords are a true highlight, with their deep channels, placid fjords and mountains plunging into the icy water. The snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to an otherwise lush coastal plain that is rich in wildlife.

Day 13-14: Puerto Natales
Highlight

Torres del Paine National Park

Overnight stay - 2 full days

The impressive `Torres del Paine´ (Towers of Paine) rock formation gives the park its name. These peaks: Torre Central, Sur and Norte, create spectacular vistas. Explore the nature sanctuary on our optional excursion.

Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain. The park is home to a wide variety of a fauna and flora - look out for llamas, pumas and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean Condor.

Day 15: Puerto Edén

Remote Village at the End of the Fjord

Half day

The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. This deeply isolated community is 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 16: At sea

Waters of Patagonia

Your expedition cruise continues south to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places: the southern province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning Last Hope. This is an iconic Andean seascape of amazing beauty.

Day 17: Castro

Cosmopolitan Castro

Half day

Castro is set among windswept hills and lush vegetation. The city is known for its colourful “palafitos”, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. While here, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia de San Francisco.

Day 18-19: At sea

Sailing North

Heading towards Valparaiso, you have the chance to relax and enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea. The Expedition Team will entertain you with stories of the area, help you to plan your next exploration or show you an interesting creature or two under the microscope in our Science Center.

Day 20: Valparaíso, Chile

The `Jewel of the Pacific´

Docked - Disembarkation

This remarkable expedition cruise ends in the colourful and poetic port of Valparaíso. One of the best ways of seeing this scenic town is to climb the hills aboard a funicular, which allows sweeping views. We recommend extending your cruise by adding an optional Post-programme to the amazing Atacama Desert.

Arrival 04 April 2021

Location Valparaíso, Chile
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Economy flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers in Ushuaia incl. an orientation tour

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)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • 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 Fram

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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