Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Voyage of Discovery (Northbound)

This is a truly exciting and varied expedition cruise that combines the highlights of Antarctica, the stunning Chilean fjords, and the rich natural beauty of Patagonia. Our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings to get close to wildlife at every opportunity.

  • Experience Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition
  • Enjoy ice-cruising, landings and incredible wildlife in Antarctica
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords in summer and see Cape Horn
  • Opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park
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 18 March 2021

Departs from Santiago de Chile
Overview

The White Wonder of Antarctica

As the early explorers learned, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. The mighty frozen vistas, stunning glaciers and rich wildlife make your expedition cruise here an unforgettable adventure.

Nature is in control on the most remote continent, and we will attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula to show you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich Antarctic wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

Ice-cruising, Landings and Exciting Activities

Our Expedition Team are skilled professionals who will take you ice-cruising and on landings for exciting activities whenever conditions allow.

There may also be chances to kayak in the icy waters, hike in stunning surroundings or even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

On board our comfortable hybrid powered expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen, you can enjoy expert talks about Antarctica’s rich history and fascinating biology, wildlife photography, geology and more.

Cape Horn, Chilean Fjords & Patagonian Beauty

On our way back to civilisation, we may attempt a landing at famed Cape Horn. Then we sail on to the fjords of Chile to discover the remote beauty of Patagonia. We continue our expedition cruise along the vast, rugged and beautiful Chilean coastline before the voyage ends in colourful Valparaiso.

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

Summer in the Metropolis

Hotel - Full day

The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, to tall mountains and skyscrapers, to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here. 

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

Embarking on the Expedition

You fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas, where the hybrid powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen is docked, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Day 3-4: At sea

The Drake Passage

We sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. Onboard, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarctica’s fantastic animals, geology and history. Enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife from the deck.

Day 5-8: Antarctica
Highlight

Pure Wilderness

Home to ninety per cent of the world´s ice, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. In winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

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 and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Antarctica is a true wilderness, so local conditions will dictate our final itinerary. 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 on display. 

At every opportunity, our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings.  There may also be chances to kayak among icebergs, hike in stunning surroundings and even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

Day 9-10: At sea

Drake Passage and Cape Horn

MS Roald Amundsen takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage. We will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica in the Science Center. As we reach South America, we will attempt to land on historic Cape Horn before continuing towards the Chilean fjords.

Day 11: Chilean fjords

A Paradise for Nature Lovers

Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water await us in magnificent surroundings. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, full of isolated islands and hidden bays that harbour rich wildlife.

Day 12-13: Puerto Natales
Highlight

Torres del Paine National Park

Overnight stay - 2 full days

Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, world-famous for the `Torres del Paine rock formations. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a stunning terrain, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountains topped by looming peaks.

This diversity of environments hosts a wide variety of a flora and fauna - llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.

Day 14: Puerto Edén

Isolated Beauty

Half day

After a cruise through Patagonian waters, 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 people.

Day 15: At sea

Waters of Patagonia

Our expedition cruise continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, enjoy the vistas of the magnificent natural expanse.

Day 16: Castro

Cosmopolitan Castro

Full day

Set among windswept hills and lush vegetation, Castro is known for its colourful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, and the UNESCO Site Iglesia San Francisco. Nearby wide beaches are home to dozens of seabirds, penguins and sea lions.

Day 17-18: At sea

Sailing North

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, we will recap the highlights of the   expedition cruise and scan for wildlife.

Day 19: Valparaíso, Chile

The `Jewel of the Pacific´

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end.  And this expedition ends in the colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. Take some time to explore this scenic town before your flight home.

Arrival 05 April 2021

Location Valparaíso, 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
  • Economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to ship in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox

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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