MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Southbound

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£ 6754
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Southbound

Price from
£ 6754
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition (Southbound)
Departures
21 October 2022
22 October 2022
  • See Antarctica in late spring when the icebergs and glaciers are at their most stunning
  • Take in the fjords of Patagonia and observe wildlife mating and nesting in Antarctica
  • Sail aboard the world’s first sustainability focused and hybrid-powered expedition ship
  • Travel with a dedicated and experienced Expedition Team of experts and scientists

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Itinerary

On this expedition, you’ll journey from Valparaíso, past Chile’s deep fjords and glistening glaciers, and down to the frozen continent of Antarctica during its late spring season. This means chances of catching sight of penguins in the midst of their courting and nesting rituals, and seeing icebergs in pristine condition ahead of the summer sunshine.
Day 1
Valparaíso, Chile

Estimated time of departure is 23:00

Chile’s ‘Little San Francisco’
Colorful houses in Valparaiso, sea in the background.
Photo: Shutterstock

Located on a picturesque bay? Check. Rows of colourful houses lining the hills? Check. A network of trams and funiculars that take you to scenic views? Check that too. A thriving arts scene and exciting foodie culture? Double check. With these shared similarities, it’s no wonder that vibrant Valparaíso is often compared, as a compliment, to San Francisco in the opposite hemisphere.

Depending on when you arrive here, you might be lucky enough to have some time to explore before embarking MS Roald Amundsen. If you plan ahead, you can even extend your voyage by adding our optional Pre-Programme adventure to the beautiful Atacama Desert.

However, if you are short on time, you can start by taking a stroll around Sotomayor Plaza to admire the architecture and spot ships in the nearby port. You could then head up into the Concepción Hills neighbourhood for panoramic viewpoints and trendy cafés, and make your way through the maze-like network of narrow streets. Baburizza Palace near Paseo Yugoslavo is home to the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts as well as a string of eateries that serve up sumptuous Chilean seafood such as conger eel stew, razor clams à la parmesan and scallops al pil pil chilli dressing. 

Don’t fill up on too much local food though as, once you’re on board the ship, there’ll be a welcome dinner to feast on too! This usually takes place after checking-in, introductions to the Expedition Team, and the all-important health and safety meeting.

Colorful houses in Valparaiso, sea in the background.
Photo: Shutterstock
Woman standing on deck holding a bird, sea in the background.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2-3
At sea
Expedition enlightened
Woman standing on deck holding a bird, sea in the background.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Two days at sea gives you all the time you need to ease into your journey and acclimatise for your adventure ahead. You’ll definitely want to explore the ship and start enjoying onboard facilities like the infinity pool, hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym, outdoor running track and spa. But you’ll likely also be having fun getting to know your Expedition Team as well as other crew members and guests. Share some drinks with them at the bar and strike up a camaraderie with your new ship mates.

Your entertainment during any day at sea are the informative lectures from the Expedition Team. Each topic is designed to help you fully appreciate the areas you are sailing through. You might learn about how tectonic activity formed the surrounding mountain ranges, followed by examining real rock samples in the ship’s Science Centre. Or perhaps, there will be an in-depth look at local history and culture that will inform your upcoming landings. Pick up fascinating facts about local sea birds like skuas or kelp gulls before grabbing a pair of binoculars and scanning for rare wandering albatross and various types of petrels.

However you choose to spend these sea days, the mixture of onboard activities and lectures are an opportunity to enhance your sense of exploration and to whet your adventurer’s appetite for what’s to come!

Day 4
Castro
Capital of Chiloé Island
Colorful houses by the waterline.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Tucked away off a fjord in the middle of Chiloé Island, Castro has evolved from Chile’s third oldest city into a cosmopolitan capital that still manages to be classic Chilote in character. The typical postcard picture that you’ll want to see for yourself are the brightly painted palafitos. These are traditional wooden stilt houses that you can find lining the edges of the fjord at Gamboa wharf. The nearby UNESCO-listed Church of San Francisco is also a masterpiece of carpentry made entirely of wood in a Neo-Gothic style.

 

Other attractions you might like to check out are the Plaza de Armas centre of the city, the impressive Museum of Modern Art of Chiloé, and the Regional Museum of Castro. You can also spend the day sampling the wide range of high-quality restaurants and gastro-pubs that have popped up here for the fresh seafood and views of the fjord.

Colorful houses by the waterline.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Woman looking in a microscope.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 5
At sea
Sailing south
Woman looking in a microscope.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

We continue our voyage, setting course for Puerto Edén and passing by the many islands of Aysén, Chile’s most sparsely populated region. Part of being on an expedition is knowing how to enjoy the moment; taking time out to reconnect with nature and the world around you. So park yourself in the panoramic Explorer Lounge or soak in a hot tub out on deck, sit back and simply take in the serene scenery as untouched isles and green mountains roll quietly by. You’ll also be able to join the Expedition Team in the Science Centre so that they can continue to enthral you with details about the local geography, climate and birdlife.

Day 6
Puerto Edén
The Portal to Paradise
Blue house in Puerto Eden.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

This tiny hamlet lies along a bay on a remote peninsula that juts out into a fjord in the province of Última Esperanza. As we sail into the area, you’ll immediately appreciate that the port’s main draw is its access to the exceptional landscapes of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, which were surely the inspiration for naming the hamlet ‘Eden’ to begin with. The park is the largest protected area in Chile, made up of a stunning network of silent fjords and beautiful mountains covered in native forests. Keep on the lookout for South Andean deer on the nearby slopes, marine otters in the water, and cormorants up above.

The climate of the region, that of frequent rainfall, high humidity and heavy storms, makes Puerto Edén only accessible by sea and one of Chile’s most hard-to-reach inhabited places. There are no roads to, from or even within the isolated village, just boardwalks and footpaths that connect the homes of its less-than 200 inhabitants. A dozen of these residents are the last known community of the indigenous Kawéskar people who make a living fishing and selling wicker baskets to any travellers that pass through.

Blue house in Puerto Eden.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Wondeful landscape with lake and mountains.
Photo: Dan Zora Avila
Day 7-8
Puerto Natales
The Last Hope Sound
Wondeful landscape with lake and mountains.
Photo: Dan Zora Avila

Blessed with gorgeous views of the southern Andes, the port on Señoret Channel in Última Esperanza fjord has come a long way from its sheep industry origins. The city now acts as a launch pad for Torres del Paine National Park, attracting hikers from all over the world.

Aside from a full-day optional excursion to the national park, you can also spend some time leisurely exploring Puerto Natales on foot. This sleepy city is a mix of Bohemian bars, shops selling outdoor gear, corrugated tin houses, and eateries serving up global cuisine. Visit the artisan village at Etherh Aike for a range of souvenirs or drop in for drinks at the Last Hope Bar which also claims to be the southernmost distillery in the world.

Following the waterfront will grant you views across the fjord and there are photo-fantastic opportunities at the old pier, Monument to the Wind, and Monument of the Hand. Bird watchers should also be on alert for Andean condors and for famously pink Chilean flamingos, to name just a few. You might also come across a monument to 16th century Spanish explorer Juan Ladrillero. He named the fjord here ‘Last Hope’ because he felt the inlet was his last chance to reach the Strait of Magellan. He was proved right and went on to become the first person to successfully sail the strait. 

Day 9
Chilean Fjords
Going with the flow
Penguins standing on ground with a lot of holes, nests. Light house in the background.
Photo: shutterstock

Our journey down the Chilean coast continues south through the many broken isles and fabled fjords of Chile’s rugged Magallenes Province. We will be in the western part of the Strait of Magellan, so named after the famous 16th century Portuguese explorer who first traversed it.

The plan for today is that there isn’t one! After all, where’s the sense of fun and adventure if everything is scripted beforehand? The day’s activities and any landings will therefore be decided at the discretion of the Expedition Team. They will draw on their in-depth knowledge of the area to pick out the most interesting sites for you to explore, and based on the local weather conditions that day.

Whether cruising aboard small explorer boats or just out on deck aboard the ship, remember to scan the shores for picturesque waterfalls, birdlife, and maybe colonies of Magellanic penguins and, if lucky, elephant seals. In the waters themselves, you might get a rare glimpse of various species of whales.

Penguins standing on ground with a lot of holes, nests. Light house in the background.
Photo: shutterstock
Monument at Cape Horn., lake and mountains in the background.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz
Day 10-11
At Sea
Cape Horn and the Drake Passage
Monument at Cape Horn., lake and mountains in the background.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz

We loop round glacier-carved Alberto de Agostini National Park and enter the Beagle Channel in the morning. Gaze at the sumptuous landscapes as we pass between the park and Isla Gordon of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. If it’s a clear day, you may be able to see Monte Darwin towering to the north, part of the southernmost range of the Andean mountains. Exiting the channel midway, it is time to begin our crossing to Antarctica.

Before we do so though, there is one historical place that we might try to visit in honour of past sailors. At the tip of South America lies legendary Cape Horn, a major milestone in the old clipper routes that connected Europe with the Far East and Oceania. This is where the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific collide, creating powerful waves that are made even stronger by swirling westerly winds. For yachters, rounding Cape Horn is a maritime feat akin to summiting Mount Everest. Given the notoriety of these turbulent waters, we can’t guarantee you a landing. But if fortune favours us on the day with weather stable enough to set foot on the island, you’ll be among a select few in the world able to boast about it.

From Cape Horn, it’s a clear shot to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. With no nearby landmass to break the currents, the waters here are fully exposed. Depending on the current, you might realise why some sea captains have come to nickname the passage the ‘Drake Shake’. Other times, conditions are at the other end of the spectrum and completely calm. In such cases, be grateful you were blessed with the ‘Drake Lake’ instead!

The Expedition Team will be hard at work on board to prepare you for the main event of your voyage: Antarctica! Lectures will focus on how to explore this sensitive environment in accordance with strict IAATO regulations. You’ll get clued up on the importance of maintaining a respectful distance from curious penguins and what practical measures we will be taking to prevent bio-contamination of the ecosystem with foreign particles.

 If weather allows, spend some time out on deck taking in the fresh sea air. You might be accompanied by various seabirds who seem to enjoy following the ship from above.  As the first icebergs appear on the horizon, a ripple of excitement never fails to spread throughout the ship, even to those crew who have been many times before. In the following days, you’ll understand why.

Day 12-15
Antarctic Peninsula
The fabled frozen continent
People walking in red expedition jackets next to penguins.
Photo: Dan Zora Avila

We’ve arrived. You are finally here. And isn’t it a sight to behold. This other-worldly landscape of snow and ice can’t be found anywhere else on earth. The wind and waves work with the late spring sun to carve fresh icebergs into giant white and blue gems, some as tall as buildings. Immense ice shelves and crumpled glaciers seem to creak while crashing chunks of ice into the waters below. Vast ranges of mighty mountains sleep silently beneath blankets of soft snow. Welcome to the epic Seventh Continent. Welcome to Antarctica.

 

You’ll be spending the next four days intensively exploring several of more than 20 possible landing sites on and around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Wherever we go and whatever we do, each day in this vast, breathtaking region will offer you something different and thrilling. We might spend our time sailing into a flooded volcanic caldera or landing at dramatic bays that still harbour remnants of the whaling era. Or you’ll go ashore and stand in the presence of thousands of penguins, while keeping at least a few metres away from any inquisitive ones who come to inspect you. This being the Antarctic late spring, gentoo and chinstrap penguins will be at the start of their courting season while the more advanced Adélie penguins may have already laid their eggs and be in nesting mode. There are many other birds in Antarctica to see too, such as skuas, jaegers, petrels and terns. Unlike penguins, these ones can actually fly, so remember to point your binoculars up to the sky now and again.

The Expedition Team will be with you each step of the way, guiding you on landings and leading ice-cruises aboard small explorer boats. Depending on the local snow, ice and wind conditions, you might be among the fortunate few to join optional activities like kayaking and snowshoeing, or even get to spend a night camping on land. There will also be easy-to-do Citizen Science projects like cloud observation, whale and leopard seal spotting, and analysing phytoplankton under the microscopes in the Science Center. It is satisfying to know that the data you help collect as part of these projects feed into real scientific studies at key institutes around the world. The resident photographer will also have some handy tips for you on how you can best capture the stunning landscapes and charming wildlife. Don’t forget to come out from behind your lens now and then though, just to take it all in.

People walking in red expedition jackets next to penguins.
Photo: Dan Zora Avila
Waves splashing against iceberg.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 16-17
At sea
Back from the bottom of the world
Waves splashing against iceberg.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Your four days in Antarctica will go by in a flash and it is unfortunately now time to head home. No matter how long you spend here, it never quite feels enough. There always seems to be so much more to see in this inspirational place.

Over the next two days, the ship crosses back over the Drake Passage towards South America. It’s the ideal time to wind down from all the excitement of Antarctica. Pamper yourself in the Wellness Spa with a few soothing treatments. Reminisce on the trip’s special memories with new-found friends in the bar. Proudly compare your best photographs and swap stories of the different excursions. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center to take stock of all you have seen and learned along the way.

Day 18
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Estimated time of arrival is 07:00

A fond farewell
Colorful houses in Buenos Aires.
Photo: shutterstock

Once we arrive in Ushuaia, you’ll catch a transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires. From here, you can either fly home or stay on for a few days to explore the city where tango was born. You can also opt to add on a post-programme to the magnificent Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian border.

But just before you depart for Ushuaia airport, you’ll sadly have to say goodbye to the ship, the crew and your amazing Expedition Team. Each of them has worked very hard to make your adventure a joyful and unforgettable one. We share an overall goal: to show that expedition cruises can and should be done sustainably, inspiring all of us to do more to cherish our wonderful planet. We hope that you’ll take that same appreciation home with you and share it with your friends and family. Together, we can be better. Here’s to seeing you on your next adventure!

Colorful houses in Buenos Aires.
Photo: shutterstock
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.
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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 restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • 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 activities

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 program 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, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track
  • 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
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Ship yard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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