Starting in Punta Arenas, this expedition will introduce you to the natural beauty of Patagonia before crossing of the treacherous Drake Passage to Antarctica and the mighty frozen desert of the south. Crossing the Drake Passage might be a bit rough, but this is true wilderness, where nature rules. The feeling of leaving civilization behind, and going somewhere where few others have gone before you, can be exhilarating and exciting.
Awe-inspiring, untouched nature in Antarctica
At last, we reach Antarctica. It is the coldest, driest, highest and cleanest continent on Earth. You will be amazed by giant tabular icebergs, drifting and broken off from the brim of the Antarctic mainland. With no permanent human inhabitants, the continent is home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. From deck, you might see shoals of penguins swimming out to sea to hunt for krill, or the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines. Be sure to keep a sharp eye out for the spouting of humpback whales.
Knowledge and environmental commitment
Sailing in such challenging and pristine surroundings comes with a huge responsibility, calling for skilled seamanship and a profound environmental commitment. This is a responsibility we take seriously. All our Expedition Team members are certified by IAATO and share our commitment to ensure that the footprints polar tourists leave behind are minimal. They are carefully picked for their local knowledge, specific expertise in fields of relevance and most important, for their enthusiasm, curiosity and love for the areas we are fortunate enough to visit. An expedition to Antarctica is something you have to experience first hand to fully understand. We know that you will leave Hurtigruten with the feeling that you have explored something new, planted a flag, and stretched your limitations.
The Falkland Islands
Then we set course for the Falkland Islands. In this British territory, you will find a world of contrasts, from the red buses and English pubs of Stanley to vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife.
Turning back we spend one day at sea before making landfall in Punta Arenas.