Penguins, Patagonia and Poetry

Buenos Aires - Antarctica - Cape Horn - Valparaíso

Join us for an 18-day adventure through the infamous Drake Passage and down to Antarctica, before we set sail for the impressive coast of Chile. Explore this vast and largely untouched region with our original expedition ship of a smaller size, the MS Fram - taking you to first hand experiences with spectacular wildlife and extreme locations.

  • Embark on a diverse expedition to both Patagonia and Antarctica
  • Visit one of the most impressive national parks in Chile boasting colossal rock formations and native llamas, pumas, chilla foxes and skunks, to name a few.
  • Explore Chile's coastline by ship, the ideal way to travel due to the region's infrastructure, providing you unmatched visibility of glaciers and waterfalls.
  • Experience one of the last voyages of the season where Antarctica is rugged and landing sites are more exposed with the melting of snow


If you like diversity and want to visit the most intriguing spots in Patagonia and Antarctica, this expedition is for you. Starting in Ushuaia, we cross the ocean to explore the wonders of the Deep South in Antarctica. Come ashore on isolated beaches, get close to huge colonies of penguins, hike in the haunting landscapes and enjoy kayak trips in untouched waters with icebergs floating by.

From the ice of Antarctica to the lush fjords of Chile

We continue to Cape Horn and the wild fjords of Chile to visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, with mountains plunging into icy waters. The steep valleys with snow-capped mountains make a striking contrast to an otherwise green area that is rich in wildlife.

Enjoy spending time ashore, kayaking, hiking and close encounters with penguins, birds and seals, and the rich wildlife of Patagonia, before the voyage ends in Valparaíso Chile. 

Price includes:

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile after the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Return economy flights between Buenos Aires Ushuaia 
  • Transfer in Ushuaia including orientation tour
  • Transfer from ship in Valparaiso to hotel in Santiago de Chile including orientation tour in Valparaiso
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities


  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

22 February 2018

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1
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Photo: Trixi Lange-Hitzbleck Photo

Get acquainted with Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Your voyage starts with an overnight stay in stunning Buenos Aires. Join our optional City Tour or explore the city on your own. 

Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

All aboard

Location: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Our flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning which gives you a few hours to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world. You are invited to join the optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking MS Fram in the afternoon. Once onboard there will be a welcome meeting and chance to meet the Expedition team and crew who will outline the programme for the coming days.

Day 3

Setting sail

Location: The Drake Passage

Enjoy life on board and keep a lookout for wildlife or join our Expedition Team as they start our onboard lecture series

Days 4-7
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Prepared to be overwhelmed

Location: Antarctica

As we reach Antarctica you will be overwhelmed by this endless white wilderness full of vistas of nature and wildlife. We will attempt to land on several sites as weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our program and schedule. On land, our Expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing nature and wildlife.

Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures. Cuverville Island boasts the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. We will sail through the narrow Errera Channel, to and from Cuverville, and see the icebergs that have become trapped and grounded in the nearby shallows. Danco Island lies peacefully amongst the icebergs in the Errera Channel, just a few hundred yards from the Antarctic mainland, and is a breeding site for gentoo penguins.

Come ashore and explore with us, go kayaking to see the ice up close or take a trip on one of our small boats. Port Lockroy is a British station from the Second World War that was turned into a museum in 1996. It is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Pleneau is situated just south of the Lemaire Channel and is a beautiful landing site, with many stranded icebergs in the bay area.

Day 8
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Drake awaits

Location: The Drake Passage

After four unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Fram takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage.

Day 9
Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

The southernmost point

Location: Cape Horn

At almost 56 degrees south, Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and one of the most mythical places on Earth. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to land on Cape Horn, an area known for high seas and challenging conditions. Landing on Cape Horn will be a true highlight of your voyage.

Day 10

Untouched by humans

Location: Chilean fjords in Patagonia

During the next two days we will sail through the Magellan Strait and the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

Nature enthusiasts will be excited by the Chilean fjords. The snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to an otherwise very green area that is rich in wildlife. Come ashore and you might be lucky enough to spot sea lions, Andean condors and several bird species that can only be found here. 

Day 11

Amazing surrounds

Location: Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive national parks in Chile. Its main attraction, the "towers" themselves, is the impressive rock formation, both colossal and unique, called "Torres del Paine" (Towers of Paine). The towers are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet) and Torre Norte (7,375 feet). Enjoy hiking, glacier traversing, kayaking and landings in these amazing surroundings. 

Day 12
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Diverse environments

Location: Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park

This diversity of environments here has led to a very rich fauna and flora. While we are here you might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes and skunks in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle. 

Day 13

Enchanting encounters

Location: Puerto Edén, Chile

After an unforgettable cruise through the Patagonian archipelago, you will be enchanted by the unique village of Puerto Edén. Known for its geographical isolation, its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people. Stroll among the laneways or join the Expedition Team for hiking, mountain climbing or kayaking. 

Day 14
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Front row seats

Location: Chilean fjords

Enjoy another day in the Chilean fjords. From the deck or the panorama lounge you have orchestra seats to the majestic mountains and beautiful scenery.

Day 15

Towering peaks

Location: Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt boasts great views of the ocean and the towering peaks of the Andes. Coming ashore on one of our excursions will give you a great overview of the scenery, culture and architecture of this area. You can also explore this city on your own. 

Day 16

Setting sail

Location: South Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a day at sea. Relax on deck or join the lectures from the Expedition Team.

Day 17

A palatte of colours

Location: Valparaíso

Poets, painters and philosophers have long been drawn to Chile's most unusual city, described as both colourful and poetic.­ After disembarking, join us on a sightseeing tour before we take you to your hotel in Santiago de Chile. 

Day 18
Photo: Matyas Rehak Photo

The adventure ends

Location: Santiago de Chile

After a breakfast in the hotel your expedition comes to an end. We invite you to extend your holiday with a post programme in Santiago de Chile and surrounds.

12 March 2018

Location Santiago, Chile
Your ship

Everything you need to know about a cruise with Hurtigruten

Learn more about what you can experience on board - and cruise with confidence on MS Fram

Things to see and do


Learn more about the experience of sailing to the last unexplored place on Earth, Antarctica.


Immerse yourself in the adventures you can experience on a voyage to Antarctica.

Extend your holiday

Hurtigruten Land Adventures

Complete your holiday in South America with a Hurtigruten Land Adventure before or after your sailing. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels in Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on flights and airport transfers to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.