Southern Hemisphere Adventure - South America and Antarctica

Chilean Fjords/Cape Horn - Montevideo

Experience the best of Chilean fjords, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica on a 17-day expedition to the deep south. We start by discovering the narrow fjords of Chile, taking a closer look at the glaciers, wildlife and nature here. As we sail into the most remote area of the world, you will see penguins and icebergs in the water, and possibly whales too.

  • Experience one of the last voyages of the season where Antarctica is rugged and landing sites are more exposed with the melting of snow
  • Take part in exciting landings to get even closer to the awe inspiring landscapes and wildlife
  • Be astonished by the inquisitive growing penguin chicks that have left their nests and are swimming
  • Join our extensive onboard programme including lectures on popular science topics and access to the science and photo centres

Overview

After an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins as we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi fjord. Here we take our small boats out for a closer look at the wildlife and two glaciers at the end of the fjord. If the weather is on our side we might come ashore on Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America.

Icebergs ahead

Next up is open sea before you will start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe whales as well, as we sail into the most remote area of the world. Here you can join our expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings and kayaking giving you a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, and visit the most interesting places. 

Pubs and red buses

Turning back we will spend a few days at the Falkland Islands experiencing everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to penguins, hikes in the area or kayaking. As we are in slightly warmer latitudes everybody is even invited to a sleep over party out on deck. The last days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage and then sailing along the coast of Argentina, before debarkation in Montevideo.

On sale

Plant your flag - On board credit offer

Book an expedition to Antarctica, Greenland, Canada, the Amazon or Europe departing in 2017/18 and you will receive up to £500pp on board credit to spend. Make the most of your time sailing exotic shores and put this credit towards any purchase on board - be it a cabin upgrade, excursions, or souvenirs from the gift store. Book before 30 December 2016.

Price includes: 

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • 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

Note: 

  • 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
Itinerary

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.

1 March 2017 and 26 February 2018

Departure port Santiago, Chile
Day 1
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Photo: Matyas Rehak Photo

Taste of Santiago


Location: Santiago de Chile

Welcome to Chile, where your adventure starts with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century Neoclassical architecture, and winding side streets dotted with buildings of Art Deco, Neo-Gothic, and other architectural styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, and lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The mountains of the Andes can be seen from most points in the city.

Day 2
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Midnatsol Awaits


Location: Santiago de Chile and Puntas Arenas, Chile

Today you will fly to Punta Arenas where your expedition ship is awaiting you. Once on board the MS Midnatsol we kick off everything with a welcome-on-board dinner.

Day 3
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Out on the deck


Location: Chilean Fjords

Gather on deck to see a little island called Isla Tucker. It is famous for its colony of Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions. Next, we sail through the narrow Canal Gabriel.

Day 4
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

Surprising wilderness


Location: Chilean Fjords

The Chilean fjords are a big surprise to many, with its huge mountains and vast wilderness. And the surprise doesn’t get any less when we enter the Garibaldi fjord and two huge glaciers emerge at the end of the fjord. We take our small boats out for a closer look, exploring the area and the wildlife. 

Day 5
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Legend among seafarers


Location: Chilean Fjords/Tierra del Fuego

Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America is a legend among seafarers. If the weather is good we will go ashore. However, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

Days 7-10
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

An experience of a lifetime


Location: Antarctica

We will attempt to do landings in several places and we are convinced that this is going to be an experience you will never forget. Among the places we will see are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of Gentoo penguins.

You can also look forward to visiting Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers of history. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter.

Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures.

Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings to get a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places. On board there are several lectures, “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica.

Day 11
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Reflect on the Antarctic adventure


Location: Drake Passage

Enjoy a day at sea, recapping our experiences, exchange stories of experiences, photos and films with your fellow adventurers, have fun in the explorer room or simply relax on deck.

Day 12
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Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Explore by foot


Location: Falkland Islands

Stanley is a very small town, but is still the capital of the Falkland Islands. If you want to explore the city by yourself it’s easy to do it on foot.

Day 13
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Shipwrecks and sandy beaches


Location: Falkland Islands

New Island is an adorable island, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. Except for the temperature it could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island. We will pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins, seals and elephant seals.

Day 14
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Enhance your experience with excursions


Location: Falkland Islands

It's your choice to embark on optional excursions. There are several on offer to see the penguins, hike in the area or kayak in the pristine waters.

Day 15
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Coastal breezes


Location: Drake Passage

The last days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage and then sailing along the coast of Argentina. 

Day 16
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Photo: Stephanie Tubbek / Guest Photo Photo

Family dinner


Location: Drake Passage

Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our friendly expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner of the last evening. 

Day 17
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The journey ends


Location: Montevideo

Arriving in Montevideo it’s time to say goodbye. If you want to have a bit more fun before going home, you are more than welcome to join our optional excursions in the post programme.

17 March 2017 and 14 March 2018

Location Montevideo, Uruguay
Your ship

Our ship sailing this route

Cruise the coast of South America and Antarctica on board MS Midnatsol, our discovery style ship with unmatched panoramic views.

Things to see and do

Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Antarctica has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

Videos

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

Extend your holiday

Pre and post programmes

Enhance your holiday to Antarctica with a pre or post extension programme in South America. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.

Getting you there

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