Southern hemisphere adventure South America and Antarctica
Experience the best of Chilean fjords, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica
Departure date: 1 Mar 2017 & 26 Feb 2018
Welcome to Chile, where your adventure starts with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de 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.
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.
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.
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.
We are now in Antarctica! Come ashore to meet the penguins and fur seals, have fun in a kayak or take a hike with the explorer team. Young Explorers Antarctica, and those not so young that want to join in, are up for exciting days both ashore and in the explorer room.
We will do landings 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.
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.
We continue our voyage in Antarctica.
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.
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.
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.
We also offer several excursions to see the penguins, hike in the area or kayak in the pristine waters.
The last days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage and then sailing along the coast of Argentina.
Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our friendly expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner of the last evening.
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.
Port Stanley HighlightsExcursion Antarctica, South America, Port Stanley (0 Hour) From £ 61
Bird watching in the Falkland IslandsExcursion Antarctica (0 Hour) From £ 72
Falklands nature walkExcursion Antarctica, Port Stanley (3 Hours) From £ 72
Scenic air tourExcursion Antarctica, South America, Port Stanley (1 Hour) From £ 265
Stanley History TourExcursion Antarctica, South America (2 hours) From £ 61
Stanley Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic FlightExcursion Antarctica, South America (approx. 3 hrs) From £ 308
Kayak Workshop in AntarcticaExcursion Antarctica (2 days ) From £ 616
Explorer Photography SchoolExcursion Norwegian coast, South America, Antarctica, Africa, Transatlantic (7 hours) From £ 616
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