Exploration of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands (Itinerary 1)

About Punta Arenas, Chile

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Sail in the wake of the great explorers to experience the Chilean fjords, the Falklands and majestic Antarctica in one extraordinary expedition cruise. Enjoy chances to see wildlife like penguins, whales and seals amidst icebergs and stunning natural beauty. Along the way, our expedition team leads exciting ice-cruising and landing activities to ensure an unforgettable voyage.
18 days


From Stunning Fjords to Teeming Wildlife

This expedition cruise to Antarctica will introduce you to the remote natural beauty of Patagonia before crossing Drake Passage to the wildlife-rich and scenic allure of the planet’s southern reaches.

Endless Beauty and Fascinating History

In Antarctica, we will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula to show you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife.

True Wilderness

This is true wilderness, so the elements rule and will determine our final itinerary. At every opportunity, our expedition team will take you ice-cruising and ashore during landings to experience these extraordinary places.

There may also be opportunities to kayak and hike in magnificent surroundings, or even spend the night in a tent on the most isolated continent in the world.

A World of Contrasts

The final part of your expedition cruise comes as we set course for the magical Falkland Islands to discover a world of contrasts, from the pubs of Stanley to the vast white sand beaches and rich wildlife of the countryside.


      Experience the unique beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
      Join in a possible landing at legendary Cape Horn
      Get great chances to see wildlife – penguins, seals, whales and more
      Enjoy exciting ice-cruising and landing activities led by our expert expedition team

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice    
  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Coach-class flights between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to ship in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox
  • Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international, handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that inform you about the sights you’ll see, while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo program with our Expedition Photographer   
  • Travel protection plan  
  • Luggage handling 
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain decides the sailing itinerary during the voyage. This itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

Itinerary

  1. Exciting and Diverse - Santiago de Chile - Hotel

    Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, the exciting capital of Chile. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders, to skyscrapers and lovely colonial architecture.  Why not extend your expedition by adding an optional pre- and/or post-cruise Land Adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert?  

    Exciting and Diverse - Santiago de Chile - Hotel
  2. Embarking the Expedition - Santiago / Punta Arenas

    Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where the hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

    Embarking the Expedition - Santiago / Punta Arenas
  3. Scenic Beagle Channel - Chilean Fjords - Patagonia

    Enjoy cruising scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into icy waters. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. Take in the isolated islands, hidden bays and rich wildlife that create one the world´s most beautiful landscapes.

    Scenic Beagle Channel - Chilean Fjords - Patagonia
  4. Cape Horn and Drake Passage - Drake Passage - At sea

    Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and we will do our best to make a landing here. MS Roald Amundsen will then cross famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. On the way, enjoy lectures by our expedition team in the Science Center, as well as the wellness area and other onboard amenities.

    Cape Horn and Drake Passage - Drake Passage - At sea
  5. Antarctica – Beautiful Beyond Description - Antarctica

    Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale.  It is home to 90 percent of the world´s ice, reaching up to more than 13,000 ft in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

    As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but our footprints and take nothing but pictures!

    Our captain and expedition team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and ashore on landings for exciting activities.  You may have the chance to kayak the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even camp out on the world´s most isolated continent.

    It´s hard to sum up all that an expedition cruise to Antarctica will give you. A well-known quote from veteran Antarctic traveler coins it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

    Antarctica – Beautiful Beyond Description - Antarctica
  6. Lectures and Spotting Wildlife on Deck - At sea

    After exploring unforgettable Antarctica, we set course for the Falkland Islands. Our expedition team will brief you about the history and biology of the islands, point out wildlife from our outer decks and scout for albatrosses that often guide our way.

    Lectures and Spotting Wildlife on Deck - At sea
  7. At the Edge of Antarctica - The Falkland Islands

    After the wilderness of Antarctica, you may be amused by contrast of Stanley with its red English phone booths, red buses and old pubs. The capital is an ideal size for roaming the streets on foot, or you can join an excursion to explore wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked here throughout the day.

    The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, fantastically clear blue skies, vast horizons and stunning white sandy beaches.

    As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for generations. We may go ashore on Carcass Island - an aviary paradise with ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at the birds.

    Included activity:

    Stanley self guided walk (1 - 2 hrs)

    Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

    At the Edge of Antarctica  - The Falkland Islands
  8. The Magellan Strait - At sea

    As we complete the loop of Magellan Strait, we will recap everything we have experienced on the expedition cruise in the Science Center. Make sure you spend some time on deck watching for wildlife.

    The Magellan Strait - At sea
  9. The End of the Expedition - Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile

    We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post-cruise Land Adventure to experience more of this impressive region.

    The End of the Expedition - Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile

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