Chilean Fjords and Antarctica White Christmas

From Santiago to Santiago
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
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Tour Description

Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, colonies of penguins and pods of whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories. And onboard there is so much to do. In our Science Center, you can join exciting lectures and take part in a wide variety of activities designed to enhance your trip.

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

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

On your first day, you will arrive at your accommodation in Santiago.

Day 2
Santiago Punta Arenas

Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas to join a city tour before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 3
Chilean Fjords

Enjoy cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

Day 4-5
Cape Horn & Drake Passage

When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56 degrees south, it is the southernmost point of South America. 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 make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions, so the Captain will decide on the safety of the excursion.

MS Roald Amundsen will use 1 ½ to 2 days to cross the Drake Passage from Cape Horn, depending on the weather conditions. An enormous churn of water is funnelled by western wind drift from the Pacific through the Drake Passage and into the Scotia Sea to the east. The Passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world. About 95 to 150 million cubic metres of water per second are transported from west to east here. As we cross the Drake, we sail over the undersea West Scotia Ridge and the nearly 6,000- metre deep South Shetland Trench. The weather can be terrible on the passage, but it may also be placid, and it is often called the “Drake Lake”. Usually, it’s somewhere in between.

Day 6-12
Antarctica & South Shetlands

Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. 90 per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4.000 metres thick, covering the landmass. In winter, it is further cut off by sea ice forming off the coast - virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals that, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most wildlife here is dependent on a cornerstone species: krill. And there is a great deal of it. The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of one species on Earth – including human beings.

What is so overwhelming about Antarctica is that its location makes every voyage to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment. Therefore, we need to be pragmatic; we change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions – spend hours ashore, on the water with kayaks, hiking or simply cruising amongst huge pods of whales. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our programme and schedule. We will attempt to land several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour and old whaling stations.

Day 13
At Sea - Christmas Day Celebration

With the sights and smells of Antarctic still fresh in our minds, we enjoy a day at sea while celebrating Christmas! You can expect fine food in the restaurant, fun and games in the bar and maybe a visit from a certain white-bearded gentleman! After exploring the last untouched continent, we are on our way back to South America. We will continue our lecture series on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the region as we keep watch for wandering albatross.

Day 14
The Magellan Strait

As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

Day 15
Punta Arenas Santiago

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 voyage extension to experience the impressive region.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 One night in Santiago including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on MS Roald Amundson
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Return economy flights Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Punta Arenas including an orientation tour
  • Included Copy 20 Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English speaking Expedition team
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
  • Included Copy 7 Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Excursions and Gratuities
  • Included Copy 7 Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
Transportation
MS Roald Amundsen | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

530 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking
  • Included City tour in Punta Arenas
  • Included Hiking tours
  • Included Christmas Day Celebration
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Zodiac Expeditions
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Duration

15 days

Price from

$12,765 USD

Per person, sharing

Based On Lowest Cabin

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