Chilean Fjords, Antarctica & Falklands

From Santiago to Santiago
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  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

This 18-day adventure takes you through the spectacular Chilean fjords, past glaciers, isolated islands, hidden bays and Patagonian wilderness before a possible landing at iconic Cape Horn. Sail across the infamous Drake Passage and on to Antarctica to explore this desolate ice wilderness that is hauntingly beautiful. The vast frozen desert is home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. Set against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery, giant tabular icebergs drift past, leopard seals patrol the shores and whales break the surface of the icy waters. Heading north we explore the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands before cruising back to Punta Arenas and flying to Chile’s capital, Santiago.

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Cruise amongst huge pods of whales

Visit one of the most iconic places at the edge of the world the Cape Horn

Cruise through the icy waters of wild and remote Beagle Channel

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

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 funneled 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
Antarctic Peninsula 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 are 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

After exploring this superlative-exhausting continent, we set course back for The Falkland Islands. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690. We will continue our lecture series that focuses on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the islands as we keep a watch for wandering albatross.

Day 14-16
Falkland Islands

Having just been in Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings. The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. Bird lovers will rejoice if we go ashore on Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees. We use our small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at all the birds.

Day 17
The Magelan 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 18
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 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Included Copy 20 One night in Santiago before the voyage including breakfast
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago
  • Included Copy 20 Return economy flights Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • 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 that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • 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 Small boat tours
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Hiking
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