Antarctica, Chilean Fjords & Falklands

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Tour Description

Cruise through the Fjords of Patagonia, attempt to land on Cape Horn, experience the wilderness of Antarctica and the  Falkland Islands, all in 18 days on our Great Explorers and Wildlife Adventure!

Beginning in Santiago, Chile, join our charter flight south to Punta Arenas, where you will embark on your comfortable and state of the art expedition vessel. Cruise the spectacular Chilean fjords, past glaciers, isolated islands, hidden bays and Patagonian wilderness before a possible landing at iconic Cape Horn (weather permitting). Experience a drake passage crossing to get you to the pristine Antarctic wilderness, and cruise to the remote outpost of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Enjoy chances to see wildlife like penguins, whales and seals amidst icebergs and stunning natural beauty. Along the way, our Expedition Team leads exciting zodiac cruising and landing activities to guarantee an unforgettable voyage. The Citizen Science programme onboard will allows you to assist with live scientific research, or perhaps brush up on your wildlife photography with our professional onboard photographer. After an action packed day of visits to penguin colonies and walks in Antarctica, there is always time to relax in the onboard hot tubs, panoramic saunas and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants.

Sail in the wake of the great explorers to experience the Chilean fjords, the Falklands and majestic Antarctica in one extraordinary expedition cruise. 

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Your expedition vessel will not only take you to Antarctica in comfort, it features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption.

Visit one of the most iconic places at the edge of the world - Cape Horn, and land ashore, if weather permits.

"Not only will you witness amazing wildlife, like penguin colony visits, the Citizen Science programme will allow you to assist with live scientific research!, Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Santiago

Your adventures starts with an overnight stay in Santiago. Please make your own way to the hotel. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover Santiago's charm.

We recommend you arrive 1 or 2 days prior to allow time to explore this wonderful city. Please talk to your Travel Specialist for more details

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.

NOTE: 24 November 2021 is a special Solar Eclipse departure

Day 2
Fly Santiago to Punta Arenas - Embarkation Day

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

Day 3
Scenic Beagle Channel

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

Day 4-5
Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

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 the famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. On the way, enjoy fascinating lectures from our Expedition Team in the Science Center and take advantage of the Wellness area and other onboard amenities.

Day 6-11
Explore Antarctica

Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90 per cent of the world´s ice, reaching up to 4,000 metres 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 permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!

Day 12-13
En route to Falklands: Lectures & Wildlife

After exploring this unforgettable continent, 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 the Albatrosses that often guide our way. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Day 14-16
Falkland Islands - Malvinas

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

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

As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for generations. Penguins waddle along the beaches here, often coming close to you to take a look out of curiosity, and even posing for photos! We plan to go ashore to explore the area on hikes and to spot some of the many bird species that live here.

There will be optional excursions on offer in the Falklands, please ask for more details

Day 17
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 18
Disembark in Punta Arenas - Fly to 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.

Own arrangements upon arrival back at Santiago Airport.**we recommend allowing for 1 night post cruise

We recommend booking at least 1 or 2 nights in Santiago to ensure international flight connections meet. Flight times are not advised prior to travel.

NOTE:
We offer unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard the MS Roald Amundsen
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Santiago
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer from the hotel in Santiago de Chile to Santiago airport pre cruise
  • 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 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Limited connection due to remote location. No Streaming
  • Included Copy 20 Rejuvenating wellness areas: treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track, gym, sauna
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
  • Included Copy 7 Optional activities/excursions, Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
Transportation
MS Roald Amundsen | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Outstanding landscapes; Patagonia fjords, Antarctica, Falklands
  • Included Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Hiking opportunities, Zodiac cruising, shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Falkland Island - optional tours including Port Stanley Highlights tour (additional costs)
  • Included Wildlife observation, whales, seal, penguins and more
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best photos
  • Included Opportunity to land on Cape Horn!
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Duration

18 days

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$9,440 USD

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