Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica

Santiago de Chile - Antarctica - Punta Arenas

Join us on an voyage to the end of the world for a real adventure in the southern hemisphere. We kick off your 15-day expedition cruise by sailing from Punta Arenas to the spectacular Chilean fjords and Cape Horn. Upon arrival in Antarctica, there will be growing penguins a plenty and impressive Antarctic scenery!

  • Witness one of the busiest times in Antarctica when penguins are the most fluffy and rapidly growing in this short window before winter arrives
  • Observe seals arriving from the sub Antarctic islands and an abundance of whales
  • Go on a true discovery with multiple landings in Antarctica, allowing you to get up close encounters with nature and wildlife
  • Engage in our extensive onboard programme including lectures on popular science topics and activities in our fully equipped explorer room

Overview

After an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins as we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi fjord. If the weather is on our side we might come ashore on Cape Horn. 

Into the most remote area of the world

Next up is Antarctica. Sailing into the most remote area of the world, with its endless ocean and continent covered with snow and ice, you will feel like a true explorer. Here you will enjoy your days with landings and kayaking giving you the opportunity of a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, and visits to the most interesting places. Turning back we might have another go at getting ashore in Cape Horn, or visit Puerto Williams, home to an interesting museum of anthropology and remains of ancient Indian campsites. Then we head into the Chilean fjords with steep mountains, green valleys flourishing with life and even glaciers, and find a great place to land, before we return for debarkation in Punto Arenas.

Lowest price

Guaranteed price offer

By taking advantage of this offer, we guarantee you an unspecified cabin within the cabin category of your choice, to be assigned to you when you check-in on board (rather than booked in advance). In exchange for your flexibility, this offer provides you with the lowest possible cabin fares on selected voyages and departure dates, plus the chance to be assigned a high cabin grade while still only paying the lowest fixed price for your chosen cabin category. 

By allowing us the flexibility of assigning your cabin within the category of your choice, you'll know you are getting one of the very best value Antarctica voyages on MS Midnatsol. Terms and conditions apply

Price includes:

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Return economy flights between  Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
  • Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas including orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note: 

  • Prices are in EUR (€) per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board
Itinerary

The itinerary

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

January and February 2017 and 2018

Departs From Santiago, Chile
Day 1
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Photo: Matyas Rehak Photo

Taste of Santiago


Location: Santiago de Chile

Before embarking on this adventure, you spend a night in Santiago de Chile.

Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. Mountains of the Andes chain can be seen from most points in the city.

Day 2
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Midnatsol awaits


Location: Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas

The next day you fly to Punta Arenas where your expedition ship the MS Midnatsol is already waiting for you. 

Day 3
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Spectacular views


Location: Chilean fjords

Before continuing through the fabled waters of Patagonia, you will sail in one of the world’s most remote, undisturbed and beautiful places. The Chilean fjords are truly spectacular, and staying on deck to take in the view is the preferred activity.

We will travel south in the Magellan Strait and pass Isla Tucker and then through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel. The Magellan Strait bears the name of the Portuguese seafarer who discovered the southern passage in 1520 and is of permanent significance for navigation between the oceans and for domestic maritime communication between Chile and Argentina.

Day 4
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

56 Degrees south


Location: Chilean fjords and Cape Horn

We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn. However, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

Days 5-6
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Prepare yourself for Antarctica


Location: Drake Passage

We spend a couple of days cruising the Drake Passage which connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Here the warm water from the north meets the cold, less salty water from the south. This makes the ocean particularly rich in nutrients and is home to unique marine life.

Our sailing is ideal to prepare yourself for Antarctica - either with one of the films we show, by joining lectures or with a stay in the explorer room.

Trust us, Antarctica will overwhelm you. Everything is endless and white and the oceans are full of icebergs and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting the huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans; you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species.

Days 7-11
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Close encounters


Location: Antarctica

Come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, penguins and fur seals. From deck there are lots of chances of seeing whales as well. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are in one of the most remote areas of the world, but trust us when we say that you will not be bored for one single second.

Weather, wind and ice conditions dictate our programme and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. Among the places we will see are South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins. We may also explore Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay and Paradise Harbour which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape.

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 and “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica.

Day 12
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Reflect on the Antarctic adventure


Location: The Drake Passage

After six exciting days in Antarctica, we spend a day recapping our experiences, have fun in the explorer room or just relax on deck. 

Day 13
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Possible landings


Location: Cape Horn and Chilean fjords

If we didn’t go ashore on Cape Horn on our way south we will try again today, or visit Puerto Williams, that is home to an interesting museum of anthropology and remains of ancient Indian campsites. It is only the narrow Beagle Channel which divides Puerto Williams from the Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, where high, snow covered peaks create a monumental background.

Day 14
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Surrounded by nature


Location: Chilean fjords

We sail through the Chilean fjords and enjoy a day of wild nature and impressive sights. We will find a great place to land, surrounded by wilderness and glaciers. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner.

Day 15
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Journey home


Location: Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile

The adventure is over as we reach Punta Arenas, and it is time to say goodbye to all your new friends and the crew. After debarkation we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile.

February 2017 and 2018

Location Santiago, Chile
Your ship

Our ship sailing this route

Cruise the coast of South America and Antarctica on board MS Midnatsol, our discovery style ship with unmatched panoramic views.

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