Discovery of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Patagonia
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MS Roald Amundsen
19 days

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords – Discovery of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Patagonia

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Departure
March 18, 2021
  • Four days exploring 22 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • March is the best month for whale watching and when Magellanic penguins mate
  • Voyage through the beautiful fjords of Chile with a possible landing at Cape Horn
  • Calling at Puerto Natales, Puerto Edén, and Castro in spectacular national parks
Day 1
Santiago de Chile - Hotel
Arrive in Valparaíso and embark the ship
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
The voyage starts in the port city of Valparaíso. It is the third largest city in Chile with charming cobbled alleys, colorful buildings, regular festivals, and street artists and musicians.
 
Temperature range in October: 47 – 64°F
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
Leaving Punta Arenas on a Hurtigruten expedition cruise
Leaving Punta Arenas behind, we set sail for the great white continent - Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 2
Santiago de Chile / Punta Arenas
Fly to Punta Arenas and embark the ship
Leaving Punta Arenas on a Hurtigruten expedition cruise
Leaving Punta Arenas behind, we set sail for the great white continent - Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Punta Arenas, where MS Roald Amundsen awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
 Temperature range in March: 41 – 54°F 
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to Santiago airport
·  Flight in coach class from Santiago to Punta Arenas
·  Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the ship
Day 3-4
At sea
Sail the Drake Passage to Antarctica
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
From Punta Arenas, the ship journeys south through the Magellan Strait and into the Beagle Channel before turning due south towards Antarctica. The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 
 
While at sea, and provided conditions are calm, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures and watch films about Antarctica in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Humpback whale in the Drake Passage.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Day 5-8
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Exploring the Wilhelmina Bay and its wildlife from the tenderboat
Exploring the Wilhelmina Bay and its wildlife from the tenderboat.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in front of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic base includes the most southerly operational post office in the world.
Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in front of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic base includes the most southerly operational post office in the world.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Day 5-8
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Landing with the expedition team on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites to go cruising in small boats and to make landings where guests are able to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
 
Temperature range in March: 21 – 34°F
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snow fields
·  In-depth photography lessons
Day 9-10
At sea
Sail the Drake Passage back and possible landing at Cape Horn
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz
As we return to open water, guests will have time to learn more in the Science Center, attend lectures, enjoy the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center, or just relax while bird and whale watching out on deck.
 
After crossing back over the Drake Passage, we pass iconic Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, ships had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Depending on sea and weather conditions, we will attempt to make a landing on Cape Horn, at the Captain’s discretion.
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz
Birds in the Drake Passage
Birds in the Drake Passage
Photo: Hilde Foss
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Day 11
Chilean fjords
Explore the Chilean Fjords
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Guests will be able to admire the stunning scenery as we sail past a maze of islands, mountains, and fjords. They may also be able to spot colonies of Magellanic penguins on the beaches together with lounging elephant seals. In the water, migrating blue, grey, and humpback whales, orcas, and playful dolphins may also be seen.
 
Temperature range in March: 41 – 54°F
Day 12-13
Puerto Natales - Overnight Stay - 2 full days
Explore Puerto Natales
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Puerto Natales is situated at the picturesque opening of Última Esperanza Sound. A formerly modest fishing port, it has blossomed into an international city that acts as the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Guests can wander the boutique shops and corrugated-tin houses, sample some local Chilean cuisine, or join an optional excursion.
 
A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park features towering mountain peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, roaring rivers, one big, radiant blue glacier, and the third largest ice field on the planet. Guests might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes, and skunks in addition to more than a hundred species of birds such as the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle.
 
Temperature range in March: 47 – 58°F
 

Included activity:

Scenes of Puerto Natales (3 hrs)

Explore the small city of Puerto Natales and its scenic surroundings. Visit Plaza de Armas, a tree-lined square in the town centre, and then go to a large cave where the bones of a prehistoric ground sloth called a Milodón were found in 1896. The cave attracts many visitors and features a historical display of the tribes who inhabited the area as far back as 12,000 years ago.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales
    This excursion combines the highlights of the charming town of Puerto Natales with the interesting Milodón Cave, just a few kilometres away.
  • Torres del Paine - Overnight
    This Land Adventure includes an overnight inside the park - “the eighth wonder of the world” - with its impressive scenery and incomparable views. The Torres del Paine National Park covers an area over 598,000 acres and features a rich geographical diversity of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. There is always the possibility of seeing varieties of native wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park
    Visit Torres del Paine National Park with stunning scenery and amazing views! Admire the natural beauty of this area, which offers great photo opportunities.
  • Torres del Paine – Grey Hike
    Spectacular views abound in every direction. Torres del Paine National Park covers an area of 242.242 hectares and features an outstanding combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills, and peaks, as well as the possibility to observe various kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine
    This programme is designed to give you the best of both worlds. Explore Torres del Paine by both coach and foot. The eighth wonder of the world, Torres del Paine National Park, covers an area over 242.000 hectares and consists of a rich combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. It is possible to observe many different forms of life here in their natural state.
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Day 14
Puerto Edén - Half Day
Explore Puerto Edén
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
The sleepy village of Puerto Edén sits at the end of a deep fjord surrounded by mountains in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Its tiny population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people, an indigenous Patagonian tribe. Guests can buy traditional Kawéskar crafts as souvenirs, such as wicker baskets and toy boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark. Birdwatchers should keep on the look-out for Magellan hummingbirds which are local to the area.
 
Temperature range in March: 45 – 57°F
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking in small groups with a guide
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints and wildlife habitats
Day 15
At sea
At sea
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.

While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloé  Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloé Island, Patagonia, Chile
Scenic landscape over Chiloe National Park
Scenic landscape over Chiloe National Park
Day 16
Castro - Full Day
Explore Castro
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloé  Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloé Island, Patagonia, Chile
Castro has colorful 'palafitos’ wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. Other highlights include Iglesia San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage church with wood interiors and stained-glass windows, and Feria Campesina Yumbel, a bustling food market. Most of the restaurants in Castro are concentrated along Calle Blanco, which is where guests can get a taste of curanto, a local meat, potato, and seafood stew. 
 
Close to the town is Chiloé National Park and its wide beaches and rugged coastline are home to dozens of seabird species, penguins, and sea lions. The waters here are also visited by a number of whale species such as humpbacks, finbacks, seis, and the much rarer pygmy blue whales and southern right whales. 
 
Temperature range in March: 48 – 64°F
 

Included activity:

Castro Walking Tour (2 hrs)

Explore landmarks and cultural sights on a city walk through Castro, the capital of Chile’s Chiloé Island. Castro is famous for its ornate church, Iglesia de San Francisco, and the nearby districts of Rilán, Nercón and Chelín are known for their unique wooden churches, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castro and Chiloé are also famous for palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Castro Walking Tour
    Walk from pier to Plaza de Armas for a short visit and proceed to San Francisco church, the main Catholic church of Chiloé’s capital and rather than the typical style of the other churches of the island, it is Neo-Gothic style.
  • Castro – Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao
    This land adventure provides a glimpse into the history of these small villages in the Castro-Delahue area. We will visit three towns by coach and ferry.
  • Trek at Chiloe National park
    Trek through Chiloe National Park, where hiking trails take you to a great viewpoint with views over Cucao Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Learn about local flora and fauna and the history of the primitive settlements. We will also drive by the village of Cucao and hear about the tsunami that this town suffered in 1960.
Day 17-18
At sea
At sea
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaíso, we will recap the highlights of the expedition cruise and scan for wildlife. Join lectures in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Reading a book while crossing the open sea to the Falkland Islands
Read a book while crossing the open sea to the Falkland Islands
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colorful houses in Valparaiso.
Colorful buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile
The UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile.
Day 19
Valparaíso, Chile
Arrive in Valparaíso and disembark the ship
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colorful houses in Valparaiso.
The voyage comes to an end in the port city of Valparaíso. It is the third largest city in Chile with charming cobbled alleys, colorful buildings, regular festivals, and street artists and musicians.
 
Temperature range in March: 51 – 68°F
 
Add a post-voyage program to continue the adventure:
 
Hurtigruten offers 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.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Flight
•      Flight in coach class from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas before the voyage
 
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Santiago before the voyage, including breakfast
 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Santiago to Santiago airport before the voyage
•      Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the ship before the voyage, including a short city tour
 
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Roald Amundsen in a cabin of your choice
•      A choice of three onboard restaurants 
•      All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
•      Complimentary tea and coffee
•      Free Wi-Fi on board
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
•      English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities aboard and ashore
 
Onboard Activities
•      Citizen Science program allows guests to help out with live scientific research
•      Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on sustainability, climate change, wildlife, glaciology, history
•      Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
•      Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
•      Use of the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
•      Informal gatherings where the crew share stories, play a film or documentary, conduct a quiz, run art workshops, perform talents like fruit and ice carving, or teach guests how to tie sailor’s knots
 
Landing Activities
•      Daily escorted landings in one of 22 possible sites while in Antarctica 
•      Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for included and optional activities
•      Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
•      Canon-certified Expedition Team members help with your camera settings before every landing

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight package to and from Santiago
  • Luggage handling
  • Treatments in the onboard Wellness Center
  • Optional excursions
  • Pre- and post-programs
  • Additional landing activities such as:
    • Kayaking
    • Glacier hikes
    • Snowshoeing
    • Camping
    • Photography course
     
     

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your Ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills

Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

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Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales Included

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-PNT1

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Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Overnight

Duration

2 days / 1 night

Price per person

From $ 1,499

Booking Code

A-PNT8

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Torres del Paine National Park Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Duration

Approx 9h

Price per person

From $ 449

Booking Code

A-PNT1

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A close up of a snow covered mountain with Perito Moreno Glacier in the background A close up of a snow covered mountain with Perito Moreno Glacier in the background

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine – Grey Hike

Duration

9 hours

Price per person

From $ 383

Booking Code

A-PNT7

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Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine

Duration

11 hours 10 minutes

Price per person

From $ 449

Booking Code

A-PNT6

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Castro Walking Tour

South America

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-WCA1

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Castro – Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao

Duration

4 hours, 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

A-WCA3

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Castro - Trek at Chiloe National park

South America

Duration

6 hours 45 mins

Price per person

From $ 283

Booking Code

A-WCA2

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Extend Your Cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.

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Santiago de Chile - Pre-programme Atacama Desert 20/21

South America

Duration

5 Days

From

$ 3,465

Booking Code

SCLATAPRE

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Santiago de Chile - Pre-programme Chilean Patagonia 20/21

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 2,569

Booking Code

PUQPRE

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Valparaiso & Santiago: Post-programme

South America

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 530

Booking Code

VAPPOST

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Santiago de Chile - Pre-excursion: The Best of Santiago de Chile 20/21

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 79

Booking Code

SCL01

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Pre-Cruise Land Adventure: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 105

Booking Code

SCL05

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Santiago de Chile - Pre-Excursion: Santiago Walking Tour 20/21

Antarctica, South America

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 65

Booking Code

SCL06

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Santiago de Chile - Post-programme Easter Island 20/21

South America

Duration

5 Days

From

$ 4,665

Booking Code

SCLIPCPOST

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