Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)
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Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords – Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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Departures 15 October 2021
  • Experience Patagonia and Antarctica in one expedition cruise
  • Discover the magnificent Chilean fjords
  • See Cape Horn and cross the Drake Passage
  • Enjoy ice-cruising, landings and encounters with wildlife in Antarctica

Itinerary

This expedition cruise takes you from the beautiful fjords of Chile to the
untouched wilderness of Antarctica. Join us for an authentic experience of the Chilean coast before embarking on the great adventure of exploring the white continent with our ice-cruising, landing and other exciting activities.
Day 1
Valparaiso, Chile
The ‘Jewel of the Pacific’
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colorful houses in Valparaiso.

This expedition cruise starts in colourful Valparaíso. One of the best ways to see this town is by riding its funiculars to sweeping views. Explore the port to get a feel for Chile’s seafaring side. We also recommend a visit to the Historic Quarter before embarking on MS Fram. You can also add an optional 4-day Pre-Program to Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world.

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.
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
Day 2-3
At sea
Sailing South
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 of Chile, the Expedition Team will start the lecture program to prepare you for the experiences ahead. Make sure to also spend some time on deck to look out for wildlife.

Day 4
Castro
Cosmopolitan Castro
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloé  Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloé Island, Patagonia, Chile

Castro, set among windswept hills and green vegetation, is known for its colourful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia San Francisco.

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.
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
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.
Day 5
At sea
Waters of Patagonia
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.

We sail south through the fabled waters of Patagonia and to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places: the province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning ‘Last Hope’. We voyage through iconic Andean seascapes for views of a glorious expanse of undisturbed nature.

Day 6
Puerto Edén
Isolated Beauty
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile

The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar tribe.

Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Day 7-8
Puerto Natales - Full Day
Torres del Paine National Park
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Day 7-8
Puerto Natales - Full Day
Torres del Paine National Park
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, world famous for the impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a landscape of stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks that host a wide variety of wildlife. Watch for llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds, such as the Andean condor.

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.
Day 9
Chilean fjords
A Paradise for Nature Lovers
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water characterize this wild area that seems almost untouched by humans. Glacial ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the lovely isolated islands and hidden bays that form this unique fjord landscape.

Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
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
Day 10-11
At Sea
Cape Horn and the Drake Passage
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz

In the morning we will sail through the scenic Beagle Channel before we continue into open waters, and if conditions allow, we will make an attempt to land on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America.

Next, we sail the legendary Drake Passage while our lecture series prepares you for Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife and history. You’ll learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programs to help collect data for current scientific research.

Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Day 12-16
Antarctica
The Most Remote and Beautiful Places on Earth
Day 12-16
Antarctica
The Most Remote and Beautiful Places on Earth
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Antarctica never ceases to amaze and astound. 90% of the world´s ice is here, and the continent virtually doubles in size of due to sea ice in the winter. In summer, it is a cradle of life, a vital 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 that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

The elements rule in Antarctica, and our experienced Captain will create the best itinerary possible for your adventure. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to show you the diversity of the reigion´s wildlife and landscape.

Our expert Expedition Team will take you out for ice-cruising and exciting landing activities. There may also be the chance to kayak in the company of whales and icebergs, hike in amazing scenery and perhaps camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

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
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 17-18
At Sea
Crossing the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

MS Fram takes us safely back across the Drake Passage as we continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyze samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Day 19
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
The End of the Expedition
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. When we reach Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, it is time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Buenos Aires, where you have the chance to extend your stay or join our optional Post-Program to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls.

Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
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

Transfer

  • Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport after the expedition cruise

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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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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Castro Walking Tour

South America

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-WCA1

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A boat is docked next to a body of water A boat is docked next to a body of water

Castro – Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao

Duration

4 hours, 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

A-WCA3

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A river running through a grassy hill A river running through a grassy hill

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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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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A body of water with Torres del Paine National Park in the background A body of water with Torres del Paine National Park in the background

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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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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Buenos Aires – Estancia Santa Susana

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 265

Booking Code

BUE05

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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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