Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands - Great Explorers and Wildlife
MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

Chilean Fjords, Antarctica, Falklands – Great Explorers and Wildlife

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Iceberg in Antarctica Sound
Departures January 11, 2020 - Limited Availability
January 27, 2020
February 12, 2020
February 28, 2020
  • Seven days exploring 22 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • January and February are the best months to see penguin chicks and whales
  • Three days exploring the bird life and penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands
  • Voyage through the beautiful fjords of Chile with a possible landing at Cape Horn

Itinerary

This voyage features one day taking in the sights of the Chilean fjords, one week exploring the various sites of the Antarctic Peninsula, and three days in the British Falkland Islands.
Day 1
Santiago de Chile
Arrive in Santiago de Chile
A view of a city at night
Unescorted overnight in Santiago de Chile. There is a lot to discover in Chile’s capital, be it the Andean glaciers and mountains at the edges of the city or the colonial architecture and artistic neighborhoods that line the Mapacho River.
 
Temperature range Jan-Feb: 53 – 85°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
A view of a city at night
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Day 2
Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas
Fly to Punta Arenas and embark the ship
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
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 Jan-Feb: 44 – 60°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
Chilean Fjords
Explore the Chilean Fjords
A body of water with a mountain in the background
A view of the Beagle Channel.
From Punta Arenas, the ship journeys south through the Magellan Strait and into the wild and remote Beagle Channel. 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 Jan-Feb: 44 – 60°F
A body of water with a mountain in the background
A view of the Beagle Channel.
A boat sitting on top of Austfonna
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 4-5
Drake Passage
Possible landing at Cape Horn before sailing the Drake Passage to Antarctica
A boat sitting on top of Austfonna
Exiting the Beagle Channel, we turn due south towards Antarctica, passing the 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.
 
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.
Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica
Day 6-12
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Day 6-12
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica
Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica. Penguins, seals, whales and large flocks of sea birds give life to this surrealistic and beautiful landscape.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
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 Jan-Feb: 30 – 39°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
Hiking on the majestic cliffs of Deception Island
Joining an expedition to Antarctica with Hurtigruten is sure to rank among the most exciting things you’ll ever do. Together, we will explore the most remote place on earth, like hiking the majestic cliffs of Deception Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Kayaking outside Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Go kayaking outside Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Our ships are built and designed to meet the needs of modern explorers – both on and off board.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
A group of people sitting in a room
An informative lecture hosted by a member of the expedition team.
Day 13
At Sea
At sea
A group of people sitting in a room
An informative lecture hosted by a member of the expedition team.

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.

Shipwreck on New Island, Falkland Islands
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
Shipwreck on New Island, Falkland Islands
Shipwreck on New Island, Falkland Islands, where contrasting wilderness and cultural experiences await.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory and guests can enjoy a pint of beer in one of the many typically English local pubs in the capital of Stanley. The ship will try to call at New Island, to the west of the Falkland archipelago and characterized by beautiful white sand beaches. It is a habitat for Gentoo, Magellanic, and Rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and peregrine falcons.We may also visit Carcass Island. Its steep cliffs and pretty coves attract rich bird life such as various species of songbirds, ducks, geese, caracaras, and wrens. 
 
Temperature range Jan-Feb: 45 – 57°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 in small groups with a guide
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints or wildlife habitats
 
Optional Excursions
  • Stanley - Bird Watching in the Falkland Islands
    Join an exclusive opportunity to see and photograph the finest of landscapes, fauna, and flora
  • Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour
    Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view king, gentoo and magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.
  • Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight
    Take off on a scenic flight for aerial views of the rugged mountainous terrain, wild landscapes and natural coastal beauty of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
  • Stanley - Scenic Air Tour
    See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.
  • Stanley Focus
    This is a condensed tour of Stanley, which provides insight into this uncommon southern Atlantic capital. If you are short on time, but want to accrue meaningful knowledge about this unique city, then this is the tour for you!
  • Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights
    If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley History Tour
    Expand your historical knowledge with this two-hour guided walk through the capital of the Falkland Islands.
Hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands
Go hiking on New Island, Falkland Islands.
Photo: Genna Roland
The Falkands - a world of contrasts, from the red buses and English pubs of Stanley to vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife.
The Falkand Islands - a world of contrasts, from the red buses and English pubs of Stanley to vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife.
A man standing in front of a body of water
Day 17
At Sea
At sea
A man standing in front of a body of water

We now return to Punta Arenas, completing our loop of the Magellan Strait. 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.

Day 18
Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
Arrive in Punta Arenas, disembark the ship, and fly back to Santiago de Chile
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
It’s time to return home via Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile. Guests can extend their trip with a choice of excursions or a post-voyage program.
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Punta Arenas airport
•      Flight in coach class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
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.

What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Flights
•      Return flights in coach class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
 
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Santiago de Chile before the voyage, including breakfast
 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Santiago to Santiago airport before the voyage
•      Transfers between Punta Arenas airport and the ship, including one orientation 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 (water, tea, and coffee 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
•      Daily escorted landings while in the Falkland Islands  
•      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 de Chile
•      Luggage handling 
•      Treatments in the onboard Wellness Center 
•      Additional landing activities such as:
        o   Kayaking
        o   Glacier hikes
        o   Snowshoeing
        o   Camping
        o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Pre and post-programs

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Medical questionnaire 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.

See the Black browed Albatross See the Black browed Albatross

Stanley - Bird Watching in the Falkland Islands

Antarctica

Duration

Approx. 3 hours

Price per person

From $ 133

Booking Code

A-FAI11

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Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach Bluff Cove Museum and Sea Cabbage Cafe by Bluff Cove Lagoon beach

Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From $ 199

Booking Code

A-FAI10

See Excursion
Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands. Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands.

Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight

Antarctica

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From $ 666

Booking Code

A-FAI3

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A walk through scenic Falklands A walk through scenic Falklands

Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From $ 141

Booking Code

A-FAI1

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Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands. Aerial view of Port Stanley, the Falklands.

Stanley - Scenic air tour

Antarctica

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From $ 583

Booking Code

A-FAI9

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Bird watching in the Falklands. Bird watching in the Falklands.

Stanley - Stanley Focus

Antarctica

Duration

1hr 30 min

Price per person

From $ 74

Booking Code

A-FAI2

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The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

A-FAI7

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Aerial view of Port Stanley Aerial view of Port Stanley

Stanley - Stanley History Tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 99

Booking Code

A-FAI14

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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.

Torres del Paine National Park Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia: Pre programme (4 days/3 nights)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 2,596

Booking Code

CENPUQPRE

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Santiago - Overnight Tour: Atacama Desert

South America

Duration

6 Days

From

$ 2,628

Booking Code

CENCJCPOST

See Program
A large stone statue in front of a building A large stone statue in front of a building

Santiago - The Best of Santiago de Chile

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 64

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A train cake sitting on top of a colorful toy on a table A train cake sitting on top of a colorful toy on a table

Santiago - Chilean Folk Show & Dinner

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 199

Booking Code

SCL02

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Join us for a tasting of wine at one of the local vineyards Join us for a tasting of wine at one of the local vineyards

Santiago - Vineyard Visit with Wine Tasting

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 150

Booking Code

CENSCL03

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