Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Falklands – Exploration of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands (Itinerary 1)

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Duration: 18 days

Departures: 2020:  Nov 4 / Nov 20 / Dec 6 / Dec 22
2021:  Jan 7
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  • Seven days exploring 22 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • November to January in Antarctica has the warmest weather
  • 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
At every opportunity, our expedition team will take you ice-cruising and bring you ashore for landings to get close to these extraordinary areas. Like meeting the penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Falklands
Magic landscape of icebergs and glaciers in Gerlache Strait. The Antarctic ice cap is the largest single mass of ice in the world, but amazingly, this is a wilderness teeming with life.
Photo: Genna Roland
Magic landscape of icebergs and glaciers in Gerlache Strait. The Antarctic ice cap is the largest single mass of ice in the world, but amazingly, this is a wilderness teeming with life.
In Antarctica, we aim to show you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife in this pristine wilderness.
Photo: Dominic Barrington

Itinerary

Explore Antarctica for one week at the height of its summer for the warmest weather, including one day cruising the Chilean fjords, and three days in the British Falkland Islands.
Day 1
Santiago de Chile - Hotel
Arrive in Santiago de Chile
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
Enjoyable atmosphere on Plaza de las Armas square, Santiago, Chile
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 Nov-Jan: 48 – 86°F 
 
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
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 / 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 Nov-Jan: 41 – 57°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 - Patagonia
Explore the Chilean Fjords
Rainbow over Beagle Channel
This expedition cruise to Antarctica will introduce you to the remote natural beauty of Patagonia before crossing the Drake Passage.
Photo: Genna Roland
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: 41 – 57°F
Rainbow over Beagle Channel
This expedition cruise to Antarctica will introduce you to the remote natural beauty of Patagonia before crossing the Drake Passage.
Photo: Genna Roland
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 4-5
Drake Passage - At sea
Possible landing at Cape Horn before sailing the Drake Passage to Antarctica
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz
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.
Hiking in the beautiful snow landscape of Neko Harbour.
Day 6-12
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Day 6-12
Antarctica
Explore Antarctica
Hiking in the beautiful snow landscape of Neko Harbour.
This is true wilderness, so the elements rule and will determine our final itinerary. There may be opportunities to kayak in the icy waters, spend the night in a tent, or hike in magnificent surroundings, like here in the beautiful snow landscape of Neko Harbour.
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 Nov-Jan: 25 – 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
Excursion to meet penguins in Neko Harbour.
In Antarctica, we will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula with the aim of showing you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife in this pristine wilderness.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Visiting seals in Neko Harbour.
Visiting seals in Neko Harbour.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Day 13
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 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.

King penguins, Falkland Islands
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
Explore the Falkland Islands
King penguins, Falkland Islands
The final part of your expedition cruise will let you explore the Falklands' remote areas and rich wildlife, here represented by the King penguins.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
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 Nov-Jan: 39 – 57°F 
 
Included:
·  Stanley self-guided walk (1-2 hrs)
·  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
 

Included activity:

Stanley self guided walk (1 - 2 hrs)

Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Stanley - Community Walk
    Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife 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 - 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 - 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.
Sharing the beach on Carcass Island with the penguins.
From the pubs of Stanley to the vast white sand beaches of Carcass Island, the magical Falkland Islands is world of contrasts.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Remote farm on Carcass Island.
This part of your expedition cruise will let you explore remote areas in the Falklands, such as this farm on Carcass Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
A powerful sea eagle, Cape Horn
A powerful sea eagle, Cape Horn.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
Approaching Antarctic landscape.
The Magellan Strait separates Tierra del Fuego with the South American mainland
Photo: Gian-Rico Willy
Great photo opportunities from deck near Punta Arenas.
Experience the arrival in Punta Arenas from deck
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 17
At sea
At sea
Approaching Antarctic landscape.
The Magellan Strait separates Tierra del Fuego with the South American mainland
Photo: Gian-Rico Willy

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
Santiago de Chile
Santiago, the picturesque capital of Chile, is where our expedition ends.
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
Santiago de Chile
Santiago, the picturesque capital of Chile, is where our expedition ends.
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

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
 
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
•      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
Red ship in a body of water
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
Red ship in a body of water

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 may 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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Stanley - Community Walk

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-FAI1

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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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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

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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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Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

A-FAI7

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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

$ 2,643

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

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 64

Booking Code

SCL01

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Pre-Cruise Land Adventure: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 85

Booking Code

SCL05

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

Antarctica, South America

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 54

Booking Code

SCL06

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Valparaiso/Santiago: Easter Island

Duration

5 Days

From

$ 4,196

Booking Code

VAPIPCPOST

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Santiago Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 85

Booking Code

SCL05B

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Santiago - Post-Excursion: Typical Chilean Dinner & Music

Duration

3 Hours

From

$ 172

Booking Code

SCL07

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