Patagonia to Antarctica Expedition - Northbound

This expedition takes you to some of the most intriguing places in Antarctica, as well as along the South American coast. Enjoy spending time ashore, kayaking, hiking, and experiencing close encounters with penguins, birds, seals, and whales. You'll also discover Cape Horn, the Chilean fjords, the rich wildlife of Patagonia, and visit Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most scenic parks in the world.

  • Enjoy kayaking, hiking, and close encounters with wildlife in Antarctica
  • Discover Antarctica, see the Chilean fjords, and explore Patagonia
  • A chance to go ashore on Cape Horn
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

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

February 28, 2019

Departs from Buenos Aires
Overview

From South America...

From the moment you land in Buenos Aires, the exotic adventures begin. Discover the "Paris of South America" with our city tour, enjoy tango lessons, explore wild Patagonia, or see one of the world's greatest waterfalls, Iguazu Falls, with our extensive pre-cruise Land Adventure. Your Antarctic adventure begins when you sail out of Ushuaia and ultimately, cross the Drake Passage. Embrace the feeling of leaving civilization behind, and going somewhere where few others have gone before.

...to the Great White Continent

Once in Antarctica, we will attempt to land at several places. Penguins, seals, whales, and large flocks of seabirds give life to this surreal and beautiful landscape. We will bring you on shore both to observe unique wildlife, and to set foot on the continent. You may also enjoy the opportunity to kayak in the region's icy waters! While on board, enjoy expert presentations on Antarctica's rich history, as well as the local wildlife.

Stunning Fjords and Cape Horn

After crossing the Drake Passage again, we arrive at Cape Horn, a mystical place where two oceans meet. We continue into the fjords of Chile, a wild and remote area that seems almost untouched by humans, with mountains plunging into icy waters. The steep valleys with snowcapped mountains make a striking contrast to an otherwise green area that is rich in wildlife.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Patagonia

We continue to sail along the Chilean Pacific coastline, filled with snow-tipped volcanoes, beautiful lakes, raging rivers, and lush vegetation. Visit Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most scenic national parks in the world, and enjoy this vast, rugged, and beautiful landscape, before the expedition ends in colorful Valparaiso.

Day 1
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The Vibrant Capital Of Argentina

Buenos Aires

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires, and discover its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm.

Day 2
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Embarking The Expedition

Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

After your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, MS Fram is ready to take you south and beyond.

Day 3
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The Drake Passage

At Sea

The infamous Drake Passage is where two oceans meet. As we cross what is known as either the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake (depending on conditions), fascinating presentations will be given about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be acquainted with our measures to protect this vulnerable environment.

Day 4-9
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The White Wonder That Is Antarctica

Antarctica

This unending, white wilderness of a continent is full of overwhelming impressions on an impressive scale. Weather, wind and ice conditions will of course have a great influence on our programme and schedule and your experienced expedition team will select possible landing sites that will provide you with the best experiences available. With long hours of daylight that we have in Antarctica this time of the year it is easy to make the most of your days. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on sites both on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows us to take advantage of the unexpected and wildlife will be at the forefront of our mind. We will bring you on shore for close up exploration. We might call at the Gentoo penguin rookeries on Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. We hope to sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and take on the challenging hike on Petermann Island to get rewarded with panoramic views. Another fun destination if weather permits is Port Lockroy, an old British base with a museum. Sailing through the Antarctic Sound offers spectacular views of tabular icebergs and glacial landscapes, and Brown Bluff has a distinct rock formation. Our sturdy PolarCirkel boats will enable us to go ashore almost anywhere and explore bays and channels. The expedition team will explain what you see and ensure we do as little as possible to disturb the local wildlife. Enjoy experiencing Antarctica with all your senses. Kayaking in untouched waters with icebergs floating by, guided hikes up snowy pathways to spectacular viewing points, listening to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling, spending the night on deck or in a tent on this remote and untouched continent, or perhaps for the most daring, taking the polar plunge swim. Every day will be different, carefully crafted by our expedition team to educate you and create lasting memories.

Day 10-11
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Drake Passage And Cape Horn

At Sea

After magnificent days exploring Antarctica, we head north and make our way back to the South American continent. As we reach the southernmost tip of South America, we will land on Cape Horn if the conditions allow it. Going ashore can be very difficult because of the sometimes-extreme weather in this area. This is the southernmost point of Chile and lies almost 56 degrees south, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the northern end of the Drake Passage. The region is of great significance on account of its location, history, discoveries and trade routes. If we are able to anchor off Cape Horn, you will be able to go ashore to explore this deserted and yet romantic piece of land at the end of the world.

Day 12
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A Paradise For Nature Enthusiasts

Chilean Fjords

The Chilean fjords´ deep channels, fjords and mountains plunging into the icy water always leave a profound impression on visitors. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to a lush coastline that is rich in wildlife. You might be lucky enough to spot sea lions, Andean condors and several bird species that can only be found here.

Day 13-14
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Torres Del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive nature sanctuaries in the world. Its main feature is the “towers” themselves; impressive rock formations, called “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine). The formations are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet) and Torre Norte (7,375 feet). The park features azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers, (which you'll cross on rickety bridges) and one big, radiant blue glacier. Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks. This diversity of environments here has led to the flourish of a wide variety of a fauna and flora. While we are here you might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes and skunks in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle. Enjoy hiking in these amazing surroundings.

Day 15
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A Small And Isolated Village At The End Of The Fjord

Puerto Edén

After an unforgettable cruise through Patagonian waters, the unique village of Puerto Edén will enchant you. It is a tiny settlement in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people. There are no roads, only wooden walkways, and electricity is only available during a few hours every day. Puerto Edén is a great place to experience the traditional indigenous culture of Patagonian tribes. The villagers sell fish, mussels and shellfish products, which are taken to markets by a weekly transport boat. For souvenirs, buy traditional Kawéskar crafts such as wicker baskets and boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark. Enjoy a stroll among the laneways, and maybe you will spot one of the many Magellan hummingbirds found here when you join the Expedition team for hiking or kayaking.

Day 16
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Waters Of Patagonia

At Sea

The expedition continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, you have plenty of time to gaze out on the magnificent natural expanse. There might also be trivia contests covering questions about explorer history and Antarctic wildlife. We might also hold auctions to raise money for specific causes. These on board auctions have contributed to the most ambitious habitat restoration project on Earth; South Georgia, protection of the Albatross and maintenance of research stations in Antarctica. With the help of our guests, we will continue to raises funds and awareness of opportunities and challenges in the areas we visit.

Day 17
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Cosmopolitan Castro

Castro

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Castro is set among windswept hills and green vegetation. The city is known for its colourful “palafitos”, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. Come ashore and enjoy the local Chilote character and curious energy, mixed with a dash of modern development. The Iglesia San Francisco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church is a visual delight: bright yellow and orange with a lavender trim. The varnished-wood interior is stunning, illuminated by rows of stained-glass windows. Other sights include Plazuela del Tren, a small plaza right by the waterfront with an odd collection of old trains. A stroll in the Cementerio Parroquial is fascinating, as some of the tombs are quite grand and ornately decorated. Feria Campesina Yumbel is a bustling fruit and vegetable market. There are also household goods and fish stalls here. In the shop Feria Artesanal Lillo, located just south of the port, you can buy excellent hand-knit woolen goods and handicrafts. Most of the restaurants and cafes in Castro are concentrated along the Calle Blanco, running from the southern end of the plaza down to the waterfront, and this is where you can get a taste of the renowned meat, potato and seafood stew. Close to the town is Chiloé National Park, a largely unexplored wilderness hosting rare flora and fauna. The park features wide deserted beaches and long stretches of rugged coastline, and is home to dozens of seabird species, penguins and sea lions.

Day 18-19
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Sailing North

At Sea

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

Day 20
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The “Jewel Of The Pacific”

Valparaíso, Chile

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. And this expedition ends in the colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. Maybe you have some time to explore this scenic town before you fly home.

March 19, 2019

Location Valparaíso, Chile
What's Included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Overnight in Buenos Aires, including breakfast, before the voyage 
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Economy-class flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer from airport to ship in Ushuaia
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot® rubber boots.

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
Your Ship Experiences

Photos

Explore the untouched landscape and wildlife on the awe-inspiring continent of Antarctica.

Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Antarctica has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions. They can be pre-booked or bought on board if there is capacity left.

Practical Information