Southern Hemisphere Adventure - South America and Antarctica

Chilean Fjords/Cape Horn - Montevideo

Experience the best of Chilean fjords, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica on a 17-day expedition to the deep south. We start by discovering the narrow fjords of Chile, taking a closer look at the glaciers, wildlife and nature here. As we sail into the most remote area of the world, you will see penguins and icebergs in the water, and possibly whales too.

  • Experience one of the last voyages of the season where Antarctica is rugged and landing sites are more exposed with the melting of snow
  • Take part in exciting landings to get even closer to the awe inspiring landscapes and wildlife
  • Be astonished by the inquisitive growing penguin chicks that have left their nests and are swimming
  • Join our extensive onboard programme including lectures on popular science topics and access to the science and photo centres


After an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins as we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi fjord. Here we take our small boats out for a closer look at the wildlife and two glaciers at the end of the fjord. If the weather is on our side we might come ashore on Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America.

Icebergs ahead

Next up is open sea before you will start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe whales as well, as we sail into the most remote area of the world. Here you can join our expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings and kayaking giving you a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, and visit the most interesting places. 

Pubs and red buses

Turning back we will spend a few days at the Falkland Islands experiencing everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to penguins, hikes in the area or kayaking. As we are in slightly warmer latitudes everybody is even invited to a sleep over party out on deck. The last days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage and then sailing along the coast of Argentina, before debarkation in Montevideo.

Price includes: 

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities


  • Prices are in EUR (€) per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board

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The itinerary

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

26 February 2018

Departs from Santiago, Chile
Day 1
Photo: Matyas Rehak Photo

Taste of Santiago

Location: Santiago de Chile

Welcome to Chile, where your adventure starts with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century Neoclassical architecture, and winding side streets dotted with buildings of Art Deco, Neo-Gothic, and other architectural styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, and lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The mountains of the Andes can be seen from most points in the city.

Day 2
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Midnatsol Awaits

Location: Santiago de Chile and Puntas Arenas, Chile

Today you will fly to Punta Arenas where your expedition ship is awaiting you. Once on board the MS Midnatsol we kick off everything with a welcome-on-board dinner.

Day 3
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Out on the deck

Location: Chilean Fjords

Gather on deck to see a little island called Isla Tucker. It is famous for its colony of Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions. Next, we sail through the narrow Canal Gabriel.

Day 4
Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

Surprising wilderness

Location: Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn

The Chilean fjords are a big surprise to many, with its huge mountains and vast wilderness. And the surprise doesn’t get any less when we enter the Garibaldi fjord and two huge glaciers emerge at the end of the fjord. We take our small boats out for a closer look, exploring the area and the wildlife. 

Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America is a legend among seafarers. If the weather is good we will go ashore. However, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

Day 5
Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Onwards to Antarctica

Location: Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is the stretch of ocean between the southern tip of Latin America and the Antarctic Peninsula. It was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have had the chance to experience.

On our way towards 'the ice' you can learn a great deal about Antarctica's wildlife and history which you are destined to experience.

Days 6-10
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

An experience of a lifetime

Location: Antarctica

We will attempt to do landings in several places and we are convinced that this is going to be an experience you will never forget. Among the places we will see are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of Gentoo penguins.

You can also look forward to visiting Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers of history. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter.

Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures.

Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings to get a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places. On board there are several lectures, “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica.

Day 11
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Reflect on the Antarctic adventure

Location: Drakestredet

Enjoy a day at sea, recapping our experiences, exchange stories of experiences, photos and films with your fellow adventurers, have fun in the explorer room or simply relax on deck.

Day 12
Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Explore by foot

Location: Falkland Islands

Stanley is a very small town, but is still the capital of the Falkland Islands. If you want to explore the city by yourself it’s easy to do it on foot.

Day 13
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Shipwrecks and sandy beaches

Location: Falkland Islands

New Island is an adorable island, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. Except for the temperature it could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island. We will pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins, seals and elephant seals.

Day 14-15
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Coastal breezes

Location: At sea

The last days on board are spent sailing along the coast of Argentina. 

Day 16
Photo: Stephanie Tubbek / Guest Photo Photo

Family dinner

Location: At sea

Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our friendly expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner of the last evening. 

Day 17

The journey ends

Location: Montevideo

Arriving in Montevideo it’s time to say goodbye. If you want to have a bit more fun before going home, you are more than welcome to join our optional excursions in the post programme.

14 March 2018

Location Montevideo, Uruguay
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Extend your holiday

Hurtigruten Land Adventures

Enhance your holiday to Antarctica with a Hurtigruten Land Adventure in South America. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Montevideo and Santiago de Chile.