Exploration of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands (Itinerary 2)

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This is the ultimate expedition cruise, ranging from the Patagonian fjords to the majesty of Antarctica, with an attempt to venture below the polar circle. We then sail on to the magical Falklands. Our expedition team leads talks, ice-cruisings and landings to observe diverse wildlife as closely, yet discreetly as possible on this remarkable adventure.
20 days


The Ultimate Expedition Cruise

Explore the Chilean fjords before you encounter the rich wildlife of Antarctica, as we attempt to sail below the Antarctic Circle in search of true adventure. On our way home, we visit the magical Falkland Islands.

Beautiful Patagonia

This expedition cruise to Antarctica will introduce you to the natural beauty of the Patagonian fjords before crossing Drake Passage to the mighty frozen continent of Antarctica.

Massive Icebergs, teeming wildlife and fascinating history

Our voyage ventures deep into exploring stunning Antarctica – with nine days of ice-cruising, landings and activities for all levels of explorers, led by our expert expedition team.

This is true wilderness, and the captain applies his experience to creating the very best itinerary. We hope to call on beautiful spots in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula before sailing further south with the goal of reaching the polar circle.

A world of contrasts

After Antarctica, we set course for the striking contrasts of the Falkland Islands, from the red English buses and cozy pubs of Stanley, to the vast open spaces, stunning white sandy beaches and rich wildlife of the countryside.



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

  1. Exciting and Diverse - Santiago de Chile - Hotel

    Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, the exciting capital of Chile. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders, to skyscrapers and lovely colonial architecture. Why not extend your expedition with an optional pre- and/or post-cruise Land Adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert?     

    Exciting and Diverse - Santiago de Chile - Hotel
  2. Embarking the Expedition - Santiago / Punta Arenas

    You fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

    Embarking the Expedition - Santiago / Punta Arenas
  3. Beagle Channel - Chilean Fjords - Patagonia

    Enjoy cruising through scenic Beagle Channel, with fjords surrounded by mountains plunging straight into icy waters. This wild area seems almost untouched by humans. It is an ice-carved landscape that features lovely islands and serene bays in a lush setting.

    Beagle Channel - Chilean Fjords - Patagonia
  4. Cape Horn and the Famed Drake Passage - Drake Passage - At sea

    As the southernmost point of South America, Cape Horn ranks among the most iconic places on Earth. If conditions allow, we will make a landing here before crossing famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. Enjoy lectures in our Science Center and all the amenities on our advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship during the crossing.

    Cape Horn and the Famed Drake Passage - Drake Passage - At sea
  5. Antarctica – Impossible to Describe - Antarctica

    Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder. Ninety percent of the world´s ice is here, in some places up to more than 13,000 ft thick, covering the landmass. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, seals and whales.

    As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is permitted that alters the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental rules. We want to leave nothing but our footprints and take nothing but pictures!

    This is true wilderness, so our experienced captain works with the conditions to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

    We will attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula to show you the diversity of the region’s wildlife and landscape.

    On this special voyage, we hope to cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’ south, far beyond the limit of most cruises in Antarctica and far into areas permanently locked in ice and not navigable during winter.

    Whenever opportunities arise, our expedition team will take you for landings and ice cruising to get close to the surreal beauty of Antarctica.

    It´s hard to sum up the power of the experience. A well-known quote from a veteran Antarctic traveler coins it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

    Antarctica – Impossible to Describe - Antarctica
  6. Lectures and Observing Wildlife on Deck - At sea

    After exploring this unforgettable continent, we set course for the Falkland Islands, which consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller isles. There is fascinating history here. English Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing in 1690. Our expedition team will hold fascinating lectures in our Science Center, and point out wildlife from the outside decks.

    Lectures and Observing Wildlife on Deck - At sea
  7. At the Edge of Antarctica - The Falkland Islands

    Our arrival at the colorful English town of Stanley - with its red phone booths and buses and cozy old pubs - is a powerful contrast to icy white Antarctica. Stanley is inviting and the ideal size for roaming the streets on foot. Or, you can join an excursion to explore wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area.

    The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, fantastically clear blue skies, vast horizons and stunning white sandy beaches. Bird lovers will appreciate West Point Island, an avian paradise with penguins, albatrosses and geese.

    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.

    At the Edge of Antarctica - The Falkland Islands
  8. The Magellan Strait - At sea

    As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we recap everything we have experienced on this expedition cruise in the Science Center. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

    The Magellan Strait - At sea
  9. The End of the Expedition - Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

    We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post-cruise Land Adventure to experience even more of this impressive region.

    The End of the Expedition - Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

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