Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean fjords - Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)
MS Fram
19 days

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean fjords – Exploration of the Southern Highlights (Southbound)

Price from
9191 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Departures 24 October 2020
  • Enjoy ice-cruising, landings and optional activities in Antarctica
  • Experience both Patagonia and Antarctica in one expedition cruise
  • Opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords and see Cape Horn

Itinerary

This expedition cruise takes you from the beautiful fjords of Chile to the
untouched wilderness of Antarctica. Join us for an authentic experience of the Chilean coast before embarking on the great adventure of exploring the white continent with our ice-cruising, landing and other exciting activities.
Day 1
Valparaíso, Chile - Embarkation
The Jewel of the Pacific
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.

One of the best ways of getting around Valparaiso is to ride the charming funiculars for sweeping views. Explore the port and piers to get a feel for Chile’s quirky seafaring side or explore the amazing Atacama Desert by adding it as a Pre-programme activity before embarking on MS Fram.

Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colourful houses in Valparaiso.
Colorful buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile
The UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso, Chile.
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck.
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten
Reading a book while crossing the open sea to the Falkland Islands
Read a book while crossing the open sea to the Falkland Islands
Day 2-3
At sea
Sailing South
Photographer capturing wildlife from deck.
Bring your camera and capture the amazing wildlife from deck
Photo: Marsel Van Oosten

As we make our way along the Pacific coast, the Expedition Team will start their lecture programme to prepare you for the experiences ahead. Make sure to spend some time on deck to look out for wildlife.

Day 4
Castro - Full day
Cosmopolitan Castro
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Castro is set among windswept hills and is known for its colourful `palafitos´; wooden houses mounted on stilts. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia San Francisco and spot for dozens of seabird species, as well as penguins and sea lions.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Castro Walking Tour
    Walk from pier to Plaza de Armas for a short visit and proceed to San Francisco church, the main Catholic church of Chiloé’s capital and rather than the typical style of the other churches of the island, it is Neo-Gothic style.
  • Castro - Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao
    This excursion provides a glimpse into the history of the small villages in the Castro-Delahue area. We will visit three towns by coach and ferry.
  • Trek at Chiloe National park
    Trek through Chiloe National Park, where hiking trails take you to a great viewpoint with views over Cucao Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Learn about local flora and fauna and the history of the primitive settlements. We will also drive by the village of Cucao and hear about the tsunami that this town suffered in 1960.
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Scenic landscape over Chiloe National Park
Scenic landscape over Chiloe National Park
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Day 5
At sea
Waters of Patagonia
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.
Beautiful panoramic view of Chilean fjords: Aysen fjord and Puerto Chacabuco surrounding area, Patagonia, Chile, South America.

We sail south through Patagonia to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places: the southern province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning Last Hope. We voyage through iconic Andean seascapes and you have plenty of time to gaze out on the glorious expanse of undisturbed nature.

Day 6
Puerto Edén - Half day
Isolated Beauty
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America

The isolated village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you, set at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by high mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar tribe.

Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Nature of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile, South America
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Glacier in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Strait Of Magellan, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Guanaco crossing the river in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Day 7-8
Puerto Natales - Overnight stay
Torres del Paine National Park
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Trekking in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, named for the famed rock formations of Torre Central, Sur and Norte. Explore the park on our optional excursion and get a taste of the stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks.

Keep an eye out for llamas, pumas, and chilla foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales
    This excursion combines the highlights of the charming town of Puerto Natales with the interesting Milodón Cave, just a few kilometres away.
  • Torres del Paine - Overnight
    This excursion includes an overnight inside the park - ‘the eighth wonder of the world' - with its impressive scenery and incomparable views. The Torres del Paine National Park covers an area over 242,000 hectares and features a rich geographical diversity of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. There is always the possibility of seeing varieties of native wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park
    Visit Torres del Paine National Park with stunning scenery and amazing views! Admire the natural beauty of this area, which offers great photo opportunities.
  • Torres del Paine – Grey Hike
    Spectacular views abound in every direction. Torres del Paine National Park covers an area of 242.242 hectares and features an outstanding combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills, and peaks, as well as the possibility to observe various kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine
    This programme is designed to give you the best of both worlds. Explore Torres del Paine by both coach and foot. The eighth wonder of the world, Torres del Paine National Park, covers an area over 242.000 hectares and consists of a rich combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. It is possible to observe many different forms of life here in their natural state.
Day 9
Chilean fjords
A Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

This area´s natural beauty features deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water in a landscape that seems almost untouched by humans. Bask in the beautiful stillness as we cruise past isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique natural gem of the Chilean landscape.

Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord
Garibaldi glacier, Garibaldi Fjord.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers
Chilean Fjords, Country Glaciers.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
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 10-11
At sea
Cape Horn and the Drake Passage
Cape Horn, Chile
Famed Cape Horn, where we will attempt a landing
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz

In the morning, we sail through the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery – HMS Beagle. If conditions allow, we attempt to land on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America. Going ashore can be very difficult because of the sometimes-extreme weather in this area.

Next, we cross the Drake Passage, where two oceans meet, on our way to the most remote continent on Earth. On our way, you can learn a great deal about Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife and history from our Expedition Team.

Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Day 12-16
Antarctica
The White Wonder that is Antarctica
Day 12-16
Antarctica
The White Wonder that is Antarctica
Landing on Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Landing with the Expedition Team on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

This wilderness is full of overwhelming impressions on an impressive scale. Our expert captain and crew will work with the elements to create an itinerary designed to maximise your enjoyment of the amazing wildlife and landscape of Antarctica.

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula with the aim of showing you the rich diversity of landscapes and wildlife on display in Antarctica.

At every opportunity, our Expedition Team will take you out for landings or ice cruising to get close and truly explore Antarctic beauty, while being sure not to disturb the wildlife.

You may also have the chance to kayak in untouched waters with icebergs floating by, take guided hikes to spectacular viewing points, or even spend the night in a tent. Every day will be different, and each carefully crafted by our Expedition Team to create lasting memories.

 

Exploring the Wilhelmina Bay and its wildlife from the tenderboat
Exploring the Wilhelmina Bay and its wildlife from the tenderboat.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in front of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic base includes the most southerly operational post office in the world.
Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in front of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic base includes the most southerly operational post office in the world.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 17-18
Drake Passage
Crossing the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

After five unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Fram takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 mi) or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage north, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 19
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires - Disembarkation
The End of the Expedition
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. When we reach Ushuaia, it is time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Buenos Aires, where you have a chance to extend your stay and enjoy our optional Land Adventure programs.

Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
Caminito Street in La Boca, Buenos Aires
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 voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • Transfer in Ushuaia from ship to airport
  • Economy flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment neededfor optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • A la carte restaurant (for suite guests)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)  
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo programme with our Expedition Photographer   
  • Travel insurance  
  • Luggage handling

Notes

MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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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.

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Castro Walking Tour

South America

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-WCA1

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Castro - Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao

Duration

4 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From 137 €

Booking code

A-WCA3

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Castro - Trek at Chiloe National park

South America

Duration

6 hours 45 mins

Price per person

From 212 €

Booking code

A-WCA2

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Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales Included

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-PNT1

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Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Overnight

Duration

2 days / 1 night

Price per person

From 1124 €

Booking code

A-PNT8

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Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Duration

Approx 9h

Price per person

From 337 €

Booking code

A-PNT1

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Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine – Grey Hike

Duration

9 hours

Price per person

From 287 €

Booking code

A-PNT7

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Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine

Duration

11 hours 10 minutes

Price per person

From 337 €

Booking code

A-PNT6

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Santiago & Valparaiso: Pre-programme

South America

Duration

2 Days

From

317 €

Booking code

VAPPRE

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Santiago de Chile - Pre-excursion: The Best of Santiago de Chile (20/21 and 21/22)

South America, Antarctica

Duration

4 Hours

From

59 €

Booking code

SCL01

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Ushuaia Post Excursion - Scenic drive and hiking at the end of the world (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

3 Hours

From

81 €

Booking code

USH04

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Dinner & Tango Show (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

189 €

Booking code

BUE02

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Buenos Aires Post-excursion: Tigre Delta Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

95 €

Booking code

BUE03

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Buenos Aires - Post-programme Iguazu Falls 20/21

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

1267 €

Booking code

IGRPOST

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