Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands – Great Explorers and Wildlife

Duration: 18 days

Departures: 2019:  11 Nov / 27 Nov / 26 Dec
2020:  11 Jan / 27 Jan / 12 Feb / 28 Feb
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Discover the glaciers, wilderness and wildlife of the Chilean fjords
  • Travel to the end of the world; experience the unique wildlife and scenery of Antarctica and the Falklands
  • High-tech Science Centre and lectures on popular topics on board
  • Landings and excursions with high class Expedition team
Iceberg in Antarctica Sound. As modern day explorers, you will encounter an unspoiled wilderness in an environmentally friendly way.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands
Explore the icebergs up close. Our landings offer you the chance to go hiking, take kayaks out on the water, cruise among whales breaching the surface and meet the local penguins.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Explore the icebergs up close. Our landings offer you the chance to go hiking, take kayaks out on the water, cruise among whales breaching the surface and meet the local penguins.
Get close to wildlife in Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay” because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Itinerary

Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, flocks of penguins and whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories. On board there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.
Day 1
Santiago de Chile
Exciting and diverse
A view of a city at night

The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

A view of a city at night
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Day 2
Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas
Embarking the expedition
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas

You fly to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen is ready for this expedition to Antarctica.

Day 3
Chilean fjords
The astounding fjords of Chile
A body of water with a mountain in the background

Enjoy cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

A body of water with a mountain in the background
A boat sitting on top of Austfonna
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Sunset in the Drake Passage
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 4-5
Drake Passage
Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage
A boat sitting on top of Austfonna

When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56 degrees south, it is the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

Then MS Roald Amundsen will use 1 ½ to 2 days to cross the Drake Passage, depending on the weather conditions. This enormous churn of water is funnelled by western wind drift from the Pacific through the Drake Passage and into the Scotia Sea to the east. The Drake Passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world. About 95 to 150 million cubic metres of water per second are transported from west to east. As you cross the Drake, you sail over the mid ocean West Scotia Ridge and over the nearly 6.000 metre deep South Shetland Trench. The weather can be terrible on the Drake, but it can also be placid, often called the “Drake Lake”. Usually, it’s somewhere in between.

Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica
Day 6-12
Antarctica
Antarctica – impossible to describe
Day 6-12
Antarctica
Antarctica – impossible to describe
Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica
Gentoo penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica. Penguins, seals, whales and large flocks of sea birds give life to this surrealistic and beautiful landscape.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. 90 per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4.000 meters thick, covering the landmass. In winter it is further cut off by sea ice forming off the coast - virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals that, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most wildlife thrives on a cornerstone species: krill.

The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of one species on Earth – including human beings. As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is allowed to alter the perfect natural balance.

We are visiting a place that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! What is so overwhelming about Antarctica is that its location makes every voyage to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment.

Therefore, we need to be pragmatic; we change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often ideal conditions – spend hours ashore, on the water with kayaks, hiking or simply cruising amongst huge pods of whales. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our programme and schedule.

We will attempt to land several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, , glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour and old whaling stations and. It´s hard to sum up all the impressions you will gain. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

Hiking on the majestic cliffs of Deception Island
Joining an expedition to Antarctica with Hurtigruten is sure to rank among the most exciting things you’ll ever do. Together, we will explore the most remote place on earth, like hiking the majestic cliffs of Deception Island.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Kayaking outside Cuverville Island, Antarctica
Go kayaking outside Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Our ships are built and designed to meet the needs of modern explorers – both on and off board.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
A group of people sitting in a room
Day 13
At sea
Lectures and wildlife watching from deck
A group of people sitting in a room

After exploring this superlative-exhausting continent, we set course back for The Falkland Islands. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690. We will continue our lecture series that focuses on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the islands as we keep a watch for wandering albatross.

Shipwreck on New Island, Falkland Islands
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
At the edge of Antarctica
Day 14-16
The Falkland Islands
At the edge of Antarctica
Shipwreck on New Island, Falkland Islands
Shipwreck on New Island, Falkland Islands, where contrasting wilderness and cultural experience awaits.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Having just been in Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings.

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations.

The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. Bird lovers will rejoice if we go ashore on Carcass Island.

This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees. We use our small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at all the birds.

Optional excursions
  • Stanley - Bird watching in the Falkland Islands
    An exclusive opportunity to view and photograph the finest of landscapes, fauna and flora. A knowledgeable guide provides interesting information along the way.
  • 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 - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight
    Take off on a scenic flight for aerial views of the rugged mountainous terrain, wild landscapes and natural coastal beauty of the Falkland Islands.
  • Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek
    For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.
  • 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 Focus
    This is a condensed tour of Stanley, which provides insight into this uncommon southern Atlantic capital. If you are short on time, but want to accrue meaningful knowledge about this unique city, then this is the tour for you!
  • 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.
  • Stanley History Tour
    Join this two-hour guided walk through Stanley to understand the pioneering history of the tiny capital of the Falkland Islands.
Hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands
Go hiking at New Island, Falkland Islands.
Photo: Genna Roland
The Falkands - a world of contrasts, from the red buses and English pubs of Stanley to vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife.
The Falkands - a world of contrasts, from the red buses and English pubs of Stanley to vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife.
A man standing in front of a body of water
Day 17
At sea
The Magellan Strait
A man standing in front of a body of water

As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, 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 18
Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
The end of the expedition
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas

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 voyage extension to experience the impressive region.

Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
Municipal cemetary in Punta Arenas
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.

What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Return economy flights Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfers in Punta Arenas including an orientation tour
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included in your voyage

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

Read more about MS Roald Amundsen

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.

See the Black browed Albatross See the Black browed Albatross

Stanley - Bird watching in the Falkland Islands

Antarctica

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From 106 €

Booking code

A-FAI11

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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 149 €

Booking code

A-FAI10

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Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands. Gentoo Penguins, Bleaker Island, the Falklands.

Stanley - Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight

Antarctica

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From 524 €

Booking code

A-FAI3

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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 106 €

Booking code

A-FAI1

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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 437 €

Booking code

A-FAI9

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Bird watching in the Falklands. Bird watching in the Falklands.

Stanley - Stanley Focus

Antarctica

Duration

1hr 30 min

Price per person

From 62 €

Booking code

A-FAI2

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The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth The stunning view of thw shipwreck the Lady Elizabeth

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From 87 €

Booking code

A-FAI7

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Aerial view of Port Stanley Aerial view of Port Stanley

Stanley - Stanley History Tour

Antarctica

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From 81 €

Booking code

A-FAI14

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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.

Torres del Paine National Park Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia: Pre programme (4 days/3 nights)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

1906 €

Booking code

CENPUQPRE

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Santiago - Atacama Desert (overnight tour)

South America

Duration

6 Days

From

2011 €

Booking code

CENCJCPOST

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A large stone statue in front of a building A large stone statue in front of a building

Santiago - The best of Santiago de Chile

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

48 €

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A train cake sitting on top of a colorful toy on a table A train cake sitting on top of a colorful toy on a table

Santiago - Chilean folk show & dinner (21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

116 €

Booking code

SCL02

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Join us for a tasting of wine at one of the local vineyards Join us for a tasting of wine at one of the local vineyards

Santiago - Vineyard visit with wine tasting

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

113 €

Booking code

CENSCL03

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