Antarctica, Patagonia and Chilean Fjords Expedition

Antarctica, Patagonia and Chilean Fjords Expedition

Antarctica, Patagonia and Chilean Fjords Expedition

Antarctica, Patagonia and Chilean Fjords Expedition

Travel information 26 days MS Roald Amundsen
Departure
9 March 2024
Price from
11990 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore the frozen continent of Antarctica, Patagonia’s amazing national parks and the stunning Chilean fjords on an unforgettable expedition cruise. 

The frozen continent 

Start in the romance-infused city of Buenos Aires before heading to Ushuaia to board your hybrid-powered expedition ship. We sail the Drake Passage to the white wilderness of Antarctica where you’ll spend five beautiful days.  

Visiting Antarctica in March is an excellent opportunity to see wildlife. Penguin chicks are fledging, and the nutrient-rich waters attract whales. Our Expedition Team will also give fascinating lectures and lead the way in landings and ice cruises. Exactly where we go and when is down to the sea ice and weather conditions on the day, but we’ll always bring you to the best spots available at the time. 

South America adventure 

We’ll go straight back into adventure mode and attempt a landing at Cape Horn. Waves from the Pacific and Atlantic converge here, creating challenging conditions. This fact makes it all the more exciting if we do succeed. You’ll then continue to the small town of Puerto Williams, and we’ll try cruising into Garibaldi Fjord, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to a glacier of the same name.  

Patagonia’s National Parks 

Arriving in Puerto Natales, you might join an optional excursion to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Next is Pio XI, the longest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica. The isolated but inviting communities of Puerto Edén and Caleta Tortel follow. Castro is a charming rustic city with access to Chiloé National Park, while Niebla and its old Spanish fortress is your last stop before the vibrant hilltop city of Valparaíso. 

Antarctica, Patagonia and Chilean Fjords Expedition Antarctica, Patagonia and Chilean Fjords Expedition
  • Day 1
    Buenos Aires

    Tango is only the beginning

    9 March 2024

    Welcome to Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of South America’  

    Kickstart your adventure with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, famously called the ‘Paris of South America’. A sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache, Buenos Aires is home to numerous fine and modern art museums, landscaped parks and one of the world’s greatest opera houses.   

    Spend the evening at your leisure, sampling an authentic steak dinner at one of the city’s many parrillas or sightseeing some of the city’s best-known landmarks at Plaza de Mayo. You’ll also want to join the locals in an informal tango lesson, or at the very least, watch a dance show.   

    Pre-Programme  

    Fancy getting even more out of your adventure? If that’s the case then why not extend your stay with an optional Pre-Programme that explores wild Patagonia.   

    Day 1
    Buenos Aires

    Tango is only the beginning

  • Day 2
    Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

    Start at the ‘End of the World’

    10 March 2024

    Launch your expedition in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city  

    We fly first thing in the morning to Ushuaia, a place nicknamed the ‘End of the World’. It’s here in the self-proclaimed southernmost city in the world where your expedition truly begins. Your basecamp at sea is the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen. Once on board, you’ll meet the Expedition Team and attend a mandatory safety meeting.   

    After a welcome dinner, you can familiarise yourself with our state-of-the-art vessel, specially designed for sustainable voyages in polar waters. On our way through the scenic Beagle Channel, you can watch out for the rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife as we set sail. 

    Day 2
    Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

    Start at the ‘End of the World’

  • Day 3-4
    Drake Passage

    Crossing to another continent

    11 March 2024 - 12 March 2024

    Enjoy two relaxing days at sea crossing the Drake Passage  

    Over the next two days, you’ll cross the fabled Drake Passage, gateway to the Antarctic. Prepare yourself for what lies ahead through lectures from our Expedition Team in the dedicated Science Center. You’ll learn about Antarctica’s explorer history, wildlife, and how you can get involved in Citizen Science programmes.  

    Sea days are also an opportunity to unwind. Whether you’re soaking in a hot tub, the infinity pool or relaxing in the spectacular panoramic sauna, you won’t miss out on any of the breathtaking views around you. When you’re hungry, you can sate your appetite in one of our three stylish restaurants.   

    Day 3-4
    Drake Passage

    Crossing to another continent

  • Day 5-9
    Antarctica

    Where nature reigns supreme

    13 March 2024 - 17 March 2024

    Witness nature’s unbridled power and the marvellous wildlife of the frozen continent  

    Welcome to Antarctica, an endless wilderness of ice, icebergs, and glaciers. It’s a place where nature is king and the rest of us, mere observers. Over the next five days, you’ll go on walks ashore, cruising by icebergs and glaciers, and spotting seabirds, seals, whales and penguin colonies.   

    Sticking to the motto ‘take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints,’ our Expedition Team will help you adhere closely to strict safety and sustainability procedures. Exactly where we go and when is down to conditions on the day, but we’ll always bring you to the best spots available at the time.  

    Day 5-9
    Antarctica

    Where nature reigns supreme

  • Day 10-11
    Drake Passage

    A return to open waters

    18 March 2024 - 19 March 2024

    Prepare for the next chapter of your adventure with two absorbing days at sea  

    After five days capturing as much of Antarctica as you can on your camera, you will need some time to reflect on this life-affirming experience. The two days back across the Drake Passage will certainly give you that – and a whole lot more. If you want, you can get more involved with the Citizen Science programme and analyse samples at the microscopic level.   

    You can also attend more environmentally-themed lectures on topics such as the changing climate or oceanic plastic pollution, and we will reflect on our experiences in the frozen continent. When you’re ready to kick back and relax, you can do that too. 

    Day 10-11
    Drake Passage

    A return to open waters

  • Day 12
    Ushuaia

    Explore Ushuaia

    20 March 2024

    Stunning views and beautiful nature await at the ‘End of the World’  

    Today you’ll spend the day exploring Ushuaia. Head to the Galería Temática - Historia Fueguina if you want to learn more about the city’s fascinating history. Filled with photos and exhibits on Ushuaia’s first settlers, its discovery by Europeans and Charles Darwin’s later visit, it’s a definite must-visit.     

    You can get your passport stamped at the Tourist Information Centre, marking your visit to the world’s southernmost city. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine, or spend the day hiking one of the many trails found just outside the city. With spectacular mountain views and tranquil lakes, you won’t be disappointed you made the effort.    

    Day 12
    Ushuaia

    Explore Ushuaia

  • Day 13
    At Sea

    Where two oceans collide

    21 March 2024

    Be one of the few to reach the fabled Cape Horn  

    Once we exit the scenic Beagle Channel, we journey to the legendary Cape Horn. The area around the island is where the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific collide, creating powerful waves that are made even stronger by swirling westerly winds.    

    Rounding Cape Horn is a feat not many people have experienced. Given the notoriety of these turbulent waters, we can’t guarantee a landing, but if fortune favours us with weather stable enough to set foot on the island and go up to the cape, you’ll be among a select few people in the world able to boast about it.! 

    Day 13
    At Sea

    Where two oceans collide

  • Day 14
    Puerto Williams, Chile

    Smalltown atmosphere in beautiful surroundings

    22 March 2024

    Wild, remote and made for walking, Puerto Williams is a natural paradise  

    One of three contenders for the world’s southernmost city, Puerto Williams has a quiet atmosphere more akin to a small town. Visit the Martin Gusinde Anthropological museum for the history of the people and the city. You’ll see Yahgan artefacts, maps, photographs, and a traditional canoe.  

    You can also go for walks and immerse yourself in the gorgeous scenery, whether on your own or as part of a guided optional excursion. If the weather is nice, there might be also opportunities for kayaking. Have your binoculars at the ready to spot seabirds, including the mighty albatross.   

    Day 14
    Puerto Williams, Chile

    Smalltown atmosphere in beautiful surroundings

  • Day 15
    Garibaldi Glacier or Pia Glacier, Chile

    The sights and sounds of a glacier

    23 March 2024

    See one of the most impressive glaciers in Chile  

    The goal for the day is to go for a scenic cruise in Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park, all the way up to Garibaldi Glacier. This is a stunning region where the Andes tumble into the Pacific and great glaciers feed ice, and sometimes icebergs, into the beautiful Chilean fjords.   

    If weather and waters are kind, you’ll get to arrive at Garibaldi Glacier at the head of the fjord, one of the most impressive glaciers in all of Chile. The fjord is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to seals, sea lions and sea birds, including the Andean Condor.   

    Day 15
    Garibaldi Glacier or Pia Glacier, Chile

    The sights and sounds of a glacier

  • Day 16
    Chilean Fjords

    Cruising through paradise

    24 March 2024

    Islands, glaciers and steep mountains – drink in the views of the Chilean fjords   

    This wild and remote region was once the domain of canoe-faring indigenous people who lived, sailed and hunted here for centuries. Go out on deck and admire the serenity of this maze of waterways, surrounded by islands, glaciers and towering mountains while looking for wildlife such as elephant seals, dolphins and whales.  

    Not all the lectures from the Expedition Team will be indoors. If the ship attracts seabirds who come to fly alongside us, they might help you spot and identify them out on deck. An onboard photographer will also be available to help you with your expedition photography.  

    Day 16
    Chilean Fjords

    Cruising through paradise

  • Day 17-18
    Puerto Natales, Chile

    Torres del Paine National Park

    25 March 2024 - 26 March 2024

    Discover the charms of Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park  

    Puerto Natales is the closest city to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park.   

    Join our optional excursion to the park to discover a landscape of stunning variety, from vast open steppes to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks that host a variety of wildlife. You’ll be watching for llamas, pumas and foxes, in addition to more than 100 species of birds, including the mighty Andean Condor.   

    Suppose you decide to spend time in Puerto Natales itself. In that case, the city has trendy eateries, Bohemian-type bars, a terrific gin distillery and an artisan village selling various crafts and gifts.   

    Day 17-18
    Puerto Natales, Chile

    Torres del Paine National Park

  • Day 19
    Pio XI Glacier, Chile

    The giant that’s still growing

    27 March 2024

    Pio XI’s staggering dimensions will astonish you 

    Growing as much as 150 ft a day, the sprawling Pio XI Glacier in Bernado O’Higgins National Park is the longest in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica. To reach it, we’ll sail east through the beautiful Eyre Fjord, which is lined by temperate forest. Dolphins are known to swim the waters here, accompanied by seabirds including terns.   

    If the weather and wave conditions are right, we’ll launch our expedition boats to explore the fjord and glacier, taking care not to get too close. Ice occasionally calves off the Pio XI’s wall into the waters below, creating a thrilling sight and sound to behold.  

    Day 19
    Pio XI Glacier, Chile

    The giant that’s still growing

  • Day 20
    Puerto Edén, Chile

    A tiny piece of paradise

    28 March 2024

    Remote Puerto Edén, a beautiful village with a unique community  

    A paradise off the beaten path, Puerto Edén is only accessible by sea and is one of Chile’s hardest-to-reach inhabited places. There are no roads to, from or even within the village, just boardwalks and footpaths that connect the homes of its fewer-than 200 inhabitants.   

    The village is home to the last known community of Kawéskar people, designated a Living Human Treasure by UNESCO. You can meet freely and chat with the locals. You’ll admire their synergy with local plants and marine animals and no doubt respect their desire to protect their precious history and customs.   

    Day 20
    Puerto Edén, Chile

    A tiny piece of paradise

  • Day 21
    Tortel, Chile

    Aysén charm, Chilotan architecture

    29 March 2024

    Explore Caleta Tortel, the timber town built on stilts  

    Thanks to the melting ice of the surrounding glaciers, the waters around Caleta Tortel are an eye-catching mixture of turquoise and milky-blue colours. If the weather cooperates, you’ll be able to get up close to the water on a kayaking excursion.  

    There are no streets within the village per se, but instead there’s a labyrinthine walkway system that you can wander around. Typical of Chilotan architecture, many of the houses are constructed on stilts. You’ll enjoy a signature warm welcome from the locals and maybe even a performance by folk dancers.  A village tour with a local guide is available as an optional extra. 

    Day 21
    Tortel, Chile

    Aysén charm, Chilotan architecture

  • Day 22
    At sea

    The blue waters of Patagonia

    30 March 2024

    Enjoy the blue waters of Patagonia as we travel in the wake of some famous explorers  

    Your expedition cruise continues north through the waters of Patagonia. When Magellan sailed here in 1520, he named the allegedly gigantic locals ‘Patagons’ after a related literary character in a Spanish novel. The name stuck. Fortunately, the only giants that inhabit Patagonia are the whales you’ll be scanning the seas for as we sail.   

    There will be more interesting lectures to attend, perhaps about seabirds, geography or indigenous culture.  Join an Art Workshop where you can paint something from your experiences so far, or dive into one of the Citizen Science projects in the Science Center.  

    Day 22
    At sea

    The blue waters of Patagonia

  • Day 23
    Castro, Chile

    Chilean charm

    31 March 2024

    Colourful houses on stilts, craft markets and history – welcome to Castro  

    Set amidst windswept hills and lush green flora, Castro is the capital of Chiloé Island. Most visitors make a beeline for Gamboa wharf district to see the famous palafitos - brightly painted wooden houses built atop stilts along Fiordo de Castro. But this little city has so much more to offer.   

    Head to the main town square to visit the UNESCO-listed church, Iglesia San Francisco. The contemporary Museum of Modern Art of Chiloé is equally worth a visit. Hungry? Sample the local cuisine in one of the many great restaurants. An optional excursion to Chiloé National Park nearby is also available.  

    Day 23
    Castro, Chile

    Chilean charm

  • Day 24
    Niebla, Chile

    The fortress in the fog

    1 April 2024

    Niebla, the small seaside town with a wonderfully preserved fort  

    Niebla, Spanish for ‘fog’, is set on a picturesque peninsula with views of Corral Bay on one side and the mouth of Valdivia River on the other. Take a stroll on the wide beach and, if the market Feria Costumbrista is open, you can sample traditional empanadas, antichuchos, churros and more.  

    You’ll likely spend most of your time here exploring the ruins of the old Spanish fort. Learn more about the region’s strategic history in the museum, walk around the lighthouse, pose next to the row of rusted canons, and take in the beautiful views across the river and bay.  

    Day 24
    Niebla, Chile

    The fortress in the fog

  • Day 25
    At sea

    Sailing north

    2 April 2024

    More relaxing time at sea to indulge yourself aboard the ship 

    Make the most of your time on MS Roald Amundsen, whether you prefer scanning the seas for birds and marine life, sitting in a hot tub on deck, or enjoying your favourite drink in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. The Expedition Team will recap the highlights of your cruise and keep you engaged. Our onboard photographer may even present a slideshow of photos taken on your adventurous expedition cruise.    

    Day 25
    At sea

    Sailing north

  • Day 26
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific’

    3 April 2024

    End your expedition cruise in Valparaíso, Chile’s cultural hub  

    Your 26-day expedition cruise ends when we reach the seaport of Valparaíso - a city built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean. This UNESCO-listed city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys, colourful houses and charming plazas.   

    As you bid farewell to MS Roald Amundsen, as well as the crew and the Expedition Team, we feel sure that you’ll be basking in the glow of experiencing some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Perhaps you’ll already be planning your next trip … if so, we look forward to welcoming you on board again soon! 

    Post-Programme 

    You’ll likely be fascinated by this colourful and unusual city, so why not arrange to stick around for an extra day or two and join an optional city tour followed by an overnight in Santiago de Chile. From here, you can also join a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.   

    Day 26
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific’

Departures

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights 

  •      Flight in economy class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Hotel  

  • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Transfers  

  •      Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
  •      Transfer between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town 

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings  

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila
MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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