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18 days - Experience the unique wildlife and scenery of Chilean fjords, Antarctica and the Falklands on MS Roald Amundsen

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. There is an enormous variety of magnificent wildlife to observe but it is how regularly and closely you encounter them that really stands this region apart for wildlife lovers. Time in Antarctica is like a David Attenborough documentary unfolding in real time.

On board this new ship, MS Roald Amundsen there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.

Highlights include

  • Experience the unique beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
  • Possible landing at legendary Cape Horn
  • Great chances to see wildlife – penguins, seals, whales and more
  • Landings and excursions with high class Expedition team
Day 1
Santiago de Chile
Day 2
Punta Arenas, Embarkation
Day 3
Chilean Fjords
Days 4 - 5
Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage
Days 6 - 12
Welcome to Antarctica
Day 13
At Sea, Lectures and wildlife watching from deck
Days 14 - 16
Falkland Islands
Day 17
At Sea, The Magellan Strait
Day 18
Punta Arenas & Santiago - The end of the expedition
Start/End Place
Santiago
Destinations Visited
Antarctica
Falkland Islands
Duration
18 Days
Group Size
530
Type
Expedition Cruises
Code
CAF001

Details

Transportation

MS Roald Amundsen - 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.

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

Itinerary

Day 1 - Santiago de Chile

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 in Santiago.


Day 2 - Punta Arenas, Embarkation

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

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 3 - Chilean Fjords

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Days 4 - 5 - Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage

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.

Meals
2 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
2 Dinners

Days 6 - 12 - Welcome to Antarctica

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.

You are visiting a place that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. 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. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on the programme and schedule.

We will attempt to land several places and all of these are serene and offer untouched nature, opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour and old whaling stations. 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.”

Meals
7 Breakfasts
7 Lunches
7 Dinners

Day 13 - At Sea, Lectures and wildlife watching from deck

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Days 14 - 16 - Falkland Islands

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 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.

Meals
3 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
3 Dinners

Day 17 - At Sea, The Magellan Strait

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

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 18 - Punta Arenas & Santiago - The end of the expedition

You 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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Prices are from prices, per person, for Outside cabins. Ask us about prices for Arctic Superior cabins and Suites.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
From Price
Status
Accommodation
7 Nov 2021
24 Nov 2021
7 Nov 2021
24 Nov 2021
AUD 13,199
Available
Outside (Window)
9 Dec 2021
26 Dec 2021
9 Dec 2021
26 Dec 2021
AUD 14,142
Available
Outside (Window)
25 Dec 2021
11 Jan 2022
25 Dec 2021
11 Jan 2022
AUD 15,085
Available
Outside (Window)
10 Jan 2022
27 Jan 2022
10 Jan 2022
27 Jan 2022
AUD 15,085
Available
Outside (Window)
26 Jan 2022
12 Feb 2022
26 Jan 2022
12 Feb 2022
AUD 15,085
Available
Outside (Window)
11 Feb 2022
28 Feb 2022
11 Feb 2022
28 Feb 2022
AUD 15,161
Available
Outside (Window)
27 Feb 2022
16 Mar 2022
27 Feb 2022
16 Mar 2022
AUD 13,199
Available
Outside (Window)

Important Information

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions.

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 the top priorities. All indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer.

Medical questionnaire mandatory.

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