Discovery of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Patagonia

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This is a truly exciting and varied expedition cruise that combines the highlights of Antarctica, the stunning Chilean fjords, and the rich natural beauty of Patagonia. Our expert expedition team will take you out ice-cruising and on landings to get close to wildlife at every opportunity.
19 days


The Great White Continent of Antarctica

As the early explorers learned, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. The mighty frozen vistas, stunning glaciers and rich wildlife make your expedition cruise to Antarctica an unforgettable adventure.

Nature is in complete control on Antarctica. We will attempt landings on several sites in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula to show you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife in this pristine wilderness.

Ice-cruising, Landings and Exciting Activities

Our expedition team is comprised of skilled professionals who will take you ice-cruising and on landings for exciting activities whenever conditions allow.

There may also be chances to kayak and hike in stunning surroundings, or even camp out on the most remote continent on Earth.

Onboard our comfortable hybrid-powered expedition ship, you can enjoy expert talks about Antarctica’s rich history and fascinating biology, wildlife photography, geology and more.

Cape Horn, Chilean Fjords & Patagonian Beauty

On our way back to civilization, we may land at famed Cape Horn. Then, we sail on to the fjords of Chile to discover the remote beauty of Patagonia. We continue our expedition cruise along the vast, rugged and beautiful Chilean coastline before the voyage ends in colorful Valparaíso.



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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. Summer in the Metropolis - Santiago de Chile - Hotel

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

    Summer in the Metropolis - Santiago de Chile - Hotel
  2. Embarking on the Expedition - Santiago de Chile / Punta Arenas

    You fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas, where our hybrid-powered expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen, is docked, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

    Embarking on the Expedition - Santiago de Chile / Punta Arenas
  3. The Drake Passage - At sea

    We sail through scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. Onboard, the expedition team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarctica’s amazing animals, geology and history. Enjoy the fresh sea air and watch for wildlife from on deck.

    The Drake Passage - At sea
  4. Pure Wilderness - Antarctica

    Home to 90 percent of the world´s ice, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. In winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

    This is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but our footprints and take nothing but pictures!

    Antarctica is a true wilderness, so local conditions will dictate our final itinerary. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula to show you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife. 

    At every opportunity, our expert expedition team will take you out ice-cruising and on landings.  There may also be chances to kayak among icebergs, hike in stunning surroundings and even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

    Pure Wilderness - Antarctica
  5. Drake Passage and Cape Horn - At sea

    MS Roald Amundsen takes us safely back across famous Drake Passage. We will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica in the Science Center. As we reach South America, we will attempt to land on historic Cape Horn before continuing towards the Chilean fjords.

    Drake Passage and Cape Horn - At sea
  6. A Paradise for Nature Lovers -

    Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into icy waters await us in magnificent surroundings. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, full of isolated islands and hidden bays that harbor rich wildlife.

    A Paradise for Nature Lovers -
  7. Torres del Paine National Park - Puerto Natales - Overnight Stay - 2 full days

    Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, famous for its rock formations. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover stunning terrain. The region hosts a wide range of flora and fauna, including llamas, pumas and foxes, and many species of birds like the Andean condor.

    Included activity:

    Scenes of Puerto Natales (3 hrs)

    Explore the small city of Puerto Natales and its scenic surroundings. Visit Plaza de Armas, a tree-lined square in the town centre, and then go to a large cave where the bones of a prehistoric ground sloth called a Milodón were found in 1896. The cave attracts many visitors and features a historical display of the tribes who inhabited the area as far back as 12,000 years ago.

    Torres del Paine National Park - Puerto Natales - Overnight Stay - 2 full days
  8. Isolated Beauty - Puerto Edén - Half Day

    After a cruise through Patagonian waters, the village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people.

    Isolated Beauty - Puerto Edén - Half Day
  9. Waters of Patagonia - At sea

    Our expedition cruise continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, enjoy the vistas of this magnificent natural expanse.

    Waters of Patagonia - At sea
  10. Cosmopolitan Castro - Castro - Full Day

    Set among windswept hills and lush vegetation, Castro is known for its colorful “palafitos,” wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, and the UNESCO site, Iglesia San Francisco. Nearby wide beaches are home to many seabirds, penguins and sea lions.

    Included activity:

    Castro Walking Tour (2 hrs)

    Explore landmarks and cultural sights on a city walk through Castro, the capital of Chile’s Chiloé Island. Castro is famous for its ornate church, Iglesia de San Francisco, and the nearby districts of Rilán, Nercón and Chelín are known for their unique wooden churches, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castro and Chiloé are also famous for palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses.

    Cosmopolitan Castro - Castro - Full Day
  11. Sailing North - At sea

    As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaíso, we will recap the highlights of the expedition cruise and scan for wildlife.

    Sailing North - At sea
  12. The “Jewel of the Pacific” - Valparaíso, Chile

    Sadly, every expedition must come to an end.  And this expedition ends in the colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso. Take some time to explore this scenic metropolis before your flight home.

    The “Jewel of the Pacific” - Valparaíso, Chile

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