Adventure to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

Santiago - Santiago

From the steep mountains, glaciers, and valleys of the Chilean fjords to close encounters with Antarctic wildlife, this 15-day voyage showcases the best of Patagonia and the last untouched continent on Earth.

  • Embark on an expedition early in the season when Antarctica is the most white and pristine
  • Explore Southern Patagonia by ship, the ideal way to travel due to the region's lack of infrastructure, and providing you with unmatched visibility of glaciers and waterfalls
  • Witness a haven for native wildlife including penguins returning from sea to nest and an abundance of whales
  • Be amazed by the renowned Garibaldi Fjord while exploring the Chilean fjords

Overview

On this expedition you'll see the Chilean fjords, with its steep, snow-capped mountains and green valleys teaming with life, and Cape Horn before heading to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica.

This expedition starts with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, and then you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Our first highlight is Isla Tucker, a small island famous for its colony of Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins, and sea lions, and passing through the extremely narrow Gabriel Canal, with enormous mountains on each side. Then we head into the Chilean fjords, including the beautiful Garibaldi Fjord, and witness the Garibaldi Glacier. If the weather is favorable we will make a landing on Cape Horn before crossing the Drake Passage on our way to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. In Antarctica, you will enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and its relics, meeting penguins on shore, and watching whales from the deck.

If it has proven too difficult to land on Cape Horn on our southbound or northbound trip, we will stop at Puerto Williams in the Beagle Channel. Then, there will be another landing in the Chilean fjords before our disembarkation in Punta Arenas.

The Nov. 23, 2016 voyage allows you to experience the best of the coast of Patagonia and Antarctica with intrepid explorer Arvid Fuchs, where Fuchs will share his stories of reaching the geographical North and South Poles by foot, kayaking around the legendary Cape Horn in a kayak, and sailing around the North Pole in a sailboat. Contact our Customer Sales Center for more information!

Price includes: 

  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Transfer from airport to ship  in Punta Arenas
  • Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas including orientation tour
  • Return economy flights between Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard 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

Note:

  • Prices are in USD ($) per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board

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Itinerary

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Nov. 7 & 20 2017

Departure port Santiago de Chile, Chile
Day 1
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Photo: Matyas Rehak Photo

Taste of Santiago


Location : Santiago de Chile, Chile



Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century Neoclassical architecture, and winding side streets dotted with buildings of Art Deco, Neo-Gothic, and other architectural styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, and lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The mountains of the Andes can be seen from most points in the city.

Day 2
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

MS Midnatsol Awaits


Location : Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas, Chile



Day 3
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Undisturbed Nature


Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego



Day 4
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Fjords Aplenty


Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego



Day 5
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The Southernmost Point of South America


Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego



Day 6
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Crossing the Famous Drake Passage


Location : Drake Passage



Days 7–11
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Get Your Camera Ready!


Location : Antarctica



It’s not like there haven't been a lot of photo opportunities so far on this adventure, but Antarctica is perhaps the most picturesque. Now you are in one of the most remote areas of the world! You'll go ashore with our expedition team to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery and see penguins and seals up close. From deck there are lots of chances to see whales as well. You'll enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and their relics, field days ashore, and explore the waters and ice in kayaks and small boats. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. You'll see the South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. Among the places we will try to see and explore are Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay; Paradise Harbour, which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century; and Wilhelmina Bay, or 'whale-mina Bay', as it is called, due to its spectacular scenery and the humpback whales that visit in December. Weather, wind, and ice conditions dictate our program and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage.

Day 12
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Reflect on the Antarctic Adventure


Location : Drake Passage



Day 13
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

Back to Civilization


Location : Cape Horn and the Chilean fjords



Day 14
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Last Landing in the Fabulous Fjords


Location : Chilean fjords



Day 15
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Journey Home


Location : Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile



November & December 2017

Location Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
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Enhance your vacation in Antarctica with an extension program before or after your voyage. Choose excursions of several hours or multi-day tours that include overnight hotel stays in Montevideo or Santiago de Chile.

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Please contact us if you want to add on flights between the US and Santiago de Chile. Our arrival package includes a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Our departure package includes transfers and an overnight hotel stay in Santiago.