Discover Antarctica, Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords - Northbound

Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Valparaiso

This is a truly diverse expedition, with highlights that include spending five days in Antarctica before venturing into the Chilean fjords, seeing the rich wildlife of Patagonia and a visit to one of the most scenic national parks in the world. Enjoy spending time ashore, kayaking, hiking and close encounters with penguins, birds and seals.

  • Experience Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition
  • Enjoy kayaking, hiking and close wildlife encounters in Antarctica
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords and see Cape Horn
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park

Overview

Starting in Punta Arenas, we sail south through the Beagle strait.

 The white wonder that is Antarctica

Next, we cross the treacherous Drake Passage to Antarctica and the mighty frozen vistas of the south. In Antarctica, we will attempt to make landings at several places, including historic sites like the ring-shaped Deception Island, a major harbour for whaling ships until 1905. Or Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of Chinstrap penguins, and the British station Port Lockroy from World War II; and Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here. Brown Bluff is recognisable by the 750 metre high cliffs that dominate the landscape.  Penguins, seals, whales and large flocks of sea birds give life to this surrealistic and beautiful landscape. We will bring you on shore to experience some of the most unique wildlife while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. You might also get a chance to kayak in the icy waters. And while on board our comfortable ship, enjoy expert talks about Antarctica’s rich history, so that you can get even more out of what you will experience along the way.

 Cape Horn and Chilean fjords

After crossing the Drake Passage going north, we reach Cape Horn. If conditions permit, we might even go ashore on this fables piece of land. Then you can look forward to journey into one of the most scenic national parks in the world and into the fjords of Chile. This remote area seems almost untouched by humans. Steep valleys and powerful mountains make a striking contrast to a lush coastline rich in wildlife. 

Discover the natural beauty of Patagonia

We continue sail along north along the Chilean coastline of snow-tipped volcanoes, beautiful lakes, raging rivers and lush vegetation. Enjoy this vast, rugged and beautiful landscape, before the expedition ends in colourful Valparaiso.

After crossing the Drake Passage going north, we reach Cape Horn. If conditions permit, we might even go ashore on this fables piece of land. Then you can look forward to journey into one of the most scenic national parks in the world and into the fjords of Chile. This remote area seems almost untouched by humans. Steep valleys and powerful mountains make a striking contrast to a lush coastline rich in wildlife.

 Discover the natural beauty of Patagonia

We continue sail along north along the Chilean coastline of snow-tipped volcanoes, beautiful lakes, raging rivers and lush vegetation. Enjoy this vast, rugged and beautiful landscape, before the expedition ends in colourful Valparaiso.

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot® rubber boots
  • Overnight at hotel in Santiago, incl. breakfast, before your voyage; transfer from hotel to airport, economy-class flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, and transfer from airport to ship

Not included: 

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

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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 final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

March 7, 2019

Departure port Buenos Aires
Day 1
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The Vibrant Capital of Argentina


Location : Buenos Aires

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires, and discover its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm.

Day 2
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Embarking on the Expedition


Location : Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

After your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, MS Fram is ready to take you south and beyond.

Day 3
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The Drake Passage


Location : At Sea

The infamous Drake Passage is where two oceans meet. As we cross what is known as either the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake, (depending on conditions), fascinating presentations will be given about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be acquainted with our measures to protect this vulnerable environment.

Day 4-9
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The White Wonder that is Antarctica


Location : Antarctica

The unending white wilderness of Antarctica is full of overwhelming impressions on an impressive scale. Weather, wind and ice conditions will of course have a great influence on our program and schedule and your experienced expedition team will select possible landing sites that will provide you with the best experiences available. With the long hours of daylight in Antarctica this time of the year it is easy to make the most of your days. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on sites both on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows us to take advantage of the unexpected and wildlife will be at the forefront of our planning. We will bring you on shore for close up exploration. We might call at the Gentoo penguin rookeries on Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. We hope to sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and take on the challenging hike on Petermann Island to be rewarded with panoramic views. Another fun destination, if weather permits, is Port Lockroy, an old British base with a museum. Sailing through the Antarctic Sound offers spectacular views of tabular icebergs and glacial landscapes, and Brown Bluff has a distinct rock formation. Our sturdy tender boats will enable us to go ashore almost anywhere and explore bays and channels. The expedition team will explain what you see and ensure we do as little as possible to disturb the local wildlife. Enjoy experiencing Antarctica with all your senses. Kayaking in untouched waters with icebergs floating by, guided hikes up snowy pathways to spectacular viewing points, listening to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling, spending the night on deck or in a tent on this remote and untouched continent, or perhaps for the most daring, taking the polar plunge swim. Every day will be different, and carefully crafted by our Expedition team to create lasting memories.

Day 10-11
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Drake Passage and Cape Horn


Location : At Sea

After magnificent days exploring Antarctica, we head north and make our way back to the South American continent. As we reach the southernmost tip of South America, we will land on Cape Horn if the conditions allow it. Going ashore can be very difficult because of the sometimes-extreme weather in this area. This is the southernmost point of Chile and lies almost 56 degrees south, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the northern end of the Drake Passage. The region is of great significance on account of its location, history, discoveries and trade routes. If we are able to anchor off Cape Horn, you will be able to go ashore to explore this deserted and yet romantic piece of land at the end of the world.

Day 12
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A Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts


Location : Chilean Fjords

The Chilean fjords´ deep channels, fjords and mountains plunging into the icy water always leave a profound impression on visitors. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to a lush coastline that is rich in wildlife. You might be lucky enough to spot sea lions, Andean condors and several bird species that can only be found here.

Day 13-14
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Torres del Paine National Park


Location : Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive nature sanctuaries in the world. Its main feature is the ´towers´ themselves; impressive rock formations, called Torres del Paine´ (Towers of Paine). The formations are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet) and Torre Norte (7,375 feet). The park features azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers, (which you'll cross on rickety bridges) and one big, radiant blue glacier. Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks. This diversity of environments here has led to the flourish of a wide variety of a fauna and flora. While we are here you might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes and skunks in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle. Enjoy hiking in these amazing surroundings.

Day 15
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A Small and Isolated Village at the End of the Fjord


Location : Puerto Edén

After an unforgettable cruise through Patagonian waters, the unique village of Puerto Edén will enchant you. It is a tiny settlement in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, 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. There are no roads, only wooden walkways, and electricity is only available during a few hours every day. Puerto Edén is a great place to experience the traditional indigenous culture of Patagonian tribes. The villagers sell fish, mussels and shellfish products, which are taken to markets by a weekly transport boat. For souvenirs, buy traditional Kawéskar crafts such as wicker baskets and boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark. Enjoy a stroll among the laneways, and maybe you will spot one of the many Magellan hummingbirds found here when you join the Expedition team for hiking or kayaking.

Day 16
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Waters of Patagonia


Location : At Sea

The expedition continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, you have plenty of time to gaze out on the magnificent natural expanse.

Day 17
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Cosmopolitan Castro


Location : Castro

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Castro is set among windswept hills and green vegetation. The city is known for its colorful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. Come ashore and enjoy the local Chilote character and curious energy, mixed with a dash of modern development. The Iglesia San Francisco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church is a visual delight: bright yellow and orange with a lavender trim. The varnished-wood interior is stunning, illuminated by rows of stained-glass windows. Other sights include Plazuela del Tren, a small plaza right by the waterfront with an odd collection of old trains. A stroll in the Cementerio Parroquial is fascinating, as some of the tombs are quite grand and ornately decorated. Feria Campesina Yumbel is a bustling fruit and vegetable market. There are also household goods and fish stalls here. In the shop Feria Artesanal Lillo, located just south of the port, you can buy excellent hand-knit woolen goods and handicrafts. Most of the restaurants and cafes in Castro are concentrated along the Calle Blanco, running from the southern end of the plaza down to the waterfront, and this is where you can get a taste of the renowned meat, potato and seafood stew. Close to the town is Chiloé National Park, a largely unexplored wilderness hosting rare flora and fauna. The park features wide deserted beaches and long stretches of rugged coastline, and is home to dozens of seabird species, penguins and sea lions.

Day 18-19
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Sailing North


Location : At Sea

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, 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 20
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The ´Jewel of the Pacific´


Location : Valparaíso, Chile

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. And this voyage ends in the colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso. If you can, take some time to explore this scenic town before you fly home.

March 26, 2019

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Getting you there

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