Discover Antarctica, Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords - Southbound

Valparaiso - Antarctica - Punta Arenas

This expedition takes you to the most intriguing spots along the South American coast and on to Antarctica. Visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world, see the rich wildlife of Patagonia, the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn before the highlight of the journey, Antarctica. Enjoy spending time ashore, kayaking, hiking and close encounters with penguins, birds and seals.

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

Overview

Discover the natural beauty of Patagonia

Starting in colourful Valparaiso, we sail along the Chilean coastline of snow-tipped volcanoes, beautiful lakes, raging rivers and lush vegetation. This vast, rugged and beautiful landscape never fails to amaze.

Chilean fjords and Cape Horn

We 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. Cape Horn is a mystical place where two oceans meet. If conditions permit, we may go ashore here.

 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. On our return journey, we cross the Drake Passage again, before this expedition ends in Punta Arenas. 

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Punta Arenas
  • Economy-class flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile
  • 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

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.

October 23 2018

Departure port Valparaíso, Chile
Day 1
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Pacific Jewel


Location : Valparaíso, Chile

The expedition begins in the vibrant city of Valparaíso, where you board MS Roald Amundsen.

Days 2-3
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Sailing South


Location : At Sea

We make our way along the Pacific coast of Chile. The expedition team starts their lecture program, preparing you for the adventures to come.

Day 4
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Cosmopolitan Castro


Location : Castro

The island city of Castro is known for its colorful ‘palafitos’, wooden houses mounted on The island city of Castro is known for its colorful ‘palafitos’, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the shoreline. Visit the Iglesia San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Churches of Chiloé, as well as nearby Chiloé National Park. Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Churches of Chiloé, as well as nearby Chiloé National Park.

Day 5
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Waters of Patagonia


Location : At Sea

The expedition continues south through Patagonian waters and iconic Andean seascapes.

Day 6
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Isolated Village at the End of a Fjord


Location : Puerto Edén

Sailing through Patagonia, we visit the remote village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. There are great hiking opportunities around this settlement, which can only be reached by water. The 250 inhabitants include the 15 remaining members of the indigenous Kawéskar people.

Days 7-8
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Torres del Paine National Park


Location : Puerto Nataloes

See the lofty rock formations called ‘Torres del Paine’ (Towers of Paine). Experience azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers, and a radiant blue glacier.

Day 9
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Natural Paradise


Location : Chilean Fjords

The Chilean fjords’ deep channels and mountain walls that plunge into icy seas leave a profound impression. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans.

Days 10-11
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Cape Horn and Drake Passage


Location : At Sea

We sail into open waters and land on Cape Horn if conditions allow. We continue across the Drake Passage, where two oceans meet, on our way to Antarctica.

Days 12-16
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The White Wonder of Antarctica


Location : Antarctica

The infinite white wilderness of Antarctica creates unforgettable impressions. Kayak in Antarctic waters amidst icebergs, hike snowy paths to spectacular viewpoints, and hear glaciers calve. We may even have an opportunity to camp under the polar sky.

Days 17-18
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Crossing the Drake Passage


Location : At Sea

After four unforgettable Days in Antarctica, we make our way north to return to South America.

Day 19
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End of the Expedition


Location : Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Sadly, every great expedition must end. We arrive in Punta Arenas, where you connect to your flight to Santiago de Chile.

November 10 2018

Location Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Your Ship Experiences

Excursions on your voyage

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Antarctica has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

Videos

Immerse yourself in the adventures you can experience on a voyage to Antarctica.

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Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile.