From Penguins to Patagonia

Ushuaia - Valparaíso/Santiago

Join us for an 18-day adventure through the infamous Drake Passage and down to Antarctica before we set sail along the impressive coast of Chile. Explore this vast and largely untouched region with our original expedition ship of a smaller size, the MS Fram, which offers you first-hand experiences with spectacular wildlife and extreme locations.

  • Embark on a diverse expedition to both Patagonia and Antarctica
  • Visit one of the most impressive national parks in Chile, which boasts colossal rock formations and a great variety of fauna including native llamas, pumas, chilla foxes, and skunks, to name just a few
  • Explore Chile's coastline by ship, the ideal way to travel due to the region's lack of infrastructure, and providing you unmatched visibility of glaciers and waterfalls
  • Experience one of the last voyages of the season, where Antarctica is more rugged and landing sites are more exposed with the melting of snow

Overview

If you like diversity and want to visit the most intriguing spots in Patagonia and Antarctica, this expedition is for you. Starting in Ushuaia, we cross the ocean to explore the wonders of the great white continent. Come ashore on isolated beaches, get close to huge colonies of penguins, hike in the haunting landscapes, and enjoy kayak trips in untouched waters with icebergs floating by.

From the Ice of Antarctica to the Lush Fjords of Chile

We continue to Cape Horn and the wild fjords of Chile and visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, with mountains plunging into icy waters. The steep valleys with snow-capped mountains make a striking contrast to an otherwise green area that is rich in wildlife.

Enjoy spending time ashore; kayaking; hiking; close encounters with penguins, birds, and seals; and the rich wildlife of Patagonia before the voyage ends in Valparaíso, Chile.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included:

  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee from $ 160 for US citizens

Notes:

  • Prices are in USD per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical declaration form is mandatory
  • Single cabins on request

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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.

February 23 2018

Departure port Buenos Aires
Day 2
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Photo: Tommy Simonsen Photo

Setting Sail


Location : Drake Passage



Enjoy life on board and keep a lookout for wildlife or join our expedition Team as they start our onboard lecture series.

Days 3–7
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Prepared to be overwhelmed


Location : Antarctica



As we reach Antarctica you will be in awe of this endless white wilderness full of incredible vistas of nature and wildlife. We will attempt to land on several sites as weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our program and schedule. On land, our expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing the nature and wildlife found here. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem among these island treasures. Cuverville Island boasts the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. We will sail through the narrow Errera Channel, to and from Cuverville Island, and see the icebergs that have become trapped and grounded in the nearby shallows. Danco Island lies peacefully among the icebergs in the Errera Channel, just a few hundred yards from the Antarctic mainland, and is a breeding site for gentoo penguins. Go ashore and explore with us, go kayaking to see the ice up close, or take a trip on one of our small boats. Port Lockroy is a British research station from World War II that was turned into a museum in 1996. It is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Pleneau is situated just south of the Lemaire Channel and is a beautiful landing site with many stranded icebergs in the bay area.

Day 8
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Drake Passage Awaits


Location : Drake Passage



Day 9
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The Southernmost Point


Location : Cape Horn



Day 10
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

Untouched by Humans


Location : Chilean fjords



Day 11
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Amazing Surroundings


Location : Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park



Day 12
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Diverse Environments


Location : Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park



Day 13
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Enchanting Encounters


Location : Puerto Edén, Chile



Day 14
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Front Row Seats


Location : Chilean fjords



Day 15
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Towering Peaks


Location : Puerto Montt



Day 16
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Setting Sail


Location : South Pacific Ocean



We spend the day sailing north to the inspiring city of Valparaíso. Relax on deck, mingle with new friends, or join the lectures from the expedition team.

Day 17
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A Palette of Colors


Location : Valparaíso



Day 18
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The Adventure Ends


Location : Santiago de Chile



After a breakfast in the hotel your expedition comes to an end. Consider  extending your vacation with a post program in Santiago de Chile and the surrounding areas.

March 12 2018

Location Santiago de Chile
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Flight Packages

Please contact us if you want to add on a flight from the US to Ushuaia or from the US to Ushuaia via Buenos Aires. Our arrival package from the US to Ushuaia via Buenos Aires includes an overnight stay in a hotel in Buenos Aires with breakfast and transfers. Our arrival package from the US to Ushuaia includes an orientation tour and transfer from the airport to the ship. Our departure package includes a flight from Santiago de Chile to the US including a transfer from the hotel to the airport.

Pre and Post Programs

Enhance your vacation in South America with an extension program before or after your voyage. Choose excursions of several hours or multi-day tours that include overnight hotel stays in Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile.