Southern Hemisphere Adventure - South America and Antarctica

Santiago - Montevideo

Experience the best of the Chilean fjords, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica on a 17-day expedition to the great white continent. We'll start by discovering the narrow fjords of Chile, taking a closer look at the glaciers, wildlife, and nature found here. As we sail into the most remote area of the world, you will see penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe some whales, too.

  • Experience one of the last voyages of the season, when Antarctica is more rugged and the landing sites are more exposed due to the melting of snow
  • Take part in exciting landings to get even closer to the awe inspiring landscapes and wildlife
  • Enjoy the inquisitive penguin chicks that have left their nests and are now swimming
  • Join our extensive onboard program, which including lectures on popular science topics and access to the science and photo centers

Overview

Starting with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. The journey south begins and we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi Fjord. Here we take our small boats out for a closer look at the wildlife and two glaciers at the end of the fjord.

If the weather is favorable, we will try to land on Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America. You will be in open sea before you start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe even whales as well. We are sailing into the most remote area of the world.

In Antarctica, you can join our Expedition Team on landings that include visits to the most interesting places, looking at thousands of penguins and seals, and kayaking.

Turning back, we will spend a few days at the Falkland Islands, experiencing everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital of Stanley, to penguins, hikes in the area, or kayaking. Since we are in slightly warmer latitudes, everybody is even invited to a sleepover party out on deck.

The last days on board are spent crossing the Drake Passage and then sailing along the coast of Argentina before debarking in Montevideo.

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)
  • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage, including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer in Punta Arenas, including an orientation tour
  • 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

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

Cruise 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. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

March 1 2017 & February 26 2018

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

Today you will fly to Punta Arenas where your expedition ship is awaiting you. Once on board the MS Midnatsol we kick off everything with a welcome-on-board dinner.

Day 3
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Out on the Deck


Location : Chilean fjords

Gather on deck to see a little island called Isla Tucker. It is famous for its colony of Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions. Next, we sail through the narrow Canal Gabriel.

Day 4
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

Surprising Wilderness


Location : Chilean fjords

The Chilean fjords are a big surprise to many, with its huge mountains and vast wilderness. And the surprise doesn’t get any less when we enter the Garibaldi fjord and two huge glaciers emerge at the end of the fjord. We take our small boats out for a closer look, exploring the area and the wildlife. 

Day 5
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Onward to Antarctica


Location : Drake Passage

Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America is a legend among seafarers. If the weather is good we will go ashore. However, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

Day 6-10
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Explore the Great White Continent


Location : Antarctica



In Antarctica we will attempt to do landings at several places and we are convinced that these will be experiences you will never forget. Among the places you will see are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour, and Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. We will also visit Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay; and Paradise Harbour, which got its descriptive name from the whalers of history. When the storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem among these island treasures. Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica on landings to get a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking, and visit the most interesting places. On board there are several lectures and 'scientific experiments' for our young guests who participate in our Young Explorers Program.

Day 11
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Reflect on the Antarctic Adventure


Location : Drake Passage

Enjoy a day at sea, recapping our experiences, exchange stories of experiences, photos and films with your fellow adventurers, have fun in the explorer room or simply relax on deck.

Day 12
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Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Explore by Foot


Location : Falkland Islands

Stanley is a very small town, but is still the capital of the Falkland Islands. If you want to explore the city by yourself it’s easy to do it on foot.

Day 13
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Shipwrecks and Sandy Beaches


Location : Falkland Islands

New Island is an adorable island, with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. Except for the temperature it could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island. We will pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day amongst penguins, seals and elephant seals.

Day 14
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Enhance your Experience with Excursions


Location : Consider joining an optional excursion. There are several excursions on offer where you can see the penguins, hike in the area, or kayak in the pristine waters.



Day 15
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Coastal Breezes


Location : At Sea

The last days on board are spent sailing along the coast of Argentina. 

Day 16
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Photo: Stephanie Tubbek / Guest Photo Photo

Family Dinner


Location : At sea

Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our friendly expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner of the last evening. 

Day 17
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The Journey Ends


Location : Montevideo, Uruguay

Arriving in Montevideo it’s time to say goodbye. If you want to have a bit more fun before going home, you are more than welcome to join our optional excursions in the post programme.

February 2017/2018

Location Montevideo, Uruguay
Your Ship

Our Ships Sailing This Route

Sail the coast of South America and Antarctica on board MS Midnatsol, our discovery style ship with unmatched panoramic views.

Experiences

Excursions

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

Must-Read Articles

Learn about the experience of sailing to and landing on the sublime Antartic continent.

Videos

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

Flight Packages

Flight Packages

Please contact us if you want to add on a flight between the US and Santiago de Chile or from Montevideo to the US. Our arrival package includes a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Our departure package includes a city tour, an overnight hotel stay in Montevideo with breakfast, and transfers.

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 Montevideo or Santiago.