The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

Santiago - Santiago

Starting in the Chilean fjords, we set sail south and spend five full days exploring the highlights of Antarctica, where we greet the hatching penguins and arriving seals and whales. This 18-day wildlife expedition continues to the Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, and back to the wild fjords of Chile before ending in Punta Arenas. Depending on your departure date, you could celebrate Christmas Eve on Cape Horn and the New Year in Antarctica!

  • Journey to incredible destinations – few places on the planet can match these experiences with wildlife and nature
  • Appreciate unique wildlife, such as Caracara birds, the first penguin chicks of the season hatching, the arrival of whales, and seals, including Weddell seals
  • Be informed and amused by first-class 'edutainment' from our expert expedition team
  • Celebrate Christmas the 'Norwegian way' on particular departure dates

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 among steep mountains, green valleys flourishing with life, and glaciers in the Chilean fjords before we sailthrough the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi Fjord. Here we take our small boats out for a closer look at the two glaciers at the end of the fjord and the wildlife here.

If the weather is favorable we will land on Cape Horn on Christmas Eve. On board, we celebrate Christmas the 'Norwegian way', with a Christmas tree, carols, and a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner. As we sail in the open sea you will start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe even whales as well, as we are sailing into the most remote area of the world.

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

Heading north, we will spend several days at the Falkland Islands experiencing everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital of Stanley to white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, old shipwrecks, and the bird paradise of Carcass Island. Here we use our small boats go ashore for exploring, hiking, or takinga closer look at birds such as several species of duck, geese, penguins, albatross, caracaras, and wrens.

After completing the loop of the Magellan Strait we disembark in Punta Arenas.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade 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 flights between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
  • Transfers in Punta Arenas, including 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
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. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Jan. 5 & Dec. 17, 2017; Jan. 2, 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



Day 3
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The Magellanic Penguin


Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego



Day 4
A taste of Norway

Endless Wilderness


Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego



Day 5
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Photo: Gian-Rico Willy Photo

Norwegian Christmas in the South


Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego



Days 6-7
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Photo: Trond Gansmoe Johnsen Photo

Where Two Oceans Meet


Location : Drake Passage



We spend a couple of days cruising Drake Passage, which connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Here the warm water from the north meets the cold, less salty water from the south. This makes the ocean particularly rich in nutrients and is home to unique marine life. From the deck you will soon see Antarctic penguins, icebergs, and maybe even whales. While we cross the sea toward Antarctica, a number of presentations will be given on board about various aspects of the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be given a thorough introduction to the current guidelines for visiting this vulnerable environment.

Days 8-13
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Photo: Dominic Barrington Photo

Come ashore for wildlife galore


Location : Antarctica



Go Ashore for Wildlife Galore

Day 14
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Photo: Marsel van Oosten Photo

Little England


Location : Falkland Islands



You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world! Go ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, penguins, and fur seals. From deck there are lots of chances of seeing whales as well. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glacier and discover old whaling stations and their relics. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land at several sites. You will see the South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap 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 humpback whales visiting 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. Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica on landings in great surroundings that take you close to thousands of penguins and seals, and enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places. On board we offer several lectures and 'scientific experiments' for our young guests who participate in Hurtigruten's Young Explorers Program.

Day 15
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Stanley and Its Surroundings


Location : Falkland Islands



Day 16
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Bird Lovers, Rejoice


Location : Falkland Islands



Day 17
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The 'Strait' Back to South America


Location : Magellan Strait



Day 18
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Time to Say Goodbye


Location : Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile



January 2018

Location Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
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