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 destinations where few places on the planet can match the incredible experiences with wildlife and nature
  • Appreciate unique wildlife such as Caracara birds, the first penguin chicks hatching and the arrival of whales and more 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


After an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins among steep mountains, green valleys teeming with life and even glaciers in the Chilean fjords, before sailing 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 the two glaciers at the end of the fjord. If the weather is on our side we might come ashore on Cape Horn on what is actually Christmas Eve. No matter what, we celebrate the “Norwegian way” on board with a Christmas tree, carols and a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner.

Icebergs Ahead

Next up is open sea before you will start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe whales as well. We are sailing into the most remote area of the world. Here you can join our expedition team and explore Antarctica, get ashore and hav a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places.

Pubs and Red Buses

Turning back we will spend several days at the Falkland Islands experiencing everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital Stanley to sandy white beaches and turquoise waters, old shipwrecks and the bird paradise Carcass Island. Here we use our small boats go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at birds like ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. Completing the loop of the Magellan Strait we return for debarkation in Punto 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


  • 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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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.

Jan. 5 & Dec. 17, 2017; Jan. 2, 2018

Departure port Santiago de Chile, Chile
Day 1

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

MS Midnatsol Awaits

Location : Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 3

The Magellanic Penguin

Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego

Day 4

Endless Wilderness

Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego

Day 5

Norwegian Christmas in the South

Location : Chilean fjords/Tierra del Fuego

Days 6-7

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

Come ashore for wildlife galore

Location : Antarctica

Go Ashore for Wildlife Galore

Day 14

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

Stanley and Its Surroundings

Location : Falkland Islands

Day 16

Bird Lovers, Rejoice

Location : Falkland Islands

Day 17

The 'Strait' Back to South America

Location : Magellan Strait

Day 18

Time to Say Goodbye

Location : Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

January 2018

Location Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
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