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    18 days - Experience the unique wildlife and scenery of Chilean fjords, Antarctica and the Falklands on MS Roald Amundsen

    Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, flocks of penguins and whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories. There is an enormous variety of magnificent wildlife to observe but it is how regularly and closely you encounter them that really stands this region apart for wildlife lovers. Time in Antarctica is like a David Attenborough documentary unfolding in real time.

    On board this new ship, MS Roald Amundsen there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.

    Highlights include

    • Discover the glaciers, wilderness and wildlife of the Chilean fjords
    • Travel to the end of the world; experience the unique wildlife and scenery of Antarctica and the Falklands
    • High-tech Science Centre and lectures on popular topics on board
    • Landings and excursions with high class Expedition team
    Day 1
    Santiago de Chile
    Day 2
    Punta Arenas, Embarkation
    Day 3
    Chilean Fjords
    Days 4 - 5
    Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage
    Days 6 - 12
    Welcome to Antarctica
    Day 13
    At Sea, Lectures and wildlife watching from deck
    Days 14 - 16
    Falkland Islands
    Day 17
    At Sea, The Magellan Strait
    Day 18
    Punta Arenas & Santiago - The end of the expedition
    Start/End Place
    Santiago
    Destinations Visited
    Antarctica
    Falkland Islands
    Duration
    18 Days
    Group Size
    530
    Type
    Expedition Cruises
    Code
    CAF001

    Details

    Transportation

    MS Roald Amundsen - In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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    Included
    • Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
    • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
    • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
    • Return economy flights Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
    • Transfers in Punta Arenas including an orientation tour
    • Wind and water resistant jacket
    • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
    • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
    • Free tea and coffee
    Not Included
    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional excursions and gratuities

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Santiago de Chile

    The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay in Santiago.


    Day 2 - Punta Arenas, Embarkation

    You fly to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen is ready for this expedition to Antarctica.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 3 - Chilean Fjords

    Enjoy cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Days 4 - 5 - Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage

    When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56 degrees south, it is the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement.

    Then MS Roald Amundsen will use 1 ½ to 2 days to cross the Drake Passage, depending on the weather conditions. This enormous churn of water is funnelled by western wind drift from the Pacific through the Drake Passage and into the Scotia Sea to the east. The Drake Passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world. About 95 to 150 million cubic metres of water per second are transported from west to east. As you cross the Drake, you sail over the mid ocean West Scotia Ridge and over the nearly 6.000 metre deep South Shetland Trench. The weather can be terrible on the Drake, but it can also be placid, often called the “Drake Lake”. Usually, it’s somewhere in between.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    2 Lunches
    2 Dinners

    Days 6 - 12 - Welcome to Antarctica

    Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. 90 per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4.000 meters thick, covering the landmass. In winter it is further cut off by sea ice forming off the coast - virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals that, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most wildlife thrives on a cornerstone species: krill.

    The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of one species on Earth – including human beings. As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is allowed to alter the perfect natural balance.

    We are visiting a place that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! What is so overwhelming about Antarctica is that its location makes every voyage to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment.

    Therefore, we need to be pragmatic; we change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often ideal conditions – spend hours ashore, on the water with kayaks, hiking or simply cruising amongst huge pods of whales. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on the programme and schedule.

    We will attempt to land several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour and old whaling stations. It´s hard to sum up all the impressions you will gain. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

    Meals
    7 Breakfasts
    7 Lunches
    7 Dinners

    Day 13 - At Sea, Lectures and wildlife watching from deck

    After exploring this superlative-exhausting continent, we set course back for The Falkland Islands. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690. We will continue our lecture series that focuses on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the islands as we keep a watch for wandering albatross.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Days 14 - 16 - Falkland Islands

    Having just been in Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings.

    The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations.

    The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. Bird lovers will rejoice on Carcass Island.

    This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees. We use our small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at all the birds.

    Meals
    3 Breakfasts
    3 Lunches
    3 Dinners

    Day 17 - At Sea, The Magellan Strait

    As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, you will have a recap of everything you have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 18 - Punta Arenas & Santiago - The end of the expedition

    You arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post voyage extension to experience the impressive region.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Prices are from prices, per person, for Outside cabins. Ask us about prices for Arctic Superior cabins and Suites.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    11 Nov 2019
    28 Nov 2019
    11 Nov 2019
    28 Nov 2019
    USD 10,215
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    27 Nov 2019
    14 Dec 2019
    27 Nov 2019
    14 Dec 2019
    USD 9,858
    Limited availability
    Outside (Window)
    26 Dec 2019
    12 Jan 2020
    26 Dec 2019
    12 Jan 2020
    USD 11,672
    Limited availability
    Outside (Window)
    11 Jan 2020
    28 Jan 2020
    11 Jan 2020
    28 Jan 2020
    USD 11,672
    Limited availability
    Outside (Window)
    3 Nov 2020
    20 Nov 2020
    3 Nov 2020
    20 Nov 2020
    USD 11,842
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    19 Nov 2020
    6 Dec 2020
    19 Nov 2020
    6 Dec 2020
    USD 12,631
    Limited availability
    Outside (Window)
    5 Dec 2020
    22 Dec 2020
    5 Dec 2020
    22 Dec 2020
    USD 11,414
    Available
    Outside (Window)
    21 Dec 2020
    7 Jan 2021
    21 Dec 2020
    7 Jan 2021
    USD 12,556
    Limited availability
    Outside (Window)
    6 Jan 2021
    23 Jan 2021
    6 Jan 2021
    23 Jan 2021
    USD 13,345
    Limited availability
    Outside (Window)

    Important Information

    All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions.

    As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times the top priorities. All indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer.

    Medical questionnaire mandatory.

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