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Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands – Great Explorers and Wildlife (18 days)

Resort:Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands – Great Explorers and Wildlife (18 days)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Antarctica
Price From: £6990.00

Overview

Sail in the wake of the great explorers to experience the Chilean fjords, the Falklands and majestic Antarctica in one extraordinary expedition cruise. Enjoy chances to see wildlife like penguins, whales and seals amidst icebergs and stunning natural beauty. Along the way, our Expedition Team leads exciting ice-cruising and landing activities to guarantee an unforgettable voyage.

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago de Chile

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, the exciting and diverse capital of Chile. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders, to skyscrapers in the centre, to lovely colonial architecture, to the shores of the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Why not extend your expedition by adding an optional Pre-programme adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert?

Day 2 Santiago / Punta Arenas

Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where the hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Day 3 Chilean fjords – Patagonia

Enjoy cruising the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. Take in the isolated islands, hidden bays and rich wildlife that create one the worlds most beautiful landscapes.

Day 4-5 Drake Passage

Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and we will do our best to make a landing here. MS Roald Amundsen will then cross the famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. On the way, enjoy fascinating lectures from our Expedition Team in the Science Center and take advantage of the Wellness area and other onboard amenities.

Day 6-12 Antarctica

Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90 per cent of the worlds ice, reaching up to 4,000 metres in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.
As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. Thats why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!
Our captain and Expedition Team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and to come ashore on landings for exciting activities. You may have the chance to kayaks the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even tent camp on the worlds most isolated continent.
Its hard to sum up all that an expedition cruise to Antarctica will give you. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.

Day 13 At sea

After exploring this unforgettable continent, we set course for the Falkland Islands. Our Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the Islands, point out wildlife from our outer decks and scout for the Albatrosses that often guide our way.

Day 14-16 The Falkland Islands

After the wilderness of Antarctica, enjoy the contrast provided by Stanley, with red phone boxes, red buses and old pubs. The capital is good size for roaming the streets on foot, or you can join an excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked here throughout the day.
The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white sand beaches.
As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for generations. We may go ashore on Carcass Island – an avian paradise with ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at the birds.
Included activity:
Stanley self guided walk (1 – 2 hrs)
Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Day 17 At sea

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

Day 18 Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile

We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a Post-programme adventure to experience more of this impressive region.