Antarctica & The Falklands at Christmas
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Begin this unforgettable adventure in Chile’s capital, Santiago, before boarding the MS Roald Amundsen. You’ll then follow in the explorer’s footsteps to the last continent virtually untouched by humans Antarctica. If conditions are right, the captain will attempt a landing on Cape Horn – the end of the world – before you cross Drake Passage, see magnificent icebergs, and witness wondrous wildlife, from seals to whales. A visit to the Falkland Islands completes this unique voyage experienced by very few travellers.
DAY 1 UK – SANTIAGO
Depart on your overnight flight to Santiago, thecapital of Chile.
DAY 2 SANTIAGO – AT LEISURE
Santiago occupies a wonderful setting beneath the Andes and after we have transferred you to your hotel, you will be free to relax and explore at leisure. This evening we’ll get to know one another better over awelcome dinner.
DAY 3 SANTIAGO – PUNTA ARENAS
Early this morning we’ll fly to Punta Arenas, where one of the Hurtigruten fleet of ships, the hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen, is waiting to take you on your expedition cruise to Antarctica.
DAY 4 BEAGLE CHANNEL
Our thrilling voyage begins as wecruisethe scenic Beagle Channel.Surrounded by mountains thatplungestraight into the icy water, this wild and remote areaseems to be virtually untouched by human activity.Here, in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, you can admireisolated islands andhidden bays, and look out for an array of magnificentwildlife.
DAYS 5 & 6 CAPE HORN & THE DRAKE PASSAGE
Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and if weather conditions allow, the Captain will do his best to make a landing here. Heading ashore to explore this deserted piece of land at the end of the world is a truly unique opportunity.
Our route then takes us through the famous Drake Passage, a deep waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific, which was notorious among the early polar explorers and offers us a voyage few people get to experience. As we cruise, the Expedition Team in the state-of-the-art Science Center will deliver fascinating lectures, and you can make the most of the onboard facilities which include an elegant lounge, a gym and wellness centre. We should arrive at the Antarctic Peninsulaon day 7.
DAYS 7 – 13 ANTARCTICA
Our Antarctic expedition now begins in earnest as we spend the next seven days exploring this awe-inspiring continent.
Isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents, Antarctica contains more than 90 per cent of all the ice on the planet, and at times itcan bemore than 4,000 metres thick. The only human habitation is in the various scientific research stations, and vegetation is restricted to mosses, lichen and algae. However, the wildlife is prolific with millions of penguins, whales and seals coming here to feed on fish and krill, and to breed. Our route will be dictated to an extent by weather conditions and we’ll attempt to land on several sites so that you can step ashore for some exciting activities. Wefollow very strict environmental guidelines to ensure weleave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!
DAY 14 AT SEA, ANTARCTICA – FALKLAND ISLANDS
Enjoy the facilities onboard the ship as we spend the day at sea heading to the Falkland Islands. This archipelago comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and more than 700 smaller islands, and is home to diverse wildlife including king penguins and albatross.
DAYS 15 – 17 FALKLAND ISLANDS
On day 15 we reach Stanley, the capital of the archipelago, located on East Falkland. This seaside town is dotted with colourfully painted houses and boasts red phone boxes, old pubs and a picturesque natural harbour. The ship will dock here for the day and as everything is centred around the port, it’s an easy place to discover on foot.
We’ll spend the next two days exploring the archipelago. Our itinerary will evolve as we go and will hopefully include the chance to enjoy hikes and see remote family-owned farms. We’ll take in the beautiful scenery of white-sand beaches and rocky clifftops, and if luck is on our side, discover Magellanic and gentoo penguins.
DAY 18 AT SEA, THE MAGELLAN STRAIT
As we make our way back to Punta Arenasthrough the Magellan Strait,there’s plentyof time to enjoy further onboard lectures in the Science Centerand look out for more wildlife on deck.
DAY 19 PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO
We’ll disembark the ship in Punta Arenas this morningand fly backto Santiago for an overnight stay.
DAY 20 SANTIAGO – UK
Today we’ll transfer you to the airport in Santiago for your overnight flight back to the UK.
DAY 21 UK
You’ll arrive in the UK today.