The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

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from $8145*pp twin share


Set sail down the Chilean fjords and into Antarctica, returning back to the South American coast via the Falkland Islands on this 18 day voyage with Hurtigruten! On your journey back to Punta Arenas, the ship completes the loop of the Magellan Strait. The December departure is very special, as it will see you celebrate Christmas Eve on Cape Horn and New Year in Antarctica!

Inclusions
– Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
– One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
– Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
– Transfer from airport to ship in Punta Arenas including orientation tour
– Return economy flights between Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile
– Wind and water resistant jacket
– Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
– Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
– Free tea and coffee
– All meals

Exclusions
– International flights
– Travel insurance
– Luggage handling
– Optional excursions and gratuities

DEPARTURES
17 Dec 2017
02 Jan 2018

Day 1     Santiago de Chile, Chile
After arriving in Santiago de Chile, you can explore the city for yourself before spending the night at a hotel.

Day 2     Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
The following day our flight takes you to Punta Arenas, and once on board the ship we will have a welcome-on-board dinner with fellow passengers.

Day 3     Chilean Fjords
Next, we sail past the small island called Isla Tucker. It is famous for its colony of Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions. The captain and his crew show their navigation skills as we sail through the narrow Canal Gabriel.

Day 4     Chilean Fjords
Be wowed by the Chilean fjords. They are extremely deep and surrounded by very high mountains. In one of the fjords we take our small boats out for a closer look at the nature and the wildlife. If the weather is good we will go ashore on Cape Horn. This area is known for high seas and challenging conditions – a great achievement if made.

Day 5     Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn
When ranking the mythical places on earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. 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.

Days 6-7     At Sea
Our expedition team are here to give lectures on the wildlife and science of this geographical area. You may wish to partake in onboard activities, relax on deck or get to know your new friends. Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence the air is getting crisper and colder. From deck you will soon see Antarctic penguins and icebergs appearing, as well as whales.

Days 8-13     Antarctica
You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world! Among the places we will see are South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins, Neko Harbour, Andvord Bay, Paradise Harbour and Wilhelmina Bay. In December, there are large numbers of humpback whales. Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings that take you close to thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places. On board we offer several lectures and “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica.

Day 14     Falkland Islands
Having just been in Antarctica, it may seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England – with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs.

Day 15     Falkland Islands
Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets and meet its people – or join one of the optional excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings.

Day 16     Falkland Islands 
We continue with our exciting on-board programme in the evening. Bird lovers will rejoice as we reach Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with a rich variety of ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of the few islands down here with trees. We use our small boats go ashore for exploring.

Day 17     At Sea/Magellan Strait
As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait we will have a recap of everything we have explored, seen and discovered on this trip. We celebrate our experiences, new friendships, new knowledge and our joint expedition spirit with a farewell dinner and party.

Day 18     Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
Arriving in Punta Arenas, it’s time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Santiago de Chile. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
– All planned landings are subject to weather – and ice conditions
– All itineraries are subject to change
– Medical questionnaire mandatory
– Free rubber boot rental service on board