18-day Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords, and Antarctica
Expedition ship: MS Midnatsol
Fares from $9,010* pp
SOLO TRAVELER OFFER: No Single Supplement
PLUS: Reduced 3rd/4th rates – save $5,000*
Departure Dec 17, 2017; Jan. 2, 2018
*Based on Jan 2, 2018. Subject to availability.
Finally – Discovery and Adventure for All!
Daily lectures * Youth learning programs * Photography classes * Ice cruising * Penguin landings * Media programs * Kayak adventures
Now, you don’t have to ‘conquer’ extreme elements in order to appreciate an adventurous and truly up-close Antarctica. Instead, you will travel in casual comfort where hands-on experiences, learning, and interaction with Antarctica’s pristine shores and ice-filled waterways connects you with your inner explorer.
Starting with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. The journey south begins among steep mountains, green valleys flourishing with life, and glaciers in the Chilean fjords before we sailthrough the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi Fjord. Here we take our small boats out for a closer look at the two glaciers at the end of the fjord and the wildlife here.
If the weather is favorable we will land on Cape Horn on Christmas Eve. On board, we celebrate Christmas the ‘Norwegian way’, with a Christmas tree, carols, and a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner. As we sail in the open sea you will start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs in the water, and maybe even whales as well, as we are sailing into the most remote area of the world.
In Antarctica, you can join our Expedition Team on landings that includevisits to the most interesting places, looking at thousands of penguins and seals, and kayaking.
Heading north, we will spend several days at the Falkland Islands experiencing everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital of Stanley to white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, old shipwrecks, and the bird paradise of Carcass Island. Here we use our small boats go ashore for exploring, hiking, or takinga closer look at birds such as several species of duck, geese, penguins, albatross, caracaras, and wrens.
After completing the loop of the Magellan Strait we disembark in Punta Arenas.
Day 1: Santiago de Chile, Chile
After arriving in Santiago de Chile, you can explore the city before spending the night at a hotel.
Today our flight takes you to Punta Arenas, and we will have a welcome-on-board dinner.
Today we will 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
Gazing will be your favorite activity when we reach the Chilean fjords. They are extremely deep, and surrounded by very high mountains. You might not see a single person on shore, just endless wilderness. In one of the fjords we take our small boats out for a closer look at the nature and the wildlife.
Day 5: Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn
When ranking all 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. If the weather is favorable we will go ashore on Cape Horn, however, this area is known for high seas and challenging conditions. On one of the voyages, this day will be Christmas Eve, and we celebrate the Norwegian way with a Christmas tree, carols, and a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner.
By now our Expedition Team will have convinced almost everybody on board that science is fun. We can promise first-class ‘edutainment’!
Day 7: At sea
Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence the air is getting crisper and colder. From deck you start seeing Antarctic penguins and icebergs, and maybe even whales as well.
Days 8 – 13: Antarctica
You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world. From deck there are lots of chances to see whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and old whaling stations and their relics. Among the places we will see are the South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay and Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has spectacular scenery and is often called ‘Whale-mina Bay’ because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here in December. Go ashore with the Expedition Team and get close to thousands of penguins and seals, and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and visiting 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 might seem a bit surreal to arrive in Stanley, a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone booths, red buses, and English pubs.
Day 15: Stanley, Falkland Islands
Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife.
Day 16: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands
Bird lovers will rejoice as we reach Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with a rich variety of ducks, geese, penguins, albatross, caracaras, and wrens. It is also one of the few islands in this region with trees. We use our small boats go ashore for exploring, hiking, or taking a closer look at all the birds.
As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will recap everything we have explored, seen, and discovered on this trip. We celebrate our experiences, new friendships, new knowledge, and spending a great expedition together with a farewell dinner and party.
Day 18: Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile
We disembark in Punta Arenas. Your journey home continues with your flight to Santiago de Chile.
About the MS Midnatsol
MS Midnatsol has a strong environmental profile and a modern design. The interior’s bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. She is also a TV star, being featured in the award winning documentary “Hurtigruten 365”, made by Norwegian TV. On deck 9 you find the sun deck and a Jacuzzi. Key qualities of the MS Midnatsol include the large, two-story panorama lounge above the bow, and the large glass expanses that allow natural light to enter, while providing extraordinary views.
MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1X ship and equipped with advanced technology, making her very well suited for expedition voyages in Antarctica. In 2016 she will begin to take explorers on adventures to Patagonia and Antarctica.
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both upper and middle deck, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee -making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, where one doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.
Upper deck with limited view (QJ)
Lean back in these large, relaxing cabins with double beds. Most cabins have sofa groups. You will also find TV and minibar at your disposal. These cabins are situated on upper decks with limited or no view.
Top deck (U)
Enjoy these comfortable outside cabins, situated on top/upper decks. These cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa.
Upper deck for 2 persons (P)
Enjoy these comfortable outside cabins, situated on upper or middle deck. These cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa
Our cosy Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.
Inside cabin (I)
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated mostly on middle or lower deck and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Some have double beds, others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.
Middle deck (O, N)
Lower decks (L)
Upper deck with limited view for 2 travelers (J)
* All prices listed are per person, double occupancy, in USD, in an inside cabin, unless otherwise specified, and valid for new FIT bookings. Prices are subject to change to change without notice. Single Supplement waiver offer valid for all new FIT bookings as listed above, and applicable to all cabins excluding suites. From prices are subject to limited availability and may change at any time before the departure date. Reduced 3rd and 4th offer pertains to three or four guests sharing a cabin, with the third and fourth guest at 50% off the voyage portion of the tour price. Offer is only valid for new bookings only, for select departures, is capacity controlled, and subject to withdrawal at any time without notice. Offer is open for individual direct and trade bookings only. This offer can be combined with the Ambassador discount for past passengers. The offer is subject to availability at the time of booking and based on a limited number of triple/quad cabins suitable for families traveling together. This offer can be combined with the Ambassador discount for past passengers and the Child discount. Offer is not combinable with Canada discount.