Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Falklands and Solar Eclipse

Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Falklands and Solar Eclipse

USD $18856 USD $11895 starting price
Follow in the footsteps of great explorers and experience the Chilean Fjords, the Falklands and the majestic Antarctica. Experience an abundance of wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales amidst icebergs and spectacular beauty. You will have a robust expedition team with you  to lead exciting ice-cruising, landing activities and to host lectures. All of these factors combined are bound to create an unforgettable experience.

Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
Duration: 18 days

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  • Explore the unparalleled beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
  • Experience the Solar Eclipse in the South Orkney Islands with an expert astronomer
  • Wonderful opportunities to spot wildlife such as penguins, seals, whales and more
  • Enjoy amazing landing activities, ice-cruising and lectures, all led by the expert expedition team

Day 1

Exciting and Diverse

Santiago de Chile – Hotel

Start your adventure with an overnight stay in Santiago, the exciting capital of Chile. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders, to skyscrapers and lovely colonial architecture. Why not extend your expedition by adding an optional pre- and/or post-cruise Land Adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert?

Day 2

Embarking the Expedition

Santiago / Punta Arenas

After a Charter flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, the hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Day 3-4

Cape Horn and Drake Passage

Drake Passage – At sea

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 famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. On the way, enjoy lectures by our expedition team in the Science Center, as well as the wellness area and other onboard amenities.

Day 5-9

Antarctica – Beautiful Beyond Description

Antarctica

Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale.  It is home to 90 percent of the world´s ice, reaching up to more than 13,000 ft 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 is permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but our 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 ashore on landings for exciting activities.  You may have the chance to kayak the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even camp out on the world´s most isolated continent.

It´s hard to sum up all that an expedition cruise to Antarctica will give you. A well-known quote from veteran Antarctic traveler coins it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

Day 10

Lectures and Spotting Wildlife on Deck

At sea

After exploring unforgettable Antarctica, 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 albatrosses that often guide our way.

Day 11

Solar Eclipse

The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 370 miles northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. Our Expedition Team will be on deck to give out specially designed solar filters, which will protect your eyes while you observe this extraordinary occurrence.

A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.

After observing the Solar Eclipse, we plan to explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs, sea ice, and frequent mist.

Day 12 – 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 Falklands, point out wildlife from our outer decks, and scout for the Albatrosses that often guide our way. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyze samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Day 14-16

At the Edge of Antarctica

 The Falkland Islands

After the wilderness of Antarctica, you may be amused by contrast of Stanley with its red English phone booths, red buses and old pubs. The capital is an ideal size for roaming the streets on foot, or you can join an excursion to explore wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked here throughout the day.

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, fantastically clear blue skies, vast horizons and stunning white sandy 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 aviary 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.

Day 17

The Magellan Strait

At sea

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

Day 18

The End of the Expedition

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-cruise Land Adventure to experience more of this impressive region.

Included in Your Expedition

Hotel

  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Flights

  • Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Santiago de Chile to Santiago de Chile airport before the expedition cruise
  • Transfers between Punta Arenas airport and the ship, including a short tour of the city and a lunchbox

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the ship’s onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical declaration form is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected

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Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Falklands and Solar Eclipse
Duration: 18 Days

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