Antarctica, Chilean Fjords, Falklands and Solar Eclipse
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.
- 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
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?
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.
Antarctica – Beautiful Beyond Description
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.”
Lectures and Spotting Wildlife on Deck
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.
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
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.
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.
MS ROALD AMUNDSEN
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten will add to its fleet over the next few years, cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. The build of these two ships represents the largest single investment in the history of Hurtigruten.
The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen will lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship will be specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.
Year of construction: 2019
Ship yard: Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity: 500
Gross tonnage: 20 889 T
Included in Your Expedition
- Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
- Flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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