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This is a truly diverse expedition, with highlights that include spending five days in Antarctica before venturing into the Chilean fjords, discovering the rich wildlife of Patagonia and visiting one of the most scenic national parks in the world. Enjoy spending time ashore, kayaking, hiking and close encounters with penguins, birds and seals


  • Experience Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition
  • Enjoy kayaking, hiking and close wildlife encounters in Antarctica
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords and see Cape Horn
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Visit small coastal Chilean communities




The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains, and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters, and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

Why not extend your expedition by adding an optional Pre-Programme to the amazing Atacama Desert or Chilean Patagonia?


You fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen is ready for this expedition to Antarctica.

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Daily Summary
Transportation: Flight to Punta Arenas
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D


We sail through the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery – HMS Beagle. Then we continue over the Drake Passage, where two oceans meet, on our way to Antarctica.

This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage that few have the chance to experience. The Drake Passage connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Here the warm water from the north meets the cold, less salty water from the south.

Daily Summary
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D

This makes the waters here particularly rich in nutrients and forms the foundational basis of the areas’ unique marine life. On the way through the straits, you can learn a great deal about Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife and history.

Our Expedition team will start the lecture programme to prepare you for the experiences ahead. There will also be various workshops and presentations. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife. Familiarize yourself with our newest and most innovative expedition vessel and take advantage of all the facilities onboard.


Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour.

Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. Ninety per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4000 metres thick, covering the landmass. In winter it is further cut off by the sea ice forming off the coast – virtually doubling the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals who, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most wildlife here thrive on the cornerstone species of krill. The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of one species on Earth.

Daily Summary
Tour: Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour.
Tour: Polar Plunge
Tour: Small Boat Cruising
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D

As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is allowed to alter the perfect natural balance. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Every voyage to this continent is an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment. Therefore, we need to be pragmatic; we change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to spend hours ashore, on the water with kayaks, hiking or simply cruising amongst huge pods of whales. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our programme and schedule.

We will attempt to land in several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, penguin colonies, seals, whales in the ocean, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour, old whaling stations and research bases.? It’s hard to sum up all the impressions you will gain. As a well-known quote from a veteran Antarctic traveller put it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

Polar Plunge

For the brave and bold, there is an option to literally dive into Antarctica at the end of one of the landings. A plunge into the icy-cold water for a few seconds will undoubtedly get your blood pumping. Only a few guests on each expedition ever take up the challenge. Will you?

Small Boat Cruising

Even though your expedition ship is specially designed for sailing in Antarctica, there are limits on where it can go. This is where our small explorer boats come in. Enjoy gliding through the water as you take in views of the surrounding white landscape and floating icebergs. You might spot seals, penguins, or whales feeding on krill.

Additional Options For Days 5 – 8

Snowshoeing in Antarctica – From 62 € per person

This activity is only possible when snow conditions are right, which is usually late spring or early in the Antarctic summer. Equipped with modern snowshoes, you’ll easily walk on the soft snow and reach places that are normally difficult to get to just on foot.

Kayaking Adventure in Antarctica – From 124 € per person

Enjoy the feeling of gliding through Antarctic waters in serene silence and admiring the sight of glaciers, icebergs, and snow-covered mountains around you. You might even meet seals, birds, penguins, and perhaps whales along the way.

Camping in Antarctica (An Amundsen Night) – From 438 € per person

In the true style of the early explorers, we venture out at night for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as we go camping in the Antarctic night.

Although Amundsen, Scott, and Nordenskjold had different equipment, they used the best gear available at the time. So do we. This activity features top-of-the-line camping equipment that meets Antarctic standards for camping on snow.

This is an after-dinner and before breakfast activity offered only where the route, weather and ice/snow conditions allow.

Walking information: Walking mostly on snow, camping also on snow. Some walking with gear required to the camp. We also offer short hikes if conditions and the site allow.


Anchor off Cape Horn

After four unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Roald Amundsen takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 mi) or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage north, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. As we reach the southernmost tip of South America, we will land on Cape Horn if the conditions allow it. Going ashore can be very difficult because of the sometimes-extreme weather in this area.

Daily Summary
Tour: Anchor off Cape Horn
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D

This is the southernmost point of Chile and lies almost 56 degrees south, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the northern end of the Drake Passage. The region is of great significance on account of its location, history, discoveries and trade routes. If we are able to anchor off Cape Horn, you will be able to go ashore to explore this deserted and yet romantic piece of land at the end of the world.


Chilean Fjords

The Chilean fjords´ deep channels, fjords, and mountains plunging into the icy water always leave a profound impression on visitors. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The glacial ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to a lush coastline that is rich in wildlife. You might be lucky enough to spot sea lions, Andean condors, and several bird species that can only be found here.

Daily Summary
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D


Game Drives

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive nature sanctuaries in the world. Its main feature is the “towers” themselves; impressive rock formations, called “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine). The formations are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet), and Torre Norte (7,375 feet).

Daily Summary
Activity: Game Drives
Accommodation: Asilia Sayari Camp – Luxury Tented Suite
Meals: B, L, D

The eighth wonder of the world, Torres del Paine National Park, covers an area of over 242.000 hectares and consists of a rich combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills, and peaks. The park features azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers, (which you’ll cross on rickety bridges), and one big, radiant blue glacier. Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks. This diversity of environments hosts a wide variety of fauna and flora. While we are here you might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes, and skunks in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle. Enjoy hiking in these amazing surroundings.

Scenes of Puerto Natales

This excursion combines the highlights of the charming town of Puerto Natales with the interesting Milodón Cave, just a few kilometres away.

In 1896, local resident Captain Eberhard found a scrap of skin and some bones in a large cave near his property that was later determined to be from a Milodon, a prehistoric ground sloth. The story of the Milodon was popularized by Bruce Chatwin’s travelogue In Patagonia. Although the Milodon is depicted in a full-size replica at the cave’s entrance, most of the Milodon’s remains were shipped off to London, which means the real attraction is the 30m-high (98-ft.), 200m-deep (656-ft.) cave itself, which has an eerie, shaggy roof and is surrounded by interesting conglomerate rock formations. An interpretative centre with a few Milodon bones and a display showing the geological formation of the cave provides some interesting additional background. There is also a historical display of the indigenous tribes who inhabited this and nearby caves as far back as 12,000 years ago.

It is recommendable to wear layered clothing, a windbreaker, a rain jacket, and good walking shoes. Rain showers are common and unpredictable.

Additional Options For Days 12 – 13

Puerto Natales – Hiking in Torres del Paine – From 337 € per person

This programme is designed to give you the best of both worlds.

This excursion begins early in the morning from Puerto Natales, 60 kms away. We make a technical stop in the village of Cerro Castillo, where there are possibilities for shopping, enjoying a coffee or just taking a break. We will stop for lunch at one of the hosterias (an inn or hostel) in the park (depending on availability).

After lunch, our trip through the park continues. An approximately 90-minute walk will take you towards the Salto Grande (big waterfall) and the Mirador Cuernos Lookout, which provides a spectacular view out over the water and mountains.

Included: Lunch in Serrano & 2 bottles of mineral water on the bus

Torres del Paine – Overnight – From 1124 € per person

Maximize your time exploring Patagonia with this overnight excursion at a hotel in the Serrano river area of the park. Explore the park’s lagoons and lakes with colours ranging from glacial blue to emerald green. Enjoy spectacular views of the stunning Grey Glacier and icebergs in Grey Lake. Visit the village of Villa Cerro Castillo, named after its mountain with steep basalt walls that give it the illusion of a castle.

Trekking in the park over uneven terrain and flat soil. Approx, 1 hour walking on day 1 and 2.5 hours on day two.

Included: Lunch and dinner on day one, breakfast and lunch on day two

Torres del Paine – Grey Hike – From 287 € per person

We depart the pier and drive to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive to Grey Lake beach and start walking along the shore to enjoy views of the icebergs with their deep blue colours. Further along, we encounter the Salto Grande (big waterfall), which forms quiet Pehoe Lake. The visit to Salto Grande is subject to weather conditions. After some time taking photos, we leave the park behind and return to Puerto Natales, driving across Patagonia’s deep pampas.

Trekking in the park over uneven terrain and flat ground. Approx. 2 hours walking in the park

Included: Boxed lunch and juice


After an unforgettable cruise through Patagonian waters, the unique village of Puerto Edén will enchant you. It is a tiny settlement in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people. Puerto Edén is a great place to experience the traditional indigenous culture of Patagonian tribes.

Daily Summary
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D

The villagers sell fish, mussels, and shellfish products, which are taken to markets by a weekly transport boat. For souvenirs, buy traditional Kawéskar crafts such as wicker baskets and boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark. Enjoy a stroll among the laneways, and maybe you will spot one of the many Magellan hummingbirds found here when you join the Expedition team for hiking or kayaking.


The expedition continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, you have plenty of time to gaze out on the magnificent natural expanse.

Daily Summary
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D


Castro Walking Tour

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Castro is set among windswept hills and green vegetation. The city is known for its colourful “palafitos”, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water’s edge. Come ashore and enjoy the local Chilote character and curious energy, mixed with a dash of modern development. The Iglesia San Francisco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church is a visual delight: bright yellow and orange with a lavender trim. The varnished-wood interior is stunning, illuminated by rows of stained-glass windows. Other sights include Plazuela del Tren, a small plaza right by the waterfront with an odd collection of old trains.

Daily Summary
Tour: Castro Walking Tour
Accommodation: MS Roald Amundsen
Meals: B, L, D

A stroll in the Cementerio Parroquial is fascinating, as some of the tombs are quite grand and ornately decorated. Feria Campesina Yumbel is a bustling fruit and vegetable market. There are also household goods and fish stalls here. In the shop Feria Artesanal Lillo, located just south of the port, you can buy excellent hand-knit woollen goods and handicrafts. Most of the restaurants and cafes in Castro are concentrated along the Calle Blanco, running from the southern end of the plaza down to the waterfront, and this is where you can get a taste of the renowned meat, potato and seafood stew. Close to the town is Chiloé National Park, a largely unexplored wilderness hosting rare flora and fauna. The park features wide deserted beaches and long stretches of rugged coastline, and is home to dozens of seabird species, penguins and sea lions.

Additional Options For Day 16

Castro – Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao – From 137 € per person

This excursion provides a glimpse into the history of the small villages in the Castro-Delahue area. We will visit three towns by coach and ferry. We depart the pier and proceed to Dalcahue, a picturesque village located 20 km north of Castro. Along the way, glimpse the colourful hamlet of Llaullao where we see “tejuelas” (uniquely roofed houses) and a beautiful chapel in a nice setting.

Arrive at the ferry terminal in Dalcahue and board a boat for an 8-minute crossing to the Island of Quinchao. Upon arrival, we head towards Achao, passing through Curaco de Velez. Learn about the ranchers and whalers in Curaco de Velez, which were prominent during the town’s “glory days”. Visit some of the oldest churches in the area. About 16 km ahead, we discover the town of Achao, founded as a Jesuit residency in 1743. With almost 2,500 inhabitants, Achao is today alive with boats from all the surrounding islands, making it one of the busiest ports in the area.

Trek at Chiloe National Park – From 212 € per person

Hiking trails take you to a great viewpoint with views over Cucao Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Learn about local flora and fauna and the history of the primitive settlements. We will also drive by the village of Cucao and hear about the tsunami that this town suffered in 1960.

Walking information: Total walking is nearly 2.8 km at a slow pace, with many wooden gangways along the trail.

Included: Light lunch


As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

Daily Summary
Activity: Masai Village
Accommodation: Tarangire Kuro Tree Lodge – Luxury Tent
Meals: B, L, D


Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. And this expedition ends in the colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. Maybe you have some time to explore this scenic town before you fly home. We can arrange for accommodation here to extend your stay with a Post Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Daily Summary
Meals: B



Brand new in 2019, the MS Roald Amundsen is a state-of-the-art vessel and features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20%, showing the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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