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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Santiago de Chile Check-in to hotel and explore the city
2 Santiago de Chile

Punta Arenas

EMBARKATION

Welcome dinner

3 Chilean Fjords See the wildlife of Isla Tucker

Pass through the narrow Canal Gabriel

4 Chilean Fjords Admire the breathtaking, wild fjords

Take a boat to see wilderness and wildlife

5 Chilean Fjords

Cape Horn

Potential landing at Cape Horn
6 The Drake Passage Cross the notorious Drake Passage

First-class edu-tainment on board

7 The Drake Passage On-board activities continue

Prepare for your arrival in Antarctica

8-13 Antarctica Six adventure-packed days in Antarctica

Hike, kayak, observe wildlife, and explore

14 The Falkland Islands Arrive in a quintessentially British town

Free time to go ashore and explore

15 The Falkland Islands Roam Stanley’s streets

Join a wilderness or wildlife excursion

16 The Falkland Islands On Carcass Island, learn about bird life

Go ashore to explore, hike, or birdwatch

17 The Magellan Strait Share photos and experiences on board

Farewell dinner and party

18 Punta Arenas

Santiago de Chile

DISEMBARKATION

Flight to Santiago de Chile

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

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 / SANTIAGO DE 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 / PUNTA ARENAS / EMBARKATION 

After checking out of your hotel, fly to Punta Arenas, where you’ll join the ship. Once on board, you’ll be treated to a welcome dinner.

 

DAY 3 / CHILEAN FJORDS 

After setting sail, pass Isla Tucker, a small island that is widely known for its Magellanic penguin colony, as well as other birds, dolphins, and sea lions. The captain and his crew demonstrate their navigational skills as the ship sails through the narrow Canal Gabriel.

 

DAY 4 / CHILEAN FJORDS 

Upon arrival in the Chilean fjords, take in a truly unforgettable view of the plunging fjords and steep mountains blanketed in emerald forests. It’s rare to see any traces of human life on shore—the ship is surrounded by endless wilderness. In one of the fjords, take a boat ride to get a closer look at the nature and the wildlife. If the weather is good, go ashore on Cape Horn. This area is known for its high seas and challenging seafaring conditions. In other words, making it ashore is a rare achievement.

 

DAY 5 / CHILEAN FJORDS / CAPE HORN 

Cape Horn is one of the most mythical places on Earth. 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. Today, we’ll try once more to make a landing and go ashore here.

 

DAY 6 / THE DRAKE PASSAGE 

The Drake Passage is the stretch of ocean between the southern tip of South America, also known as Cape Horn or Tierra del Fuego, part of Chile, and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. On the crossing, you’ll learn a great deal about Antarctica’s natural wonders and fascinating history.

 

DAY 7 / THE DRAKE PASSAGE 

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, you’ll start to notice the air getting crisper and colder. Here, you may spot your first Antarctic penguins in the water—keep an eye, as well, for icebergs.

 

DAYS 8-13 / ANTARCTICA 

Go ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery and wildlife, including penguins and fur seals. From deck, there will be numerous chances to spot whales as well. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations, and relics from former expeditions.

You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world, where there is much to explore and experience. Among the places we will see are the South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, which is home to a sizeable colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbour got its evocative name from whalers during the last century. Wilhelmina Bay has spectacular scenery and has been nicknamed “Whale-mina Bay,” because of the throngs of humpback whales spotted here in December.

Join the expedition team to explore Antarctica, with landings that take you close to thousands of penguins and seals. Enjoy kayaking and visits to the continent’s most fascinating sites. On board, we offer several lectures and for young explorers, scientific experiments.

 

DAY 14 / THE FALKLAND ISLANDS 

Having just been in Antarctica, you might find it more than a little surreal to arrive in in the Falkland Islands, in a town that looks like it’s been transported straight from England with its red phone boxes, red buses, and British pubs.

 

DAY 15 / THE FALKLAND ISLANDS 

Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Today, roam the city streets or join an excursion to explore regional wilderness and wildlife.

 

DAY 16 / THE FALKLAND ISLANDS

Our exciting on-board programme continues in the evening. Bird lovers will rejoice as we reach Carcass Island, a bird paradise with a rich variety of ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras, and wrens. It’s also one of the few islands in the region to have trees. We use our small boats go ashore to explore, hike, or take a closer look at all the birds.

 

DAY 17 / THE MAGELLAN STRAIT 

As the ship completes the loop of the Magellan Strait, you’ll relive and share everything you’ve explored, seen, and discovered on this trip. Celebrate your experiences and knowledge, solidify new friendships, and join us for a farewell dinner and party.

 

DAY 18 / PUNTA ARENAS / DISEMBARKATION / SANTIAGO DE CHILE  

Arriving in Punta Arenas, it’s time to say goodbye. Your journey onward begins with a flight to Santiago de Chile.

Dates & Prices

Itinerary Code (Name of Itinerary) Itinerary Start Date  Route Duration (Nights) Ship Name Fare Range Category Price PP
Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
I L / J N O P U QJ Q M MG MX
ENAN-03
(Falkland Islands & Antarctica)
12/17/2017 Santiago de Chile/Santiago de Chile 17 MS Midnatsol Min $10,050 $10,430 $10,910 $11,210 $11,590 $12,320 $12,930 $13,970 $15,400 $17,480 $21,550
Max $14,550 $15,300 $15,880 $16,330 $17,100 $18,240 $18,980 $20,580 $23,040 $26,290 $32,260
1/2/2018 Santiago de Chile/Santiago de Chile 17 MS Midnatsol Min $10,050 $10,430 $10,910 $11,210 $11,590 $12,320 $12,930 $13,970 $15,400 $17,480 $21,550
Max $14,550 $15,300 $15,880 $16,330 $17,100 $18,240 $18,980 $20,580 $23,040 $26,290 $32,260

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

ENAN-03 Port Charges: N/A

ENAN-03 Single Supplement:

  • Polar Inside: ~23%
  • Polar Outside:~45%
  • Arctic Superior: ~67%
  • Expedition Suite: ~93%

Terms and Conditions 

Inclusions

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage, including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Economy flights between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
  • Transfers in Punta Arenas, including orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Ship Details

MS Midnatsol

BuiltLengthDecksCabinsPassengersCabin Size
2003136m73015008 - 45m²More Details

Travel Tips

Antarctica

Travel Documents / Visas

1. Passport

Canadian citizens must have a valid passport for the entire duration of their stay in Chile or Argentina.

Our cruise partner Hurtigruten requires that your passport be valid for 6 months after the end date of your trip.

Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

2. Visa

No visa is required for citizens of Canada to enter either Chile or Argentina.

Reciprocity Fee – Argentina (MS Fram expedition programs)

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee to Canadians travelling to Argentina. This fee must be prepaid online at the website of the National Immigration office. It is valid for multiple entries for the validity of your passport provided you retain copies of the receipt.

 

Packing List

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

 

Insurance

You MUST have travel insurance to participate in any Antarctica program. Options on coverage are available from your travel agent or here.

           

Smoking

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks. It is also not permitted to smoke on land in Antarctica in the interest of protecting the environment.

 

Weather

Cold…

More specifically, during the ‘summer’ months between November and March (the only time of the year that tourist vessels go), the daytime temperatures are usually in the single digits (0-5C). In the evening, temperatures will dip below freezing. It should be noted that the weather in Antarctica at this time of year is usually warmer than most Canadian cities at the same time.

Please remember though, it is really summer in the gateway cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago at this time of year – temperatures could easily be in the 30s. You will need to have both some summer wear and proper winter attire for this trip.

 

Arrival / Departure

Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on where to check-in for your trip to Antarctica in either Buenos Aires or Santiago (It will be a centrally located hotel.) You must check in the day prior to departure to receive last minute instructions on where and when you will be picked up for the transfer to the airport. Your trip will begin and end at this same point.

On your return, the charter flight back to the city of commencement will arrive sometime in the afternoon. If you are flying back home this same day, we strongly recommend that you do not book a flight prior to 8:00 PM. We cannot assume any responsibility for missed flights due to any delay of the charter flight.

Money

The currency of Argentina is the Argentinian Peso (ARS).

The currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

Antarctica does not have currency as it is not a sovereign state.

Onboard, you will be issued a cruise card which you can use to charge all purchases during your voyage. You must provide a Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip date.

The final bill will be charged to your account in Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in abundance in both Santiago and Buenos Aires. However, after you leave these cities for the trip, it is extremely unlikely you will see another ATM until you return. We regret, there is no currency exchange facility onboard the ship.

For small purchases in the Antarctica research stations (i.e. Port Lockroy), you can use US Dollars, while British Pounds and Euros are also accepted.

Gratuities (Tipping)

Gratuities suggested by the cruise line are:

USD 12.00 per guest per day to be divided amongst the entire crew.

Laundry

Laundry service is available for a small fee. Regrettably, dry cleaning is not available.

Excursions

All regular shore landings as noted in the itinerary are included in your voyage. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.

Your shore landings will start a zodiac boat ride to shore where you will land and be assisted onto shore via some portable steps. The ground is usually small rocks / gravel and sometimes could be snow-covered.

Activity Level / Strenuousness

Light to Moderate – Participation in the shore landings requires the ability to board (with assistance) a zodiac boat from the main ship and on to shore. There are no long distances to walk in Antarctica.

Environmental Protection

Antarctica is one of the last ‘pristine’ environments remaining on the planet. It is a privilege to be able to visit it. As the numbers of visitors are increasing each year, the risk of damage to the fragile ecosystem is large. As a result, relatively drastic measures are undertaken by our ships to ensure the impact is kept to a minimum. All voyages will follow the guidelines set out by the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO). We encourage you to read a copy of those guideline which are available on the IAATO Visitor Guideline webpage.

Food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare.

If travelling via Argentina, do try one of their fantastic steak houses. ‘Bife de Lomo’ is the equivalent of a filet. Of course no Argentinean steak would be complete without a glass of terrific local Malbec or one of the many other fine wines locally.

In Chile, the steak is probably just as good as in Argentina. However, Chilean seafood is superb.  ‘Machas a la parmesana’ or clams in parmesan cheese is a local favourite. If you’re just looking for a snack, you can go wrong with a few ‘empanadas’ (little pastry shells with various fillings). The Chilean wine is also equally as good as the Argentinian. Our advice: Avoid the big brand names you can find at home – there are literally thousands of other choices.

Language

Your shipboard staff all speak English and usually at least one other language. Spanish is the tongue in both Argentina and Chile. In most shops and larger restaurants, people will speak a smattering of English. A phrasebook would not be unhelpful though.

Medical Facilities

There is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board at all times. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and drugs to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage properly labelled and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital drugs, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival.  Illness on board can lead to quarantine and orders from the ship’s physician and captain, must be followed.

Please note that all guests must have personal travel/health insurance and must provide a confidential medical declaration form to the onboard doctor. Details will be provided well in advance of your departure.

Phone & Internet

There is a phone in each cabin. Call rates are very high as a satellite connection is the only one possible.

Wi-Fi is available in certain areas of the ship at a modest charge. As it is a satellite connection, internet speed will be very slow and we suggest it be used for urgent matters only.

If you would like to have regular data and phone connection while in Chile or Argentina, we suggest either arranging an overseas roaming plan with your mobile operator, or pick up a local SIM card if you have an unlocked phone.

 

Health / Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to travel to Antarctica or via Argentina or Chile. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

NOTE: You must provide a completed, confidential medical declaration signed by your doctor upon boarding the ship as required by IAATA guidelines. If you have any concerns about health issues that may influence your ability to be accepted for travel, please contact us at the time of booking.

You must also have travel insurance to participate on this voyage.

Safety & Security

Antarctica is probably the safest place on the planet.

Buenos Aires and Santiago are large Latin American cities where crime is prevalent and appropriate precautions are recommended.

We highly recommend leaving all valuables at home or at least in the safe deposit box in your hotel room. Be aware at all times, particularly in crowds or at night. We suggest to avoid walking alone in the city at night – best in small groups.

For current advisories, please consult the following

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/chile

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina

Suggested Reading

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

The Last Place on Earth

The Ferocious Summer: Palmer’s Penguins and the Warming of Antarctica

Fixing Antarctica: Mapping the Frozen South

Ordeal by Ice: Ships of the Antarctic

Penguins: The Ultimate Guide