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Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, flocks of penguins and whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories. On board there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.

DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE SHIP AND THE RESTRICTION OF PASSENGER NUMBERS INTO THE ANTARCTIC, PLACES ON THIS DEPARTURE ARE LIMITED!

DON'T DELAY BOOKING!

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Itinerary

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Depart the UK on our flight to Santiago de Chile

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included

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.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS No meals included

Today you fly to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen is ready for this expedition to Antarctica.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

The astounding fjords of Chile
Enjoy cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage
When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56 degrees south, it is the southernmost point of South America. 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. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement. Then MS Roald Amundsen will use 1 ½ to 2 days to cross the Drake Passage, depending on the weather conditions. This enormous churn of water is funnelled by western wind drift from the Pacific through the Drake Passage and into the Scotia Sea to the east. The Drake Passage is part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the most voluminous current in the world. About 95 to 150 million cubic metres of water per second are transported from west to east. As you cross the Drake, you sail over the mid ocean West Scotia Ridge and over the nearly 6.000 metre deep South Shetland Trench. The weather can be terrible on the Drake, but it can also be placid, often called the “Drake Lake”. Usually, it’s somewhere in between.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Antarctica - Impossible to describe

Antarctica is isolated from the rest of the world by ocean currents. 90 per cent of the world´s ice is here, 4.000 meters thick, covering the landmass. In winter it is further cut off by 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 that, for the rest of the year, simply spend their time at sea. Most wildlife thrives on a cornerstone species: krill. The krill population in the Southern Ocean represents the largest biomass of one species on Earth – including human beings. 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 millenniums 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! What is so overwhelming about Antarctica is that its location makes every voyage to the continent 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 – 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 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, oportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, , glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour and old whaling stations and. It´s hard to sum up all the impressions you will gain. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Lectures and wildlife watching from deck
After exploring this superlative-exhausting continent, we set course back for The Falkland Islands. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690. We will continue our lecture series that focuses on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the islands as we keep a watch for wandering albatross.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Having just been in Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings. The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. As we reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. Bird lovers will rejoice if we go ashore on Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees. We use our small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at all the birds.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

The Magellan Strait
As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

The end of the expedition
We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation before your flight home tomorrw.

If you wish, you can extend your vacation with a post voyage extension to experience the impressive region.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Roald Amundsen

Brand new for 2019 MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten is adding to its fleet. 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. One of the most eye-catching exterior design features of the ships will be the two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck wrapped around the top of the ships’ raked bow. In a vast area behind it, you’ll find the core of the onboard experience: Amundsen Science Centre.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

A rich program of included activities designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities

 

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
Destination-focused onboard library
Port presentations providing destination insight
A farewell event

Roald Amundsen - Facilities Include

Packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment, the immersive edutainment area will be the place guests and staff/crew meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas they explore. The flexible venue will feature lecture spaces, a small library, and speciality areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. The area, featuring large windows, will also be the onboard HQ for Hurtigruten’s hand picked Expedition Team.

Roald Admundsen - Entertainment

MS Roald Amundsen has her own onboard Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture and presentations programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast.

Roald Amundsen - Cabins Include

All cabins are outside, 50%  have balconies and suites will feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers - UK - Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Outside cabin for sole use
  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Return economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to ship in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox
  • Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to overnight hotel in Santiago de Chile before inbound flight to UK
  • Transfer hotel to airport
  • Full Board: All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected

 

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo programme with the Expedition Photographer
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Santiago do Chile 29°C Dec
  • Falkland Islands 10°C Dec 
  • Antarctica -1°C Dec

 

  •  Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

Useful Information

Do I need to bring passport or ID?
All guests checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board the ships have to present a valid Passport or government approved ID Card. Explorer voyages only accept passports that must be valid 6 months after the voyage.

On Board Currency

You can pay as you go on board the ships with cash or credit card on Coastal voyages. We accept Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard and regret that the system does not support Maestro Card.  Only credit cards are accepted on Explorer voyages however, MS Nordstjernen does not accept American Express. The credit card must be valid more than three months after your stay on board. Please note that when using your credit card on board the ship, your account will be debited in NOK. The rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company.

 For your convenience, a Cruise Card system is offered on board all ships. This system allows you to charge all on board purchases to your cruise card. Cruise card accounts can be created at all points of payment on board the ship. VISA, Master Card, Diners, American Express are accepted or cash (NOK, EUR, GBP, USD) as deposit. The itemised statement will be sent by email. Please contact the reception If you require a printed version. The cruise card account needs to be settled by 22:00 on your last night on board. For your convenience, your cruise card charges will be billed automatically to your credit card. The credit card must be valid for at least another three months. Any discrepancies must be reported before disembarkation. This also applies if you want to pay part cash and part credit card. The currency used on board is Norwegian Kroner. Exchange rates are similar to those in a hotel. Please check with the reception for methods of payment. Please note that a PIN code is required when paying with your personal credit card on board.

Excursions

Most excursions are pre-bookable and can be added on to your voyage during the online booking process. The excursions offered on your Coastal or Explorer voyage are listed on the relevant voyage page on the Hurtigruten website under the 'Things to see and do' tab.

If you are booking over the phone, excursions can be added at any point from the time of booking the voyage until four weeks prior to departure for Coastal voyages (two weeks if you pay by credit card). Please note that Explorer excursions have limited capacity and can only be booked four weeks before departure (two weeks if paid by credit card).

All excursions are subject to availability and sold on a first come, first served basis. We recommend pre-booking online or over the phone, where possible.

Excursions which are not pre-bookable may be booked from the tour leader on the ship. Excursions booked on board will be payable in Norwegian Kroner and the price may vary as a result of exchange rate fluctuations.

Please bring your driving license if you have pre-booked or are planning to go on any of the snowmobile or ATV excursions. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers, sailing times and weather and/or local conditions. If pre-booked excursions have to be cancelled, you will receive a refund on board in NOK.

Is WiFi Available on board

Yes, WiFi is available on all ships at a fee. Please note depending on the vessel’s location, internet connectivity and telephone usage may be out of range or limited due to the remote locations which are sailed too.

Can you go on shore in every port?
Yes, with some recommendations. If the ship is in port for 30 minutes or longer, you are encouraged to take a look around all of the ports. However, in some ports the ships only stop for 15 minutes. In this case, we ask that guests continuing their voyage to stay on board, just to avoid any risks.

What clothes should I pack for travel to Norway?
The best approach is to bring multiple layers of comfortable, durable, and warm wear which can be piled on or stripped off depending on the weather. During summer, guests are encouraged to make the most of the sunshine to participate in hikes and city walks. Reliable walking shoes and a light jacket are therefore good items to include if travelling in the Midnight Sun season.

Winter is a spectacular time with the Northern Lights often appearing in the arctic skies above. Guests should be fully kitted out for cold weather with a water and wind-resistant/proof winter coat, thermal clothing, sturdy boots with a good sole, a scarf, gloves and a hat.

As in many other countries, autumn and spring in Norway are a mish-mash of rain and sun. The sensible among you will bring a few different types of clothing in expectation of diverse weather that can be hot and then cold, dry and then wet. The Hurtigruten experience is about exploration and relaxation. There is therefore no dress code or formal attire on board. Keep the tuxedo and evening gown at home and just enjoy the voyage!

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
21 Dec 2020 09 Jan 2021 19 All Ages £ 13754 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers - UK - Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Outside cabin for sole use
  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Return economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to ship in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox
  • Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas
  • Transfer airport to overnight hotel in Santiago de Chile before inbound flight to UK
  • Transfer hotel to airport
  • Full Board: All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected

 

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo programme with the Expedition Photographer
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Santiago do Chile 29°C Dec
  • Falkland Islands 10°C Dec 
  • Antarctica -1°C Dec

 

  •  Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

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