The Chilean Fjords, Antarctica & Argentina Itinerary

Penguins marching along the ice.
Penguins marching along the ice.

A 19-day expedition program onboard the MS Nordnorge from Santiago to Buenos Aires, featuring expert guides, lectures and polarcirkel boat landings.

Day 1: Depart U.S. – Overnight flight to Santiago.

Day 2: Arrival in Santiago – Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Along the way, you’ll be given an orientation tour of the city. Rest of the day free to explore. Optional excursions.

Day 3: Santiago-Punta Arenas/Embarkation – After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Punta Arenas; transfer to the MS Nordnorge. Orientation talk onboard. [B/D]

Day 4: Sarmiento and Smith Channels – Continue through the remote and picturesque channels of Patagonia to one of the world’s most noted waterways. Battered by westerly winds and storms that drop huge amounts of rain and snow on the seaward slopes of the Andes, this rugged, mountainous area, called Magallanes, is geographically remote from the rest of the country.[B/L/D]

Day 5: Straits of Magellan – Your senses will be on overload as you pass magnificent glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and azure fjords. Your ship will sail into Admiralty Sound, frequented by cormorants, southern dolphins and sea lions. [B/L/D]

Day 6: Puerto Natales-Strait of Magellan – Morning free to roam the city, or tour the Torres del Paine National Park. Optional excursions. [B/L/D]

Day 7: Beagle Channel – Among the many exciting vistas you’ll see today is that of the Southern Andes plunging into the icy sea, bounding an interior so wild and remote it seems primeval. You’ll cruise up the Andes’ rarely traveled fjords, passing magnificent mountains and glaciers. [B/L/D]

Day 8: Puerto Williams-Cape Horn – If weather permits, the captain will land at Cape Horn, so you may explore this bleak, yet captivating place at the very end of the world. In the late afternoon, the ship will call at Puerto Williams, located on tiny Isla Navarino. [B/L/D]

Day 9: Drake Passage – While crossing Drake Passage, you’ll enjoy lectures about the region. [B/L/D]

Day 10-15: Antarctica – Antarctica, “The White Continent”, is more than half the size of North America. On the Antarctic Peninsula you’ll experience the narrow, glacier-lined Lemaire Channel, considered one of most beautiful passages in Antarctica-where humpback and killer whales, various penguins, and elephant seals are a common sight-and the breathtaking Neumayer Channel, with its majestic cliffs. Visits by PolarCirkel boats will be attempted in various locations (weather permitting), including:

Whaler’s Bay, on Deception Island, with its warm springs and black volcanic sand.
Half Moon Island, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, famous for its large chinstrap penguin rookery, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns. Whale spotting is also common here.
Yankee Harbor, home to a variety of seals and an estimated 4,000 gentoo penguin pairs. It is a common feeding area for whales as well.
Cuverville Island, boasting the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Neko Harbor, off spectacular Errera Channel, home to hundreds of gentoo penguins,Weddell and elephant seals, is believed to be part of mainland Antarctica.
Almirante Brown, in Paradise Harbor, named for its beauty, with ice cliffs and floating icebergs, home to gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
Petermann Island, home of the southernmost gentoo penguin colony, blue-eyed shags and Adélie penguins nest here too.
Port Lockroy, surrounded by mountains, glaciers and ice shelves, and known for its gentoo penguins and blue-eyed cormorants.
Wilhelmina Bay, feeding ground for whales and seals.
Antarctic Sound, where huge mile-long tabular icebergs can be seen. The sound is also home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals and killer whales.
Brown Bluff, on the coast of the Antarctic Sound at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Adélie penguins, gentoo penguins, kelp gulls and Cape petrels can be found here and Weddell seals are regular visitors.

Day 15-16: The Drake Passage – On your return through the Drake Passage, you’ll hear more lectures about Antarctica, its ecosystem and its history of exploration. [B/L/D]

Day 17: Ushuaia-Buenos Aires – Disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a guided tour of this resort town, known for its snow-capped mountains, rivers and waterfalls, or explore it on your own. Later, transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Your transfer to the hotel will include an orientation tour of the city. Optional excursions. [B/D]antarctica_ice

Day 18: Buenos Aires/Return to U.S. – After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 19: Arrive in the U.S

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact our Hurtigruten expert, Margreet Pettersen. Margreet may be reached at 206-780-5010 or click to email Margreet.