Antarctica, The Polar Circle, and Beyond (20 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Santiago, Chile to Santiago, Chile
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Santiago, Chile

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 Mapocho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

Santiago, Chile
Air travel
Punta Arenas, Chile

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

Beagle Canal, 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.

Drake Passage (Cruising)

The infamous Drake Passage is where two oceans meet. As we cross what is known as either the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake (depending on conditions), fascinating presentations will be given about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be acquainted with our measures to protect this vulnerable environment.

Drake Passage (Cruising)
Deception Island, Antarctica
Half Moon Island, Antarctica
Brown Bluff, Antarctica
Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica
DAY 10
Neko Harbor, Antarctica
DAY 11
Paradise Bay, Antarctica
DAY 12
Port Lockroy, Antarctica
DAY 13
Lemaire Channel (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 14
Crystal Sound, Antarctica
Grandidier Channel, Antarctica

As we cross the Antarctic Convergence, the air becomes crisper and colder. Antarctic penguins begin to appear in the water, and the first icebergs drift by. When opportunities arise, we will launch our kayaks and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one of the most beautiful untouched places on the planet – all in true expedition style. Depending on the weather and ice conditions we might visit Deception Island, where you can join the expedition team for a hike on this ring-shaped volcanic caldera. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. Half Moon Island is a paradise for photographers with its rich wildlife set against scenic backgrounds and Antarctic highlights. If we visit Antarctic Sound you will see an astonishing number of icebergs – and Adélie penguins. Brown Bluff's birdlife and nature is amazing, and taking an ice cruise with small boats in the Lemaire Channel is considered a can't miss-experience. Set foot on the Antarctic mainland in Neko Harbour and visit a former British research base in Port Lockroy, see Paradise Harbour and Wilhelmina Bay. We will also try to sail through the spectacular Grandidier Channel, towards Crystal Sound – crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33'46.4" S. This is an adventure that few others can claim!

DAY 15

After spending some amazing days in Antarctica we will have a recap of everything we have experienced so far. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife and join the lectures to learn more about our next destination, the Falkland Islands.

DAY 16
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

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.

DAY 17
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
DAY 18
Falkland Islands (Cruising), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
DAY 19

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

DAY 20
Puerto Natales, Chile
Air travel
Santiago, Chile

We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post voyage extension to experience the impressive region.

Antarctica, The Polar Circle, and Beyond map

About the Ship

South America landscape
MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

What's Included


  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot® rubber boots.

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

Insider Tip

Choose from a variety of cabin options ranging from Interior, Ocean View and Suite categories on any one of our 15 ships offering modern facilities carefully blended with true character.

Terms & Conditions

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