Patagonia to Antarctica Expedition – Northbound (20 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Ship: MS Fram
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaíso, Chile
Dates: 28 Feb 2019 - 19 Mar 2019

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28 Feb 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires, and discover its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm.

01 Mar 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Air travel
Ushuaia, Argentina

After your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, MS Fram is ready to take you south and beyond.

02 Mar 2019
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.

03 Mar 2019
Cuverville Island (Cruising), Antarctica
04 Mar 2019
Neko Harbor, Antarctica
05 Mar 2019
Lemaire Channel (Cruising), Antarctica
06 Mar 2019
Petermann Island, Antarctica
07 Mar 2019
Port Lockroy, Antarctica
08 Mar 2019
Brown Bluff, Antarctica

The unending white wilderness of Antarctica is full of overwhelming impressions on an impressive scale. Weather, wind, and ice conditions will of course have a great influence on our program and schedule and your experienced expedition team will select possible landing sites that will provide you with the best experiences available. With the long hours of daylight in Antarctica this time of the year it is easy to make the most of your days. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on sites both on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows us to take advantage of the unexpected and wildlife will be at the forefront of our planning. We will bring you on shore for close up exploration. We might call at the gentoo penguin rookeries on Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. We hope to sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and take on the challenging hike on Petermann Island to be rewarded with panoramic views. Another fun destination, if weather permits, is Port Lockroy, an old British base with a museum. Sailing through the Antarctic Sound offers spectacular views of tabular icebergs and glacial landscapes, and Brown Bluff has a distinct rock formation. Our sturdy tender boats will enable us to go ashore almost anywhere and explore bays and channels. The expedition team will explain what you see and ensure we do as little as possible to disturb the local wildlife. Enjoy experiencing Antarctica with all your senses. Kayaking in untouched waters with icebergs floating by, guided hikes up snowy pathways to spectacular viewing points, listening to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling, spending the night on deck or in a tent on this remote and untouched continent, or perhaps for the most daring, taking the polar plunge swim. Every day will be different, and carefully crafted by our expedition team to create lasting memories.

DAY 10
09 Mar 2019
DAY 11
10 Mar 2019
Cape Horn, Chile

After magnificent days exploring Antarctica, we head north and make our way back to the South American continent. 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. 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.

DAY 12
11 Mar 2019
Chilean Fjords (Cruising), Chile

The Chilean 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 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.

DAY 13
12 Mar 2019
Puerto Natales, Chile
DAY 14
13 Mar 2019
Torres del Paine, Chile
Puerto Natales, Chile

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). 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 here has led to the flourish of a wide variety of a 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.

DAY 15
14 Mar 2019
Puerto Eden, Chile

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. There are no roads, only wooden walkways, and electricity is only available during a few hours every day. Puerto Edén is a great place to experience the traditional indigenous culture of Patagonian tribes. 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.

DAY 16
15 Mar 2019

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.

DAY 17
16 Mar 2019
Castro, Chile

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Castro is set among windswept hills and green vegetation. The city is known for its colorful '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 Church of 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. 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 woolen goods and handicrafts. Most of the restaurants and cafés 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.

DAY 18
17 Mar 2019

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaíso, 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 19
18 Mar 2019
DAY 20
19 Mar 2019
Valparaíso, Chile

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. And this voyage ends in the colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso. If you can, take some time to explore this scenic town before you fly home.

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About the Ship

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MS Fram

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

What's Included


  • Daily Meals & Select Beverages

  • Wind/water-resistant jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team

  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots

Not Included

  • International Flights

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • 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.

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