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Antarctica, the Polar Circle and Beyond

Antarctica is unlike anything you have ever experienced! The landscape is as awe-inspiring and untouched as the day that man first set foot here. On this expedition, we will attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′46.3″ S and explore even further south. This is an adventure that few others can claim!

Duration: 19 Nights, January to February 2019

Price: From $11,211

Highlights

  • The state of the art Antarctica experience; we will try to cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33’46.4” S
  • Explore Antarctica, the last continent that is virtually untouched by humans
  • Visit unspoiled wilderness in an environmentally friendly way
  • Wide ranging scientific and lecture program

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Included
• Expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis
• One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage, including breakfast
• Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
• Economy-class flights between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
• Transfers in Punta Arenas including an orientation tour
Wind- and water-resistant jacket
Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
Professional English speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
• Complimentary tea and coffee 
• Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots

Decks & Cabins: MS Roald Amundsen is a brand new state-of-the-art vessel featuring new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology! You have a choice of comfortable cabins and a number of superior suites to choose from:
        • Expedition Suite: The most exquisite cabins on the ship. Upper & middle deck.
        • Arctic Superior: Hallmark of relaxation and comfort. Upper & middle deck.
        • Polar Outside: Comfortable standard cabins. Mostly middle deck.

 Not Included:
• International Flights
• Travel Insurance
• Luggage Handling
• Optional excursions and gratuities

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

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Day 1: Exciting and Diverse (1)

Location: Santiago de 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 Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

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Day 2: Embarking the Expedition

Location: Santiago de Chile / Punta Arenas

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

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Day 3: The Astounding Fjords of Chile

Location: Chilean Fjords

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.

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Day 4 & 5: Drake Lake or Drake Shake

Location: Drake Passage

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.

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Day 6 to 14: An Endless White Wilderness

Location: 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 Adelie 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!

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Day 15: Recapping at Sea

Location: At Sea

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.

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Day 16 to 18: At The Edge of Antarctica

Location: The Falkland Islands

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.

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Day 19: The Magellan Strait

Location: At Sea

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.

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Day 20: The End of the Expedition

Location: Punta Arenas / Santiago de 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.

DEPARTURES:

• January 12th 2019

• January 30th 2019

• February 17th 2019

Prices from $11,211 per person.

Hurtigruten uses variable pricing and prices depend on Cabin availability.

As cabin availability decreases, prices increase. Contact us for current prices and special offers that may apply!

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Views from Antarctica, the Polar Circle and Beyond

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Highlights

  • The state of the art Antarctica experience; we will try to cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33’46.4” S
  • Explore Antarctica, the last continent that is virtually untouched by humans
  • Visit unspoiled wilderness in an environmentally friendly way
  • Wide ranging scientific and lecture program

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