Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands - Great Explorers and Wildlife February 12 - 29, 2020 Price: From: $11,979/Person *Price is based on sharing a double room. Price is cruise only, port taxes/fees are not included. Airfare & travel insurance is additional. Included Cruise Features 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. • 1 Overnight at Hotel InterContinental Santiago • Transfer from Hotel to Airport • Charter flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas • Transfer Punta Arenas Airport to Ship • Voyage Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas • Transfer Punta Arenas Ship to Airport • Charter Flight Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile Itinerary Day 1 - Exciting and Diverse | 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 to tall mountains, skyscrapers, quiet parks, Colonial architecture, bohemian neighborhoods, and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here. Day 2 – Embarking the Expedition | Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas You fly to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen is ready for this expedition to Antarctica. Day 3 – The Astounding Fjords of Chile | 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 the isolated islands and hidden bays that create the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Day 4 – Cape Horn and the Famed Drake Passage | Drake Passage When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56° 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. Then MS Roald Amundsen will take 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, and about 25 to 40 billion gallons 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 20,000 foot deep South Shetland Trench. The weather can be terrible on the Drake, but it can also be placid. Usually, it’s somewhere in between.