MS Roald Amundsen sails into the Hurtigruten fleet in July 2018. This state-of-the-art expedition ship features new and environmentally-friendly hybrid technology and electrical power, which reduces fuel usage and CO2-emissions. Setting sail with a maximum of 530 passengers on board; you'll soon feel at home in your modern and well-equipped sea-facing cabin or suite and get to know your travelling companions and the resident crew and Expedition Team. The laid-back and friendly on-board lifestyle and the casual dress code are equally matched by the locally-inspired and tasty cuisine. The focus is very much on what you can experience ashore and the on and off ship activities. Spend your days at sea relaxing on the outdoor explorer deck and enjoying the views from the observation lounge. Work out in the fitness room and take a brisk stroll around the outdoor walking deck, before enjoying some downtime in the wellness area.
The cuisine on board is locally-sourced and made from the freshest of ingredients. Take your seat in the T Alune Main Dining restaurant at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to enjoy first-class service and a varied menu of starters, main courses, and desserts. Pay a small supplement to dine on gourmet fare in the Fredheim and Lindstrom Restaurants.
Explorer Lounge & Bar on Deck Ten is the social hub of the ship. From your morning coffee through to pre-dinner drinks and late evening nightcaps; this is the place to mix with your fellow passengers and take in the ever-changing outside views.
The entertainment on board MS Roald Amundsen is relaxed and low-key. The Expedition Team host a programme of enrichment talks and evening get-togethers; while out on deck they guide you through the points of interest, nature, and other fascinating sights. Enjoy ambient background music in the evening as you socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge and bar.
Day 1 - Fly from the UK to Santiago de Chile, Chile
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Santiago de Chile, the vibrant and diverse capital of Chile. During your overnight stay, you'll have plenty of time to explore the colourful bohemian quarter and stylish colonial architecture and also admire the Andean glaciers at the city borders and the fast-flowing Mapacho River.
Day 2 - Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas
Fly to Punta Arenas and embark MS Roald Amundsen. Your expedition commences with an evening's cruising towards the scenic Beagle Channel.
Day 3 - Chilean Fjords
Cruising the Beagle Channel is a unique experience thanks to the breathtaking sight of the fjords and majestic mountains that disappear into the icy waters below. Your journey through this remote and idyllic part of the world reveals hidden bays and isolated islands.
Days 4 to 5 - Cape Horn and the famed Drake Passage
Renowned for its high seas and challenging conditions, Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America and, subject to favourable weather/sea conditions, it may be possible to make a landing ashore. Your journey continues through the Antarctic Circumpolar Current into the Drake Passage. Here you'll start to see floating ice and penguins around you and catch sight of the West Scotia Range and the 6000 metre-deep South Shetland Trench as you cross this amazing body of water.
Day 6 to 12 - Antarctica
Breathe in the crisp, cold air as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and marvel at the sight of the Antarctic penguins, glaciers, and icebergs. Nature is in charge in Antarctica; so all planned landings are subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. Hopefully, you'll be able to visit the ring-shaped sunken active volcano of Deception Island in the South Shetland archipelago and discover breathtaking sights such as nesting cape petrels and kelp gulls on the skyward soaring cliffs with a landing on a nearby stony beach. Other possible landings include Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island, and Neko Harbour to view the amazing wildlife, snow, and ice covered surroundings. View these amazing sights from a different perspective by kayak or perhaps take an invigorating hike ashore or simply keep your eyes peeled for pods of whales.
Day 13 - At sea
Following the Antarctic expedition, enjoy lectures from the Expedition Team during a day at sea and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck as you journey into the open sea towards the Falkland Islands.
Days 14 to 16 - Falkland Islands
Wonders of nature and wildlife are just waiting to be discovered in the beautiful Falkland Islands - from the stunning white beaches and open spaces where colonies of albatross and rock hopper, king and macaroni penguins are a familiar sight; to the grazing sheep on the hillsides and fascinating birds of prey soaring in the clear blue skies above. Keep your camera handy so you don't miss unique photo opportunities such an inquisitive penguin venturing up close before happily toddling on its way. The island’s capital, Stanley, is easily accessible on foot with its variety of shops and places of interest; it's also the starting point for countless adventures further afield.
Day 17 - At sea in the Magellan Strait
Sit back and ponder the unique experiences of your expedition as you cruise the loop of the Magellan Strait. Perhaps attend fascinating lectures and share your extraordinary Antarctic experiences with your fellow passengers.
Day 18 - Punta Arenas, Santiago de Chile
Your voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula ends in Punta Arenas this morning, where you'll disembark MS Roald Amundsen and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay.
Transfer from your Santiago hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.