MS Roald Amundsen sails into the Hurtigruten fleet in Spring 2019. 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, the exciting and diverse capital of Chile for an overnight stay. Discover the colourful bohemian quarter, colonial architecture and explore the Andean glaciers 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 sailing towards the scenic Beagle Channel.
Day 3: Chilean fjords
Cruise the Beagle Channel, where you’ll be astounded by the breathtaking fjords and majestic mountains that plunge into the icy water below. Discover hidden bays and isolated islands in this wild and remote part of the world as you journey through the unique landscape.
Day 4-5: 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 it may be possible to make a landing depending on changeable weather conditions. Your journey continues through the Antarctic Circumpolar Current into the Drake Passage and the first signs of floating ice and penguins will become visible.
Day 6-12: Antarctica
Breathe in the crisp, cold air like you’ve never experienced it before as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and marvel at the sight of penguins, glaciers and icebergs. Nature is in command in Antarctica, so all landings are subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. It may be possible to visit the ring-shaped sunken active volcano of Deception Island in the South Shetland archipelago. Sailing through Antarctic waters offers a wide range of breathtaking sights such as the skyward soaring cliffs that are home to nesting cape petrels and kelp gulls below, and a stony beach makes a suitable landing place outside of nesting season. Other possible landings include Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour to view the amazing wildlife, snow and ice covered surroundings. When opportunities arise kayaks are launched enabling you to appreciate the amazing environment from a different perspective, or perhaps take an invigorating hike or simply whale-watch.
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 voyage into the open sea towards the Falkland Islands.
Day 14-16: The Falkland Islands
Wonders of nature and wildlife abound in the beautiful Falkland Islands, offering stunning white beaches and open spaces where colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins are a familiar sight alongside the grazing sheep, while birds of prey survey the seamless horizons of clear blue skies. Take advantage of some unique photo opportunities as inquisitive penguins get up close then happily waddle on their way. The island’s capital, Stanley, can easily be reached on foot where a variety of shops and places of interest are waiting to be discovered and from where adventures further afield await you
Day 17: At sea in the Magellan Strait
Recap your unique experiences of your expedition as you cruise the loop of the Magellan Strait. Perhaps attend fascinating lectures and recount and share all of your extraordinary Antarctic experiences with fellow passengers.
Day 18: Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile
Your voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula ends in Punta Arenas in the morning where you will disembark MS Roald Amundsen and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Transfer and overnight in hotel.
Day 19: Santiago de Chile - UK
Transfer from hotel in Santiago to airport for your return flight to the UK.