Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Falklands – Great Explorers and Solar Eclipse
- Experience the Solar Eclipse in the South Orkney Islands with an expert astronomer
- Explore the unique beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
- Great opportunities to see wildlife – penguins, seals, whales and more
- Exciting ice-cruising and landing activities led by our expert Expedition Team
Length of Travel: 18 Days
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1 Exciting and Diverse
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Santiago, the exciting and diverse capital of Chile. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders to skyscrapers in the center, lovely colonial architecture and the shores of the fast-flowing Mapacho River. You can also extend your expedition by adding an optional Pre-program to the amazing Atacama Desert or to Torres del Paine National Park during a tour of Chilean Patagonia.
Day 2 Embarking the Expedition
Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where the hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen awaits you, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.
Day 3 The Drake Passage
We sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. On board, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife, geology and history.
You will also learn what it takes to be an Antarctic Ambassador in our mandatory briefing and join the Citizen Science program to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of Antarctica.
The time at sea is also a great time to enjoy all the amenities of our advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship
Day 5-9 Antarctica … Another World!
With white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales, Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.
Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great opportunities to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.
We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.
Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!
Day 10 Relaxing on MS Roald Amundsen
Relax in the tranquility of a day at sea, sharing experiences and exchanging stories with your fellow adventurers. Enjoy the amenities of our innovative expedition ship and look out for wildlife from our outside decks.
Day 11 South Orkney Islands & The Solar Eclipse
The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 370 miles northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. Our Expedition Team will be on deck to give out specially designed solar filters, which will protect your eyes while you observe this extraordinary occurrence.
A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.
After observing the Solar Eclipse, we plan to explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs, sea ice, and frequent mist.
Day 12-13 Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on Deck
After exploring this unforgettable continent, we set course for the Falkland Islands. Our Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the Falklands, point out wildlife from our outer decks, and scout for the Albatrosses that often guide our way. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyze samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.
Day 14-16 At the Edge of Antarctica
After the wilderness of Antarctica, enjoy the contrast provided by Stanley, with red phone boxes, red buses, and old pubs. The capital is a good size for roaming the streets on foot, or you can join an excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked here throughout the day.
The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, and stunning white-sand beaches.
As we reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been family-owned for generations. Penguins waddle along the beaches here, often coming close to you to take a look out of curiosity, and even posing for photos! We plan to go ashore to explore the area on hikes and spot some of the many bird species that live here.
Day 17 The Magellan Strait
As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition cruise in the Science Center. Make sure you also spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.
Day 18 The End of the Expedition
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-program to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.