This once-in-lifetime expedition visits the UNESCO-listed Valdes Peninsula, the breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica and the wild fjords of Chile.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Uruguay's fascinating capital, Montevideo before embarking your ship Midnatsol and heading to the Valdes region, rich in marine life.
Spend four days exploring the remote Falkland Islands, with highlights including Carcass Island, a haven for small birds and Stanley, the colourful capital which has many reminders of its British heritage. Midnatsol then heads to the white continent, one of the most remote areas in the world. Join the expedition team on visits to research stations and hikes, and get up close to colonies of penguins and seals.
Midnatsol navigates the famous rocky island of Cape Horn before cruising through the dramatic Chilean fjords. There will be the opportunity to go ashore just as Darwin did over 180 years ago. This adventure comes to an end in Punta Arenas, located on the edge of the Strait of Magellan.
N428 Operated by Hurtigruten
South Atlantic to Antarctica and Patagonia Itinerary
Day 1 - Montevideo (Uruguay)
Arrive in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 2 - Montevideo
Embark your expedition ship, Midnatsol.
Day 3 - At sea
Spend the day at sea getting to know your fellow travellers.
Days 4-5 - Patagonia (Argentina)
Spend a day and a half exploring the Valdes region, home to a variety of wildlife. See some of the world's largest marine animals in their natural environment. You will also visit the fascinating city of Puerto Madryn. There are numerous excursions available including whale watching and hikes.
Day 6 - At sea
Spend another exciting day at sea.
Day 7-9 - Falkland Islands (UK)
Enjoy several lectures on board as Midnatsol sails to the Falkland Islands. This evening, enjoy an Argentinean wine tasting. New Island is a tiny isle home to fur seals, Rockhopper penguins and southern elephant seals. Carcass Island is a haven for small birds and boasts white sandy beaches. You will have the opportunity to go ashore for exploring and bird watching safaris. Stanley, the capital of the Falklands is a colourful town with many reminders of its British heritage including red phone boxes.
Day 10 - At sea
Midnatsol leaves the Falklands and heads to Antarctica. The curated Polar film festival will continue in the lecture hall.
Days 11-14 - Antarctica
Enjoy visits to research stations and places used in the old whaling days as well landings with the expedition team. Get up close to wildlife including penguins and seals and perhaps go kayaking.
Day 15 - Drake Passage
Midnatsol cruises the Drake Passage.
Days 16-17 - Cape Horn (Chile) - Chilean Fjords
Seafarers once had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. However, this is no longer necessary thanks to the Panama Canal. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we will attempt to make a landing on Cape Horn. As Midnatsol heads to Punta Arenas, she sails through some of the world's most impressive scenery. The Chilean fjords boast breathtaking scenery. Go ashore just as Darwin did more than 180 years ago.
Day 18 - Punta Arenas - Santiago de Chile
Disembark Midnatsol and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile.
Itineraries vary according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered.