In-depth Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition | Northbound

In-depth Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition | Northbound | MS Fram | Antarctica Tours In-depth Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition | Northbound | MS Fram | Antarctica Tours
Embark on a mesmerizing 23-day expedition to Antarctica, starting from Santiago de Chile and venturing through Punta Arenas. Spend eight unforgettable days exploring Antarctica's pristine landscapes before sailing through the Chilean Fjords. Discover charming towns like Puerto Natales and Castro, concluding our journey in the vibrant Valparaíso. Join us for an unforgettable adventure through some of the world's most breathtaking destinations.

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago, Chile’s Capital

Santiago is Chile's vibrant capital. It's the ideal place to begin your cruise, with its architecture from colonial times, excellent restaurants and museums. From the Mercado Central to the Plaza de Armas to the Presidential Palace, there's a ton to see. Sky Costanera offers panoramic views from 1,000 feet above the ground.

Arrive a couple of days earlier and join one of the optional pre-programs.

Day 2: Depart from Punta Arenas

Today, we'll depart Santiago early and fly down to Punta Arenas - Chile's most southern port. Your expedition ship awaits. Explore the ship and get to know your Expedition Team once you arrive.

They are also your traveling companions over the next 3 weeks. They're friendly and will answer all your questions during the Antarctic expedition.

Day 3 & 4: Sailing the Drake Passage

You must experience the Drake Passage before you can reach Antarctica. It is a legendary two-day journey where conditions on the sea are unpredictable. The Drake Passage is named for Sir Francis Drake who found it accidentally when his boat got blown to the south by strong winds.

Discover what awaits you at the Science Center. The Expedition Team will give lectures about Antarctica including its wildlife and ecosystems. Discover how you can make your trip as safe as possible, and learn about the Citizen Science Projects that are available.

Enjoy the many onboard amenities. Enjoy the sauna or hot tubs. Look out for icebergs and whales on the deck. Or relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Day 5 to 12: Antarctica

Antarctica is a frozen wonderland. In the Straits, nature-sculpted icebergs float. Seabirds fly overhead as Gentoo penguins, chinstraps, and Adelies perch on the shores. Nature rules.

You'll spend the next 8 days exploring different landing sites. More than 20 landing sites are available on the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and their surrounding areas. No matter what or where we do, each day is going to be exciting and unlike any other experience you have ever had.

You might find yourself sailing into an ice-covered caldera, or landing in bays with abandoned whaling equipment. Kayak among seals and icebergs, or take a snowshoe hike to an amazing viewpoint.

Look up in the sky for Antarctic seabirds like skuas and petrels. You'll discover more about the habitat through onboard talks and shoreside discussions.

Day 13 & 14: Rounding Cape Horn

We'll return north via the Drake Passage after eight days of unforgettable experiences in Antarctica. As we head towards the Chilean Fjords, you'll be able to take your time onboard.

You can also learn about Chilean geology and fauna in the Science Center. Citizen Science is a great way to contribute data and learn more about Antarctica.

Waters around Cape Horn are subject to rapid changes, just like the Drake Passage. Your Captain is experienced and will do his best to explore the area if possible.

Day 15: Exploring Chile’s Fjords

Cruise northward along the Chilean coastline through ruggedly beautiful islands chains which make up the Fjords in the Magallanes Province. The wildlife is able to thrive in these hidden bays and isolated islands.

Whether you are on our RIBs or decks of the small boats, keep an eye out for Magellanic Penguins, Elephant Seals and other whale species. Along this beautiful and dramatic section of coast, you may see magnificent waterfalls.

Day 16 & 17: Bohemian Puerto Natales

The expedition cruise will continue to Puerto Natales at the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park. This beautiful park can be explored on a hiking or bus tour. Both are worthwhile.

Glaciers and lakes punctuate the rugged terrain, which includes steppe, desert and forest. Rheas and Guanacos are free to roam. You may see the Andean Condor or Chilean flamingos.

Puerto Natales, a hub of travelers and hikers, is home to many bars, restaurants, and outdoor stores. Visit the Etherh Aike artisan village, take a tour of the Last Hope Distillery or walk along the beautiful waterfront.

Day 18: Remote Puerto Eden

The enchanting Puerto Eden village, located in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, is our next destination.

Only the sea connects this tiny village to the rest of the country. The ferry only comes once per month. The only way to get from one house or shop to another is by using wooden boardwalks. Among its 250 residents are some of Kawesqar's last indigenous members. The Kawesqar people will be available to you to learn about their culture and to speak to.

Day 19: Fabled Patagonian waters

Cruise northward along the Patagonian coastline. The fjords and mountains of Patagonia will captivate you, as well as the forests of Nothofagus.

You'll likely see seabirds and penguins as we cruise. Enjoy the view from the deck hot tubs or panoramic sauna, while enjoying the locally sourced food and relaxing in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Our Expedition Team is on-hand to provide fascinating lectures on local wildlife and history. Onboard photographers can offer tips and tricks for landscape photography.

Day 20: Castro’s Chilotan Charm

Castro, Chile's oldest city, is set among the greenery of Chiloe Island. Castro is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Iglesia de San Francisco and Iglesia nuestra Senora De Gracia Nercon.

Enjoy the colorful "palafitos" (stiff houses) that line the water's edge from various viewpoints. Visit the Regional Museum or the Museum of Modern Art for a little culture.

Binoculars are a must, because Chiloe has a variety of bird species, including Chilean flamingos (green-backed), penguins (black-necked Swans), ringed Kingfishers and silvery Grebes.

Day 21 & 22: At sea

As we head towards Valparaiso where your cruise concludes, enjoy the last two days aboard the ship. Spend time onboard and enjoy the facilities.

You can choose to search for rare birds, relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar or soak in the hot-tub. Continue your explorations in the Science Center, and then join the Expedition Team for a recap of your amazing Antarctica and Patagonia cruise.

Day 23: Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

Your expedition cruise ends when we dock in Valparaiso. This friendly UNESCO listed city, built in steep mountainsides with a view of the ocean is known as the Jewel of the Pacific.

It's a maze filled with colorful homes,'mercados,' and local produce. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Cerro Alegre, Concepcion on a ride in a funicular.

If you want to experience more, there is an optional post-program.

Itinerary Map

In-depth Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition | Northbound

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, every day
  • Delicious coffee, tea and soft drinks all-day
  • All-inclusive drinks
  • Sauna, hot tubs and more
  • Gratuities included
  • Daily expeditions and activities
  • Full access to Science Centre​
  • Expedition gear and water bottle – yours to take home
  • Wi-Fi at no extra cost
  • Photos and digital album

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • Some specialist excursions and experiences with limited capacity​
  • Fine dining in at Lindstrøm restaurant​
  • Personal spa treatments​
  • Premium drinks (top shelf spirits, vintage wines, champagne, etc.)​

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Experience the legendary two-day journey across the unpredictable Drake Passage.
  • Take in the serene beauty of the Antarctic surroundings while enjoying the comforts of the expedition ship.
  • Spend eight unforgettable days exploring Antarctica's breathtaking landscapes, from nature-sculpted icebergs to bustling penguin colonies.
  • Experience diverse landing sites, kayak among seals and icebergs, and learn about Antarctic seabirds.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 22 Dinners
  • 23 Lunches
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23 Day Antarctica cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
In-depth Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition | Northbound
23 Days
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