Explore the Antarctic with an onboard photography expert
Opportunities to see five species of seals, massive rookeries of Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins and a plethora of seabirds make this journey a wildlife photographer’s dream. With camera in hand you will explore local bays, channels and landing sites on Zodiacs. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
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- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 132
Why we love this trip
Take the best possible photos of the remote landscapes and unique wildlife of the Atlantic Peninsula with the assistance of an onboard photography expert (suitable for non-photographers, too)
Learn about the unique history, geology and wildlife of the region from polar experts
With a professional photographer on-hand to provide guidance, you’ll be uniquely positioned to make the most of an opportunity few people get to experience: setting foot on the Great White Continent
Photograph beaches teeming with thousands of king penguins in some of the largest rookeries in the world
A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives
Take a refreshing 'polar plunge' in the icy sea and experience the ultimate in Antarctic weather
Optional activities such as sea kayaking among seals and icebergs can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast
See abundant species of whales, seabirds, seals and penguins on regular Zodiac excursions, camera at the ready
Is this trip right for you?
•Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.
•As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
•Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
•The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Special InformationYou can arrive in Ushuaia at anytime today, however, there will be a welcome and information meeting held at approximately 6.00pm at the joining hotel so it is recommended that you arrive in time for that.
Expedition staff will also give photography buffs the scoop on shooting in the Polar Regions, which has its own set of unique challenges. You’ll learn how capture the gleaming white and deep blues of the snow, ice and icebergs in the White Continent, which can be tricky to do, with light reflecting off the surrounding sea and snow. Keen to capture the enormity of those bergs and the vastness of the landscape? Want to know how to snap the perfect penguin or seal portrait, or a breaching whale? Our on-board pros will be on hand during sea days to give you tips on capturing the magnitude and magnificence of this magical region.
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Shooting photographs from a Zodiac rewards with unique perspectives not afforded by land, and you’ll have several opportunities to capture the impressive landscape from angles that show off its striking beauty.
With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you may be able to photograph penguin rookeries and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. As we scout for whales, you may be fortunate to snap a shot of a surfacing humpback or minke.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you unparalleled 360° views of your surroundings. Talk about a picture postcard! Your camera will get quite the workout capturing the vastness of this pristine landscape. Danco Island, especially, offers us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the option to hike to the island’s summit, but photographers will most likely want to spend some time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, capturing the antics of curious penguins interacting with one another and maybe even you, if you’re lucky (and patient). If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the polar plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different and will offer more to explore and photograph, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
- Breakfast (4)
- Lunch (4)
- Dinner (4)
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
Meals10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
TransportExpedition cruise ship, zodiac
AccommodationExpedition cruise ship 9 nights, hotel 1 night
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure. If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid. If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage. Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential and a good level of fitness is required for cross country skiing and mountaineering. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.