Join a 21-day Antarctica Photography Tour On An Expedition Arctic Yacht With 8 Guests.
We invite you to join our Antarctic photo tour where we are going to explore the Antarctic Peninsula on our private 70-feet yacht, in a company of eight other photographers only. Our expedition begins in Ushuaia (Chile) where we will board our yacht. From here, you will start a 20-day sea voyage, sailing around one of the most incredible places in the world – the Antarctic Peninsula.
The crew of our yacht is ready to do everything possible to help us catch the light, see a wide variety of animals and to make our trip as comfortable as possible. Our best ship's cook is preparing to surprise you with his menu.
Our yacht has the most reliable design and is constructed for voyages in the Antarctic and the Arctic latitudes. The boat's hull is made of 4 mm steel. The boat has a full set of navigation and rescue equipment for sea trips in the most difficult conditions.
From the moment we meet for dinner on board our yacht on January, 15, 2022 until we say goodbye to you on February, 4, 2022 everything is included in the expedition price. We will hold several workshops in wildlife and Antarctic landscape photography, image processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, photographic composition and much more on board the yacht. We will have access to kayaks, one zodiac (an inflatable boat with a motor) for landings, and plenty of time to examine the most incredible places in which we are going to find ourselves. This is the best offer for those who want to explore Antarctica in a small group of like-minded people.
In order to avoid misunderstanding and disconnection, you will have to arrive in Ushuaia (USH) 1-2 days before our tour.
The ice-class yacht allows us to travel with a minimum group size of only 8 people. The conditions on the boat are quite convenient: small but cozy cabins, a spacious lounge, and a kitchen where the cook will prepare delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. At the same time, you should not expect the space and comfort of a hotel room on the boat. A small yacht and a company of friends is a reasonable compromise that will let us consider all needs of the participants and get the best photo results.
Day 1. Meeting guests on board the yacht in Ushuaia. Check-in on the yacht, restocking, rest after the flight, preparation for departure, the welcoming dinner.
Day 2. Leaving Ushuaia. We will enter the legendary Drake Strait along the coast of Tierra del Fuego, through the picturesque de Beagle Strait.
Days 3-6. Crossing the legendary Drake Strait.
Day 7. The long-awaited land is on the horizon – the South Shetland Islands. We will visit Half Moon Bay and Yankee Harbour. It is the home to Antarctic chinstrap penguins, Wilson's petrels, Weddell's seals, Kerguelen seals and huge sea elephants. In Yankee Harbour we may find traces of historical expeditions of the Antarctic pioneers.
Day 8. A visit to abandoned whaling bases on the island of Deception. Travelling to Enterprise Bay.
Day 9. Trinity Island. A colony of Antarctic penguins, huge grottoes and bird colonies.
Day 10. Landing on the beach, tracking, shooting local fauna.
Day 11. Travelling to the south. Humpback whale watching. Climbing the mountains in Orne Harbor, watching penguins.
Day 12-13. Courville Isle and the surrounding area. Watching penguins and searching for sea leopards. Huge glaciers in Paradise Bay. Here we are going to celebrate 200 years of the discovery of Antarctica!
Day 14. The Strait of Lemaire, Pleno Bay, Petermann and Goodyear islands. Colonies of Adelie penguins and subantarctic penguins. There are large numbers of seals, including sea leopard.
Day 15. Former British Faraday station, and now Ukrainian Vernadsky polar station. This is the oldest polar station in Antarctica. There is a sauna at the station and if we are lucky we will be able to use it. Most of the island with the station is covered by a giant ice cap that is more than 50 metres thick in some places.
Day 16. The Melchior Islands in the centre of Dallman Bay are a small group of ice-covered islands where humpback whales come to feed.
The Melchior Islands were first seen in 1873-74 by the German expedition of Dallman, but the Germans left this piece of land without a name for no particular reason. Apparently, they held their breath with admiration and delight when they saw icebergs of blue ice.
The islands were put on the map by the expedition of Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903-05. Charcot named the largest of the islands from this group after Melchior, a vice-admiral of the French Navy.
Day 17-20. Returning to Ushuaia through the Drake Strait.
Day 21. Having a rest, packing and the farewell dinner. The tour program may be changed depending on the ice conditions and weather conditions. We're saying goodbye to our new friends and our beloved crew.
Most frequently asked questions about our expeditions:
– This is my first experience on a yacht. Will I be able to cope?
– The main thing is your attitude. All tasks will be performed by a professional crew.
– I'm afraid of being seasick, will I be allright?
– On average, one can adapt in 1 to 2 days. If you are seasick and it's really bad the crew will tell you what to do.
– Is it safe? I have a wife/children/business/real estate...
– There is a proportion of controlled risk in every sea voyage. We are professionals in our field and do not expose the expedition members and the ship to unnecessary risks. Safety of navigation is the basis of our expeditions...
A high latitude expedition on a sailing yacht is the perfect alternative to large cruise ships. Made of steel, it is built to withstand the toughest Arctic conditions.
- Small group size of 8 photographers
- Private cabins with either double or bunk beds
- Shared bathroom / shower
- A landing craft "Zodiac" for going ashore
- Covered wheelhouse
- Warm and comfortable living space with radiators throughout the boat
- Steel hull built for travel in the polar regions
- Life jackets are provided
An expedition sailing and motor yacht is a steel Bermuda sloop of Devonport Challenge 67 project, built in 1992 (Great Britain). In 2017 the yacht underwent reconstruction and is now equipped with all necessary gear for sailing in harsh conditions.
Hull material: 4 mm steel.
Engine: Perkins (2013), 96 kW.
Length: 20,5 m.
Width: 5,27 m.
Draft: 3 m.
Fuel reserves: 1900 l.
Fresh water reserves: 1200 l.
Waste water tanks: 1500 l.
Desalination unit: Aquafresh AFD800DC.
Life saving equipment: rafts "Solas a PACK Viking 16 DK+".
Crew: 12 people.
Antarctic Photography Tour Price Includes:
- Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer with vast experience in Norway
- Arctic expedition yacht services during the trip
- Services of a professional yacht crew with Arctic sailing experience
- Chef's services
- An experienced guide escort during landings
- Accommodation on board 4 x twin with a shared bathroom
- Bedding and towels
- Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner according to the itinerary)
- Use of "Zodiac" for shore landings and photography purposes
Antarctic Photography Tour Price Does Not Include:
- Flights and transfers
- Visa fee (if applicable)
- Personal expenses, such as: drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
Price €8900 EUR
Group limit 8
Your non-refundable deposit of €2000 EUR will hold your place on this workshop. Further non-refundable payment of €2500 EUR is due on July 15, 2020. Further non-refundable payment of €2400 EUR is due on January 15, 2021. Final non-refundable balance payment of €2000 EUR is due by July 15, 2021. All payments are non-refundable.
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Argentina, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the tour is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus €200 service charge. If you cancel and the tour doesn't fill up, you won't be refunded.
Things to bring for Antarctic Photography Tour:
- Camera body. Consider bringing more than 1 camera body as a back up. We recommend using a camera body that is weather sealed such as the Canon 5D series, Nikon D series or the Sony A7 series.
- Telephoto lens. For wildlife we recommend the minimum of 400mm. The ideal focal length is 600-800mm. Consider adding a range extender to give you further zoom.
- Wide angle lens such as a 16-35mm is ideal for landscapes, glaciers and shots of ice sea.
- A general zoom lens such as a 24-70mm.
- A way of backing up your photography such as a laptop or digital storage.
- Microfiber cloth for keeping your lens clear.
- A lightweight tripod or monopod.
- ND filters and polarising filters.
- Multiple camera batteries.
- A waterproof bag for shore landing to keep the kit dry in the landing craft.
- A comfortable camera rucksack for hiking with waterproof outer cover.
- Camera cleaning kit.
- Spare memory cards.
Antarctic Photography Tour Packing List:
- A warm outerwear such as a down jacket
- A waterproof outerwear
- Waterproof trousers
- Base wear (wool or synthetic)
- Mid wear warm fleece top
- Mid wear warm trousers
- A neck warmer or scarf
- A warm hat that covers ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- A waterproof backpack/day pack
- A swimsuit
- A camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Seasickness pills if you are prone to motion sickness
- An eye mask
- A voltage adaptor (ships have standard European 220V at
- Casual clothing to wear onboard (jeans, t-shirts, sweaters)
- Comfortable non-slip shoes (without heels)
- Hiking boots for shore landings
- Comfortable, insulated rubber boots for shore landings (these are supplied on
- some trips, so please enquire before purchasing)
- A soft suitcase – hard suitcases are more challenging to get stored.
Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest in “night landscape” section;
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest “Planet Summer”;
First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
Third place, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
Second place, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017;
The winner of International photo contest of The Russian Geographic Society 2018;
Gold medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2019;
Third place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest 2020;
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