Antarctica is miraculous; a remote, white continent of stark and beautiful desolation. For Nature photographers, Antarctica is, without doubt, the gold standard against which all other photography destinations are measured. Nowhere else on earth offers such incredible landscape and wildlife in such a pristine and remote environment. Best of all, we have timed our expedition as the first of the season in order to provide the best possible chance for fantastic icebergs and great light.
We invite you to join us on a 14 day (13 night) photography expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula in November 2017. Get ready for the ultimate Antarctica White Nature Expedition.
This expedition to Antarctica is a co-operation between Joshua Holko (Wild Nature Photo Travel) and Ole Jorgen Liodden (Wild Photo Travel). The expedition is for a strictly limited number of 54 participants, plus five photography guides and expedition leader. We have chartered the ice hardened expedition ship M/S Polar Pioneer with a highly experienced crew so that we can get as close as possible to giant icebergs for the best photographs. Our expedition ship, the ‘Polar Pioneer’, is equipped with sufficient zodiacs and crew for all photographers to be shooting simultaneously, with plenty of room to spare for camera equipment. So bring what you need!
The main focus of this expedition will be Antarctic wildlife including penguins, seabirds, seals and possibly even whales. We also plan to photograph snow and ice covered landscapes and icebergs. Our expedition has been timed as the first of the season so we expect fantastic icebergs and a breathtaking winter landscape. Very few photographers have visited Antarctica in early November and experience has shown us that this will give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Gigantic tabular icebergs in Antarctic Sound.
Experience the vast Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguin colonies.
Antarctic wildlife and landscape photography.
Midnight sun light for photography.
Giant glaciers, mountains and snow fields.
Travel in the ice hardened, expedition class ship ‘Polar Pioneer’.
Accommodation on board the 'Polar Pioneer' and use of all public areas for the duration of the expedition.
All meals on board.
All photography guide services.
All sightseeing, shore excursions and zodiac rides as required for the cruise itinerary.
All port landing service charges.
Lectures, video slide shows and extensive film library on board ship.
Service of the vessel’s expedition staff.
Basic attention and treatment by the ship’s medical doctor.
Pre-departure information and briefing.
We recommend you plan to arrive at least one day early in Punta Arenas, Chile before the flight to Puerto Williams in case of lost luggage or other delays.
Departure from Puerto Williams, sailing out the Beagle channel and into the Drake Passage.
At sea, we cross the Drake Passage and begin our journey toward Antarctica. Our photography begins almost immediately with Albatross, Petrels and many other sea birds that follow our ship as we traverse the Drake. We will have a number of briefings and lectures during the voyage in order to help you prepare for our first photography session in Antarctica.
First landing at the South Shetland islands. Our landing site will be chosen based on the prevailing weather conditions. We also expect to encounter and photograph our first icebergs.
We will be visiting some of the best areas for wildlife and landscape photography during our time in Antarctica. Areas we plan to visit include Antarctic Sound (home of gigantic tabular icebergs), the surreal Deception Island in Whalers Bay (home of rusty whalers remnants), Astrolab and south toward the spectacular Lemaire channel.
At this time of the year we expect areas like the Weddel sea, Lemaire Channel, Neko etc to be closed with ice, but there will be many other areas for us to explore and photograph. We will take advantage of weather and light to maximise our photographic opportunities at all times.