Explore the true wilderness of the Antarctic – the final frontier of landscape photography! During this 11-day expedition, you’ll come face-to-face with towering icebergs, get up close and personal with vast colonies of penguins, and photograph the abundance of wildlife that teems upon the islands of the south Atlantic. Travelling aboard a purpose built modern expedition ship with gorgeous, endless summer days ahead and a bevy of enchanting glacial landscapes on offer, this tour is absolutely ideal for keen photographers of any skill level seeking an adventure of a lifetime.
On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you and provide you with gumboots for your Zodiac transfer to board the Greg Mortimer. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.
Please note: The weather at King George Island may be unpredictable, due to its location at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. As such, there may be delays in taking off or landing. Iceland Photo Tours and Aurora Expeditions will work together to remain up-to-date on any satellite and weather information before our flight departure. In the case of any delays, you will be offered a number of programs to participate in until we are able to fly. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
It will be the summer season in Antarctica, so be prepared to experience near 20 hours of daylight within a 24 hour period. We will maximise our opportunities for shooting within that time frame, making two to three Zodiac excursions a day. There will also be an incredible chance for some our group to camp ashore (must be pre-booked, limited spots), experiencing what it must have been like for the first Antarctic explorers back in the day, though this part of the workshop is optional. Our shooting locations will be both spectacular and diverse. Some of the spots that we may make excursions to include:
Paradise Harbour is a secluded bay famous for its frozen landscapes. Surrounded by glaciated mountains and awe-inspiring ice cliffs, this beautiful stretch of water is perfect for Zodiac cruising and spotting seals as well as penguins. Those with a truly keen eye and shutter finger may even capture a humpback or minke whales, frolicking amongst the ice floes!
These rocks make up a small island, which is home to a waddle of Chinstrap penguins. Several rookeries of penguins colonise the rocky outreaches of the Hydrurga Rocks, making for stunning wildlife photography opportunities. This part of the Gerlache Strait is also known for being a bird haven, including Kelp gulls and Skuas.
Half Moon Island
This extraordinary island is one of the largest in Antarctica and one of the most beautiful sights in the South Shetlands. You will be met by thousands of penguins on the shore, as well as many Antarctic fur seals. Here, the rugged landscape is dominated by rocky outcrops, speckled with lichen. The opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography abound.
This strait near Antarctica is often blocked by colossal jigsaw-like icebergs, making it one of the most photogenic sites in Antarctica. Bordering the strait are cliffs that seem to rise straight out of the ocean, towering up to 700 metres on either side. Depending upon the conditions of the ice, we may be able to sail slowly through the channel, making for a truly enchanting photography experience. You’ll be close enough to the icebergs to even touch them!
This natural harbour on the northwest side of Antarctica is an old British base from the 1960s which is quite scenic in nature. You will have the opportunity to tour the local museum, to purchase souvenirs at the gift shop, as well as to mail postcards home from the most southerly post office!
Bordered by the breathtaking jagged faces of glaciers on one side, jutting straight out of the sea, this small bay makes for a truly magical Zodiac landing. The panoramic views to be found in this harbour are spectacular, featuring rocky beaches juxtaposed with the frosty shapes of icebergs and snow. Be prepared to mingle with even more penguins, waddling about on the pack ice.
This small peninsula in the South Shetland Islands is home to a number of elephant seals and penguins, which dominate the steep and rocky beach along this magnificent shoreline. Meanwhile, sea birds including giant petrels, kelp gulls and skuas circle overhead, hunting for penguin eggs. There will be endless opportunities to capture the wildlife within their native habitat.
Other highlights that we may visit on this tour include:
Please note: In the case of any delays reaching the dock, we recommend that you book your departure flight from Ushuaia either after 12pm on the day of disembarkation or for the following day.
Iceland Photo Tours has enjoyed huge success in recent years and has grown into the largest operator of its kind in Europe. With 4,000 happy customers and counting, Iurie’s company now stretches far beyond Iceland, offering expert-led photography tours of spectacular destinations including Greenland, New Zealand, Japan, Patagonia and more. Iurie is also co-founder of Guide to Iceland, the largest marketplace of travel services to the land of ice and fire. Now a fully-fledged Icelandic citizen, he firmly believes that his best moments in photography have been some of the most uncomfortable. Iceland’s harsh conditions can be the canvas for the most memorable photography, and it’s the experience of this epic challenge that he loves to share on his photo tours.
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.
If you cancel the tour and we can resell your spot, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and we can not resell your spot, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 180 days from the start date of the Expedition: Full refund minus $2500.
120 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 120 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.