This tour, embarking from the southern port of Madryn, Argentina, navigates through the charming islands of the south Atlantic before reaching Antarctic waters. Ideal for keen photographers, you can expect to capture more penguins, birds, seals, ice, and glacial landscapes than anywhere else in the world.
On day four we will arrive at the Falkland Islands and begin exploring the western outskirts, known as the Islas Malvinas. Included in our itinerary will be Saunders Island, which is home to a range of wildlife ideal for those who want to combine landscape photography with the many species that call the island home. With any luck we’ll come across black-browed albatross and witness their comically clumsy landings. There’s also a large population of local penguins, including Rock Hopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and Gentoo penguins.
If the weather holds up, the group will visit the untouched island of Steeple Jason. There we can shoot the world’s largest Black-browed albatross colony, thought to be around 113.000-strong. If conditions don’t allow a trip to Steeple Jason, we can take a walk along the shore of Carcass Island. If we’re lucky we'll get up close and personal with breeding Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, while there are also plenty of waders and passerine birds in the area.
After what is hopefully a smooth, picturesque sail, day 8 will offer some incredible photographic opportunities straight from our first landing site in South Georgia. If time and weather conditions permit, we will attempt to visit the bay of Elsehul. Elsehul is famous for being an active breeding ground for Fur Seals, so we will be sure to capture as much of the natural spectacle as possible.
After, we will head to potential landing sites at Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and the Drygalski Fjord - each of which has something different to offer. We will do our best to give you every chance to photograph as much of the stunning landscape and wildlife as possible. Aside from the Fur Seals of Elsehul, we could come across Elephant seals and King Penguins. A moment to remember from the entire voyage will be our stop at Prion Island. There we will observe the breeding grounds of the enormous Wandering Albatross, and witness their chicks take to the skies for the first time.
The next stops at Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour are also guaranteed to make any wildlife photographer’s day. As well as being home to the three largest King Penguin colonies in South Georgia, there also happens to be several of the largest breeding beaches for Southern Elephant Seals on the planet. We will be travelling during the peak time of the breeding cycle, so be prepared for incredible scenes as huge Elephant Seals fight over territory and seek to dominate male challengers. It’s going to be epic.
In Fortuna Bay the group has the opportunity to trace the steps of the legendary Ernest Shackleton, a British explorer who set out on an Antarctic expedition in 1916. His crew’s adventure got into some difficulty among the ice, but his momentous hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Bay -where he eventually found a settlement and was able to locate a ship he needed to rescue the crewmates he had left behind - has gone down in history.
After our hike, at Grytviken we can have a wander around an eerie, abandoned whaling village. Here King Penguins stroll in the streets and many buildings have been taken over by seals, so you can expect some fantastic photography opportunities unlike anything you have seen before. To get a better sense of the area’s heritage, we’ll visit the Whaling History Museum, as well as the grave of Ernest Shackleton. If all goes to plan, we will sail out of South Georgia in the afternoon on day eleven.
On day fifteen it will be our aim to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. If the sea ice permits, we will stop at Brown Bluff, before heading further south through the Weddell Sea. Aside from navigating through the sea ice, we will also be among the enormous icebergs that break off from the main continent, allowing for some spectacular photography.
If the conditions are good enough, we may choose to spend longer in the Weddell Sea, and could even take a zodiac craft out to get up close and personal with the ice and hunt for those once-in-a-lifetime shots.
Crabeater and Leopard seals, along with Chinstrap Penguins, can all be photographed as we head to the southern side of Trinity Island, one of a number of stops littered off the coast. As well as being in sight of the magnificent, glacial landscapes of Antarctica, Mikkelson Harbour is home to yet more species of Penguin, this time the Gentoo.
Another potential stop, but also a must-see when in this part of the world, is Deception Island. It’s been suggested that the island is called so because it gives the illusion of being a complete island. In fact, Deception has a small opening through which we can sail into its largely hollow middle. Once our ship sails through the entrance and into the natural harbour, the group will have have incredible views of the island’s lagoon. There are also hot springs nearby and another abandoned whaling station. The whaling station in Whalers Bay and the surrounding area is home to thousands of Petrels, Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas, and Antarctic Terns.
To the north we will try and visit Half Moon Island, which, aside from characterising the bleak beauty of the continent, is home to a Chinstrap penguin rookery and an Argentinean Camera station that is rarely in use. After our time on Half Moon Island we will head out once more into the open ocean, in the direction Ushuaia.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
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45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund
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