Antarctica Photography expedition with daniel kordan

Antarctica Photography Expedition

  • 16-27 Jan 2020 Guided by Daniel Kordan and 3 co-guides Available

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.

  • Open to all skill levels
  • Led by award-winning instructors
  • Easy to moderate in difficulty

Total price: 14900 USD


We are happy to welcome you on board of a brand-new fully stabilized polar class 6 vessel. A fly/sail photography voyage is dedicated for those photographers of all levels who wants to visit Antarctica not only in comfort, but also learning and exchanging experience with other fellow photographers. We will have 3 photography leaders on board, processing classes and seminars, lectures on composition and critique session to comment your portfolio. Add to this naturalist session, 15 flexible zodiacs and family atmosphere within a small-cruise vessel hosting max of 120 passengers.

Greg Mortimer was designed with an art room on Deck 7 which will be dedicated to this purpose with 3 editing terminals and a special printer. These art rooms will be used as a workshop space for our group. This expedition is fly/sail – that means we sail through the Drake passage only once, to cross from Ushuaia to Antarctica in 2-2,5 days. On the way back you fly to Punta Arenas and save this time spending more days in Antarctica. To avoid possible flight cancellations/delays we’ve chosen this way of travel – still sailing once through Drake on a fully stabilized vessel. Even if the weather will not be suitable for the flight back, you’ll always have an option to sail back through the Drake at no additional cost.

We welcome all levels of photographers and even non-photography companions on this cruise.

Welcome aboard theGreg Mortimer

At Iceland Expeditions, honouring and respecting the past is just as important as ensuring our guests have a brilliant time off the beaten track. To continue our efforts on both fronts, we're excited to launch our new ship, the Greg Mortimer, in 2019.

Proudly named after ICELAND PHPTO TOURS, this 104-metre ship is our very first, purpose-built expedition vessel. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards – designed in close consultation with our expedition specialists, taking advantage of our more than 25 years of experience.

The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, with just 120 passengers on board in the polar regions. Not only is the ship bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean. The Greg Mortimer remains true to our ethos and focus on multiple landings, flexible itineraries and family atmosphere – just with an improved home base!


Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia

You’ll arrive at the windswept town of Ushuaia, perched steeply on a hill in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Situated on the southernmost tip of South America, this town has also been nicknamed the “End of the World”.

On arrival, you’ll be met by your photography guides and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure; no doubt you’ll need some rest before the adventure truly begins!

Day 2: Embark the Greg Mortimer cruise ship

This morning, your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and loading aboard the ship. In the meanwhile, you’ll have some free time to explore the hustle and bustle of Ushuaia, as well as the nearby mountains of the Tierra del Fuego National Park on the edge of the Beagle Channel. If shopping is your vice, then you’ll be happy to know that Ushuaia is a duty-free port, so it’s a great place to buy souvenirs and presents before the trip begins! Argentinian chocolates and leather goods are only some of the amazing fare on offer.

By late afternoon, when you have explored the town to your heart’s content, you’ll make your way to the port to meet your photography guides and fellow travellers before embarking upon the Greg Mortimer at approximately 4pm. Get your camera ready, because as we pull away from port, you’ll be treated to sweepingly spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. There will then be an opportunity to settle into your cabin aboard the ship before meeting your expedition team again in the evening to celebrate the start of your incredible journey towards Antarctica over a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 3: Drake Passage Crossing

Crossing the Drake Passage is an experience unlike any other. It is one of the most dramatic and unforgettable things that you will ever experience. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, it is one of the most tumultuous bodies of water on the planet. This deep waterway stretches 1000 km wide from the bottom tip of South America to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Even if you don't usually experience motion sickness, the conditions of the Drake Passage can still take some getting used to! So as we commence the crossing on day three, we’ll take our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea over a series of informative lectures.

During these lectures, our expedition team will start preparing you for your first landing by providing a bit of background on Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment. You’ll also be taken through a number of guidelines and biosecurity procedures in relation to encountering wildlife – just in time for photographing the many seabirds that you’ll spot trailing behind the ship, soaring skillfully through the sky! Get ready to capture the giant albatrosses and splendid petrels as they rise and fall with the air currents created by the ship as we sail towards the South Shetland Islands.

Day 4: Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands

As we near the South Shetland Islands stretching towards the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, you’ll have the chance to glimpse your first colossal iceberg from one of the ship’s observation decks. Floating majestically upon the open ocean, these iridescent sculptures of ice have an almost surreal presence that will take your breath away. The icebergs melt as they are exposed to the warmth of the sun’s heat, taking on a variety of astonishing and fascinating shapes. If the weather permits, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by the late afternoon.

Days 5 -10: Antarctic Peninsula

The next six days will be spent exploring the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. There will be no fixed itinerary, as your experienced guides will use their immense amount of expertise and knowledge to tailor the voyage from day to day. Where you go and what you shoot will depend largely upon the movements of the wildlife, ice conditions and prevailing weather, though your guides will make use of the conditions to provide you with the best photographic opportunities.

Our southerly latitude will result in being granted with approximately 18-20 hours of daylight at our disposal amidst evenings marked by glorious, magical Antarctic light. This means that our days will be long and filled with exciting things to shoot! As such, we’ll make landings on the continent or excursions aboard the Zodiac around two or three times a day, offering you ample time to capture the surrounding landscape and wildlife.

Compositions will abound as we cruise by spectacular cliffs of ice through narrow straits past majestic icebergs, following pods of whales as they break the surface of the water. There will even be landings on the Antarctic islands during which you’ll be able to photograph Adelie and Gentoo penguin colonies going about their daily business, seals hauling out heavily on the ice, as well as the spectacular still-standing historic huts from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.

Depending on the weather and timing during this voyage, there may even be an opportunity for you to camp ashore. This will surely satisfy the age-old Antarctic explorer deep within you. Rest assured though that your equipment will be slightly better than that experienced by Scott and Shackleton a century ago and that our warm and comfortable ship will remain nearby for the duration, should you need to return!

Day 11: Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas

On day eleven, our journey will culminate at one of the most remote places on Earth – the Frei Base on King George Island, located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands. This is where we will bid our goodbyes to Antarctica, as we board our flight towards Punta Arenas, the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to our downtown hotel, where we will rest before convening for one last dinner as a team.

Please note that due to the location of King George Island, flight conditions may vary, adding to the drama of your journey! We apologise in advance if you experience any delays reaching Punta Arenas.

Day 12: Punta Arenas

By day twelve, we’ll have reached the end of our adventure to one of the last great wildernesses on the planet. After breakfast, you’ll bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers upon this extraordinary journey, as we all continue onwards with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature within the frozen kingdom of Antarctica.

Please note that the departure airport transfer is not included in your voyage cost with Iceland Photo Tours, so you must advise your travel agent if you require an airport transfer in order for it to be booked in advance.

About the Greg Mortimer Cruise Ship

The Greg Mortimer is a 104-metre purpose-built expedition vessel which is capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves that may be thrown up by the Drake Passage. It has been built to world-class polar standards to contend with adverse weather conditions, whilst providing a level of luxury and comfort that will make your time on the open ocean simply unforgettable.

Ship Features

This custom-designed ship is at the forefront of nautical technology. It features patented marine engineering X-BOW™ technology – an inverted bow concept – to make sailing on the open ocean just like a breeze.

Meanwhile, unique hydraulic viewing platforms will provide you with uninterrupted views of the spectacular landscape and passing wildlife without disturbing them in their natural habitat.

When you’re reading to get up close and personal with the penguins or to traverse areas that the Greg Mortimer simply can’t reach, specially designed platforms will launch you on your way aboard Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you more time to explore the landscape and to photograph the marine life and seabirds during each landing.

On the off-chance that you’ll find some spare time, a number of optional activities such as kayaking, diving, ski touring are also available, designed in consultation with the ship’s expert activity guides.

Of course, your safety is our priority. As such, the Greg Mortimer features up-to-date and concise safety technology with return-to-port equipment that enables the ship to maintain its operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure. The Greg Mortimer is also Polar Code 6 compliant, holds BV class and is fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements.

In the event of an incident or accident, a trained medical team will be on-hand throughout your journey aboard the Greg Mortimer, providing all necessary treatment from the ship’s fully-equipped medical centre, allowing you to concentrate on your adventure without worrying about your wellbeing.

Dining aboard the Greg Mortimer

From the moment that you step aboard the Greg Mortimer, you’ll be treated to complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities, in addition to the range of different menu options and courses that you’ll receive for each meal.

All meals will be served in a large dining room, where you’ll be able to enjoy a large range of house wines, beers and soft drinks included with the dinner service.

On the last day aboard the Greg Mortimer, there will be a special farewell four-course dinner and cocktails – a delightful way for you to reflect upon your time exploring the Antarctic wilderness and to consolidate friendships with your fellow travellers and the rest of your expedition team.

Environmentally Friendly

Climate change and carbon emissions continue to be major issues that everyone needs to be aware of and actively managing. We at Aurora Expeditions treat preserving and protecting the environment with the upmost importance and this is reflected in several features on the Greg Mortimer.

This includes reduced emissions into the air and sea, lower energy consumption, high fuel efficiency, reduced light pollution for minimal wildlife disruption and lower on-board plastic use. It's vital to also mention the state-of-the-art virtual anchoring technology of the X-BOW™, which means the ship can float anchorless while launching Zodiacs, kayaks etc, without disturbing delicate sea floor areas.

We are inaugural members of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), highlighting our ongoing efforts to protect the most fragile environments around the world.

Safety Features

Safety is always a critical element of Aurora operations, with the Greg Mortimer featuring the most up-to-date and concise safety technology across our fleet. This starts with the return-to-port equipment – not compulsory on a ship of this size – which duplicates the propulsion system. This enables the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure. Furthermore, the Greg Mortimer is Polar Code 6 compliant, holds BV class and is fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements. It's also built with a Rolls Royce stabiliser system. If there's an incident or accident during your adventure, the ship has an onboard, fully-stocked medical centre – where our trained medical team can provide necessary treatment in a timely fashion.

Safety continues to be an issue that our team takes very seriously and the Greg Mortimer allows us to create an environment where you can concentrate on the brilliant landscape and wildlife, without worrying about your wellbeing.

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Ship And Cabin Information

After a long day exploring the wonders of your destination, you need somewhere where you can simply relax and take a break from real life.

The Greg Mortimer is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and wellbeing considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you'll need onboard.

Of course, the prospect of unexpected wildlife encounters is always on the table so your accommodation needs to have a view as well! Across four of the five stateroom categories you'll find large floor to ceiling windows that offer prime observation opportunities around the clock. Additionally, there are private balconies in roughly 80% of the staterooms, allowing you to watch the world float past and take in the salty air of the open ocean.

Another great feature of the accommodation on the Greg Mortimer are the interconnecting staterooms. If you're part of a family or group who want some privacy, but still want to be close to each other, these staterooms are the perfect option.

Regardless of your chosen stateroom, you can enjoy fully-serviced accommodation on the Greg Mortimer !

Balcony Stateroom

Private Bathroom
With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.

Ship Life

As your base and home away from home during your Aurora Expeditions adventure, the Greg Mortimer is designed to serve your every need. It's your bedroom, bathroom, lounge, dining room and even your observatory. Make yourself at home, the Greg Mortimer is yours to enjoy!

Onboard observation points

Let's face it – you don't want windowless rooms when travelling around some of the most beautiful locations around the world. This is why the Greg Mortimer is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces – ideal for keen bird spotters, wildlife watchers and those wanting to watch the scenery go past.

From the indoor 180-degree lounge and outdoor 360-degree open deck, both on deck 8, to the 270-degree open sundeck on level 7, there are plenty of observation points to share around the ship! If these are full, then you can take up a spot on one of the two hydraulic viewing platforms on deck 5.
Aurora Expeditions also has an open bridge policy, which means at any point you can come up to the bridge and check out what the captain and officers are up to. From watching navigational practices to observing mapping techniques, you can get a firsthand look at the inner workings of the Greg Mortimer.

Shore excursions

Although the ship is fun, the real enjoyment comes from the many shore excursions that are available. Depending on the weather and itinerary, it's possible to take two to three landings daily, taking a look at everything from rock formations and ancient ruins to cute groups of penguins. We know time is of the essence in these wild locations, so the Greg Mortimer has been designed with more Zodiacs (15) than any other Aurora ship, which means you can maximise your time on shore.
From four dedicated sea level launching platforms, transfers are quicker, safer and enable you to get closer to the action for a longer period of time. Just remember to charge your camera before you step onto the Zodiac!

Activity options

One of the great benefits of travelling with Aurora Expeditions is the number of optional activities that you can participate in. From kayaking and skiing to diving and climbing, these are one-in-a-lifetime opportunities that you need to take advantage of.
Aboard the Greg Mortimer there is a specially designed launching platform for all activities, a concept overseen by our activity experts. This area also includes individual lockers in the expansive mudroom and rapid drying areas for wetsuits so you can quickly get warm after exploring in the elements!


From the moment you step onto the Greg Mortimer, we aim to give you the best hospitality service possible. Starting with the official Captain's welcome, as our guests, you're welcome to 24 hours complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities in addition to the range of different menu options and courses for each meal.
Meals are served in large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, perfect to swap stories with your new expedition family. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild, preparing yourself for another exciting day to follow.
On the last day of your trip, the team on the Greg Mortimer put on a special farewell four-course dinner and cocktails – a perfect way to reflect on your time on the ship and consolidate lifelong friendships with the people you've met on-board.

On-board entertainment

When you’re relaxing during a sea day or you have a little downtime on the ship between excursions, what is there to do onboard the Greg Mortimer? Plenty!

On all our expeditions, there are experts who lead presentations in the spacious lecture room so you can understand the region a little better. These often include topics as broad as history and culture to biology and climate change, these presentations aim to educate and entertain.

If you're keen to just watch the surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, you have access to two bars/lounges where the stunning floor to ceiling windows offer a special perspective on the landscape.
The Greg Mortimer is also decked out with other facilities for your enjoyment. There is a library on Deck 5 with books and maps and a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear! Keen photographers and artists will revel in the multimedia room on Deck 5.

Tour Leaders

Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan

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 luxurious cruise 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.

Total Price : 14900 $ per person double occupancy.
Registration deposit: 5000$
Available Spots: 44
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date

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  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on Day 1
  • Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on Day 2
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on Day 11
  • Transfer to hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 11
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas on Day 11
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Not included:
  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

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:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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