Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan

Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan
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Tour starts
Punta Arenas, Chile
Minimum age:
18 years old


Daniel Kordan invites you to embark on an unparalleled journey aboard the Schooner Elsie, a robust steel sailing ship designed for ventures into the world's most secluded regions. Crafted for excursions to the polar territories under any weather conditions, the yacht boasts striking red sails, ensuring it stands out magnificently against the Antarctic backdrop. This photography expedition welcomes enthusiasts at all skill levels to experience the adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica.

The voyage includes a direct flight from Punta Arenas to the Bellingshausen Station, sidestepping the arduous Drake Passage for a more comfortable journey, thus maximizing your time for exploration in Antarctica. Tailored for the daring photographer, this tour is led by the renowned, award-winning photographer Daniel Kordan. He will provide an enriching program of processing workshops, composition lectures, and critique sessions aimed at enhancing your photographic portfolio.

Embark on this extraordinary voyage aboard a vessel that accommodates only 17 passengers, ensuring an intimate, family-like atmosphere. Equipped with 2 adaptable zodiacs for close encounters, the Schooner Elsie promises an unforgettable adventure and comprehensive learning experience under the guidance of Daniel Kordan.

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Accommodation in hotel in Punta Arenas and cabins on board
Roundtrip flight from Punta Arenas to Bellinsgausen polar station
Professional sailing team
Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
Onboard meals, hot beverages
Photography guiding and masterclass by Daniel Kordan
Fuel and all port dues


Whale Watching
Sight Seeing
Boat Trip
Bird watching
Photo Tours
Photo Workshop

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 1

Day 1 - Day 1 - 6 February 2025

Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas, you will meet your fellow adventurers. Take some time to acclimate and enjoy a restful sleep after your lengthy flight. We will gather for a welcome dinner, during which we will outline the exciting plans for our Antarctic expedition. Following the dinner, we will spend the night at our hotel, resting up for the adventures that lie ahead.

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Day 2
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 2

Day 2 - Day 2

The itinerary provided is a guideline. The order and timing of our stops are subject to change based on weather conditions. However, we aim to commence our journey from Punta Arenas. The expedition officially begins at the Bellingshausen Station on King George Island, where we will have the opportunity to visit the southernmost church in the world, the Holy Trinity Church. Additionally, if conditions and the station master permit, we may also have the unique chance to experience a traditional Russian sauna. Please be aware that the departure time for Antarctica can fluctuate due to various factors such as weather and runway conditions.

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Day 3
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 3

Day 3 -

We will be venturing to Yankee Harbour and Halfmoon Island. The shores of Yankee Harbour are adorned with pebbles, designating it as a protected sanctuary for wildlife. It serves as the home to thriving colonies of gentoo penguins, elephant seals, and fur seals. As its name suggests, Halfmoon Island boasts a distinct crescent shape, with parts of its landscape enriched by Antarctic moss. This island offers encounters with elephant seals, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, as well as giant petrels, allowing for an immersive experience in the rich biodiversity of the Antarctic.

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Day 4
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 4

Day 4 -

We will spend the night within the unique setting of a flooded caldera on Deception Island, an active volcano. The island's horseshoe shape provides an exceptional natural harbor, offering shelter against extreme weather conditions. In the early 20th century, it was the site of a whaling station, the remnants of which can still be explored today. On the outer side of the island lies Bailey Head, home to the largest colony of Antarctic penguins. This area's breathtaking beauty is matched by its challenging accessibility; a successful disembarkation here requires calm seas and an absence of wind, conditions we hope to encounter for a truly remarkable visit.

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Day 5
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 5

Day 5 -

Our journey will take us to the captivating Trinity Island, where we will navigate its bays, teeming with majestic icebergs. This remote island, part of the Palmer Archipelago off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, is a spectacle of untouched wilderness. As we explore by dinghy, we will have the unique opportunity to glide beneath the natural cliff arches, carved by millennia of wind and water, offering a breathtaking perspective of the island's rugged beauty. Trinity Island is not only a haven for stunning glacial landscapes but also a thriving habitat for wildlife. The surrounding waters are rich feeding grounds for various species of whales, while the shores and cliffs provide sanctuary for numerous seabirds, including petrels and penguins. The icebergs surrounding the island, with their myriad shapes and sizes, create a dynamic and ever-changing seascape, making for an unforgettable experience. This exploration allows us to witness the raw power of nature and the serene beauty of one of the planet's most remote locations. The experience of cruising around Trinity Island, enveloped by the silence of the Antarctic, punctuated only by the sounds of shifting ice and wildlife, is a profound reminder of the world's natural wonders.

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Day 6
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 6

Day 6 -

At Enterprise, a location marked by the presence of a submerged shipwreck, we will anchor for the night, setting the stage for a day dedicated to whale watching. This area is renowned for its abundant marine life, providing us with the exceptional opportunity to observe one of nature's most spectacular displays: bubble net feeding. This remarkable behavior involves whales using their blowholes to create a circle of bubbles underwater, effectively trapping their prey, such as krill, within this 'bubble net.' Then, in a synchronized motion, the whales surge upwards to the surface, mouths open, to feast on the ensnared krill. Witnessing this collective hunting strategy is an awe-inspiring experience, showcasing the intelligence and cooperation of these magnificent marine mammals. This extraordinary spectacle is not just a highlight of our journey but a poignant reminder of the wonders that lie in the depths of our oceans.

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Day 7
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 7

Day 7 -

In Orne Harbour, we find ourselves amidst the stunning habitat of the Gentoo penguin colony and blue-eyed shags. Our adventure here includes a hike up the hill, providing us with a vantage point to observe whales and seals in their natural setting. From this elevated perspective, we'll also be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding islands and the bay, dotted with majestic icebergs. Our journey continues with visits to Cuverville Island Bay and Neko Harbour. Cuverville Island, characterized by its towering cliffs, hosts a bay that is a spectacular sight, filled with icebergs that glisten in the sunlight. The island is home to a lively colony of Papua penguins, and its coastal waters are a haven for seals, often seen basking on the ice floes. This spot offers a unique glimpse into the thriving ecosystem of Antarctica. At Neko Harbour, we'll encounter the awe-inspiring sight of a gigantic glacier. Here, we can witness the dramatic process of ice calving, where chunks of ice break off the glacier and crash into the water below, creating a thunderous roar and sending huge waves rippling through the bay. This powerful display of nature's force provides a humbling and unforgettable experience, highlighting the dynamic and ever-changing Antarctic landscape.

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Day 8
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 8

Day 8 -

The Lemaire Channel, a striking passage that weaves between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, offers an unforgettable journey through the heart of polar beauty. At its narrowest, the channel measures just 300 meters across, creating a dramatic corridor flanked by sheer cliffs that soar up to 400 meters directly from the water's edge. Navigating through this channel is a highlight of any Antarctic voyage, providing unparalleled close-up views of the continent's stark and majestic landscape. The waters here are frequented by orcas and humpback whales, adding to the sense of wonder and anticipation as we make our way through. Not far from the Academic Vernadsky Station, the Yalour Islands emerge as a cluster of low, rocky outcrops amidst the icy expanse. This area stands out as one of the few locations on the Antarctic Peninsula where a thriving colony of Adélie penguins can be found. The islands are encircled by a mesmerizing array of icebergs and ice floes, upon which seals are often seen lounging. The juxtaposition of the lively wildlife against the serene backdrop of ice and rock creates a truly enchanting spectacle, highlighting the raw beauty and biodiversity of the Antarctic region.

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Day 9
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 9

Day 9 -

Now is the moment to dispatch postcards from the iconic Port Lockroy station, an activity that blends adventure with a touch of tradition. Originally established as a whaling factory in the early 20th century, this site has undergone significant transformations. It evolved into a British Antarctic Exploration Centre before being repurposed in 1996 as both a museum and the southernmost post office on the globe. Open exclusively during the tourist season from November to March, Port Lockroy offers visitors a unique opportunity to send postcards or letters from an extraordinary location, creating lasting memories of their Antarctic expedition. Additionally, the station houses a selection of souvenirs, and for convenience, card payments are accepted. Following this memorable experience, we'll make our way back to the Bellingshausen Station to prepare for our departure to Punta Arenas. This transition from one of the most remote outposts back to civilization marks the conclusion of an unforgettable journey through the Antarctic's breathtaking landscapes and historical sites.

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Day 10
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 10

Day 10 -

We've scheduled this additional day as a buffer to account for potential weather-related disruptions. Given the unpredictable nature of Antarctic weather, having a contingency day ensures we can adapt our plans without compromising the overall experience. This extra time provides us with flexibility, allowing us to adjust flight schedules if necessary and ensure that any weather disruptions have minimal impact on our journey's continuation. It's a precautionary measure to enhance the reliability and comfort of your Antarctic adventure, ensuring that we can smoothly navigate the challenges posed by the region's erratic climate.

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Day 11
Red Sails in Antarctica Photography Expedition with Daniel Kordan - day 11

Day 11 -

As your Antarctic expedition draws to a close, savor a fulfilling breakfast before making your way to Punta Arenas Airport. Whether you are returning home or embarking on another adventure, you will carry with you not only enhanced photography skills but also memory cards brimming with captivating images from your extraordinary journey through Antarctica. These memories, immortalized through your photographs, will serve as lasting reminders of the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes you've encountered on this unforgettable voyage.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Description We strongly recommend you to get Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel the trip 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.


We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable. Likewise, sightings of wildlife will be dependent on the movements of the animals themselves and cannot be guaranteed.

Payment Terms

A deposit of 5000 USD is due upon registration and will secure your spot on this photography expedition. Second payment of 5000 USD is due by April 2024. Final balance will be due by October 2024.

Departure Schedule

6-16 February 2025 - guided by Daniel Kordan

Features of Schooner Elsie

For guest accommodation, the yacht offers:

- 9 cabins

- The yacht is equipped with:

- 3 heads (bathrooms);

- 3 showers;

- Refrigeration units;

- A washer and dryer;

- A hot water supply and heating system for all spaces;

- A 3 kW inverter;

- 2 diesel generators at 220 V;

- Satellite communication;

- Navigation and safety equipment.

- The yacht is prepared for expeditions in polar regions under any weather conditions. For shore landings, a tender boat is available.

This state-of-the-art vessel is fully equipped to ensure a comfortable and safe journey for guests venturing into the polar regions. With its comprehensive facilities, including modern communication and navigation systems, as well as essential amenities for living comfortably on board, guests are assured a remarkable and secure expedition experience. Whether exploring icy landscapes or capturing the stunning natural beauty, this yacht promises an unparalleled adventure with all the conveniences of home.


Daniel Kordan

Daniel Kordan

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Renowned landscape photographer, Daniel Kordan, is an explorer at heart. Having realized his passion for photography and traveling at a young age, he now spends his time sharing his vision and the many wonders of the world with people all around him.

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