Falklands & South Georgia Photography Expedition
Discover the wonders of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on this photography expedition to Antarctica!
Departing on October 19, 2024, this incredible workshop is designed to have you immersed in the spectacular surroundings of the remote islands of the South Atlantic Ocean as you hone your photography skills with expert guidance and education. Across 15 incredible days, you'll sail from the tip of Argentina across the South Atlantic Ocean to the Falkland Islands, before continuing on through the Southern Ocean to South Georgia Island. Your aim will be to capture the breathtaking and diverse landscapes as you traverse the seas, taking in the wondrous icy mountain peaks, soaring cliffsides, pristine beaches and majestic icebergs that you'll encounter during each leg of the journey.
Aside from snowy wilderness, this remote part of the world is home to some of the most amazing wildlife. You'll have plenty of opportunities to photograph rare and endangered whales, seals, dolphins and many species of penguins, as well as sea birds such as albatross, Giant petrel and Falkland steamer ducks.
The M/v Sea Spirit will be your warm and cozy base for the duration of this expedition. With up-to-date technology and comfortable fittings, this polar-class expedition vessel is well-equipped to carry you safely to the end of the world and back. The Falklands and South Georgia are best explored on foot, so we'll make several shore landings and excursions during the workshop to ensure that you'll be best placed for mind-boggling photographic opportunities.
This photography expedition will be guided by world-renowned photographer Daniel Kordan. Throughout the tour, he'll share all of his in-depth knowledge with you to ensure that you'll take your photography skills to a whole new level. From composing your images in-field to the shooting process and editing, you'll learn everything that you need to know to take home stunning images from your journey to the edge of the Antarctic.
Do not miss out on this adventure of a lifetime to the Falklands and South Georgia! Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Flight to Stanley, Falkland Islands. Embarkation
Our expedition will start in the early morning in the airport of Santiago de Chile where we will take a transfer flight to the Falkland Islands. Welcome to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands and the starting point of our cruise. Embarktion in the Falklands helps us to minimize our days at sea, which means more time for landings and photography! In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard our expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come.
Day 2 - Day 2-3: Aboard M/V Sea Spirit
As we sail east towards South Georgia, we will be able to witness incredible wildlife. We will also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.
Don’t lose your time aboard! Attend the most interesting briefings and lectures from our expert staff and prepare yourself for the arrival in South Georgia.
This cruise was designed for amateur photographers of all skill levels, so use this chance to make new friends, exchange your photo experience and attend our photography master classes. Discussing ISO and exposure is always better in our cozy bar, restaurant, or lounge.
Day 4 - Day 4-12: Exploring South Georgia
South Georgia is the best place on Earth for wildlife and landscape photographers. We will take you to great locations for the best light. The archipelago is the home to hundreds of thousands of king penguins, which makes South Georgia the best spot to photograph these wonderful creatures. Our plan is to visit the most picturesque sights such as Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay, Drygalski Fjord and other great places. For example, the beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, where over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins.
The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.
However, our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place and take the best wildlife photos.
Day 13 - Day 13-14: Back to the Falkland Islands
It is time to head back toward the Falkland Islands. However, our adventures are not over yet. We will pass the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way (get your cameras ready!) There is also time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slide show. We will share our impressions, review all the great photos we’ve taken and enjoy a friendly atmosphere of like-minded fellow travellers.
Day 15 - Day 15: Disembarkation in Stanley & Flight to Santiago
Our adventure finishes in Port Stanley. We disembark after breakfast and provide transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight to Santiago. We recommend you to explore the wonderful capital of Chile and spend more time here. Now when the first emotions have subsided you will have time to look back to your unforgettable Subantarctic experience and maybe to make plans for your next polar adventure?
Good to know
A polar cruise designed for photographers of all skill levels is a perfect way to experience the beauty and grandeur of the polar regions while also improving your photography skills. With breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, and expert guidance, you are sure to capture stunning images that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Throughout the cruise, you will have the chance to capture the most breathtaking scenery on the planet from the comfort of your cruise ship as well as have access to photography workshops and tutorials.
In addition to the photography activities, you will also have the opportunity to learn about the polar regions and their ecosystems from expert naturalists and guides. This knowledge will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the region, which will in turn enhance your photography.
Our goal is to create a supportive and collaborative environment that enables you to be inspired as a photographer. With our team's expertise and your own unique perspective, we are confident that you will capture incredible images that you will treasure for years to come.
Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; 2 for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.
Main Deck staterooms are located on the Main Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 23 square metres (248 square feet). They feature a minimum of two porthole windows and en suite facilities. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD individual temperature control and hair dryer.
Classic staterooms are located on the Oceanus Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 21 square metres (226 square feet). They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
Superior Suite staterooms are located on the Club Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 20 square metres (215 square feet). They feature a picture window which overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.
Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King size bed. The rooms are 24 square metres (258 square feet). They feature a sliding glass door that leads to a private balcony and a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.
Premium Suites are located on the Sun Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 30 square metres (323 square feet). They feature a private balcony with a sliding glass door, en suite facilities and lounge area. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
The Owner's Suite is located on the Sun Deck and consists of a King Size bed and a sofa bed. The room is 43 square metres (463 square feet) and is designed for entertaining. It features a separate living room with game and meeting area, BOSE stereo system, HD plasma TV and a private deck with sliding glass doors. Amenities include a jetted bathtub in en suite facilities.
About the M/v Sea Spirit
Explore the Polar Regions in style and comfort aboard the Sea Spirit, a polar class vessel that spans 90.6 metres (297 ft.) in length. Renovated in 2017, this incredible piece of modern engineering is perfectly suited to navigate the icy waters of the Antarctic.
The M/v Sea Spirit is capable of carrying up to 114 passengers and 74 crew members.
You can talk to the Captain and officers as you cruise through the Arctic whilst catching a glimpse of the spectacular landscape from this special angle of view.
The Restaurant offers contemporary international cuisine by our talented chefs in an open-seating dining area.
The Outdoor Bistro is located in the Jacuzzi area. It's a great place to have lunch or a light meal if the weather permits.
The Bar is staffed by a professional bartender and serves a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Relax with your peers after a long day out exploring!
Lectures, briefings, social gatherings and masterclasses will be held in the Presentation Lounge. It features state-of-the-art equipment and spectacular views.
This is the place to go if you have any questions. Team members will do their best to help answers any queries you may have during the trip.
The Club Lounge is a wonderful place to socialise with your peers and gaze at the beautiful landscapes as we sail through the Arctic Ocean. This area offers 24-hour self-service coffee and tea facilities.
Spend some time reading or relaxing in the onboard library with a selection of books, DVDs, magazines, reference materials and newspapers.
Stay fit in our onboard gym. It is open daily and offers a few machines as well as room for stretching and yoga.
You can attend the Reception at any time to speak with our team. They'll be able to help you out with any queries or services that you may require.
Sea Kayak Club is offered on this voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Join us for an unscripted kayaking adventure as we explore these remote waters. We'll paddle around icebergs and experience a range of different encounters with wildlife if the weather permits.
19 Oct - 02 Nov 2024: Guided by Daniel Kordan
We highly recommend that you purchase travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
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.