Embark on this twenty-day once in a lifetime journey to amazing Antarctica and witness the white desert's spectacular wildlife and unbelievable vistas. Accompanied by photo guides and accommodated onboard the Pangolin Explorer, travellers enjoy ultimate photographic opportunities during this breathtaking trip to the South Pole.
This ultimate photographic safari takes adventure seekers to most spectacular places during a very special itinerary accompanied by enthusiastic photographic hosts.
The fascinating continent of Antarctica is on the top of every wildlife photographers bucket list along with spectacles like the Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa. The opportunity to visit this spectacular destination with a group of fellow photographers, which is led by some of the best photo guides, is surely not to be missed.
This thrilling adventure journey starts in Punta Arenas, Chile. Travellers need to arrive in Punta Arenas at least one day before the scheduled departure date to provide them with the extra time needed of any unexpected travel delays between home and voyage embarkation and departure.
The overnight accommodation in Punta Arenas is included in this voyage. From Punta Arenas, travellers fly to Stanley (Falkland Islands) where the group boards the expedition ship and commences the journey the following day (26 Oct). (This flight is NOT included in the price of the voyage, as we advise you book it as part of your international flight).
This trip is complete upon arrival back into Ushuaia (Argentina). A transfer from the ship to the airport (or local hotels) is provided upon disembarkation. We advise booking flights out of Ushuaia from midmorning onwards. Or consider spending a night in Ushuaia after the voyage. Full joining instructions will be provided in your final travel documentation.
Guts, the guide, has travelled on this particular ship several times before. Not more than ninety travellers participate with up to ten wildlife photography experts. All guests may disembark at the same time in ten Zodiacs/Rubber Ducks exploring the landing areas along the route. The continent of Antarctica has restrictions in place in regards to the total number of people allowed to land at any one place at any one time.
The crew of this specific explorer boat consists of very hard working and professional. The crew is willing to adapt the itinerary on short notice to make the most of favourable weather patterns and potential sightings. This boat is a Russian Ice Breaker with an impeccable safety record and exceptional manoeuvrability. Its unique draft and turning circle allows it to reach destinations not normally accessible to the larger ships.
The reason for travelling already in October to the Antarctic is that with the sun skirting in a low trajectory across the horizon for most of the day the travellers are in a perfect state of low-angle light as one would have in the early mornings and late afternoons. Furthermore, the snow is whiter in October and November making for more pleasant backgrounds to the images.