Ultimate Antarctica Photography Workshop 3 - 24 November 2018


ULTIMATE ANTARCTICA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

DATE:  3rd to 24th November 2018

This is your ULTIMATE Antarctica experience. Photograph the incredible wildlife and landscapes on this 21 day voyage featuring clean, unspoiled scenery, wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

At this time of year - the height of the Austral Summer and the Sun is up 18 to 20 hours a day, so photo opportunities and sightings of all sorts abound. Penguin chicks are hatching, and you’ll likely see them chasing after any adult penguin that is carrying food. Whale sightings of baleen and toothed whales along the Antarctic Peninsula increase and seal pups can be sighted on the beaches in South Georgia.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world - Ushuaia
  • Admire magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife of South Georgia
  • See huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls
  • Enjoy the most scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Puerto Madryn

Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is one of Argentina's fastest growing cities and the gateway to the Peninsula Valdés. Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions - visit a sea lion colony or take a whale watching trip to view the Southern Right Whales, watch for nesting cormorants and magnificent elephant seals, or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds.

Day 2: Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward.

Days 3 & 4: Southern Ocean

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

Day 5: West Falklands

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and Magellanic penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Days 7 & 8: Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Days 9-12: South Georgia

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Days 13 & 14: Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Days 15-19: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal.

Days 20 & 21: Drake Passage

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 22: Ushuaia - Disembarkation:

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

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    GROUP SIZE

    • Strictly 12 participants only

    SHIP INFORMATION

    • Hebridean Sky
    • Vessel Type: Expedition
    • Length: 90 metres
    • Passenger Capacity: 110
    • Built: 1992 - newly re-launched 2016

    The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) underwent a 6.5 million dollar refurbishment. Always  known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie, the Hebridean Skycontinues that tradition adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. Its all-suite accommodations and increased adventure options make the Hebridean Sky the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration.

    SPACIOUS SUITES

    Hebridean Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 110 guests. Built in 1992, refurbished 2014 and again in 2016, each suite features:

    • Exterior views
    • Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
    • Sitting area with sofa and side chair
    • Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
    • Telephone
    • Independent temperature controls
    • Mini-Bar
    • Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
    • Hair dryer
    • 220 square feet or more
    • Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

    In adition Promenade, Deluxe, Veranda & Penthouse Suites include:

    • En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
    • Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
    • $100 per person Gift Shop credit
    • En suite Nespresso machine

    Penthouse Suites (325 sq.ft.) and Veranda Suites (260 sq.ft.) feature private balconies.

    ONBOARD DINING
    Great expeditions require great food! Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine throughout your voyage.

    SERVICES
    • World-Class Cuisine
    • Complimentary Wine with Dinner
    • Live Entertainment
    • Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
    • Voyage Photographer
    • On-board MD and Facilities
    • Dedicated Passenger Service Manager
    • Pre-voyage hotel night
    • Complimentary Expedition Jacket

    FACILITIES
    • Elevator serving all passenger decks
    • Upgraded WIFI Internet
    • Library with computers
    • Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
    • Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment
    • Boot Room
    • Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities
    • DVD Movie Library

    Deck plans may very depending on the ship operator.

      EXPERIENCE / DIFFICULTY

      • Beginner, Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi-professional, Professional.
      • Busy schedule.
      • Travel by cruise ship
      • All our workshops require a good sense of balance and a good level of fitness in order to fully enjoy all the experiences. We regularly walk to fantastic locations for up to an hour at any a time but in one day you could be walking up to 3 to 4 hours in total. This may require walking over uneven ground, rocky surfaces, soft sand, deep snow, up and down hills, rock hopping, hiking to lookouts, etc. Some walks are steep and strenuous, others are on uneven surfaces. To get the best photographs you will be carrying your own backpack with your camera gear, tripod, water and lunch. Whilst we do not look to exclude anyone, being fit is essential to participate fully in the workshop.

      WEATHER / SUN

      • NOVEMBER - Temperature 0 to 5c 

      TERMS & CONDITIONS

      • Full payment required upon booking to guarantee your place. 
      • Terms & Conditions - CLICK HERE.

      YOUR LEADER

      • Me, Tom Putt, award-winning Master landscape photographer - read my biography here

       


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