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     - Mike Reyfman
   Antarctica –
Return to the White Continent•  Photography Expedition Cruise. December 8-21, 2023
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Start: December 7, 2023 | Ushuaia, Argentina

End: December 21, 2023 | Ushuaia, Argentina

Price: From $12,990 USD (triple shared)

Group: Maximum 52 guests



Photography Leader:
Joshua Holko

Photography Guides:
Mike Reyfman, Dmitry Arkhipov, Daniel Bergmann, Martyn Lucas


Antarctica Photography Expedition Cruise

Antarctica is miraculous: a remote, white continent of stark and beautiful desolation. For Nature photographers, Antarctica is, without doubt, the gold standard against which all other photography destinations are measured. Nowhere else on earth offers such incredible landscapes and wildlife in such a pristine and remote environment. Best of all, we have timed our expedition in order to provide the best possible chance for fantastic icebergs and great light.

World Photo Travels is joining a team of celebrated Polar photographer Joshua Holko (Wild Nature Photo Travel) on his Antarctic December 2023 Expedition. The expedition is for a strictly limited number of 52 participants plus five photography guides and the Expedition Leader. We have chartered the full ship - the ice class 1A Super expedition ship MV Polar Pioneer with a highly experienced crew so that we can get as close as possible to giant icebergs for the best photographs. Our expedition ship the ‘Polar Pioneer’ is equipped with sufficient zodiacs and crew for all photographers to be shooting simultaneously with plenty of room to spare for camera equipment. So bring what you need!

We invite you to join us on a 14 days (13 nights) photography expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula in December 2023. Get ready for the ultimate return to Antarctica Expedition!

To get an idea of the sort of wildlife and landscape photographs you can take on this expedition please look through the Gallery. You can play the full-screen slideshow even on your phone (just flip it horizontally).

EXPEDITION FOCUS: OUR EXPEDITION IS DEDICATED TO PHOTOGRAPHY

The main focus of this expedition will be Antarctic wildlife including penguins, seabirds, seals, and possibly even whales. We also plan to photograph snow and ice covered landscapes and icebergs. Our expedition has been timed early in the season so we expect fantastic icebergs and a breathtaking winter landscape. Experience has shown us that this will give you the best possible photo opportunities whilst giving us ample opportunity for a landing at Deception Island and a cruise through the Lemaire channel.

Antarctica is one of the hot spots for photographing penguins, seals, and icebergs in a great landscape. We will be landing early in the morning and late in the evening to get the best possible light conditions, which you will miss out on an ordinary tourist trip.

We will schedule much longer stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. We will be using five zodiac bots to get ashore or when searching for wildlife at sea.

With 9-10 full days near the Antarctic Peninsula, this expedition is for nature photographers who want more quality time with the Antarctic wildlife and landscape.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gigantic tabular icebergs in Antarctic Sound
  • Vast Adélie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo penguin colonies
  • Antarctic Wildlife and Landscape Photography
  • Beautiful extended hours of twilight for Photography
  • Giant glaciers, Mountains, and Snow Fields
  • Ice Hardened, Expedition Class Ship Polar Pioneer

If you are excited by the idea of photographing the dramatic landscape and wildlife of Antarctica with a small group of dedicated photographers now is the time to register your place! Please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page and we will send you payment instructions if the desired spot is available. Places are very limited and once they are spoken for that's it!

Payment Terms

  • A deposit of $4,000 USD must be paid at the time of booking to secure your place.
  • A further payment of $6,000 USD is due May 1, 2023.
  • The balance is due September 7, 2023, 90 days before the start of the expedition.

The initial deposit is non-refundable. Please visit Terms & Conditions page for our full Refunds and Cancellations Policy.

Expedition Itinerary

Day 0 | December 7, 2023

  • We recommend you plan to arrive at least one day early in Ushuaia, Argentinain case of lost luggage or other delays.
  • There are many good hotels in Ushuaia andwe can recommend one for you.

Day 1 | December 8, 2023

  • Departure from Ushuaia, sailing out the Beagle channel and into the DrakePassage. We begin our welcome to Antarctica lectures.

Day 2 | December 9, 2023

  • At sea. We cross the Drake Passage and begin our journey toward Antarctica.
  • Our photography begins almost immediately with Albatross, Petrels, and many other sea birds that follow our ship as we traverse the Drake.
  • We will have a number of briefings and lectures during the voyage in order to help you prepare for our first photography session in Antarctica.

Day 3 | December 10, 2023

  • At sea. We cross the Drake Passage and begin our journey toward Antarctica.
  • Our photography begins almost immediately with Albatross, Petrels, and many other sea birds that follow our ship as we traverse the Drake.
  • We will have a number of briefings and lectures during the voyage in order to help you prepare for our firstphotography session in Antarctica.

Days 4-12 | December 11-19, 2023

  • We will be visiting some of the best areas for wildlife and landscape photography during our time in Antarctica. Areas we plan to visit include Antarctic Sound (home of gigantic tabular icebergs), the surreal Deception Island in Whalers Bay (home of rusty whalers remnants), Astrolab and south toward the spectacular Lemaire channel.
  • If conditions permit we will traverse the Lemaire channel in firstlight and land at Petermann Island.
  • At this time of the year we expect areas like the Weddel sea to be mostly closed with ice, but there will be many other areas for us to explore and photograph including an attempt at the Lemaire Channel. We will take advantage of weather and light tomaximize our photographic opportunities at all times.

Day 13 | December 20, 2023

  • At sea heading toward South America, Argentina.  

Day 14 | December 21, 2023

  • Return back to Ushuaia. Disembark. End of Service. 

Suggested Expedition Route

We built this itinerary trying to make our expedition the most effective. We have favorite places on the Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, and always try to visit them. Nevertheless, the route depends not only on our desires but also on the current weather and ice situation. At this time of the year, we expect areas like the Weddel sea to be mostly closed with ice, but there will be many other areas for us to explore and photograph including an attempt at the Lemaire Channel. We will take advantage of weather and light to maximize our photographic opportunities at all times.

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What is Included

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer
  • All meals on board
  • All Photography Guide Services
  • All sightseeing, shore excursions & zodiac rides
  • All Port landing service charges
  • Lectures, DVD’s Slide shows, and films on board ship
  • Service of the vessel’s Expedition Staff
  • Basic attention and treatment by the ship’s Medical Doctor
  • Pre-Departure Information and Briefing

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Air or land transportation to or from the ship
  • Excess baggage on any flight
  • Vaccination costs/passport/visa fees (if required)
  • Airport departure or arrival tax or any government taxes or levies
  • Items of a personal nature, laundry, bar charges, phone calls, etc.
  • Any travel or personal insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Any hotels, meals, transfers, or other services before or after the
    expedition
  • Any medication or treatments by the ship’s medical staff other than
    basic day-to-day necessities
  • Please note that travel insurance is mandatory and is not included in
    the expedition cost

Expedition Ship MV Polar Pioneer

The MV Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1982, and the ship was originally an ice-strengthened research vessel with ice class 1A Super, which is perfect for navigation in polar regions with heavy sea ice. Polar Pioneer has been reborn and was reintroduced to polar waters during 2022 summer season with resounding success.

She was first refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the polar regions. In 2021 she was refurbished with works undertaken including an upgrade of the cabins, the main lounge/bar area, and the plumbing/toilet system. Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability, and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 52 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.

This combination of small size and a strong hull will take you almost anywhere, offering the most amazing adventures. It's the perfect expedition vessel for wildlife viewing and photography. The spacious observation decks provide sufficient space to watch for wildlife or follow the ship’s progress. Or you can come up to the bridge, a perfect location for you to learn from the expedition staff and identify wildlife.

Polar Pioneer Deck Plan



TRIPLE CABINS | USD $12,990 per spot. Spots Available.
One bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

TWIN CABINS - SHARED | USD $14,790 per spot. Spots Available.
Two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

TWIN CABINS - PRIVATE | USD $15,990 per spot. ## 400 & 506 available.
Two lower berths, a writing desk, a wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, a private bathroom, and 2 lower berths.

MINI SUITE | USD $17,990 per spot. # 502 available.
Double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.

FULL SUITE | USD $19,990 per spot. SOLD OUT.
Double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows.



Prices quoted are per person in $USD, based on twin-share. If you wish to have your own private cabin there is a single occupancy of 1.8 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only).

Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. Participants will be notified in writing in this event




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