High seas, colossal penguin colonies, awe-inspiring icescapes, migratory whales, warring seals and soaring seabirds: all this and more await you on an expedition that will take you to some of the world's wildest places. It was Antarctica and the remote islands of the Southern Ocean that drew the last true explorers to the ends of the earth, the last blank spots on the map to be filled in before the modern age consigned these individuals and their heroic acts to history. Follow in the footsteps of explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton as you venture to the windswept Falkland Islands, the rugged hills of South Georgia and the snowbound Antarctica Peninsula in the company of a modern-day adventurer, famed wildlife photographer David Yarrow, who has crossed the globe many times over in search of transcendent images that both celebrate the natural world and ensure its protection. Joined by fellow photographer Andrew James (a veteran of numerous polar expeditions himself) as well as Richard Symonds (wildlife artist, photographer and kayaker) and a crack expedition team, there is no better way to experience the wonders waiting for you beyond the reach of civilisation.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Visit the former penal colony of Ushuaia, now known as the southernmost city in the world.
- Set sail for Antarctica on board the stabilised, modern and comfortable Akademik Ioffe.
- Witness the tabular icebergs, floating ice sheets and unique panoramas of the Antarctic and Subantarctic, ideal for landscape photography.
- Admire the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your ship's on-deck hot tub.
- Discover vast penguin rookeries, watch for whales from the ship and identify seabirds with your expert naturalists.
- Receive expert, on-the-ground photography coaching by award-winning and world-renowned photographer David Yarrow.
- Enjoy photography, editing and art workshops hosted by David, Andrew and Richard, as well as informative lectures from the expedition team.
- Set foot on the 7th continent, a unique thrill that very few people in the world can claim to have done.
This is an expedition like no other, where one can explore wild Antarctica alongside one of the world's most eminent fine-art photographers.