Small Group Safari

Wild Antarctica: The Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula with David Yarrow

Venture to the ends of the earth alongside fine-art photographer David Yarrow on this exclusive ship-based expedition. Discover a wealth of wildlife, witness landscapes that have to be seen to be believed, and hone your photography skills in some of the wildest places on earth.

Duration 20 days
Price From $15,521
When Oct 2020
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

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 – 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 workshops hosted by David and Andrew, 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.

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Day by day

Day 1

Oct 12: Arrive Ushuaia

Today you will arrive into Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel, check in and admire the spectacular views over the Beagle Channel. Make the most of your time in this picturesque city and get to know your fellow travellers and expedition team before departing tomorrow morning.

Overnight: Los Cauquenes

Day 2

Oct 13: Depart Ushuaia

After having your main luggage transferred to the ship in the morning, you'll have some more time to experience Ushuaia's shops, bars and restaurants before everyone meets back at Los Cauquenes this afternoon. From here you will catch a bus to the city's port to board the Akademik Ioffe, your home for the next 18 nights. Settle into your cabin, take a walk around the ship, attend a safety briefing and get to know the experts who will be on hand throughout your expedition, helping you to make the most of your extraordinary journey. As you set sail towards the Falkland Islands, spend time on deck looking out for the first of the magnificent seabirds that will follow your journey.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, D

Day 3

Oct 14: At Sea

Make sure to check the skies during your voyage to the Falklands – you may catch a glimpse of the wandering albatross, the bird with the longest wingspan in the world! Lectures, presentations and briefings from David Yarrow, Andrew James and the rest of the on-board experts will also be provided, allowing you to prepare for the exciting sights and activities that await you.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Day 4

Oct 15: Falkland Islands

History buffs and wildlife-lovers alike will enjoy stepping foot on these windswept isles. Plenty of species call the Falklands home, including rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and comorants. Sea Lion Island and the neighbouring Bleaker Island are our prospective landing sites, dependent on weather conditions.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Days 5-6

Oct 16-17: At Sea

The next two days will be spent at sea as we chart a southeasterly course bound for South Georgia. Take the time to once again spot the seabirds of the Southern Ocean, and make sure to attend the photography lectures, presentations and workshops that will allow you to capture your avian subjects on camera.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Days 7-10

Oct 18-21: South Georgia

Known as the 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean', South Georgia's rugged landscapes are home to vast colonies of king penguin – with hundreds of thousands flocking to the island to breed – as well as large numbers of fur seal, elephant seal and an array of nesting seabirds. David Yarrow and his team will be on hand to help you photograph these remarkable creature congregations over the course of our 4-day stay here. While our itinerary is flexible to allow for changing weather conditions, we plan to explore Elsehul Bay, St Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain, on foot and on Zodiac outings. A visit to the former whaling station of Grytviken and its assortment of rusting relics is a must, as is the settlement's museum, dedicated to the history of the island. South Georgia looms large in the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, and it is here that the legendary British explorer is buried, his gravesite set alongside those of whalers who also met their end here, far from their homelands.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Days 11-13

Oct 22-24: At Sea - Elephant Island

Taking to the seas once again, the Akademik Ioffe now turns its prow south, towards Antarctica. As well as on-board photography workshops and talks on Antarctica, a landing at Elephant Island is a possible highlight of this 3-day voyage, weather and time permitting. Here members of the HMS Endurance expedition camped for many months after the loss of their ship in thick sea ice; Shackleton's journey to South Georgia along with five of his shipmates, which ended in the eventual rescue of all 28 crew, is now the stuff of legend.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Days 14-17

Oct 25-28: Antarctic Peninsula

Large, drifting, tabular icebergs announce your arrival to Antarctica. Upon your first sight of land, you will feel as if you have entered a different world. For those who are visiting the 7th continent for the first time, make sure you spend some time on deck taking in the scale of the scenery around you, and of course, capturing it through your lens. Over four days, we plan to search for seals as well as gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins along icy shorelines, while a range of wonderful activities and Zodiac outings also await. Visits to Mikkelson Harbour, Cierva Cove, Wilhelmina Bay, Orne Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel are all on the agenda. Join David and Andrew in taking pictures of the wildlife and impossibly blue ice, hike to the top of a snow-covered mountain, visit an historic hut, or partake in a sea kayaking excursion; each day, you have a range of great choices to make the most of your time here.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Days 18-19

Oct 29-30: Drake Passage

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, it’s time to return to South America. The educational presentations continue and you’ll enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by your expedition team. If conditions allow we hope to make a rounding of the fabled landmark of Cape Horn on our way back to Ushuaia.

Overnight: Akademik Ioffe B, L, D

Day 20

Oct 31: Depart Ushuaia

As you reach the port of Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning, it’s time to disembark, say farewell to your crew and photographic guides, and head back home, having made memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Details

SMALL GROUP SAFARI

This is an exclusive specialist-led expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, departing on a single set date in 2020.

Dates and Prices

2020 Departures

Date   Cabin Type Price 
Oct 12 - 31 Triple (Shared Bathroom) From £11,995
Twin (Semi-Private Bathroom) From £13,695
Twin (Private Bathroom) From £15,195
Superior From £15,995
Shackleton Suite From £17,495
One Ocean Suite From £18,995

Please note that sea kayaking excursions will incur an additional cost of £625 per person. These excursions are subject to availability, with a maximum group size of 16. Previous kayaking experience is required.

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