Photographer's South Georgia and Antarctica Cruise

Hannah Conduct
Photographing in the snow.
Mark Jones
Rockhopper penguins hanging out on the rocky coast.
Andrew Halsall
A woman posing on the snow in front of penguins.
Mark Jones
Kayakers in the waters of South Georgia.
Steve Jochmans
A man photographs a King Penguin at only a few feet away.
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
Join this memorable Antarctic cruise along with Joshua Holko, a full-time professional landscape, nature and wilderness photographer and teacher, who specializes in polar and sub-polar regions, will conduct Canon-accredited photography workshops, including informal talks and image reviews, opportunities for one-on-one instruction and informal side-by-side shooting from the deck or Zodiacs and during landings.

Day 1

    Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Embark Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia this evening. Enjoy a warm welcome before your photography Antarctic cruise sets sail down the Beagle Channel.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      At sea, albatross, plunging dolphins and flighty petrels will mesmerize you, your photography program begins and special briefings prepare you for landings.

      Day 3

        Falkland Islands

        Falkland Islands’ Camp life gives way to elephant seals, penguins, sea lions and an astounding mix of water-birds. Your Zodiacs offer plenty of room for camera gear.

        Day 4

          Stanley, Falkland Islands

          Stanley, the Falklands undeniably British capital, features an excellent war museum, welcoming shops and pubs.

          Days 5-6

            Scotia Sea

            Cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by your expert naturalists and historians, review photographs and prepare for shooting in South Georgia.

            Days 7-11

              South Georgia

              Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and you will have ample time to explore and photograph the island’s spectacular northern coast. Visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.

              Days 12-13

                At Sea

                Cross the Scotia Sea, watch seabirds, your first iceberg and great whales including blues, fin and sei. Have time to reflect on South Georgia and prepare for Antarctica, the next leg of your polar adventure.

                Day 14

                  Cape Wild, Elephant Island

                  Conditions permitting, approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If sea state allows, Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived four months here.

                  Days 15-17


                    Hope to land in the South Shetland Islands before sailing down Gerlache Strait and awaken to the drama of Antarctica – a photographer’s paradise! Encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building, visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.

                    Days 18-19

                      Crossing the Drake Passage

                      Return to the realm of the albatross – the Drake Passage. Celebrate, recap your many experiences and learn to manage your abundant collection of new photos.

                      Day 20

                        Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                        Dawn greets you in the Beagle Channel. Bid farewell and continue onward travel, or stop in Ushuaia.

                        Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

                        - Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

                        - Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

                        General Voyage Inclusions
                        · Accommodation during the voyage
                        · Luggage transfer from the Ushuaia hotel to the ship on the day of voyage departure
                        · Photography workshops and lectures by photography expert
                        · All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
                        · All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
                        · Educational lectures and guiding services from your expert team
                        · Access to on board doctor and basic medical services
                        · Loan of gumboots during the voyage
                        · Daily cabin service
                        · Comprehensive pre-departure information
                        · Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
                        · Port taxes and charges