The Sea Spirit will take you to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. South Georgia is the best place on Earth for wildlife and landscape photographers. Spend 15 days exploring the stunning South Georgia, which includes historic sites like the Falkland Islands as well as amazing wildlife. This cruise was designed for amateur photographers of all skill levels. This program begins and ends in Santiago, Chile, where a flight will take passengers directly to Stanley, Falkland Islands for embarkation and disembarkation. Minimal days at sea means more days for photography with World Photo Travels guides Mike Reyfman, Dimitry Arkhipov, Marco Grassi, Svein Wik and Jens Wikström.
Explore the amazing city of Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands
Capture photos while you pass seabird-covered pinnacles called Shag Rocks
Visit the Falkland Islands Museum, the Governor’s house, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor
Learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional
The expedition will start in the early morning in the airport of Santiago de Chile where you will take a transfer flight to the Falkland Islands. Minimal days at sea means more days for photography with World Photo Travels Guides Mike Reyfman, Dimitry Arkhipov, Marco Grassi, Svein Wik and Jens Wikström. After a short landing in Punta Arenas in Patagonia, you'll arrive at the starting point of the cruise. Welcome to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands! Take your time to explore this amazing city. Visit the Falkland Islands Museum, the Governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs and views of shipwrecks in the harbor. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where you will be warmly welcomed aboard the deluxe expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come.
As you sail east towards South Georgia, you will be able to witness incredible wildlife. Will also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean.
Don’t lose your time aboard! Attend the most interesting briefings and lectures from expert staff and prepare yourself for the arrival in South Georgia.
This cruise was designed for amateur photographers of all skill levels, so use this chance to make new friends, exchange your photo experience and attend the photography master classes. Discussing ISO and exposure is always better in the cozy bar, restaurant, or lounge.
South Georgia is the best place on Earth for wildlife and landscape photographers. Sea spirit will take you to great locations for the best light. The archipelago is the home to hundreds of thousands of king penguins, which makes South Georgia the best spot to photograph these wonderful creatures. The plan is to visit the most picturesque sights such as Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay, Drygalski Fjord and other great places. For example, the beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, where over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins.
The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.
However, the route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions encountered. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. Sea spirit take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place and take the best wildlife photos.
It is time to head back towards the Falkland Islands. However, adventures are not over yet. Sea spirit will pass the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way (get your cameras ready!) There is also time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slide show. You will share impressions, review all the great photos you’ve taken and enjoy good company of new friends.
Day 15: Stanley | Disembark
The adventure finishes in Port Stanley. Disembark after breakfast and provide transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight to Santiago. Sea spirit recommend you to explore the wonderful capital of Chile and spend more time here. Now when the first emotions have subsided you will have time to look back to your unforgettable Subantarctic experience and maybe to make plans for your next polar adventure?
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!