Antarctica Photo Expedition

January 31, 2022 – February 10, 2022

Duration of the Tour: 12 days / 11 nights

Duration of the Expedition: 11 days / 10 nights

Language: English speaking voyage


11-day photography learning adventure in Antarctica taught by @fursty & @charlysavely

Antarctica is the last human discovered continent. Throughout history it has seduced the spirits of explorers & entrepreneurs. It has infused those few lucky enough to have been there with a passion beyond the understanding of those who have never seen the “White Continent”. Wild & unpredictable, Antarctica is surrounded by fierce seas & has a unique & almost impenetrable geography. Massive glaciers, snow-covered mountains, towering icebergs, amazing wildlife encounters with penguins, whales, & seals are just some of the unique experiences this photo expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula can offer.

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Antarctica, the wildest place on earth…

Our Ship

Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, meeting the latest & highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Surpassing the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Hondius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic & Antarctica.

The shots you came out to get…


@fursty

Dylan Furst is a photographer from the Pacific Northwest, heavily inspired by the darker & rainy days that frequent his home in Bellingham, Washington State. By adapting to this environment, the imminent days of rain become a time of growth & creating. While travel plays a big part in his photography, his focus is mostly directed towards details in nature. He believes a simple shift in perspective can turn the smallest details into works of art, in destinations around the world & in your own backyard.

Dylan’s work can be found here.

@charlysavely

Coming straight out of the Pacific North West, Charly is British-American Photographer that has been blazing her way through the world of photography & social media for years. She received her Bachelors Degree in Photography at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She now focuses on travel & wildlife photography, while shooting for top clients. She’s passionate about the Arctic regions & minimalist moments. She loves hiking, tattoos, toast, feather collecting & is a proud dog mum.


Need-To-Know

  • Dates: January 31 – February 10, 2022
  • Price: Cabins start at $9,180 USD (10% off until May 1st!!!)
  • Spots: a minimum of 10 students needed
  • The trip will be booked through The Polar Travel Company & you may contact them here: info@thepolartravelcompany.com
  • Reference @charlysavely & or @fursty in email subject line.

What’s included?

  • Photo workshop led by two experienced professional photographers through the program.
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel in Ushuaia on 30 January 2022.
  • 1 night in a hotel in Ushuaia on 30 January 2022.
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee & tea.
  • All shore excursions & activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists & leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots & snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes & port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

What’s not included?

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights-Pre- & post- land arrangements.
  • Passport & visa expenses.
  • Government arrival & departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation & personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges & all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges & telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards & other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Brief Itinerary

  • 30 January: Welcome at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Group meeting in the evening.
  • 31 January: Drop off luggage to be taken to the ship at the luggage point & free time. Embarkation in the afternoon (16:00) directly on the pier.
  • 31 January: to 10 February expedition to wonderful Antarctica
  • 10 February: Disembarkation after breakfast (transfer to the airport at disembarkation for those flying out the same day).

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, & wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.


Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 End of the world / Start of the journey

Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – & sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 – 3 Path of the polar explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses & petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons & southern fulmars. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 – 8 Enter the Antarctic

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, & dramatically different wildlife below & above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands & Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant & Anvers Islands. Sites you may visit include:

Cuverville Island: Stabbing up between Rongé Island & the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a massive colony of gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas.

Danco Island: Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell & crabeater seals that can be found nearby.

Neko Harbor: An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers & endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising & kayaking provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay: You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of seeing humpback & minke whales.

Port Lockroy: After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum & post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins & blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking & camping here.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands: If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins & blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback & minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren: This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, & crab-eater seals. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 9 – 10 Familiar seas, familiar friends

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, & you to them.

Day 11 There & back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Some questions, answered…

What level of photography do we require?

We welcome all levels of photography expertise. What we want to see is that you love photography, want to learn more, push yourself, take it to the next level, & take in the atmosphere & experience of working with other creatives in an epic context.

What will we teach & who is the workshop best for?

We will be teaching landscape / travel / lifestyle / wildlife & portrait photography as appropriate throughout the trip. We love to teach post editing in Lightroom & Photoshop. In addition, freelance business practices & how to grow your social media. Since we teach such a wide range of subjects, this workshop is best suited for beginners & intermediate photographers who would like to learn more & navigate through all these styles of photography.

How fit do I need to be?

You will be traveling to a remote destination with not access to complex medical facilities; you should not join this type of expedition if you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This type of voyages requires independent mobility to negotiate: stairs on a moving ship, steep gangways to board Zodiacs, & rough uneven & slippery terrain. If you have difficulty walking or you need an assistance device to walk around, this type of expeditions may not be for you. Please drop us an email to discuss your situation with us & we will provide you with our best advice.

Should I bring a drone?

Definitely not. IAATO has banned the use of recreational drones & Oceanwide does not allow the use of drones during their trips.

How much camera gear can I bring?

Bring what you have. In general, consider bringing a range of focal lengths: wide-angle (ex: 24mm), standard (ex: 50mm), & a telephoto (ex: 85mm or above). Having said that, a large part of the workshop will be about making the most out of the equipment that you already have!

  • DSLR recommended
  • Suggested: Remote Trigger, Neutral Density Filter (5/10 stop), Polarizer, Batteries & Memory Cards, Tripod

What & where will we eat?

All meals are provided throughout the voyage while we are aboard the ship, including snacks, coffee & tea.

I’m a vegetarian or have allergies, what should I do?

Let us know! It won’t be a problem at all, but it is something that we need to know in advance.

How will the weather be?

This is the region, which has the warmer & also wetter climate in Antarctica. Precipitations vary in a range around 1000 millimeters per year; & in the summer months you can experience temperatures from -2 ºC (28,4 ºF) to +5 ºC (41 ºF). On your voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula you can expect at least some rain or snow on occasion. The days tend to be cloudy, but the Sun can come out as well, as the weather tends to change a lot. You can also expect some wind on occasions.

How to dress…

The choice of clothing for cold climates is a very personal matter. It depends on your individual experience with cold conditions.

Are you more susceptible to cold temperatures than other people?

A common complaint is not the cold, it’s the wind, but an equally common polar maxim is there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! The secret to keeping warm is to dress in layers. It is better to have several light layers of clothing than one heavy layer. This also gives you flexibility in your clothing so you can take off a layer if you are too warm or put another layer on if you are cold. The most important layer is the outer waterproof & windproof shell because even a light wind of 6 kph (about 4 mph) can carry away eight times more body heat than still air! The so-called wind chill factor measures the increase in cooling power of moving air, whether it is wind that is blowing or it is you who is moving rapidly &, in effect, creating a wind against yourself.

We recommend dressing in layers so you can put on or take off clothing any time you need it.
Long thermal underwear, a thermal shirt & pants, & thermal socks are important.

Bring a fleece or two (this is very personal) to put over the thermal layer.
As per the outer layer, it is very important to bring waterproof clothing.

Waterproof gear
  • Waterproof jacket (some ships provide this)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens (two pairs to rotate when wet would be ideal)
  • Rubber boots

Pull-on, unlined, knee-high boots are required for wet landings. Boots must be 14”-16” high with strong, rubber-ridge, non-skid soles. These specifications are very important. You may be stepping into water up to 10” deep on wet landings. Moon or leather boots are NOT appropriate.

Other layers
  • Hat, scarf, or other face protection
  • Fleece or sweaters
  • Thermal socks (at least two pairs to rotate when wet)
  • Warm pants
  • Thermal or long underwear
  • Lightweight shirts & T-shirts
  • Comfortable & casual clothing to wear on board.
Other gear
  • Sunscreen & lip protection (It is recommended high protection)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Plastic zip-lock bags will protect your camera & binoculars from wave splash & spray while in Zodiacs
  • Backpack (ideal to bring extra layer ashore, water, binos, camera, etc).
Tips to stay warm
  • Avoid overdressing to reduce perspiration.
  • Wear water repellent outer garments that will keep you dry on the outside & still allow moisture from your body to escape.
  • Body heat is most likely to be lost from parts that have a lot of surface area in comparison to total mass – namely, the hands & feet. Keep them warm & dry. For hands, mittens are better than gloves.
  • If you have cold feet, put a hat on. If the rest of your body is covered, as much as 90 percent of the heat you lose can come from your head, so be sure to wear a cap, beanie or balaclava. These items can be pulled down to protect your ears, forehead, neck & chin. The neck also needs protection with a woolen or synthetic scarf, that can be wrapped around the face when travelling against the wind.
  • Dress in comfortable, loose layers. For anyone out in the cold, it is far better to wear layers of relatively light, loose clothing than one thick, heavy item. Between each layer there is a film of trapped air which, when heated by your body, acts as an excellent insulator.
  • Wool & silk are superior to cotton because they can trap warm air. Synthetic fabrics that spring back into shape after compression are also good. When damp or wet, polyester down is a better insulator than goose or duck down. Polar fleece is popular & recommended.

Who are you?

Our Antarctica Photo Expedition is open to 10 minimum – 20 maximum photography enthusiasts. We will focus on capturing the immense landscapes & wildlife as well as dramatic, situational portraiture that surrounds us in here in these remarkable locations.

We will be providing a very small group experience. With two instructors, our ratio of 1:2 is very low. This means that we will be able to focus our attention & expertise on technique & locations, thereby making sure that our participants get the right shots.

Reviews

“I had the pleasure of going on a workshop with Charlotte & two other workshop leaders to the Isle of Skye & all I can say is wow. Charlotte’s knowledge of photography & the way she teaches is so visceral & real it would honestly be hard not to learn something from her. You can see her passion for photography as an art & as a business, & it really shows in her work & how she approached the workshop. She was always willing to step aside & help on an individual basis, as well as lead group sessions. Her knowledge of social media & the business side of photography was incredible as well & really helped me get started & make moves in my social media game. I highly recommend attending a workshop with Charlotte as I’m sure you can gain experience & knowledge & she can definitely help take your photography to the next level.”

– Shawn Hoffer

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