Once again, Luminous-Landscape is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity: a trip south of the Antarctic Circle. Most cruises to Antarctica keep well north of the circle, and although these cruises visit some excellent locations, there is a whole different world south of the circle: new beaches, new landings, new cruising channels, and access to amazing icebergs and wildlife.
Unlike many comparable expeditions, this trip is devoted entirely to the pursuit of photography. From the moment you arrive at your hotel in Punta Arenas until your final departure, everything will be provided for you. We are not a tour group. Our goal is to be at the right place, at the right time, offering you an incredible photography experience. We will also have a team of world-class instructors along for the entire trip. Each of these instructors will accompany us on our excursions and will provide lectures during our days at sea. The instructors will also be available to help you edit and post-process your photographs so that you will return home with images you only dreamed were possible.
There will also be pre-organized educational sessions throughout the trip for those who are interested. The expedition staff will be available to provide presentations on the history, geology, and wildlife of the region. It will be a non-stop educational and creative adventure!
Our team includes seasoned Antarctic adventurers eager to assist you throughout the trip. Our photography team consists of Kevin Raber, Daniel Bergmann, Steve Gosling, Katrin Eismann, Ignacio Palacios, and of course, myself. We also have a very large and experienced expedition team, consisting of at least 12 guides. We have worked with the same team for several years and they are second to none in Antarctica! The expedition team loves this trip as much as we do, as it offers them the opportunity to see Antarctica in a different light than most tourist cruises.
This is a fly over the Drake trip. We save five days of sailing in some of the roughest seas in the world by flying over them. We get on our ship in a protected harbor and immediately set sail to the Artic Circle. The downloadable PDF will have all of this information in it as well.
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Led by Art Wolfe and Kevin Raber
With assistant instructors: Ignacio Palacios, Katrin Eismann, Daniel Bergmann and Steve Gosling
Transportation and Accommodation
- Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Punta Arenas.
- You are encouraged to arrive one day prior to the workshop so that the entire group can convene the morning of Feb 1st to prepare for departure
Shooting schedules have the ability to be altered to effectively cater to the photographic desires of the group, as well as to adapt to changeable weather conditions.
Day 1 Start of the Air-Cruise
- The ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, on or before 2:00 p.m. local time. You are then transferred to your hotel and will attend a mandatory briefing, providing you with important information about your voyage as well as essential guidelines for all Antarctic visitors. A hosted “welcome dinner” will introduce you to the local fare as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.
Day 2 Scheduled Flight to Antarctica
A smooth two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins the moment you exit the airplane as clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. We will explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac which will transport us to our expedition vessel.
Day 3 – 8: Exploring Antarctica
Sail along ice-filled fjords amongst spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals, and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day.
In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides will share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, leading you ashore to come face-to-face with the wildlife, history, and the many wonders of the Antarctic landscape. From a glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing the highlights of your daily adventures with fellow guests over drinks.
The goal of the expedition is to sail as far south as we can, in an attempt to reach the Polar Circle. The expedition team will set our specific route based on local conditions, allowing our guests to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. Flexibility will be key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point, and other magnificent destinations. Each voyage is uniquely crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
When we do cross into the circle, you can expect a celebration to honor the gods. This is a traditional mariner event, just one more factor that will make your trip special.
Day 9: Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board your flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for a final night. (Please Note: meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and are not included in the cost of the program).
Day 9: End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your flight home.
About the Vessel
The Expedition Ship: Ocean Nova
The Ocean Nova is one of the finest expedition vessels currently operating in Antarctica. It’s just the right size to offer both comfortable accommodations, as well as easy manueverability, making it capable of exploring areas inaccessible to larger ships. The meals are excellent. The crew is the friendliest you’ll ever find. Each of these factors will add up to ensure that you have a thoroughly enjoyable adventure!
The Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was constructed in Denmark in 1992 intended for the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006, and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for travel in Antarctica.
Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers, each of whom will be accommodated in comfortable, outside cabins. The ship offers three levels of accommodation: dedicated single cabins, twin cabins, and triple cabins.
In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats, each well-suited for daily disembarking and wildlife watching.
Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 sq. ft. / 8 sq. mt. One lower bed
Twin cabins 106 sq. ft. / 10 sq. mt. Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 sq. ft. / 14 sq. mt. Two lower beds and one upper bed
All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk, a chair, a wardrobe, a controlled heating system, and a private bathroom and shower.
Single Cabins (4 available)
US $26,995 per berth, all-inclusive.
Each with 1 lower berth and private facilities.
Twin Cabins (27 available)
US $18,995 per berth, all-inclusive.
Each with 2 lower berths and private facilities.
Triple Cabins (3 available)
US $16,495 per berth, all-inclusive.
Each with 2 lower berths, 1 upper berth, and private facilities.
Availability: First come, first served. Couples will share a cabin. Individuals traveling alone will share a double or triple cabin with others of the same sex, unless a dedicated single cabin is selected. These fees may be paid in installments, and all bookings are all-inclusive.
I hope to see you on this trip. It’s an amazing journey with an excellent teaching team as well as what I consider the best expedition Team and ship in Antarctica.