Visit Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, after flying from Punta Arenas, Chile. Cruise to South Georgia with a variety of seabirds following, and pay respects to Shackelton there. Be overwhelmed by the multitudes of King penguins as far as the eye can see, and be entertained by elephant and fur seals and their pups. From old whaling stations, move out to hopefully see whales. Enjoy the magnificent coastline and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, and step foot on the continent.
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Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, and tour the Falkland Islands’ very British capital, Stanley, before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.
Bound for South Georgia, escorted by albatrosses, giant petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels, our photography program begins. Our naturalist and historian enliven the crossing with informative talks and the rest of the team prepares us for our first landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.
Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and we have ample time to explore and photograph the island’s spectacular northern coast. We photograph 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, we hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.
We cross the Scotia Sea, watch seabirds, our first iceberg and great whales including blues, fin and sei. We have time to reflect on South Georgia and prepare for Antarctica, the next leg of our adventure.
Conditions permitting, we approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If sea state allows, we’ll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived four months here.
We hope to land in the South Shetland Islands before sailing down Gerlache Strait and awaken to the drama of Antarctica – a photographer’s paradise! We encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building, visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.
Return to the realm of the albatross – Drake Passage. We celebrate, recap our many experiences and learn to manage our abundant collection of new photos.
Dawn greets us in the Beagle Channel. We disembark for a tour of Puerto Williams before boarding our flight to Punta Arenas.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.