South Georgia

We invite you to join us on this special 15 days (14 nights) South Georgia photo tour in October 2023. WildPhoto Travel will be chartering the entire ship, M/V Polar Pioneer, for this photographer only expedition. There will be a maximum of 53 guests, together with 5 photo guides. Get ready for an exciting photo expedition to South Georgia.

The main focus on this South Georgia photo tour will be penguins, seabirds, seals and landscape. South Georgia is one of the hotspots for breeding King penguins, Gentoo penguins and Macaroni penguins, and some of the beaches are over-flooded with these birds. We will be landing early on the beaches to get the best light conditions, which you will miss on ordinary tourist trips. There are also breeding colonies of albatrosses on the islands.

The Elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals have entered the beaches in late October, and we will have a lot of action and photo opportunities when these animals are fighting over the females and the best spots on the beach.

We will schedule longer stops than usual when going ashore on a normal South Georgia photo tour. We do this in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. We use 5 zodiac boats to get ashore or when searching for the wildlife at sea.

With 9 full days around South Georgia, this expedition is for nature photographers who want more quality time with the sub-antarctic wildlife and landscape.

Spots


21.10-04.11 2023 4 spots
Prices from: from USD $12.995


This list is not always 100% updated, so please contact us at booking@wildphoto.com to confirm available spots.

Let us know if you want to be on a waitlist if some spots are available on fully booked trips or upcoming trips.

Itinerary

Based on previous South Georgia photo tours in October/November we plan to use the travel route as illustrated on the map, but this may change due to ice, weather and other conditions.

Day 0 We recommend everyone to have at last one night in Santiago or Punta Arenas before the flight to the Falkland Islands.

Day 1  Departure from Port Stanley, the Falkland Islands.

Day 2-3  At sea, heading toward South Georgia.

Day 4  First landing in South Georgia.

Day 5-12  We are visiting some of the best areas for wildlife and landscape photography, such as Salisbury Plains, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay, Drygalski fjord and other great places.

Day 13-14 At sea heading toward the Falkland islands.

Day 15  Return back to Port Stanley, the Falkland Islands. Transfer to the airport.

Spots


South Georgia map

South Georgia is one of the most isolated islands in the Southern hemisphere. Our final schedule of the South Georgia photo tour will be in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions.

Cabins on M/S POLAR PIONEER

Our expedition ship is comfortable with different cabin options. Food service will be at a designated time, and the chef has a varied and tasty menu. The ship is perfectly adapted to our South Georgia photo tour.



TWIN PUBLIC CABIN with one lower berth and one bunk (one upper and one lower berth), writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. This cabin is originally a triple cabin but will be used as a TWIN. This cabin has a porthole. USD $14.795 per spot
TWIN PUBLIC CABINS with two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole. USD $14.795 per spot
TWIN PRIVATE CABINS with two lower berths, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, private bathroom, 2 lower berths, except #402 and #403 which have upper and lower bunks and a couch. USD $15.995 per spot
MINI SUITE with double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window. USD $16.995 per spot
CAPTAIN’S SUITE with double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows. USD $16.995 per spot

AVAILABLE CABINS 21.10-04.11 2023:


Polar-pioneer-301 Twin cabin, with shared WC/shower (2 spots): USD $14.795 per spot BOOK NOW
Polar-pioneer-302 Twin cabin, with shared WC/shower (1 spot, FEMALE): USD $14.795 per spot BOOK NOW
Polar-pioneer-403 Twin cabin, with private WC/shower (1 spot, MALE): USD $15.995 per spot BOOK NOW

This list is not always 100% updated, so please contact us at booking@wildphoto.com to confirm available spots.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • All accommodation on Polar Pioneer
  • 5 WildPhoto guides leading the South Georgia photo tour
  • Excursions with (5) zodiac
  • Visitor fees in South Georgia
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • Flights to / from Port Stanley
  • Overnight accommodation prior to and following the trip
  • Alcohol and souvenirs purchased
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance

EXTENSION FALKLAND ISLAND

We will offer one week Falkland Islands extensions prior (14.10-21.10 2023) the South Georgia expedition. This will be a great opportunity to explore and photograph birds like Rockhopper penguins, Magelanic penguins, albatrosses, different endemic birds and marine mammals. We will mostly be on private land, and you can get pretty close to the wildlife and also move more freely around to get the right background or situation. There will be 2 small groups with only 6 photographers in each group. More information will be available shortly.

Read our trip report from Falkland Island 2015

More information will be available shortly.

Booking

You register to this trip by submitting a deposit payment (USD $2500) and sending in a signed booking form to our EMAIL. On the backside (page #2) of the booking form you will find the terms and conditions which pertain to this expedition. You will also find more information about payments, insurance etc. on the booking form. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Accommodation in Santiago

We strongly recommend you to arrive in Santiago at least 24 hours before the flight to Falkland Island (Saturdays 07:45). Sometimes the luggage is delayed and will be sent on a later flight.

Book your accommodation in Santiago below to get good rates, and you can easily manage your bookings at the booking.com app or website. Our recommended hotels close to Santiago airport are:

Holiday Inn Santiago – Airport Terminal

Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto

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