Antarctica – In the Footsteps of Shackleton 2019 – (ASG77) Incl Climbing, Kayaking, Photography

Photography Expedition with International Award-Winning Wildlife and Nature Photographer Scott Portelli


This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 10 guests

Ever thought about getting up close and personal with Leopard Seals or Penguins, or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders? Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges. whales glide by in search of food, penguins huddle together in the thousands and seals play in the nutrient rich southern ocean. It is a photographers paradise.

In March 2019 award-winning photographer Scott Portelli is running a trekking and photography trip to Antarctica. Spend 18 days in Antarctica, the last remaining wilderness on the planet. The workshops are designed for all levels and it’s the perfect place to practice.

We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

  • Exploring the landscape surrounded by icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
  • Trekking in the footsteps of Shackleton
  • Step ashore in Antarctica, the last great wilderness
  • Visit huge penguin colonies & albatross in South Georgia island

The Details

Dates: 20 March to 6 April 2019

Duration: 17 nights/18 days| Fly/Sail

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Santiago OR Punta Arenas, Chile

Ship: Polar Pioneer

Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1350pp), South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $2150pp), Mountaineering (From US $900pp)


  • Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer (17 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category)
  • Photography workshops with award-winning photographer Scott Portelli
  • All meals & snacks
  • Daily cabin service
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites
  • Lectures and educational and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
  • Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
  • Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18


  • International or domestic flights to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges


Your Host: Scott Portelli

Scott Portelli is a Sydney based photographer who has traveled the world extensively photographing in some of the most remote destinations, including The Arctic, Antarctica, Falklands, Galapagos, Azores, Africa and the South Pacific.

Scott is an award winning wildlife, nature, aerial and underwater photographer. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) he is regarded as a leading professional in his field.

In 2016 he was announced National winner of the Sony World Photography awards and in the same year awarded at the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year. He was recently awarded at the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year, receiving an honorable mention.

With his experience in the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic regions, he brings a wealth of knowledge to every expedition and ensures that each trip optimizes photographers chances to capture the best that the wildlife in the region has to offer.



Deck 3 Triple, shared facilities US $14,600
Deck 3 Twin, shared facilities US $17,900
Deck 4, 5 Twin, private facilities US $20,600

Sea Kayaking (From US $1350pp)
South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $2150pp)

To register your interest to join us in Antarctica for this once in a life time experience, click here.

Pre departure information for this tour, click here


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Itinerary & Highlights

Expedition Highlights

  • Cruise past vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Historic huts and whaling history
  • Attempt to land on remote Elephant Island
  • Shackleton Alpine Crossing (surcharge applies)
  • Photography workshops by Scott Portelli
  • Retrace Shackleton’s heroic voyage
  • Step ashore in Antarctica amidst penguins and seals
  • South Georgia’s seals, albatross and king penguins

Day 1 – Ushuaia

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, and set sail along the Beagle Channel bound for Antarctica. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included today. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding this afternoon.

Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage

As we cross the Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross. Our on-board historian introduces us to Shackleton, while our expedition guides prepare us for our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4 to 6 – Antarctica Peninsula, Weddel Sea

An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may make a continental landing at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. Amidst shifting pack ice and tabular icebergs the Endurance story comes alive. If ice conditions allow, we visit world-renowned fossil beds on Seymour, Vega or James Ross islands, perhaps even Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island – and learn of a survival story nearly equal to Shackleton’s.

Day 7 – Elephant Island

Point Wild on Elephant Island is so exposed it’s hard to imagine Shackleton’s men landing three lifeboats there, let alone surviving four dark winter months before rescue. If conditions allow we hope to take our Zodiacs as close as possible, perhaps even stepping ashore.

Days 8 to 9 – Scotia Sea

Retracing James Caird’s epic voyage to South Georgia, we traverse some of the most productive waters in the world, keeping watch for fin, sei, and possibly even blue whales. We have time to reflect on our journey so far, and learn more about Shackleton’s life-saving crossing to South Georgia.

Day 10 – South Georgia

Entering King Haakon Bay, if conditions allow, we land in tiny Cave Cove to fully appreciate the skills of Worsely, Shackleton’s skipper and navigator, then continue to near Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsely and Crean set off to cross the island. It is from here where our crossing party alights to tackle the 50km trek.

Days 11 to 15 – South Georgia

While our South Georgia ‘Crossers’ negotiate the rugged interior, we delight in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles – king penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to join our mountaineers on the final leg of the Shackleton Crossing – the Shackleton Walk – from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting ‘The Boss’s’ grave and the whaling museum in Grytviken.

Days 16 to 17 – Scotia Sea

We’re entertained by whales, dolphins and seabirds as we cross the Scotia Sea to the Falkland Islands. At sea, our final days are a flurry of shared photos, memories and a farewell drink with the Captain.

Day 18 – Falkland Islands to Santiago (or Punta Arenas)

After an early breakfast, we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer and transfer to Stanley airport for our onward flight to Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile. Or choose to stay on in the Falkland Islands to continue your adventure. Additional Information: Please note that flights departing Stanley to Santiago (via Punta Arenas) only depart once a week, on a Saturday. Please advise if you wish to end your flight in Punta Arenas; refunds are not available for unused flight sectors.


Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.


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