Spirit of Antarctica 1, 2019 (ANP127G)

Photography, Camping, Kayaking


Summer in Antarctica is a world of long bright days and an explosion of wildlife – the best time to visit this continent is now, with abundant penguins fattening up their chicks, seals lounging on ice floes and whales feeding around the ship. These midsummer days are not just great for photographers (with sunlight almost until midnight), but also the perfect time for camping out on the ice, and trying out some unique activities like skiing, kayaking or snowshoeing. We’ll visit the historical sites you’ve heard about, and show you a completely unique and unforgettable wilderness.


In October/November 2019 we are running a photography trip to Antarctica (with options to kayak, ski, snowshoe, camp and more). Spend 11 days on this Antarctica adventure, exploring the last remaining wilderness on the planet. The photography workshops are designed for all levels and it’s the perfect place to practice.

  • Explore the landscape surrounded by icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
  • Photography workshops with award-winning wildlife photographer Scott Portelli
  • Step foot on the Antarctic continent, and Zodiac cruise around it 



Dates: 30 October to 10 November 2019 (ANP127G)

Duration: 11 Days | Fly/Sail

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

Ship: Greg Mortimer (brand new in 2019)

Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1050pp); Mountaineering (From US $1200pp); Photography Workshops (included); Skiing in Antarctica (From US $1200pp); Camping on the Ice (included); Snowshoeing in Antarctica (From US $250pp)


Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom; All meals & snacks (Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks); Daily cabin service;  Photography workshops with award-winning photographer Scott Portelli; daily shore excursions guided walks and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises; Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions’ preferred flight; One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation and luggage transfer to ship on embarkation day; Group transfer from ship to downtown or airport post voyage; Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide; An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders; An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts; Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages; Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks; Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket; Complimentary use of gumboots; Complimentary use of fitness centre; Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic; Personalised photo book (post voyage); Entry fees to historic or tourist sites; Port, pilotage charges and landing fees


Deck 3 Aurora Stateroom, private bathroom US $9,900
Deck 4, 6 Balcony Stateroom, private bathroom US $10,900
Deck 4 Balcony suite, private bathroom US $13,900

Sea Kayaking (From US $1050pp); Mountaineering (From US $1200pp); Photography Workshops (included); Skiing in Antarctica (From US $1200pp); Camping on the Ice (included); Snowshoeing in Antarctica (From US $250pp)

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

Pre-departure information for this tour, click here


Antarctica poster for tour - penguins, seals, albatross and icebergs

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Expedition Highlights

  • Penguin colonies alive with nest building
  • Zodiac cruise amongst water-sculpted icebergs
  • Step ashore the Antarctic continent!
  • Visit historic huts and scientific stations
  • Antarctic marine life – seals and whales
  • Kayak or camp ashore for added adventure!
  • See Antarctica at its most pristine!



Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, renowned for its exquisite chocolates and breathtaking scenery. After transfer to your downtown hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Ushuaia, Argentina

After checking out of the hotel, explore Ushuaia and surrounds. Mid-afternoon, settle into the Greg Mortimer for an early evening departure down the Beagle Channel.

Days 3 to 5 – Drake Passage

We chart a course south, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. We prepare for our landings with bio security briefings, informative lectures and the Great Gumboot giveaway! We’ll also keep an eye on the horizon for albatross and the first iceberg spotting of the voyage. Possible landings as we approach the South Shetland Islands include Aitcho, Robert or Deception Islands.

Days 6 to 8 – Antarctic Peninsula

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations, and cruise up close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes. Kayakers paddle through narrow waterways in search of wildlife and serenity. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising among spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s); loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, we may even camp-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Days 9 to 10 – Drake Passage

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner with our newfound friends.

Day 11 – Ushuaia

We cruise up the Beagle Channel early this morning before slipping into to dock in Ushuaia, where our voyage concludes after breakfast.

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.

crabeater seal in Antarctica by wildlife photographer Scott Portelli

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