Spirit of Sydney Antarctica Expedition, 2022 (Fully Booked)

This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 7 guests

Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet with an abundance of wildlife, gigantic icebergs the size of cities and majestic mountain ranges. During February, it’s the migrating whale pod season and there’s often sightings of blue, sperm, orca, humpback, minke, and southern right whales. You’ll also see thousands of penguins huddling together like a scene from Happy Feet and leopard seals playing joyfully in the rich Southern Ocean. The Antarctic circle is a photographers paradise.

The Spirit of Sydney yacht, known as the “Land Rover of the Sea” was designed by Ben Lexcen during the era of Australia’s history breaking win in the America’s Cup. Ian Kiernan sailed Spirit solo around the world in the 1986 BOC Challenge and he was 4th place against much lighter high tech yachts. Spirit is a strong and powerful yacht with excellent all round sailing ability and her tough aluminium construction and watertight bulkheads have given her a useful second life as an Antarctic Expedition yacht. She is an ocean greyhound with long clean lines and flared bow sections for surfing the big rollers of the Southern Ocean, offering an exhilarating experience for guests.

Primary safety is paramount, like being able to surf under control when the waves build or sailing off a lee shore in a gale. Spirit is also covered by an over-built Southern Ocean sailing rig, a powerful 130 hp turbo diesel engine and six watertight compartments.

Spirit of Sydney offers a reasonable level of comfort with heated insulated interior, Antarctic specified water maker and hot fresh water showers, however the emphasis is on safety, adventure and hands-on experience. The pleasant raised saloon with windows at eye level has a diesel drip heater in-set and offers a cosy social environment.

Spirit has been meticulously maintained and refitted, so that she has evolved on a yearly basis. The ever on-going maintenance schedule covers many items from new sails, forestays and headsail furlers to zodiacs imported from France. In 2009, Spirit spent six months in Buenos Aires being meticulously checked over by a naval architect and having structural items such as chainplates and keel floors checked, rebuilt or upgraded.

Since 1994, Spirit has sailed to Antarctica every year and has made a total of 27 voyages and 3 sub-Antarctic trips. Some of the past expeditions have included Steve Irwin’s film crew for Animal Planet, Oregon State University for humpback whale tagging and Globe Trekker’s film crew for Pilot Guides.

Spirit of Sydney is based in Ushuaia, Argentina and offers sailors an exciting opportunity to cruise in one of the most beautiful and fast yachts in the spectacular regions around the southern tip of South America, the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic islands including South Georgia.


Date: 2nd February – 2nd March 2022

Duration: 28 days

Start and finish: Ushuaia, Argentina

Ship: Spirit of Sydney

Activities: Wildlife, landscape and underwater photography and snorkeling.
Note: If you are intending on snorkeling you will need to bring your own Drysuit and polar snorkeling equipment. We recommend you have cold water diving/snorkeling experience before entering the water in the polar regions.

Prerequisite: As this is an expedition ship, you will be exposed to the harsh elements of the southern ocean and experience on small vessels in open oceans is recommended. This is a working yacht so there will be periods where you are involved in the day to day support for the expedition crew sailing the yacht. A good level of fitness is required when part of an expedition yacht.


  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • All meals and drinks onboard during the voyage
  • Guiding services from our trip leader and expedition experts
  • Exploring the landscape surrounded by icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
  • Step ashore in Antarctica, the last great wilderness
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites


  • International or domestic flights to/from yacht/port
  • Airport transfers
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary

If you are interested in joining this special expedition then contact us directly to apply to be a part of this unique experience. Or download our Booking/Application forms below:


Antarctica-booking-form-2022 (word)
Antarctica-booking-form-2022 (PDF)
Polar-Snorkelling-Checklist – .DOC
Packing-for-Antarctica-Checklist – .DOC
Top 5-tips-underwater-polar-photography – .DOC

Trip leader, Underwater Polar Photographer and Antarctic expedition specialist
Scott Portelli

Scott Portelli profile shot from Antarctica

Scott Portelli is an international award winning wildlife, nature and underwater photographer. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is regarded as a leading professional in his field. Scott has spent thousands of hours in remote locations across the globe filming and photographing nature, wildlife, the underwater environment and wild places.

He was recently announced the winner in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2021, and has previously been awarded winner in the animal behaviour category in 2017 and 2019. He was awarded 1st  Place Winner as part of a team representing Australia at the World Photographic Cup 2021. Also included in his accolades he was announced winner at the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2021  in the Other Animals category. He was also awarded Winner in the Human & Oceans category at the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year awards 2021 and winner at Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 & 2018 and runner up in the landscape category in 2020. Some of his more noteworthy awards included being awarded at the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the year in London in 2016 and announced National winner of the Sony World Photography awards 2016.

Scott has spent over a decade working in the polar regions with a focus on Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic areas producing a unique portfolio of fine art photography that showcases the intricate environment and its intriguing inhabitants. Working in extreme conditions, Scott’s photography provides a rarely seen glimpse above and below the surface in some of the harshest places on the planet.

For a character feature visit: https://vimeo.com/132677858


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For more information contact us through the website or directly via email at scott@scottportelli.com or +61 (0)402124453