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Tour Overview

Fit for KingsThere may be better places to photograph in the world than South Georgia, perhaps the plains of East Africa when the herds are in full flight, but it is debatable. South Georgia is a combination of staggering scenery: with towering mountains, sparkling hanging glaciers and charcoal volcanic beaches choked with literally millions of King penguins and countless other species.The legacy of Ernest Henry Shackleton is never far away, this distant South Atlantic faunal stronghold being the final part of his epic journey after the Endurance had become entombed in a crushing and mortal grip of Weddell Sea ice. The most valuable commodity on any Antarctic journey is time and with a spanking new 96 berth vessel specifically designed for these waters, with magnificent facilities and with an impressive top speed, we will be making the most of this fortnight. The Magellan is in a class of its own and perfect for this sort of adventure. This is a photographic expedition which, put simply, aims to utterly maximise every daylight hour in both South Georgia and the Falklands. Weather is a capricious mistress at best in the South Atlantic and therefore we cannot be bound by rigid timetables. There should be huge Elephant seals competing for beach space, often resulting in violent skirmishes in the surf. Having had to move the clock in the past to enjoy sunrise in the past (honestly) it will be good to enjoy some dawn and dusk. Rest assured there is also plenty of daylight too.Flying straight into Stanley saves a lot of sea time as most departures leave from Ushuaia and the plan will be to do at least two big Falklands landings as well as some time in the capital Stanley.For photographers, wilderness fans, and those who have ever dreamed about spending time in this remote backwater, this is a must. Many people travel to the South Atlantic and have their journeys compromised by having to split landings on account of the 100 people maximum. This ship is 96 berth and not this size by co-incidence and the two weeks on board are going to be very exciting if perhaps a little exhausting. Most journeys to South Georgia are on cruise ships allocating maybe three days at best in this fabled faunal nirvana. This almost borders on insult and this expedition (notice the different description please) plans five days at least in South Georgia before returning to the fertile Falkland islands. Hundreds of times I have heard people bemoaning the fact they did not have long enough in South Georgia, well, not on this expedition. The colonies of St Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain are the biggest penguin colonies anywhere and need long, extended landings. Despite being a formidable obstacle to their almost crusade-like journey to Stromness whaling station, Worsley, Crean, McNeish and the Boss himself were captivated by this island as you will be .... the comfort levels have improved a little since the James Caird though!King for a day.....well it will be a little more than that. If walking in the footsteps of Shackleton, gazing at coruscating glaciers, watching huge seals batter seven barrels out of each other and then witnessing thousands of King and other penguins in and out of the surf is your thing, I really look forward to welcoming you on board.As for photography there .... it really is the sport of kings.Georgia on your minds...?  It should be. - Paul Goldstein

Highlights

  • iconSpecial photography departureTravel on the Magellan Explorer, a brand new fast 96 berth expedition vesselAll cabins en suiteAccompanied by lecturers and experienced crewPlenty of photographic advice and instructionFlexible itineraryExtended time and landings in South Georgia and the FalklandsHuge King penguin colonies of St Andrews Bay, Salisbury Plain and Gold HarbourWitness millions of King penguins, Gentoo and Macaroni penguins, Elephant seals fighting as well as Giant petrels, Cape petrels, skuas and sealsGood possibility of seeing huge grounded icebergs 

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Meals: dinner

You will be picked up at the Port Stanley Airport and transferred into town.
There will be time to explore the town of Port Stanley before boarding the
ship.

icon Day 2 : Saunders Island & Carcass Island

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

During a morning visit to Saunders Island, we enjoy the long white-sand
beach. A wilderness experience, the main attractions there are Rockhopper
penguins, nesting Black browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic
Gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, we visit Carcass Island. There is an
option for an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical
Falklands tea experience.

icon Day 3 : New Island & Weddell Island

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We visit New Island today, a classic West Falklands experience, with
albatross and penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions, in the
afternoon, we could visit Weddell Island.

icon Day 4 : Bleaker Island

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Morning landing at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve with a famous
bird area featuring a large variety of birds. In the afternoon, we head to
South Georgia.

icon Day 5 -6 : At Sea

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

As we sail toward South Georgia, attend an engaging program of lectures and
presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the
lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such
as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales.

icon Day 7 : Elsehul Bay

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Depending on sea conditions over the previous days, arrival is planned for
the afternoon. Provided we receive approval from the South Georgia
government, we plan to do an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.

icon Day 8 : Grytviken & Fortuna Bay

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our first landing is at Grytviken. We clear Customs and then visit the
historical site, with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. In the
afternoon, we land  at Fortuna Bay/Stromness to see King penguins. Here we
learn more about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional
2-3 hour 'Shackleton walk'.

icon Day 9 : Gold Harbour & Cooper Bay

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning, we plan a landing at Gold Harbour. This is a
spectacular location with King penguins, Elephant seals and hanging
glaciers. There are also Sooty albatrosses here. In the afternoon, we visit
Cooper Bay to see Macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.

icon Day 10 : St Andrews Bay & Ocean Harbour

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

St Andrews Bay is the destination of our morning excursion. We see the
largest King penguin colony, and Elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, we
plan a Zodiac cruise and landing at Ocean Harbour. The highlights here are
a shipwreck and remains of the whaling industry.

icon Day 11 : Prion Island & Salisbury Plain

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning, we plan to visit Prion Island to see the nesting Wandering
albatross. In the afternoon, we head to Salisbury Plain for more King
penguins and stunning landscapes.

icon Day 12 -14 : At Sea

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

As we make our way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) our program
of lectures and presentations continues.

icon Day 15 : Disembark in Stanley

Meals: breakfast

Upon arrival at Port Stanley we disembark and transfer to the airport for
the ongoing flight.

What's Included

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    Meals

    11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.

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    All meals while on the shipBeer and house wine during lunch and dinnerAll accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughout and qualified Expedition StaffWe can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's Not Included

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    Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request)Visas or vaccinations

Food

All meals while on the ship included and offer a variety of choices. A full selection of drinks is served by waitstaff. Breakfast and lunch are offered buffet-style, where your choice of main course is plated by a chef and can then be complemented by side dishes, salads, fruits, and pastries. Dinner is sit-down, with full service. Beers and premium Chilean wines are included with lunch and dinner. Depending on the weather, a barbecue on deck may be offered.

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