Antarctica Photography Expedition with Alison Wright

Antarctica Photography Expedition with Alison Wright

from $10,840 per person

Join Award Winning Photographer Alison Wright on this Antarctica Expedition for a unique opportunity to bring your photography to the next level.


  • Included photography workshops and presentations
  • Joined by world-renowned photographer Alison Wright
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39”
  • See penguins, leopard seals, and whales

This is a very rare and remarkable opportunity to work directly with a world-renowned photographer in one of earths most spectacular wild landscapes. Aside from her professional stature - recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, and 2014 Premier Travelers Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry – Alison is a traveler’s traveler, with incredible stories of capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing from around the world.

Whether you are considering becoming a professional photographer or just interested in how to take better travel photographs, the included workshops and presentations on this Voyage can help you achieve your goals. With Alison, experience first hand how a world-renowned photographer works in the field.

By keeping the groups small and intimate, Alison is able to work on an individual basis to give one-on-one pointers and advice. We will spend several days photographing in the field, as well as engage in group critiques, portfolio reviews and presentations of Alison’s work.

On this Antarctic Circle expedition we are venturing far into the areas that are almost permanently iced down and total unnavigable in winter. Hardly anyone sails this far south.

The forming of the sea ice in Antarctica is the largest natural seasonal phenomenon on Earth. During the Austral summer more than 20 million square kilometres of sea ice melts. This makes these waters passable for a few short Austral summer weeks. Join us and witness what this winter-locked landscape of Antarctica looks like in summer and set foot where few have gone before you.

Voyage Itinerary

Stay overnight in a first class Buenos Aires hotel. After check in, it's possible to join an optional City Tour to explore. Your evening is at your own leisure. The next day, you begin your voyage!

Day 1:Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires’ mixture of elegant and bohemian neighbourhoods only adds to its charm and appeal. You start with an overnight stay here, in the birthplace of the tango.

Day 2:Ushuaia

Ushuaia is where the Andes meet the Southern Ocean. It is a busy port and adventure hub with steep streets and architectural diversity below the snow-capped Martial Range.

Day 3:Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is the stretch of ocean between the south tip of South America, also known as Cape Horn or Tierra del Fuego, part of Chile, and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. On the way across the passage and towards “the ice” (as it’s often referred to by our expedition leaders) you can learn a great deal about Antarctica’s natural wonders and fascinating history.

Day 4:Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is famous for some of the roughest and most unforgiving waters of the world. This is where two oceans meet; sailors say that it’s either the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake. 

Day 5:Antarctica

The Antarctic continent is an endless white wilderness full of overwhelming vistas of nature and wildlife. On this special trip, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’. We will go ashore several places and offer activities like hiking, kayak trips and snowshoeing. You might even have the chance to spend a night ashore in a tent. Witness what the winter-locked landscape of Antarctica looks like in summer and set foot where few have gone before you.

Visiting the South Shetland Islands is definitely worth looking forward to. Deception Island, Half Moon Island and Yankee Harbour all have a diverse landscape, amazing animal life and spectacular photo opportunities. The narrow Errera Channel offers a spectacular passage to and from Cuverville Island. Neko Harbour is feeding ground for shy minke whales. Paradise Harbour offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing and some of the finest vistas of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica and Petermann Island is a great place for iceberg and whale spotting. On the British base Port Lockroy you get a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Wilhelmina Bay is feeding ground for whales and seals, and was a preferred hunting ground for whalers back in the days. Evidence of this is a partially submerged wreck of a Norwegian whaling ship. We might take a closer look at the wreck from our Polarcirkel boats.

The 48 km (30 mi) Antarctic Sound is home to an estimated half million adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. On Brown Bluff we might land and take a walk along the beach admiring the lava “bombs” from the old volcano and all the penguins. There is also the chance to walk to the viewpoint above the landing site. On Detaille Island we find the former geology and meteorology "Base W" of the British Antarctic Survey. On Horseshoe Island we’ll see an important example of a relatively unaltered and completely equipped British scientific research station of the 1950s.

Day 6:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 7:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 8:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 9:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 10:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 11:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 12:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 13:Antarctica

We continue our voyage in Antarctica.

Day 14:Drake Passage

After nine unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Fram takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage.

Day 15:Drake Passage

The sailing from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 40 hours in good weather. During the voyage north, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 16:Ushuaia

Your voyage ends in Ushuaia. Join an optional excursion to Lake Escondido prior to your flight back home or extend your stay and fly to Buenos Aires for one of our optional post programs.