Special Interest Antarctic Voyages
Whether it’s waking to the sounds of penguin calls while camping out on the Antarctic Peninsula, kayaking among the colossal towers of ice, celebrating the holidays in the most amazing surroundings, or learning from the experts like penguinologist Dr. Tom Hart, our exciting collection of special interest voyages to the White Continent are sure to inspire. Craft a unique voyage around your interests and passions by traveling with true experts — professional wildlife photographer and film-maker Sue Flood, New York Times best-selling author and travel journalist Patricia Schultz, or Shackleton descendant and historian Jonathan Shackelton— making for the trip of a lifetime.
New for the 2014-2015 season is the special 25 day holiday expedition of Antarctica’s Scotia Arc, a group of islands that forms the north, east and southern borders of the Scotia Sea and influences the migration of marine life through its Circumpolar Current. An in-depth experience of the Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Orkney Islands, South Shetlands and Antarctica awaits you on this epic voyage. Encounter one million breeding pairs of chinstrap penguins and tens of thousands of macaroni and Adelie penguins at Zavokovski Island. Observe Saunders Island’s impressive 990m (3,248ft) stratovolcano, built up by millennia of lava flows and volcanic ash. Watch as humpback and fin whales effortlessly glide through pristine waters in the newly appointed South Sandwich Island marine reserve. Discover elephant, fur and leopard seals and the rich biodiversity of the South Orkney Islands. View historic Elephant Island, a refuge for Shackleton’s men during their infamous Antarctic expedition. This special interest journey is the ultimate insider’s voyage, offering more chances to see wildlife, learn about Antarctica’s history, and experience the wonders of the White Continent.
Want to enjoy photographing the surreal beauty of the White Continent in the company of a professional photographer? Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia is a 2014-2015 season special interest departure featuring Paul Nicklen, a Canadian marine biologist, who has been working for National Geographic Magazine for over a decade. Focusing on the delicate relationship between healthy ecosystems and marine wildlife, he was recently named one of the World’s 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by BBC Magazine. Learn from his adventures in polar photography and receive some tips of the trade throughout the voyage.
Can’t wait a year to meet a million penguins, see the immense humpbacks feeding, or experience the endless colors of Antarctic ice? The upcoming Antarctica season offers several special interest departures with savings available for ExpeditionTrips members. Choose from expeditions featuring experts like Dr. Tom Hart, a penguinologist who runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University; Sue Flood, a professional wildlife photographer and award winning wildlife film-maker with the BBC’s series The Blue Planet; Jonathan Shackleton, family historian and cousin of famed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton; Falcon Scott, a skilled carpenter and grandson of Captain Scott whose expedition hut at Cape Evans he recently restored through the Antarctic Heritage Trust; or Patricia Schultz, a well-known travel journalist and author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
For travelers heeding the call of their inner explorer, who dream of visiting one of our planet’s last wild places and walking among the hardy creatures that call it home, Antarctic travel is an experience beyond the borders of your imagination. Experience the wonders of Antarctica from the comforts of fine expedition vessels while tracing the footsteps of the intrepid explorers of centuries past. See the continent with your own eyes and experience the awe and exhilaration of the first explorers.