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Antarctica, Falkland Islands & South Georgia Photo Co-Charter Expedition 2020

Antarctica, Falkland Islands & South Georgia Photo Co-Charter Expedition 2020

US$20,095 - $US26,695 per person sharing

Spaces Available

27 Oct 2020 – 14 Nov 2020

Antarctica is surely the ultimate destination! The scenic settings are as magnificent as any on earth, and the scale of nearly everything is grand, to say the least. Complementing these astounding vistas are vast colonies of majestic penguins, brash skuas, giant albatrosses, weird sheathbills, somnolent seals and feeding whales that all add life to the region’s stark and amazing beauty.


Our voyage traverses some of the most productive regions of the Southern Ocean; notably the Falkland and South Georgia Islands, both of which are renowned as among the richest of all Subantarctic islands. South Georgia’s rugged beauty is worthy of Antarctica itself, while the Falkland Islands are better known as the battlegrounds for the 1982 Anglo-Argentine War.


Several days are spent at sea, cruising from one island group to the next until we find ourselves on the Great White Continent itself. These crossings provide thrilling pelagic birding. Cetaceans are also regular, ranging from the largest whales to the striking Hourglass and Commerson’s Dolphins.

Why this Photo Expedition is for You

Destination Allure

The route will focus entirely on The Falkland (Malvinas) Islands, South Georgia, South Shetlands, and Antarctica Peninsula.

Month of Travel

Our voyage will be the first of the season. Another advantage of this early season cruise is a lower cost structure; and this being our own charter, we will be able to ensure our landings will give us the best photographic and birding opportunities possible.

Charter Ship

We are taking a full Antarctic charter in collaboration with our sister company Rockjumper Birding Tours. We will have a team of ORYX Photographic and Rockjumper Birding tour leaders aboard the very comfortable RCGS Resolute, one of the best rated vessels doing this classic route.


Besides offering pristine snowscapes, we will encounter and photograph displaying penguins and other breeding birds, as well as duelling Southern Elephant Seal beachmasters (these giants are usually gone by late November when most expeditions come south).

Experienced Team

Our ORYX Photo Tour leaders consists of renowned wildlife photographers.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes

Kirsten Frost

Kirsten Frost

19 Days
30 Guests + 2 ORYX Leaders
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Santiago, Chile
  • Per Person Sharing
    From US$20,095 to US$26,695
  • Single Supplement
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  • Photographic Highlights
    King, Southern Rockhopper & possibly Emperor Penguin, Northern and Southern Royal, Wandering & Light-mantled Albatross, Snowy Sheathbill, South Georgia Diving Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Grey-backed & Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Snow, Antarctic, Blue, Kerguelen & Great-winged Petrel, Striated Caracara, South Georgia Shag, Falkland, Flying & Fuegian Steamer Duck, White-bridled Finch, Black-chinned Siskin, Sedge & Cobb's Wren, Long-tailed Meadowlark, South Georgia Pipit, Black-throated Finch. Humpback, Fin, Sei & Minke Whale, Orca, Commerson’s & Peale’s Dolphin, Weddell, Crabeater, Leopard, Southern Elephant & Antarctic Fur Seal.
  • Guide

Day 1: Santiago to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

We will start our Antarctica tour with a flight from Santiago, Chile to Stanley. The roughly 2,000 people inhabiting the historic town of Stanley represent about 80% of the population of the entire Falkland Islands. Our visit will give perspective on the history of British settlement of the islands, plus the 1982 Anglo-Argentine War in which Argentinean forces invaded but were subsequently defeated and expelled by the British. Time will also be available to explore the museums, shipwrecks, historical trails and shops of Stanley, before we board our well-appointed vessel.

Days 2 & 3: At sea between the Falkland Islands & South Georgia

As our Antarctia photograpy tourcruises from the Falklands to South Georgia, we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where the warmer, saline water from the north meets the colder and less salty Antarctic water. This is a very rich feeding ground for seabirds and marine mammals, attracting large volumes of wildlife from distant breeding islands and waters.   Our lenses will focus on seabirds and marine mammals from the bridge and the stern, where albatrosses and giant petrels should be following our ship.   In addition, information-packed, onboard lectures will serve as entertainment during some of the crossings

Days 4 to 7: South Georgia Islands

South Georgia Islands can support life throughout the year. Vast numbers of birds and pinnipeds live here year-round – over 500,000 pairs of King Penguins call this island home, and walking through, and photographing their packed colonies is without a doubt one of the single greatest wildlife experiences on the planet.   We have three full days to explore, and capture this mountainous, glaciated island. So, stark, but home to such mind-bogglingly abundant and exciting wildlife.   On the beaches, one of our special targets of this early season voyage will be to photograph enormous Southern Elephant Seal beachmasters battling for supremacy.

Days 8 to 10: At sea towards Antarctica and possibly Elephant Island

Weather and ice will dictate our crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica, leading us perhaps to Elephant Island. As we cruise south-west towards Antarctica, we cross increasingly polar waters. Our informative onboard lectures during our Antarctica safari will continue to provide breaks from the hours of photographing seabirds, whales, dolphins and icebergs. At some point, we will encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we increase our chances capturing high-Antarctic species, such as Snow Petrel, Chinstrap Penguin and the predatory Leopard Seal.  

Days 11 to 15: Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands

Here on our Antarctica photo tour we will encounter awe-inspiring tabular icebergs, large fragments of the vast Weddell Ice Shelf, and the ice shelves along the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our first steps on the Antarctic continent itself may be at Brown Bluff, where we will be treated to spectacular scenery, colonies of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins. Later, we sail past or maybe even land on the Orne Islands with its large colonies of Chinstrap Penguin and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait to Cuverville Island. Cuverville Island is home to the region’s largest Gentoo Penguin colony and most of the region’s breeding bird species.

Days 16 & 17: At sea in the Drake Passage

Sadly, we will bid farewell to this frozen wonderland and head north through the famous Drake Passage between Antarctica and Tierra del Fuego.  

Day 18: Falkland Islands; West Point and Carcass Islands

This morning we wake up in the Falkland Islands! We will spend the entire day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago and proceed to Carcass Island.  In the late afternoon, we will steam towards Stanley, and will toast the conclusion of our amazing venture with a celebratory dinner on our last night together.

Day 19

Today, we cruise back into Port Stanley, where we will disembark from our home away from home for the past 18 days. There may be time to do one last stint of exploring around Stanley before we board our return flights to Santiago, and bid farewell to the fellow travellers with whom we have shared this Antarctica photo tour of a lifetime.


AntarcticaLorne Martin, Canada

Hi Nicolette, Thanks to you and the entire ORYX team. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. My only wish was that my wife was there to share it with me. Having said that Penny did everything possible to make this trip the absolute best it could be. She was so attentive – to both shooting and post production, that I know my photography skills took a big jump forward. I have been on many photo expeditions over the last 6 or 7 years and Penny’s instruction and attention were well beyond what I have experienced previously.

AntarcticaSimon Belsham, UK

You guys have been fantastic, from my initial enquiries, through supporting me with payments to the information you provided beforehand. But most importantly Penny was an absolute super star. It was an incredible trip. Exhilarating, intense, thought provoking and really fun. Penny was patient, really easy to get along with (for 3 weeks on a boat is not easy to achieve!), supportive and taught us both so much. Having Penny with us the whole time opened my eyes to a different way of seeing things. She has an incredible creative eye, and the way we looked at animal behaviour, and thought about the context that surrounded Antarctica, moved my photography beyond basic documentary to something that had more purpose. Instead of solely trying to capture beautiful images we were trying to tell stories in a place where there are so many important stories to tell. This has not only made my photography better and more interesting (I hope!) but it also given it more meaning. And having more meaning for me has given me a whole new excitement and sense of purpose for my photography in general.

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