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Ross Sea & Sub Antarctic Islands Photo Expedition 2022

Ross Sea & Sub Antarctic Islands Photo Expedition 2022

US$21,995 - US$32,995 per person sharing

Limited Space Available 

12 Jan – 10 Feb 2022

Embark on an exciting photo expedition to the “Heart of Antarctica” & venture to the southernmost sea on Earth and its surrounding archipelagos – the Ross Sea & the Sub Antarctic Islands.


This photo tour incorporates some of the most remote islands at the bottom of the world & is treasure trove for photographers with its unique wildlife & topography found nowhere else in the world. The opportunity awaits to photograph up to eight different species of penguin, including the crown jewel of Antarctica; the Emperor Penguin.


En-route to the Ross Sea, our photo expedition will stop at various Sub Antarctic Islands, including Macquarie, Snares, Auckland and Campbell Island for nesting Arctic birds & various penguin rookeries. Other possible wildlife encounters include water mammals, including seals & sea lions, whales & orcas.


With long daylight hours, zodiac trips & ashore visits, this photo tour will provide ample photography time in one of the most isolated & untouched corners of the world.

Why this Photo Expedition is for You

Destination Allure

Travel to the bottom of the world to photograph one of the most remote penguin species – the Emperor Penguin.

Month of Travel

With almost 24 hours of sunlight, voyaging over summer months will ensure photo opportunities will not be hindered by night time hours.

Photographers Only

This an exclusive photographers-only photo tour.


Photograph up to eight different species of penguin, as well as endemic birds & seals.

Experienced Team

Our photography team consists of some of the world’s most renowned wildlife photographers, who are all local Norwegians and considered the polar experts of their field.

Ole Jørgen Liodden

Ole J Liodden  

Roy Mangersnes  

29 Days
48 Guests + 2 ORYX Leaders
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  • Photographic Highlights
    Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Endemic Snares Penguin, Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Royal Penguin, King Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Southern Rockjumper Penguin, Buller's Albatross, Light Manteled Sooty Albatross, Southern Royal Albatross, Campbell Albatross, Campbell Island Teal, New Zealand Sea Lion, Southern Elephant Seal, Orcas & whales.
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Days 0: Arrive Invercargill

Today is set aside as an arrival day in New Zealand’s most southern city.

Day 1: Transfer to Port of Bluff & embark ship

Enjoy a free morning to explore some local attractions until it’s time to transfer to Port Bluff and board our ship for the expedition, the Akademik Shokalskiy. We will begin our photo expedition voyage as we cruise towards the Sub Antarctic Islands.

Day 2: Snares Island

The plan for today is leave the ship via zodiacs and explore the wildlife & surrounds of Snares Island. It is home to endemic bird species, including the Snares penguin, as well as Buller’s Albatross, petrels & prions nesting on its imposing cliffs.

Days 3 & 4: Auckland Island

We will spend two days exploring & photographing the island’s surrounds & inhabitants, which is home to breeding New Zealand sea lion & colonies of Albatross & Yellow-Eyed Penguins.

Days 5 to 6: At sea

Today will be spent at sea as we voyage to Macquarie Island.

Days 6 & 7: Macquarie Island

Set against a backdrop of imposing green slopes & jagged cliffs, Macquarie Island supports some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere with various seals, penguins & sea birds. Penguins come in all shapes and sizes as various rookeries include Royal Penguins, King Penguins, Southern Rockhopper Penguins & Gentoo Penguins.

Days 8 to 11: At sea

Our exploration of some of the Sub Antarctic Islands comes to and end and we will start making our way to the Ross Sea over the next four days.

Days 12 to 21: Ross Sea Region

Welcome to the most southernmost sea on Earth! Over the next 10 days we will spend our days exploring & photographing the western part of the region. The Ross Sea was recently declared the world’s largest marine reserve and it is sometimes referred to as the “Last Ocean” due to its remoteness & limited human activity. Utilising zodiacs, landings will be co-ordinated to get close to the Adelie Penguin colonies and our main goal here is to observe & photograph the much sought after Emperor Penguin

Days 22 to 25: At sea

As our photo tour starts to near its end, we make our way back to New Zealand and will spend the next 4 days at sea.

Days 26 & 27: Campbell Island

Before our photo expedition concludes, we will stop at one last Sub Antarctic Island; Campbell Island.

Day 28: At sea

Today we will voyage back to Port Bluff and spend our last evening together reminiscing about our amazing adventure together.

Day 29: Invercargill & depart

Once we arrive back in Port Bluff, we will disembark & transfer back to Invercargill, where this amazing photography tour comes to an end.
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