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Ross Sea & Sub Antarctic Islands Photo Expedition 2023

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

Fully Booked 

9 Jan 2023 – 7 Feb 2023

Embark on an exciting photo expedition to the “Heart of Antarctica” on an adventure to the southernmost sea on Earth, visiting a collection of Sub Antarctic islands en route including Macquarie, Snares, Auckland and Campbell.


This photo tour visits some of the most remote places in the world and is a treasure trove for photographers with its unique wildlife and landscapes. The opportunity awaits to photograph up to eight different species of penguin (including the crown jewel of Antarctica: the Emperor Penguin), up to 11 albatross species, Orca, Blue Whale and variety of pinnipeds.


We will embark on zodiac trips to target wildlife and will also do visits ashore where ever possible. With long daylight hours at our disposal, 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

Sub-Antarctic islands rich in breeding penguins and other seabirds; remarkable scenery, and of course sailing to the “bottom of the world” to photograph one of the most sought-after bird species and the largest penguin in the world, 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.


Up to eight species of penguin and 11 albatross species, a large variety of whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Experienced Team

Our photography team are polar experts, and are also some of the world’s most renowned wildlife photographers.

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, Snares Penguin, Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Royal Penguin, King Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Buller's Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Southern Royal Albatross, Campbell Albatross, Campbell Island Teal, New Zealand Sea Lion, Southern Elephant Seal, Orca and a variety of other 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 the port of Bluff and embark onto 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 Spirit of Enderby. We will begin our 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 and surrounds of Snares Island from the water (no landing). The Snares are home to three endemic land birds, and an endemic breeding species that we should see in the form of Snares Penguin. Furthermore we should encounter Buller’s Albatross, petrels and prions nesting on its imposing cliffs.

Days 3 & 4: Auckland Island

We will spend two days exploring and photographing the island’s surrounds and inhabitants; we will land (weather dependant) on Enderby Island, which is home to breeding New Zealand Sea Lion, albatrosses and colonies of 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 and other sea birds (some even regard it as the eastern equivalent of South Georgia). 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 and 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 and limited human activity. Utilising zodiacs, landings will be co-ordinated to get close to the Adelie Penguin colonies however our main goal here is to observe and 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 the port of Bluff and spend our last evening together reminiscing about our amazing adventure together.

Day 29: Invercargill & depart

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