nansen explorer antarctica cruise

Antarctica Photography Expedition + Superyacht experience

  • Overview

    Antarctica is the ultimate travel experience whether you’re a citizen explorer or a professional adventurer. It is at the bottom of the world— a remote wilderness, untrammeled and untamed. It requires experience to assume responsibility for people’s safety, but the expedition team and Nansen Explorer have been safely sharing the wonders of the White Continent for decades. And what wonders!

    What draws people here is what they’ve learned about Antarctica— the superlatives, from the history of the Golden Age explorers, to the threats the continent faces from climate change. And most importantly, what they’ve seen— the impossibly beautiful images of sculptural icebergs, soaring mountains and penguins galore.

    On this unique February 2023 expedition you will experience Antarctica in full and capture the moments at the heart of it—with the help of two world-class photographers, Daisy Gilardini and Audun Dahl. Whether you’re a photographer or simply enjoy documenting your travels, this exclusive Antarctic photo expedition will help you take your photos to the next level.

    Solo Travellers: We can register you interest in joining the voyage on as a single willing to share. Alternatively, the cabins can be booked with a 100% single supplement. 

    Voyage Currency: Please consider this voyage is priced in EURO and the AUD$ rates shown are indicative only at today's exchange rate. You may ask us about securing your invoice in AUD$.  

    Duration: 12 days
    Passengers: 12 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia | Embarkation Day

      This is a yacht expedition, designed for flexibility and spontaneity. The actual day-by-day itinerary will be determined by your Captain and Expedition Guide according to weather conditions, and each day they will discuss options for activities and landing sites with the group. You will spend your days exploring the Antarctica Peninsula, taking time to recount the highlights through shared stories and photographs.

      Day 1 | Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the port to board Nansen Explorer. You will meet your Expedition Team and shipmates. Settle into your home for the next 11 nights, transiting southward through the picturesque Beagle Channel enroute to the famed Drake Passage

    • Day 2/3 - The Drake Passage

      The Drake Passage stretches between the southern tip of South America and the northern end of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the realm of the albatross, the majestic wanderers of the Southern Ocean, who will accompany you on the approximately 590- nautical-mile journey over the next two days. Crossing the Antarctic Convergence, where currents and upwellings provide plentiful food for the birds and whales that thrive in these waters, heralds your entrance into Antarctica. And the long daylight hours serve as a reminder that you have entered one of the most abundant and pristine wildlife areas on the planet.

    • Day 4/9 - The Antarctic Peninsula

      Depending on the route the voyage takes, some highlights to anticipate:

      These wildlife-rich islands are on the edge of the Drake Passage at the northern extent of Antarctica. Numerous penguin colonies, seals
      and seabirds inhabit the islands and the South Shetlands have an interesting history from the sealing and whaling eras.

      Deception Island is the flooded caldera of a volcano that last erupted in the 1970s. In addition to its fascinating geology, and its history
      of shore-based whaling, it figured prominently in the saga of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. The island is home to one of the
      region’s largest chinstrap penguin colonies.

      Known as Iceberg Alley, Antarctic Sound is at the very north-eastern point of the Antarctic Peninsula, where large tabular icebergs drift
      in the Weddell Sea. We may land and visit Adelie penguin colonies at Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Devil Island, or elsewhere in the area.
      Exploring the fringes of the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of the Peninsula, we’ll search the ice floes for emperor penguins. The
      largest of the penguins, the magnificent adults are hard to find during austral summer when their winter breeding colony on Snow Hill
      Island disperses. There is the chance, however, of finding a newly-fledged juvenile or two resting on the ice.

      A breath-takingly scenic area on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, where you’ll spend several days exploring numerous
      islands and channels, and filling your camera’s memory card. Visit gentoo penguin colonies, and cruise with the yacht and tenders past
      immense glaciers and among mesmerizing icebergs in Paradise Bay, Errera Channel, Neko Harbour, Port Lockroy, Lemaire Channel,
      Petermann Island or Booth Island. Humpback, minke and orca whales can often be found in these tranquil waters.

    • Day 10/11 - At Sea

      After exploring Antarctica, we will sail north towards Ushuaia. Our expedition team will continue the educational presentations. It’s a good chance to relax, warm up in the sauna and enjoy a drink at the bar.

      The expedition leader will do a recap of the voyage and it is an opportunity to share moments and photos with your fellow explorers.

      As we approach the South American continent, if the conditions allow, there may be a possibility to sight the mystical Cape Horn before we make our way into the Beagle channel.

    • Day 12 - Ushuaia | Disembarkation Day

      In the morning we arrive back at the port of Ushuaia. After breakfast, we say our goodbyes after making new friends and sharing a wonderful adventure together.

      The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Antarctica cruise is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much as possible.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities

    The great Antarctic Safari

    No matter which itinerary you choose to undertake, you are destined to spot a wonderful array of wildlife, including sea elephants and sea lions, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and Minke, killer and humpback whales and the magnificent wandering albatrosses.

    Adelie Penguins

    Adelie penguins are the most abundant of all penguin species and are there estimated to be some 5 million birds. They have been an incredibly successful species living further south than any other species and have one of the oldest continually used rookeries, which has existed for some 6,000 years.

  • Inclusions

    Photography Workshops

    Catering to both amateurs and the more experienced photographers, our onboard team of photography guides deliver photography workshops and one-on-one instruction from the deck or Zodiacs and during landings.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Entry and landing fees while on board
    - Port taxes and charges
    - All shore excursions and lectures
    - All accommodation and meals on board

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Optional excursion and activity surcharges
    - Visa & Passport charges
    - Transfers not specified in the itinerary
    - International and domestic airfares to or from ship unless specified
    - Arrival and departure taxes
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
  • Map
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  • Vessel

    Nansen Explorer is a new concept for yachting. Originally built as a research vessel, she represents today a hybrid between a capable and powerful commercial ship with the comforts and service of a luxury yacht.

    Designed to carry 60 passengers, Nansen Explorer now carries only 12 guests in 7 staterooms. With an Ice-1A classed, 72-meter long hull and an ice-experienced Captain and bridge team, she can sail further, and penetrate deeper into ice, than other yachts.

    Step inside and discover modern, spacious cabins, most with generous floor to ceiling windows. The ship’s lounge is comfortable and inviting, creating a friendly atmosphere for excited conversation at the end of a full day. Superb chefs offer mouthwatering and memorable meals that surprise and delight. Down below, a large gym is available. At the very top of the ship, the Bridge is always open if you want to chat with one of the Officers.

    Expedition capability is at this vessel’s very core, with a hand picked crew and expedition team that thrives on operational capability and flexibility. Bridging the gap between rugged expedition vessel and luxury super yacht, Nansen Explorer is unlike anything else available for adventure seeking charterers.


    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 12
    Crew #: 20
    Ice Class: Ice-1A
    Speed: 11
    Refurbished: 1983
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2021
    Length: 73m
    Width: 0
    Draft: 5
    Elec Outlets:
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  • Confirm your booking today with just USD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
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