polar pioneer south georgia cruise

Photographer's Sub-Antarctica

  • Overview
    This brand new sub-Antarctic adventure takes you to the wildlife sanctuaries of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia. Join our on-board photography workshops and capture the region's untouched beauty and meet the fascinating fauna that inhabits these unique islands: get up-close with one of the world's largest king penguin rookeries at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia, observe the majestic wandering albatross, keep an eye out for funny rockhopper penguins in the Falklands, or watch male elephant seals fight for territory!
    Duration: 15 days
    Passengers: 54 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Disembarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 1.7x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Punta Arenas; Embarkation

      If you travel to the Falkland Islands today with the rest of the group, you will be transferred from the airport to Polar Pioneer with a tour of Stanley included. If you wish to see more of the Falkland Islands you may book your flight to arrive one week early to explore this very British outpost. If you do so you will make your own way to the pier to board the ship. Please Note: There is only one flight a week to Stanley, each Saturday. It is subject to availability and may involve an additional surcharge.

    • Day 2 - Falkland Islands

      Start the day by a visit to the rarely-visited Steeple Jason Island in the West Falklands, home to the world's largest colony of black-browed albatross, followed by Saunders island, the second largest off shore islands in the archipelago. Sunders is a working sheep farm, rich in wildlife including four species of penguins. Carcass Island offers amazing bird-watching opportunities, including the endemic Cobb's Wren, the dark ground tyrants, tussac birds and more.

    • Day 3/4 - At Sea

      We'll sail between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular sea birds we'll encounter on our way, or prepare for our next stop through a series of informative talks and lectures on wildlife and history of the region.

    • Day 5/12 - South Georgia

      Before we first land on South Georgia, you'll receive guidelines and instructions on the wildlife and some insight on the Antarctic Treaty. As a true wildlife sanctuary, South Georgia boasts some of the world's largest king penguin rookeries and majestic bird life including the wandering albatross. Playful seals and basking elephants seals provide entertainment as we explore the pristine, kelp-strewn beaches; we Zodiac cruise magnificent Elsehul Bay and visit Grytviken, once a Norwegian whaling station, now the administrative capital of South Georgia.

    • Day 13/14 - At Sea

      We'll start cruising back to the Falkland Islands, accompanied by fascinating sea birds; time will allow to reflect on our adventure and for some more lectures and talks as well as opportunities to sort or exchange photos.

    • Day 15 - Punta Arenas; Disembarkation

      This morning we'll cruise into Stanley harbour in the Falkland islands/Malvinas; you'll have the choice to extend your stay in the Falklands, or continue directly on the afternoon flight to Punta Arenas and on to Santiago.

    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


    One of the most unique ways to experience Antarctica and the Arctic.

    The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica or the European Arctic is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery.

    USD$ 1,250 per person


    All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.


    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    It is the home to 5 million breeding pairs of macaroni penguins, massive rookeries of nesting King penguins, Great wandering albatross, the beautiful song bird - South Georgia pipit, the South Georgia pintail duck, the only carnivorous duck in the world. Isolated, remote but protected!

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    One of the true wildlife experiences on our planet, often the wildlife displays here are referred to as the greatest on Earth. Set amongst awe inspiring scenery and home to King penguins, Wondering albatross and Elephant seals, it’s hard to imagine how early pioneers survived in this harsh landscape.

    Shoot to your shutter's content!

    For aspiring photographers, the best time to shoot the Antarctic landscape is definitely October, November and March. At these times the sun is much lower in the sky and thus creates beautiful twilight hues and shadows, which contrast the landscape magnificently.

    Of course, if it is wildlife and Antarctica’s babies you are hoping to shoot, then January and February are the best times. Alternatively, consider an early season South Georgia & Antarctica expedition for the best of wildlife and photo opportunities in Antarctica.

    Fly/Cruise voyage

    Our Fly/Cruise programs an excellent choice to navigate the Drake Passage quickly. This expedition comprises of 1 or 2 charter flights across the Drake Passage, so you need not worry about crossing the passage by sea. These expeditions are great options and often allow for an increased amount of time around the continent.

  • Inclusions


    On board you will be provided with expedition boots and a highquality wind and waterproof expedition jacket

    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.

    Charter Flight

    Your expedition on board the Greg Mortimer includes a charter flight to/from the ship.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Entry and landing fees while on board
    - Port taxes and charges
    - Professionally produced voyage journal
    - Comprehensive pre-departure information
    - 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
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  • Vessel


    The legendary MV Polar Pioneer is a strong, capable veteran expedition ship loved by guests and expedition leaders for her capability in ice and her small size with a proven track record exploring the remote polar regions over the last 19 seasons.

    Her new Scandinavian owners are currently doing an extensive refit upgrading her to today’s standards and she will be ready for the 2022 Arctic season. 

    She benefits from taking just 48 guests on an authentic expedition adventure free from the crowds of larger vessels. All guests can fit in the Zodiacs at the same time ensuring there is no waiting to go ashore and all guests can explore at the same time.

    The MV Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1982, and the ship was originally an ice-strengthened research vessel with ice class 1A Super, which is perfect for navigation in polar regions with heavy sea ice.

    She can transit open water crossings with ease and comfort due to the integrated dynamic water ballast system, which guarantees a great reduction of rolling in heavy seas. Her ingenious stability system works marvellously also during the zodiac’s loading/unloading operations or while sitting at anchor. As a result, the Polar Pioneer is one of the most stable vessels currently in operations in the Polar regions.


     Why We Love Polar Pioneer

    • True polar expedition vessel – tough design with highest ice-class capable of exploring in ice (something most ships can’t do)
    • Smallest group size in Antarctica and South Georgia
    • Access landing sites larger ships cannot reach
    • Room for all guests in Zodiacs – No waiting time to go ashore
    • Takes just 48 guests – Intimate experience with the natural environment
      Sauna – Warm up after a day in the cold
    • Newly refurbished vessel – Enjoy comfortable cabins, bar, and saloon
    • Open Bridge – Enjoy the views from the best place on board
    • Authentic Expedition Experience – Only possible on a small ship
    Features & Facilities
    • Basic accommodation
    • Lounge bar
    • Spacious viewing platforms and decks
    • Presentation room
    • Sauna
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 52
    Crew #: 20
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 14
    Refurbished: 2000
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1982
    Length: 71m
    Width: 13
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 1753
    Registry: Cyprus
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • 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.


24 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018
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Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities
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Captain's Suite

24 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018
Suite cabin with double bed, separate sitting room and private facilities
USD$ 16,500pp
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