Festival Of Wildlife Photography (Was South Georgia In Depth)

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Run by: Wildlife Worldwide

Reference number: 10089

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Join award winning wildlife photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde on an exceptional journey to South Georgia on board the ice strengthened Vavilov, visiting the most spectacular landing sites.

Our Festival of Wildlife Photography promises to be very special as it offers an extended exploration of South Georgia. The trip is timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, when the island's beaches are covered with elephant seals with huge males battling to control harems, together with vast gatherings of king penguins. There will also be several species of majestic albatross, both nesting and flying effortlessly above the waves. The voyage is sure to provide an unsurpassed depth and variety of experiences that will not only be unforgettable, but will also provide a constant stream of peerless photographic opportunities.

Our base, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, is a comfortable, ice strengthened polar research vessel, accompanied by a symposium of five professional photographers on board, ready to assist with your photography skills, in addition to your exclusive tuition with Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde. Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen will also be on board the trip.

The day-to-day itinerary is influenced by the prevailing weather, but the intention is to stop at all the major wildlife and historical sites on South Georgia. We begin along the southern coastline at King Haakon Bay, before sailing around to the more protected waters of the north east coast, where we can indulge in an in-depth exploration of the bays and harbours that run the entire length of the island, including iconic sites such as The Bay of Isles, Salisbury Plain, Fortuna Bay, Stromness, Grytviken, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour.

This Festival will be directly followed by our Puma & Patagonia Wildlife Photography tour, also led by Nick Garbutt - join us on both for the ultimate adventure!

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart UK
  2. Day 2: Arrive Santiago, fly to Punta Arenas
  3. Day 3: Punta Arenas to Stanley, Falkland Islands
  4. Days 4-5: At sea towards South Georgia
  5. Days 6-9: King Haakon Bay, Salisbury Plain, Stromness & Grytviken
  6. Days 10-12: St Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour & Southeast Coast
  7. Days 13-15: At sea, returning to the Falkland Islands
  8. Day 16: Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands
  9. Day 17: Disembark Stanley, fly to Punta Arenas
  10. Day 18: Fly to Santiago & depart
  11. Day 19: Arrive UK

You should note: With ever-changing weather conditions, polar and sub-polar exploration can be unpredictable and unscheduled alterations to the planned itinerary are highly possible. The itinerary above forms the basis of our plans, however the specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. Hence this itinerary should be treated as provisional and subject to change.

  • Available*: Oct to Nov
  • Group size: 30
  • Price excluding international flights: From £9,395 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights between Punta Arenas & Falkland Islands
    • Accommodation aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov on a full board basis
    • Transfers
    • Services of the expedition team
    • Exclusive photography tuition and workshops
    • Windproof and waterproof outer weather gear and expedition gumboots
    • NOT INCLUDED: International flights UK-Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago-London; accommodation, meals & transfers in Punta Arenas
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Photography
    • Sea kayaking
    • Walking


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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