Kingdom of Ice

DATE 21 November – 2 December 2020 (12 days) x*
GENRE landscape and wildlife
TOUR LEADERS Marsel van Oosten & Daniella Sibbing
TOUR START Ushuaia
TOUR END Ushuaia
FEE 9,950 EURO (twin porthole room)
DEPOSIT 2,500 EURO per person
TEMPERATURE -5°C to 5°C / 23°F to 41°F
GROUP SIZE max. 14 guests
LEVEL all experience levels; non-photographing partners will also enjoy this tour a lot!
 
 
* The cruise schedule for 2022 is not yet availabe. The tour date mentioned on this page is based on the 2020 date of the same trip, but may shift a day or 2 to either side.
 
 

TOUR DESCRIPTION
This cruise will take you to the northern peninsula of Antarctica: the kingdom of ice! The landscape is made up from sea, rock, and ice, with roaring glaciers, high peaks, and lots of floating ice.

Our trip starts at the beginning of the Antarctic summer, which allows us to travel quite far south, but with the white landscape still pristine. The penguin colonies have not yet melted too much for the ground to get very muddy, allowing for stunning photographic opportunities to see them in white surroundings. The penguins will be nesting during the time we are there, which results in a lot of stealing and fighting over the few stones that are on land, which is the source for building their nests: the female guards the eggs, while the male goes out to find more stones for her.

The wildlife in Antarctica is abundant and it is amazing how tame and approachable it is. When we are on the ship or cruising with zodiacs, we will look for seals, whales, dolphins and orcas. And there will be cruises purely dedicated to photographing the floating ice formations.

On shore, you will enjoy walking amongst the large penguin colonies, with their funny walks, noisy sounds and clumsy behavior when they are on land. The species we are likely to see are gentoo, chinstraps and adélie penguins. Birdlife is also plentiful and you will surely encounter arctic skuas, snowy sheathbills, petrels, shags and Antarctic terns – just to name a few. The landscape is amazing and you will have a hard time putting your camera down, as there are many hours of daylight, with long periods of soft beautiful light in the night.
This tour also offers kayaking in Antarctica!

ACCOMMODATION
Cruise the Antarctica in comfort! We offer you all the opportunities of an expedition ship, but with 4-star comfort. Our ship is brand new and will start sailing in 2019 on its first voyage. Although the ship is relatively small (only 125 rooms), it is built to conquer the harshest ocean conditions and it uses the latest stabilizing technology. Which you will certainly come to appreciate should the weather get rough. The ships decor is very modern and inspired by the colors of Antarctica.

We have reserved a twin porthole cabin for you. The rooms are spacious (200 sq. ft/18m2) but there are also other rooms to choose from with a surcharge. All rooms have either a king-size bed or twin beds.

WHY CHOOSE SQUIVER?
Because we do things differently from our competitors. We take you on a modern and highly stabilized ship, not on a boat full of other photographers where you need to fight for the best spot. And we offer you very comfortable days on the ship.

This is not the copacobana-bingo-casino cruise you get in the Caribbean: you will return with a lot more knowledge than when you boarded! On sea days lectures will be given by the naturalists and scientists of the expedition team. It allows you to learn more about the mammals, birds and sea life that you will encounter on this trip. They will also brief you about the locations we will be visiting, and what you can expect when we go on a boat cruise or do a landing on shore. And we will also use the lecture rooms with our group, outside the official lecture hours, to do workshops, presentations and image reviews. The language we speak on all tours is English. You’ll return with spectacular images!

The way we set up this tour is based on 3 seasons of cruising to Antarctica. In the tour PDF you can read in more detail why we did it this way.

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE

  • 11 Nights on board (embarkation in Ushuaia)
  • All meals on board the ship
  • Tea, filter coffee, water
  • Zodiac cruises and shore landings with a member of the expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Photographic briefings and image reviews
  • Waterproof boots
  • Port taxes

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE*

  • Flights
  • Tips (suggested: EUR 12 per person per day)*
  • Beverages
  • Wifi
  • Laundry service, hair salon and a la carte spa treatments
  • Cancellation/luggage/repatriation/medical insurance
  • Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

Please watch the high resolution version of the tour video here.

Please read our Terms & Conditions for this tour.

 

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