Kingdom of Ice

DATE 21 November – 3 December 2022 (12 nights/13 days) x*
GENRE landscape and wildlife
TOUR LEADERS Marsel van Oosten & Daniella Sibbing
TOUR START Ushuaia
TOUR END Ushuaia
FEE 10,450 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 company is setting up an extra long tour to Antarctica for us, which is 12 nights long! It’s called a “basecamp” trip allowing us more time on land per landing – see details below.

The schedule for 2022 not yet set. The tour fee & tour date mentioned are a good indication but not final. We are also looking into the possibility to take an extra tour leader with us and expand the group. The reason for this is that we are transferring guests from our 2020 tour to this one, as their trip was canceled due to COVID19 and we already have guests pre-booked for 2022.

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 is a “basecamp” trip, which makes it very special! A basecamp tour is an even more active expedition than usually, offering a lot of land-based activities (hence the name). As a result, we will stay longer anchored at a bay, which will allow us more time on land than on their usual cruises. And that immediately got us interested!!! We’d rather stay at one location a bit longer than visit more locations, having to hop from place to place in a hurry. Been there, done that!

On this new Antarctica cruise, we can do hikes, snowshoe walks, kayaking, go mountaineering, and we can even camp out under the Southern Polar skies. And especially the camping part offers us unique opportunities for photography! They offer 32 people the possibility to go camping, and they will do that 6 nights in a row (weather permitting of course). This means that in principle everyone can sleep on land at least 1 night during the cruise, allowing photography during the last hours of the evening, relative darkness and earliest hours of the day, as you are picked up at 6 AM to go back on board to go to the next location. Also kayaking in the antarctic will give you a very unique perspective for photography and is a truly magic experience in itself!

ACCOMMODATION
Cruise 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 80 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. It’s polar class 6, which makes it ideal to get where we want!

We have reserved a twin porthole cabin for you,  but there are also other rooms to choose from with a surcharge. It’s even possible to get a single room, although the single supplement is very steep (70% extra). 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
  • All activities mentioned, including camping
  • 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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