UPDATE – Our 2022 Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands Photography Tour was a huge success, and our guests had a trip of a lifetime. We will now be organising further tours in 2024. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.
The White Continent, the Final Frontier, the End of the Earth, the Frozen World. There’s no disputing that Antarctica is one of the most remote, wild and adventurous travel destinations on the planet.
The NOMADasaurus Tour Company specialises in taking small groups of intrepid travellers to unique locations. Whether it’s the peaks of Kyrgyzstan or the steppe of Mongolia, the people that travel with us have one thing in common – A desire to experience the world in ways few ever will.
Our newest and most exciting adventure promises to do just that.
After years of planning, strategising and researching, we are thrilled to announce our latest offering – the NOMADasaurus PhotoVenture Tour of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
This once-in-a-lifetime journey will take a small group of select travellers to three of the most fascinating, beautiful and remote locations on earth. Filled with formidable landscapes, immense wildlife populations and pristine environments, this expedition is for those who wish to get off the beaten path and travel to places that conjure images of grand exploration.
Our 20-day tour of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands will take you deep into the Southern Ocean to walk on ancient icecaps, come face to face with hundreds of thousands of king penguins and gaze into a polar vastness that will leave you breathless.
Having travelled and worked in the southern polar regions multiple times over the years, we strongly believe that no trip to this region would be complete without visiting all three destinations. Each one offers its own unique adventure with drastically different experiences.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime journey and the ultimate bucket list destination. You’re coming this far – why not see it all?
We’ll start our adventure together in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world tucked away at the bottom tip of the South American continent.
From there we’ll board our award-winning ice-strengthened expedition ship, the Ocean Adventurer, and set sail towards the Falkland Islands (Isla Malvinas), a place steeped in quirky architecture, abundant wildlife and the curious history of the Falkland War. This British-controlled settlement feels like it’s been locked in time, and we’ll spend two days exploring the quaint and colourful town of Stanley and the two main islands of the archipelago.
Afterwards we’ll navigate to South Georgia, the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, where we’ll encounter beaches filled with hundreds of thousands of king penguins, duelling elephant seals, nesting albatross and watchful fur seals.
We’ll have four jam-packed days to explore South Georgia, giving us ample time to enjoy the must-see destinations like St Andrew’s Bay, Salisbury Plain and the whaling station at Grytviken, while also allowing an opportunity to check out less-visited places such as Drygalski Fjord and Gold Harbour.
Fewer than 10,000 people a year visit South Georgia, so it is a privilege to not only travel here, but have more time than almost every other tour that ventures into its protected territory.
Departing this mountainous island puts us on the passage to Antarctica, a place that mesmerises and humbles all who are fortunate enough to see it with their own eyes.
We’ll have a further four days in the Antarctic Peninsula, and being on a small ship of less than 200 people gives us the opportunity to step foot on the continent itself for day excursions and adventures.
Our group will board zodiacs to get into shallow coves, carefully approach penguin rookeries and to dock on the mainland and islands.
Each day will be different, and the activities will vary from visiting an active scientific research station to hiking up snowy hills for sprawling views.
We have purposely chosen November to depart on this tour as this month offers the best wildlife encounters in South Georgia. We’ll be witness to scenes straight out of a Sir David Attenborough documentary, and our senses will be constantly overloaded with the sights, sounds and smells of millions of animals.
During November the king penguin colonies are at their largest, and brown fluffy chicks are coming into adulthood after the long winter. Male elephant seals battle each other for control of their harems and to establish a hierarchy for the rest of the summer. Female fur seals are still a few weeks away from arriving, meaning the males are far less aggressive before mating seasons starts (when the females are there, it’s not possible to step foot on South Georgia without the real likelihood of being attacked).
The Antarctic continent is just emerging from the long winter, and we’ll be one of the first groups to visit for the entire season. As a result most of the snow and ice will still be intact, and penguin and seal colonies are curious of our arrival.
Throughout the entire tour you will be accompanied by Alesha Bradford and Jarryd Salem, the co-founders of the NOMADasaurus Tour Company. As world-renowned travel photographers, they will be on hand at all times to conduct photography workshops, provide one-on-one guidance and look after the group.
An adventure of this magnitude requires an knowledgable team to operate it, and we are proud to share we have exclusively partnered with Quark Expeditions, the world’s leading polar tour operator, to manage all logistics.
Their 30 years of experience running award-winning tours to the polar regions ensures this expedition can be run safely and to the highest standard possible. The expedition leaders will carefully monitor conditions and structure the itinerary on a day-by-day basis to maximise safety and guest satisfaction. The ship’s captain and crew will navigate us around the seas with expert precision. The expedition team will supervise all excursions, landings, activities and operations. Finally, the chefs and waitstaff will ensure we are well-fed every day with nutritious and delicious meals.
This is an adventure for those who want more out of life. To have an experience that will stay with them forever, that will grant them a deeper appreciation of this fragile and beautiful planet we live on.
This is the greatest travel journey you will have. Come join us for it.
- 2024 Tour Dates: November 4th – November 23rd, 2024
- Duration: 20 Days
- Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
- Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
- Maximum Group Size: 20 people (10 cabins)
- Fitness Level: Low
2024 Antarctica, South georgia and Falkland Islands Photography Tour Itinerary
Our photography tour of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands departs in November 2024.
Here are some of the incredible things we will see and do over the 20 days:
Some of the penguins we may encounter are:
- King penguins
- Magellanic penguins
- Gentoo penguins
- Rockhopper penguins
- Adelie penguins
- Chinstrap penguins
- Macaroni penguins
Some of the whales we may encounter are:
- Humpback whales
- Minke whales
- Southern right whales
- Blue whales
Some of the seals we may encounter are:
- Elephant seals
- Fur seals
- Leopard seals
- Crab-eater seals
- Weddel seals
Some of the sea birds we may encounter are:
Leave the ship and cruise around inlets, coves and harbours onboard polar-designed zodiacs. These offer up-close (and safe) encounters with wildlife, glaciers and icebergs.
On the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica we’ll have the opportunity to go on scenic and wildlife walks.
Enjoy daily presentations held by the world-class expedition team, including scientists, naturalists, biologists, historians, adventurers and other special guests.
Earn ultimate bragging rights and take a dip in the icy Southern Ocean. How many of your friends can say they went for a swim in Antarctica?
We’re thrilled to share with you the complete itinerary for the NOMADasaurus Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands tour.
November 4th – Ushuaia
After arriving in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel.
At 6pm there will be a briefing with the team at Quark Expeditions to go over all the information regarding our exciting journey to the polar region. Following the briefing you are free to join us in one of Ushuaia’s restaurants for dinner, and perhaps enjoy a drink at the southernmost Irish pub in the world.
Your accommodation in a local 3-star hotel is included tonight. Meals are not part of the itinerary.
Meals Included: None
November 5th – Embarkation
Once you’ve finished a delicious breakfast in your hotel, your luggage will be collected and transported to the ship. We will have a few hours to walk around Ushuaia and enjoy its quirky atmosphere, then will meet back at the hotel at the pre-designated time to be picked up and driven to the port.
Check in will commence and you’ll be directed to your cabin onboard Ocean Adventurer. Take some time to unpack your things, then the mandatory safety briefing and emergency evacuation procedure will take place. As we depart Ushuaia gather outside to wave goodbye to the South American continent before enjoying the first dinner of our trip.
Meals Included: B, D
November 6th – At Sea
Our ship will make its way towards to the Falkland Islands (Isla Malvinas), and as we journey across the open sea there will be a number of fantastic presentations and educational seminars conducted by the expedition team throughout the day. Before dinner we will have our own private group meeting where we will go over photography tips and tricks to help you capture incredible shots from our first destination.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 7th-8th – Falkland Islands (Isla Malvinas)
This morning we will wake up in the Falkland Islands, also known as Isla Malvinas, the remote and historic British settlement located far off the South American continent. Over the next two days we will leave Ocean Adventurer and enjoy our first zodiac excursions to explore the two main islands of the archipelago, East Falkland and West Falkland. These islands are home to an abundance of wildlife, including Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and two endemic bird species—the flightless Falkland steamer duck and Cobb’s wren.
We will also dock at Port Stanley, the main town of the Falkland Islands that looks and feels like a small English village, with old, colourful buildings and even a proper English pub.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 9th-10th – At Sea
We are now making our way towards South Georgia Island on a 2-day ocean crossing that will officially see us enter Antarctic waters. We’ll be crossing the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible boundary that circles the continent, with warm northern seas mixing with the cold Southern Ocean to create a unique biological hotspot. Marine life such as whales can be spotted, along with thousands of bids.
We’ll spend our two days at sea taking part in more educational and entertaining presentations from the expedition team, and will try our luck at photographing birds in flight as albatross, petrels and other sea birds join us on the bow.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 11th-14th – South Georgia
Awake in the morning to catch the sunrise over South Georgia Island, one of the most remote, rugged, spectacular and least-visited destinations on the planet. South Georgia has been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’ thanks to the sheer number of wildlife that call it home.
For the next 4 days you will feel as though you’re in the middle of a National Geographic documentary. Our team will enjoy multiple shore excursions to animal hotspots such as St Andrew’s Bay and Salisbury Plain, where you’ll cast your eyes over beaches covered with hundreds of thousands of king penguins and watch in awe as 4-tonne bull elephant seals violently battle for control of their harems.
We’ll dock in Grytviken, the only human settlement on the island and the base of the old whaling industry, where you can wander through the remnants of rusted processing plants. Grytviken is also the resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the greatest explorer of the 20th century, and we’ll drink a toast to his extraordinary life by his grave.
While most expeditions to South Georgia only include one or two days here, our expedition is privileged enough to have four days, giving us ample opportunities for photography and wildlife watching. Even though Antarctica is our ultimate destination, most guests walk away from their polar adventure with South Georgia being their most vivid memory.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 15th-16th – At Sea
We have two more days at sea as we make the passage towards Antarctica. Along with some more incredible presentations from the expedition team, we’ll also have time to go through our images from South Georgia. We will offer exclusive photo editing workshops for our group, as well as give more photography tips for the impending arrival of Antarctica.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 17th-20th – South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
You will never forget your first sighting of the Antarctic Peninsula. The snowy, jagged peaks rising above the horizon as we make our approach will take your breath away.
For the next four days we will explore the planet’s least-visited continent. The exact itinerary cannot be determined until we arrive, as the expedition leader and ship captain will analyse the ice and weather conditions to ensure absolute safety. But expect the days to be filled with zodiac cruises amongst towering icebergs and ancient glaciers, shore landings to visit scientific research stations, hiking for sweeping views over the sprawling terrain and plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching.
You can be as active or as relaxed as you like here. While some people want to see as much as possible, others are quite content to simply sit in the snow and let penguins come up and inspect them. Choose your own adventure and relish in every moment.
The beauty of a travelling to Antarctica is that no two trips are ever the same. Conditions are always changing, wildlife is always moving and nobody can ever predict what we may encounter.
Each evening will watch the sunset over the Antarctic Peninsula, losing count of the number of icebergs and glaciers we pass as our ship traverses from bay to bay.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 21st-22nd – Crossing the Drake Passage
The expedition may be almost over, but we still have two days of adventure ahead of us as we cross the infamous Drake Passage.
Crossing the Drake takes us from the end of the Antarctic Peninsula across to the southern tip of South America. With modern ships and accurate weather forecasts the passage is not a concern for us compared to the explorers of the early 20th century who had to navigate its turbulent waters.
The two days will bring about our last presentations, and we’ll have a private group meeting to go over our photos, share stories and cement our new lifelong friendships.
Expect the evenings to be filled with music, laughter and perhaps a few too many drinks in the ship bar as well.
Meals Included: B, L, D
November 23rd – Disembark in Ushuaia
Sadly it’s time for our journey to come to an end. We’ll sail into Ushuaia overnight and wake up back in South America. We’ll have a final group breakfast then say goodbye to our fantastic crew.
We will transfer you to the airport so you can catch your flight back to Buenos Aires, or perhaps consider extending your trip to explore Patagonia. We ask that for anybody flying out this day to book their flight as late as possible in case weather or seas slows down our arrival into Argentina.
The journey may be over, but the memories will never fade. You have stepped foot in a world that few ever will. You are now a global ambassador for protecting our planet, and you will forever be blessed that you had the opportunity to visit this sacred place.
Meal Included: B
- World-class, highly experienced expedition leaders, ship crew, stewards and chefs to manage the entire expedition
- Pre-departure accommodation in Ushuaia (3-star hotel twin share)
- Your selected ship cabin throughout entire expedition
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style on the ship. Dinner is a-la carte
- Water, coffee, tea and soft drink throughout the entire journey
- Selected beer and wine with dinner
- All shore excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Formal and informal onboard presentations
- Airport transfers on day 1 and day 20 of the trip
- Ship transfers on day 2
- Waterproof, insulated boots to wear throughout the journey
- An insulated, waterproof parka for you to keep
- Professional photography workshops and guidance
- Two dedicated trip leaders, Jarryd Salem and Alesha Bradford, the co-founders of NOMADasaurus Tour Company
- All necessary permits for landings in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
What’s Not Included
- International or domestic airfares to and from Ushuaia, Argentina
- Travel insurance (mandatory to join our tour). Please ensure your insurance company covers cruising, baggage, cancellation, medical, interruption and COVID-related issues
- Passport and any visas required
- Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
- Additional accommodation before or after the tour
- Transfers outside the included times
- Meals in Ushuaia before ship departure
- Alcoholic beverages outside of dinner time
- Optional activities such as sea kayaking and paddling
- Insulated, waterproof pants (mandatory)
- Voluntary tips for Quark Expeditions team and ship crew
Our Ship – Ocean Adventurer
We will be travelling on Quark’s award-winning 1A ice-strengthened polar expedition ship, the Ocean Adventurer.
Designed specifically for passenger journeys in the polar regions, this incredible vessel has recently had a multi-million dollar renovation, which saw it be recognised with the Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Best Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).
We believe an adventure to the polar regions should be undertaken in a style that matches the intrigue of the destination, while maintaining the strictest environmental protocols to protect the places we visit.
It is also a little-known fact that large cruise ships with high passenger numbers are actually prohibited by IAATO law to let their guests leave the vessel. That means the people onboard can only admire Antarctica and its wildlife from afar.
For that reason we have purposely avoided the selection of a typical luxury cruise ship.
Instead you will feel like an intrepid explorer from the moment you board Ocean Adventurer, without sacrificing comfort, space, and most importantly, safety. Boasting two new Rolls Royce engines to minimise carbon footprint, 2x stabilisers to counteract rough seas, an ice-strengthened hull and modern facilities, this is a ship worthy of our expedition.
- Staff and Crew: 87
- Passengers: 128 (maximum)
- Lifeboats: 4
- Zodiacs: 14
- Ice Class: 1A
- Stabilisers: 2 x Sperry Gyrofin
The ship has all the creature comforts that you would ever need, including:
- Private ensuite bathrooms for all our cabins
- Separate bar and dining areas
- Open bridge
- Outdoor jacuzzi
- Polar Boutique gift shop
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your COVID-19 policy?
We understand that we are living in unprecedented times, and planning a holiday has a high level of uncertainty due to the global pandemic.
While we hope that by the time our tour departs in November 2024 the COVID-19 situation would have been brought under control and most people will have been vaccinated, we are not taking this optimism for granted.
The NOMADasaurus Tour Company and Quark Expeditions take the current pandemic seriously, and as such we have industry-leading COVID-19 policies in place to protect our guests.
Cancellation, postponement and refund policies are standard should this expedition be cancelled due to COVID-19, whether it is restrictions on ship travel or due to us being unable to travel to Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Georgia or Antarctica.
Currently negative COVID-19 tests are not required prior to departure, and all guests must be fully vaccinated. This is current policy, and may change by November 2024
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update all guests as things change.
Do I need a visa to visit Antarctica, South Georgia or the Falkland Islands?
No, you do not need a visa to visit these destinations. You do however require special permits, which our team will take care of on your behalf.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to travel to Argentina. Please consult your local Argentinian embassy to see if you need one.
Please make sure you have a valid passport at time of departure with at least 6 months before expiry.
I get sea sick. Will this be an issue?
The seas are unpredictable and can be rough. We strongly recommend you see your GP to get strong seasickness medication before arriving in Ushuaia if you suffer from this.
Will there be a doctor onboard?
All Quark Expeditions journeys have a fully licensed medical practitioner onboard, and there is a fully-stocked medical clinic in case of emergency.
Are the itinerary and locations guaranteed?
While every effort will be made to stick to our itinerary, the safety and wellbeing of our guests is the highest priority. Due to the remoteness and wild climate of the polar regions, conditions can change extremely quickly. If the expedition leaders or ship captain believe a particular place is unsafe to visit due to rough seas, ice coverage, etc, they will make an executive decision to either delay a landing or change direction to a more suitable location.
Alternatively, if we were scheduled to visit a particular place but we come across an exceptional situation, such as a large pod of whales or orcas hunting, we may opt to cancel the next landing and drop the zodiacs in the water to appreciate this wonderful moment.
Visiting Antarctica and South Georgia is an adventure to the most isolated locations on the planet, and we encourage all guests to keep this in mind when booking their trip.
What is the food like onboard?
Quark Expeditions pride themselves on providing fresh, healthy, varied and delicious meals throughout the entire journey. The qualified chefs onboard can cater to any dietary requirement, including vegetarian/vegan, allergies, etc.
Breakfasts and lunches are buffet style. Dinner is a la carte.
What will the weather be like?
Unpredictable, but not likely to be extreme.
Many people are surprised to hear that the Antarctic Peninsula in the summer can actually be quite warm, with temperatures potentially rising to 10 degrees celsius during the day.
The weather can turn quite quickly though, and it is not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day – from beautiful sunny weather one hour to rough winds and snow the next.
On average expect temperatures to be around -5ºC with possible snow, wind and rain.
Guests will receive a full packing list in order to prepare what to bring.
Where do I eat, sleep and go to the bathroom?
In order to protect the fragile environments of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, Quark Expeditions have a steadfast rule that no food or beverages (excluding water) are to be consumed outside of the ship. For that reason we will return to the ship between all excursions to enjoy meals and snacks.
Each night you will sleep onboard in your warm, comfortable cabin with private facilities.
During excursions if you need to go to the bathroom for any reason, the expedition team will take you back to the ship so you can do your business. This can take quite a lot of time, so we recommend going to the bathroom before each excursion. Expect each excursion to be between one and three hours.
Is there a single supplement?
Because all of the cabins are twin-berth, solo travellers will be encouraged to bunk with one of the other guests.
If you would prefer your own cabin a single supplement is available, but please keep in mind that this requires you to pay almost full price for the entire cabin due to limited capacity.
What is life like on the ship?
Very comfortable and enjoyable. The ship has lots of space to relax, socialise, have a drink or even read a book in the library. When in calm seas we will be able to go outside for fresh air, wander around the edge of the ship and admire the views from the bow.
There is also an open-bridge policy, meaning you are free to visit the bridge to see the captain and officers at work as they navigate us throughout the Southern Ocean.
Will there be WiFi or phone service?
Wifi is available onboard for an additional cost. Keep in mind though that it is quite expensive and slow. If you are able to, we personally recommend you take a digital detox during the expedition to completely immerse yourself in this incredible destination.
There is free data connections available with enough bandwidth for basic text communication, such as WhatsApp and iMessage but you cannot make phone calls or send/receive images.
The expedition team, tour leaders and ship crew will have satellite communication channels throughout the journey.
I would like to arrive early/stay longer in Ushuaia. Is this ok?
Absolutely! In fact we encourage you to extend your stay for as long as possible. There are a lot of phenomenal places to visit close by to Ushuaia, including Chilean Patagonia.
Airport and hotel transfers outside of the itinerary will need to be self-covered.
What’s involved with the photography aspect of the tour?
All NOMADasaurus Adventure Tours are led by professional photographers and tour guides who will run dedicated photography workshops, provide guidance in the field and assist with equipment and settings.
The two leaders of this tour are Jarryd Salem, an award-winning photographer and official Sony Digital Imaging Advocate, and Alesha Bradford, who has worked with some of the biggest camera companies in the world and had her images published by National Geographic, BBC, Greenpeace and more. They will be on hand at all times to help you capture the best images possible from your time in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Can I bring a drone?
Sorry, you cannot bring your drone on this tour. IAATO laws stipulate that drones are strictly forbidden in Antarctica and South Georgia without a permit, and trust us when we say that permits are extremely hard to get.
I’m not a photographer. Can I still join the tour?
Absolutely! All photography workshops are completely optional, and you do not need to be passionate about photography to enjoy this tour. If you would like to simply bring your smart phone to document your trip, that is perfectly fine.
Can I charge my electronics?
Yes, all cabins have 220v power outlets in them to keep your electronics charged.
What kind of fitness level is required to join this tour?
While this isn’t a strenuous tour, you will be required to walk up and down stairs in sometimes slippery conditions, climb into and out of zodiacs, and walk on snow and rocks. While the expedition team is always on hand to help, we recommend you have at least a basic level of fitness to properly enjoy this tour.
If you have any serious conditions or injuries that you feel may impact your ability to join this tour, please get in touch with us before registering.
Is there an age limit for this tour?
No, children and adults of all ages are welcome on this tour! Children under the age of 18 however must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands Expedition Cost – Starting from USD$16,556 p/p
(Maximum 20 Guests)
- On the registration form you will be asked to select which cabin you would like to stay in. $16,556 per person is the lowest price available for a twin-share private cabin, with prices going up from there depending on your selection and payment options.
- We have two payment options – A special discounted price for guests who would like to pay the 20% deposit within 60 days of registration, and an additional discount for guess who would like to pay the full price within 30 days of registration.
- A non-refundable* deposit of USD$500 is required to secure your position on this tour, due within 24 hours of registration.
- Total balance is due at least 120 days prior to departure date for those.
- A payment plan is available.
These are the prices for the cabins on our Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands tour.
Click here to see the ship cabins.
All prices are per person and in USD.
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As places are limited we will be sending out payment details in order of when the registration forms have been received. The earlier you complete the form, the sooner we will send you the payment information.
Once you receive the payment information you will have 24 hours to pay the deposit before we forward details to the next person in line. For this reason we recommend only completing the registration details once you’re ready to pay the deposit. Thanks very much for your understanding.
If you would like to join the waiting list for our 2024 tours click the link to the waiting list form, or you can click on the button below.
If for any reason you need to cancel your position on this tour you will forfeit your deposit.
We strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance with cancellation policies to cover unforeseen circumstances.
If us or Quark Expeditions need to cancel this tour due to COVID-19 or any other reason, full refund or postponement options are in place.
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