ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Photo Tour 2026

Feb. 8, 2026 - Feb. 15, 2026
Antarctic Peninsula

A land that holds 90% of Earth’s ice, Antarctica stuns visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers; be amazed by sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea.

Our two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, the Chilean gateway to Patagonia, directly to Antarctica, where you then board your expedition ship. No stormy crossing. No seasickness. Just quick, total immersion in your Antarctic adventure.

Our small expedition vessel is more like a private yacht, offering direct access to areas along the Antarctic shore that larger ships simply can’t reach. Since we have fewer guests, you get on and off faster, so your time ashore is focused where it should be: savoring every moment of a travel experience unlike any other.

 

My group size is limited to ten (10) so that I can be sure to offer photographic assistance and instruction as needed/desired on a one-on-one basis. 

That said, in order to make the trip cost effective, our boat will contain up to 67 passengers, comprised of folks traveling with a variety of tour companies (not necessarily photo tours like ours).   But, given the amazing density of animals in this region, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph wildlife during every landing and Zodiac cruise.  We’ll have two Zodiac landings per day with a total of 8-10 hours of shore time.

 

 

ITINERARY:

PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences and opportunities to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.

Sunday, February 8, 2026

You must arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM, whether you join us at the airport for a transfer to our hotel, or you meet us directly at the hotel. In the afternoon, you are welcomed at Explorers House to attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying the regional cuisine.

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Seals abstract. Photo by Scott Davis.

OVERNIGHT:  Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Monday, February 9, 2026

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. You then board a transfer vehicle and pass Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station on your way to the shore, where you board a Zodiac that takes you to your boutique expedition vessel.

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

February 10-13, 2026

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of educational presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same, and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every time. We will have two Zodiak landings per day. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

Saturday, February 14, 2026

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

OVERNIGHT:  Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Sunday,February 15, 2026

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Once home, process all your amazing images (don’t forget to shoot me some of your favorites!).  Reach out to the new friends you made on the tour.

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR:

  • How to master manual exposure (& when it’s better than priority exposures)
  • Help with photographing ice & snow
  • Techniques to capture sharp images of birds in flight
  • Wildlife behavior clues to help you get action shots
  • Landscape photography composition & metering tips
  • Tips for creating “animalscapes”
  • How to improve your wildlife photography skills
  • The natural history of the region & its wildlife (thanks to nightly lectures)

A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs.  Please do not be shy about telling me what you need.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Five (5) full days on our ship
  • A Welcome Dinner in Punta Arenas.
  • Accommodations for the nights of February 8 & 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Workshops, lectures & presentations led by polar habitat experts.
  • Guided excursions & Zodiac cruises
  • Landing fees, passenger fees (including IAATO), and port taxes.
  • Meals from dinner on the ship
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport to Hotel Cabo de Hornos.
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport on February 25.
  • Hot coffee and tea throughout the voyage.
  • One-on-one instruction and image reviews with Jeff as desired.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Recommended emergency medical and evacuation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Airfare from home to Punta Arenas, Chile and back.
  • All airport and departure taxes
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Tips (I suggest budgeting $10 to $15 per day for the ship crew.)
  • Optional trip cancellation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., laundry, phone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and canned/bottled beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc.)

LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Vast penguin colony! Photo by Scott Davis.

GETTING THERE / ARRIVAL:

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) by 2:00pm on February 8.

If you don’t arrive at the hotel by 2:00pm you will not be able to participate in the trip and no refund will be extended. I recommend arriving a day early.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Our ship has stairs so you’ll need to be able to navigate those, including at times when the sea may be somewhat rough.  In addition, plan to utilize the gangway that hangs along the side of the ship.

It will be necessary to get in and out of the Zodiac (you will have assistance from the crew).

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

Click on this EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) to see what gear I suggest you bring along. You do NOT have to own it all nor bring it all. If you have any questions about suitable or minimum equipment needed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:

    • DURATION:  7 days, 7 nights
    • DATE: Sunday, February 8, 2026 through Sunday, February 15, 2026
    • PRICE:  $15,795 ($2,000 discount if deposit is made before June 30, 2024)


Antarctica Photo Tour 2026



CANCELLATION POLICY

This trip is a bit different as I have to pay for spots on the ship.  All payments made are non-refundable unless I can fill your spot.

LIABILITY WAIVER:

At the start of each event, we’ll ask you to sign this liability waiver.  We encourage you to review it before signing up.

EIF with Jeff Parker, LLC ~ DBA: Explore in Focus™  / Wildlife photography tours & workshops for the Naturally Curious™

MENU