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Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

Travel Information / Photography tour

Photography tours

A giant iceberg right next to your Zodiac, glacier-covered mountains, a penguin stumbling by on a scenic beach and magnificent polar landscapes – there is no way to return from an expedition cruise without bringing home the best photos of your life! Capture penguins, seals, whales and seabirds in their natural habitats in one of the most remote places on Earth. Scout the best photo locations on foot, while Zodiac cruising, kayaking or just from your ship’s deck. Our expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, features a large open deck, which is the perfect meeting spot for photography enthusiasts. And don’t worry, you won’t miss iconic photo ops aboard: our team will let you know via intercom as soon as we spot wildlife or approach breathtaking sceneries. You’re also welcome on the bridge, where you can be the first one to spot photographic treasures. Need to brush up on your photography skills? We’ve got you covered! Our specialists and professional photographers will help you take that perfect shot and share their knowledge in our onboard workshops. Ready to start your photography tour? Come aboard – and don’t forget your camera!

What to expect on your photo tour

  • Watch breathtaking scenery and mesmerizing landscapes in one of the most remote places on Earth
  • Enjoy small group sizes with personal attention to every traveler
  • See the contrast of unique locations and their iconic wildlife
  • Join our onboard photo workshops and get guidance from professional photographers
  • Learn about the history and most significant spots in the area, and capture polar exploration history on your camera
  • See an abundance of wildlife
  • Discover the best wildlife viewing and photo ops with your expedition team and our onboard naturalists
  • Scout the best locations on foot, on Zodiac excursions or while kayaking
  • Our professional expedition team and experienced captain will maneuver and bring you safely to the places with the best photo ops

Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

25 years of polar cruising

25 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 25 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

Thank you for choosing poseidon expeditions

HIGHLIGHTS

100 GUESTS ABOARD

100 GUESTS ABOARD

Our photo expeditions are designed with photography in mind and accommodate only 100 guests aboard, which not only ensures an exclusive and personalized experience but also guarantees that all guests will disembark simultaneously. It eliminates the need for group rotations or waiting periods and maximizes your time and opportunities to capture stunning images. 

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GOLDEN HOUR LANDINGS

GOLDEN HOUR LANDINGS

A photo cruise is a special journey for photographers, focused on capturing stunning images. Our cruises prioritize the golden hour, the magical time around sunrise or sunset when the light is perfect for breathtaking shots. We'll take you to picturesque locations during this special hour, where you will be able to create stunning polar moments.


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EXPERT GUIDANCE

EXPERT GUIDANCE

With expert guidance from professional photographers, you'll have the opportunity to learn new techniques and tips, ensuring that you take your photography skills to the next level. In addition to personalized guidance, our photography tours also offer the chance to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for photography. With fellow photographers aboard, you can exchange tips, share your experiences, and build lasting connections.


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PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Destination Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Svalbard Through the Camera Lens
25 Jun - 07 Jul 2024 13 Photography Valentine's Special 35% OFF FLIGHTS OSLO ↔ LONGYEARBYEN INCLUDED
US$ 9 595
US$ 6 237
per person
Falklands & South Georgia
South Georgia Through the Camera Lens
19 Oct - 02 Nov 2024 15 Photography PHOTO CRUISE
US$ 11 595
per person
Destination Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
Falklands & South Georgia
South Georgia Through the Camera Lens
19 Oct - 02 Nov 2024 15 Photography
US$ 11 595
per person
Destination Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Svalbard Through the Camera Lens
25 Jun - 07 Jul 2024 13 Photography Valentine's Special 35% OFF
US$ 9 595
US$ 6 237
per person

FAQ

Weather conditions in polar cruises are generally mild, with temperatures near freezing point. However, the continuous sunlight of 18 - 24 hour days adjusts your thermal temperature to the cold air. Passengers have been known to safely experience ‘t-shirt’ conditions.

At the same time, you may encounter fog, white-outs, and other adverse weather conditions.

Antarctica - Everyone reacts differently to the occasional, rough water of the Drake Passage. Passengers should consult their personal physician prior to travel to Antarctica and carry the recommended preventative medications at all times. That said, not all Drake Passage crossings are tumultuous.

The Arctic – While we are navigating between the Arctic islands we may get into rough seas. But once sheltered by islands in icebound waters, you won’t feel any ocean swell or heavy seas.

Yes, of course. Each ship is equipped with motor powered and paddled, inflatable landing crafts known as ‘Zodiacs’. These easy to navigate boats are used for ocean level cruising and landings. From there, you will hike tundra and ice fields.

We fully understand the popularity of shore activities and provide them as frequently as possible. Of course, seasons and weather may determine where you go ashore and how often. Please work with our sales staff to ensure your satisfaction. We strive to create an experience that best suits your lifestyle and needs.

You should strongly consider not joining the expedition if you are suffering from any life threatening condition or require walking assistance. The polar regions are a remote area with zero access to full-scale medical facilities and daily routines include steep gangways and terrain mobility. Note that we do provide a range of activities when ashore, for example, hiking.

It’s always best to pack ‘for’ the segment of your flight itinerary that has the smallest baggage allowance requirement - baggage allowances on international flights are often larger than domestic flights. Also, be sure to check with your airline to confirm what you are allowed to carry.

Our ships do have laundry facilities, so you do not need to pack clothes for every day. Baggage allowance onboard is 2 pieces per 1 person. Our advice is to be reasonable.

Go to our How to pack page for more details.

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