Once again, Rockhopper Workshops is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a photographers-only Antarctica Adventure. This cruise is dedicated to maximizing the experience for photographers.  You will return with images unlike you have made before and will be kept busy post-processing and printing for months to come.

Fly Over The Drake
February 11, 2023 – February 18, 2023

Entrance to Lemaire Channel
Entrance to Lemaire Channel

Once again, Rockhopper Workshops is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a photographers-only Antarctica Expedition. This unique workshop is being offered to photographers who desire to have the ultimate photographic expedition to one of the most pristine and photogenic places on the planet.

The difference between this and other cruises is the focus is on being at different locations at the right time for the best light. The expedition team loves this trip as much as we do.  They are as enthusiastic as us to capture the beauty of this pristine environment.  The expedition leader and captain as well as myself will focus on delivering a great photo experience.  No matter what time of day or night, if there is something to photograph, you’ll be notified.  Don’t expect rest, this is about being on deck, in a zodiac, or being onshore to capture images as you have never done before.

Fly-Over The Drake
Fly-Over The Drake

I have been traveling to Antarctica every year since 2005, some years I have even made the journey to this amazing continent twice!  Antarctica is a special place for me.  It is my happy place.  I even got married here in 2015 and my wife has traveled with me twice to this enchanted landscape.

Incredible moonrise
Incredible moonrise

Every voyage to Antarctica has offered me a life-changing moment.  I have shared this with passengers on past trips, and they typically scratch their heads and say, “Sure,” with doubtful looks on their faces.  By the end of the trip, I always have people come up to me to say, “You were right.”

On this adventure, you can expect to see penguins, whales, a wide variety of birds, pristine landscapes, and impressive icebergs.

Penguin Love
Penguin Love

Unlike many comparable expeditions, this trip is devoted entirely to the pursuit of photography.  From the moment you arrive at your hotel in Punta Arenas until your final departure, everything will be provided for you.  Our goal is to be at the right place, at the right time, offering you an incredible photography experience.  We will also have a team of world-class guides and expedition leaders.  I will be available as well as other photographic instructors at any time to help you maximize your photographic opportunities.  Onshore, on the ship, or in the zodiac I’ll help you see and capture the beauty that will be all around us.  Back on ship, I will help you with post-processing, editing, and getting the most from the images you capture.

There will also be pre-organized educational sessions throughout the trip for those who are interested. The expedition staff will be available to provide presentations on the history, geology, and wildlife of the region. It will be a non-stop educational and creative adventure!

Decepyion Island a photographer paradise
Deception Island a photographer paradise

The ship’s crew includes seasoned Antarctic adventurers eager to assist you throughout the trip.  We also have a very large and experienced expedition team, consisting of at least 10 guides.  I have worked with the same team for several years and they are second to none in Antarctica!  The expedition team loves this trip as much as we do, as it offers them the opportunity to see Antarctica in a different.

This is a fly over the Drake trip.  We save five days of sailing in some of the roughest seas in the world by flying over them.  We get on our ship in a protected harbor and immediately set sail on this adventure.

Videos From Our Pre-COVID Trip In 2020

This video was produced by our own Michael Durr.  I think you will agree that this video embodies what Antarctica is all about and what you can expect to experience on this trip.

The Zodiac Ride To Shore

Some More Images Of What To Expect

Lemaire Channel from one end to the other 32 image stitch
Lemaire Channel from one end to the other 32 image stitch
One of those once in a lifetime shots
One of those once in a lifetime shots
Leopard seal checking us out
Leopard seal checking us out
Old whale boat and penguins
Old whaleboat and penguins
Debra and Kevin Raber get married on Nekko HArbor beach by the Ocean Nova Captian
Debra and Kevin Raber get married on Néko HArbor beach by the Ocean Nova Capitan
The wedding ceremony
The wedding ceremony

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Your Instructors

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Kevin Raber

I see the world through the lens and a frame. Photography for me is an extension of who I am. I have gone through many stages in my career. At one time I was a portrait photographer with many prestigious clients. Over time I grew restless for something else in the field. I truly enjoy my current work as a fine art landscape photographer. There is something special about examining and photographing everything from grand scenes in nature that are there for a moment and then gone to industrial landscapes and focusing on the incredibly minute details of peeling paint and rust. I am most fortunate to be able to travel to many wonderful places.

I have fond memories of nights and weekends spent in the darkroom creating prints. The stereo blasting. It could be fun and it could be tedious. You didn’t always know what you were going to get and, at times, it required extensive hands-on darkroom manipulation. I can still smell the chemicals. I was taught by the masters of the darkroom.

Today, that has all changed thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and Photoshop. The darkroom is the computer. Some things are still unpredictable, but the tools to achieve the final result allow you to see them immediately on the screen in real time and right in front of you. Digital allows you to capture a range of tonalities and exposures that were impossible with film. Variables such as emulsion, temperature, chemistry and exposure are taken out of the equation. What you see on your computer monitor is what you will get when printed. One thing that hasn’t changed is the music. It goes along with creating and working on images. Thank God for iTunes.

I embraced digital early on. It continues to evolve and provide flexibility to all who embrace it. The digital age is still young and has completely transformed our industry. Never before has a switch from analog to digital been so prevalent as in photography. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next ten years takes us.

My career in photography has evolved since 1972 when I first began making a living with photography. Today I am also CEO and Publisher of photoPXL.com as well as this site. I lead photography workshops to edge of the planet locations as well as provide instructional videos to photographers on how to improve their craft.

There doesn’t seem to be anything that can dampen my passion and enthusiasm for photography. It has opened doors to the world for me and I am most grateful I can share my experiences with others. You can visit my personal; webiste kevinraber.com

Accomodations & Pricing

The Itinerary

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA 21 takes you to one of the most spectacular and remote places on Earth: Antarctica.  Sail with us to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

All attendees must be vaccinated against the COVID virus and have proof of vaccination. There are safety protocols in place for your health and safety and details are available upon request. Participation for this trip is regulated by any current and recent COVID safety protocols.

Download Antarctica21’s Safety Protocol PDF for more information HERE

Day 1 – Start of the Air-Cruise

Punta Arenas, plenty to explore and get yourself prepped for the next part of your adventure

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your 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 a typical regional menu. 

Day 2 – Scheduled flight to Antarctica

Time for the flight to Antarctica
Time for the flight to Antarctica

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 walk 2- km (1.25-mi), passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel. 

Day 3-6 – Exploring Antarctica

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. Onboard 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. 

While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots 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. 

Day 7 – Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

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).

Day 8 – End of the Air-Cruise

You will miss these little guys
You will miss these little guys

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

In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas.  Expert polar guides will share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, leading you ashore to come face-to-face with the wildlife, history, and the many wonders of the Antarctic landscape.  From a glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing the highlights of your daily adventures with fellow guests over drinks.

Ocean Nova Observation Lounge

Ocean Nova Observation LoungeThe expedition team will set our specific route based on local conditions, allowing our guests to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature.  Flexibility will be key to a successful voyage.  Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point, and other magnificent destinations.  This voyage is uniquely crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment, especially for the photographer.

Our Ship

The Ocean Nova is one of the finest expedition vessels currently operating in Antarctica.  It’s just the right size to offer both comfortable accommodations, as well as easy maneuverability, making it capable of exploring areas inaccessible to larger ships.  The meals are excellent.  The crew is the friendliest you’ll ever find.  Each of these factors will add up to ensure that you have a thoroughly enjoyable adventure!

The Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel.  She was constructed in Denmark in 1992 intended for the ice-choked waters of Greenland.  She was fully refurbished in 2006, and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements.  Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for travel in Antarctica.

Ocean Nova has the capacity for 67 passengers, each of whom will be accommodated in comfortable, outside cabins.  The ship offers three levels of accommodation: dedicated single cabins, twin cabins, and triple cabins.  We will be a group of 8 -12.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary.  The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats, each well-suited for daily disembarking and wildlife watching.

CABINS

Category – Average size – Details
Single cabins – 87 sq. ft. / 8 sq. mt. – One lower bed
Twin cabins – 106 sq. ft. / 10 sq. mt. – Two lower beds
Triple cabins – 150 sq. ft. / 14 sq. mt. – Two lower beds and one upper bed

All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk, a chair, a wardrobe, a controlled heating system, and a private bathroom and shower.

PASSENGERS: 72
EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 46
LIFEBOATS: two, fully enclosed, the capacity of 110 (in addition to four life rafts, capacity of 100)
LENGTH: 73.0 m
BREADTH: 11.0 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
DRAFT: 3.7 meters
CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open water

A Bit More

Our group from a few years ago
Our group from a few years ago

A deposit in the amount of $3,000 USD per person is required at the time of booking.  A second payment in the amount of $7,500 USD per person is due by July 1, 2022.  The balance is due in full 120 days prior to our departure date.

Rockhopper workshops will send out frequent updates on this trip as well as how to prepare for the adventure, what clothing to bring and what photography gear will be needed.

Words cannot describe a trip like this.  It needs to be experienced to be appreciated.  My friends often ask me where my favorite place on the planet is (as I travel so much), and every time (since my first visit), I tell them: Antarctica.  If you enjoy travel and want to get away from the typical tourist crowd, this is the trip for you.  You will see sights that amaze you and you will come back with photographs that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.  I really hope you consider this opportunity, it would be an honor to share Antarctica with you!

Register

To register, download PDF, fill out an application and email it back to Antarctica 21.  They will make arrangements to collect your deposit. Click to download the registration PDF.

Travel Notes

NOTE:  ANTARCTICA 21 is responsible for the travel arrangements and delivery of the expedition; the photography instruction program is the responsibility of Rockhopper Workshops.

The capacity of the dedicated Zodiacs will be managed to offer plenty of space and flexibility of movements during shooting. During the cruise portion of the expedition, an Expedition Staff member will be dedicated to each group. The staff member will get to know the group, coordinating its needs and requirements. The maximum luggage weight allowance has been increased to 25 kg per person, 5 kg more compared to the 20 kg of our regularly programmed air-cruises. Note that an extra luggage allowance cannot be purchased.

The Expedition Team will work to deliver two shore landings per day. Photography group leaders will participate in daily meetings with the Expedition Leader to coordinate activities and to learn about photography opportunities available at each landing location. The Expedition Team onboard has experience supporting and delivering photography groups. They will work to deliver the best photography opportunities and experience possible given weather, sea and ice conditions, and other logistical considerations such as distances, travel times, traffic, and IAATO regulations. 

Gallery

Enjoy more images from amazing Antarctica.

February 11-18, 2023

Price:

  • Single Cabins
    US $21,995 per berth, all-inclusive. (per person)
    Each with 1 lower berth and private facilities.
  • Twin Cabins
    US $15,495 per berth, all-inclusive. (per pers0n)
    Each with 2 lower berths and private facilities.
  • Triple Cabins. 
    US $13,495 per berth, all-inclusive. (per person)
    Each with 2 lower berths, 1 upper berth, and private facilities.

Availability: First come first served. Couples will share a cabin. Individuals traveling alone will share a double or triple with others of the same sex unless a dedicated single cabin is selected. These fees may be paid in installments, and are all-inclusive.

The registration form can be downloaded HERE

Terms, Conditions and Contingency Plan can be downloaded HERE

Ocean Nova Deck Plan

Guests booked on a shared basis are accommodated in a single room at the hotel in Punta Arenas and must pay a Single Hotel Room Supplement of $578 USD. Please let us know when you register if you’d like a single hotel room before and after the trip.

Maximum of 64 guests total for this trip

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