15 Day ‘South Georgia/Antarctica Photo Expedition’ – January 2019

With Michael Snedic

27th January – 10th February 2019

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On this 15-day photographic adventure we will explore the wildlife paradises of South Georgia before visiting the amazing Antarctic Peninsula.

We will have a maximum of 9 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing and critiquing your photos along the way.

Michael in South Georgia with his photo expedition participants – December 2017

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Testimonial

“Mere words cannot express the grandeur, colour and spectacular scenery found in South Georgia . From the moment you set foot on Salisbury plain the wondrous sight of literally thousands of colourful, inquisitive, cute king penguins who actually greet you time stands still as your senses and you fall in love with these magnificent, playful creatures. Our trip to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands is a lifetime highlight. Quark a highly ethical and responsible tour operator arranged an outstanding trip to this untouched bottom of the globe! At all times passenger safety was a priority. Every opportunity was given for us to experience this pristine, wondrous environment…..whether it was from the ship, by zodiac or on land.

Our trip to this region was a Photographic Expedition led by Michael Snedic, owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions. Michael is an outstanding, enthusiastic tutor. We had regular meeting times to discuss techniques, composition and editing. I particularly enjoyed the group photographic critique sessions. As someone new to photography I felt Michael imparted his vast knowledge and patient teaching to me so as to ensure I could get the best shots possible.

Thanks Michael for a wonderful, wonderful holiday and for your excellent tuition!!”

Greg and Robyn Jacobs

Greg and Robyn Jacobs. Killarney Heights, Sydney, Australia

Adelie Penguin Antarctica

King Penguin pair South Georgia

From Peregrine Adventures:

‘Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the remote shores of the Antarctic. Begin in Ushuaia and travel by comfortable expedition ship. Experience this rugged location in comfort and style as you learn about the area's history and wildlife, keeping your camera ready for any number of incredible photo opportunities. Visit South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries, take shore landings in Antarctica and spot multiple species of seals and whales along the way’. 

Sunset in Antarctica © Michael Snedic

  • Stand upon beaches teeming with thousands of king penguins in some of the largest rookeries in the world
  • Visit abandoned whaling stations and the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton in the remote outpost of South Georgia
  • Take a refreshing 'polar plunge' in the icy sea and experience the ultimate in Antarctic weather
  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking among seals and icebergs can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast
  • See abundant species of whales, seabirds, seals and penguins on regular Zodiac excursions along the plunging coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula

Peter photographing in South Georgia

Your 
Experienced Photography 
Leader – Michael Snedic

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic. He will be there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an photographer, he is an experienced photographic tutor, with 15 years experience presenting photography expeditions and adventures across the globe.

He is also a widely-published photographer and writer. Michael’s photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world, and he has been a feature writer for Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine ‘Australian Photography’, since 2006.

Michael is also an Australian Ambassador for Lowepro, LensCoat and the Nature Conservancy Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Nature Conservancy

Photo Competition Ambassador 2015, 2016 and 2017

LensCoat

Australian Ambassador

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning, enjoy free time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon. The ship makes its way into the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The channel takes its name from the HMS Beagle, which transported Charles Darwin through the region on his around-the-world voyage in 1833. Keep an eye out for various species of bird from the deck.

Days 2-4: At Sea

Your first days at sea will include plenty of time to relax, get to know your fellow shipmates and learn about the shore landings and Zodiac excursions that await you. Your expedition team will begin their educational lecture programme, teaching you about seabirds, penguins and the history of South Georgia. These few days also offer an opportunity to get comfortable with the motion of the sea.

Close Penguin Encounter - Antarctica © Michael Snedic

Days 5-7 – South Georgia

On approaching South Georgia, have your camera ready to capture shags, prions and albatross in the water around you. Make your first potential landing in a protected bay of the island, which is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife. The island’s king penguin rookeries are the world’s largest, with populations sometimes numbering into the hundreds of thousands. South Georgia is scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries past. Visit old whaling stations, including the settlement of Grytviken, which is home to the remains of the famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Please note that each landing is determined by weather conditions.

Icebergs - Antarctica © Michael Snedic

POSSIBLE LANDING SITES ON SOUTH GEORGIA:

DRYGALSKI FJORD

This is a photogenic and dramatic fjord, with sharp and jagged peaks rising out of the sea. Glaciation never reached the peaks of this fjord, giving it a unique landscape.

GOLD HARBOUR

The backdrop to this harbour is the hanging Bertrab Glacier. King and gentoo penguins call this home, as do rowdy elephant and fur seals.

GRYTVIKEN

Only a handful of people live, albeit temporarily, on South Georgia, a United Kingdom overseas territory. Two of them are curators of the South Georgia Museum, located in the former whaling station manager’s villa. The church was built for the whaling community and is the only building in Grytviken that is still used for its original purpose.

PRION ISLAND

Robert Cushman Murphy named this island for the species of petrels seen on the island. Birders will be pleased to know that wandering albatross are also known to nest on the island.

SALISBURY PLAIN

One of the largest king penguin rookeries on the island is located on Salisbury Plain. The Murphy and Lucas Glaciers flank the plain, creating a perfect backdrop for photographers.

ST. ANDREW’S BAY

Thousands of breeding pairs of king penguin nest at St. Andrew’s Bay. It is the largest king penguin rookery on South Georgia and is a wildlife spectacle to behold. Reindeer introduced by Norwegian whalers are known to feed on the grass in the area.

STROMNESS

This abandoned whaling station was in full operation the day that Ernest Shackleton and his companions staggered in after a 36-hour trek across the island. There is a small cemetery here, with the graves of 14 whalers.

Days 8 – 9: At Sea

Antarctica awaits. While at sea, enjoy free time to relax and enjoy the scenery. Attend presentations by experts on the history and geology of the continent, and learn tips on how to identify different species of wildlife.

Close seal experience in Antarctica

Days 8-11 – South Georgia

South Georgia is a wildlife haven, as the breeding site for animals from all over the Southern Ocean. King and Gentoo Penguins, nesting albatrosses, as well as fur seals and the huge Southern Elephant Seals are all examples which we will be meeting on land, with multiple landings per day. More than half of the world’s Elephant Seals breed here, along with more than 100,000 King Penguins.

As well as its amazing wildlife, there’s a lot of human history on the island, including the remnants of sealing and whaling industries. Visiting the grave of the explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton at Grytviken is a highlight for many people.

Gentoo Penguins © Michael Snedic

Days 10-14: Antarctic Peninsula

Enter another world as your ship approaches the mainland of the white continent. Weather permitting, make several excursions and Zodiak landings over the next few days. These could include glacier hikes, visits to research bases or opportunities to encounter seals and penguins. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of a leopard seal during its hunt for food, or meet a curious minke whale while out on a Zodiac cruise. You may also like to take part in the sea kayaking adventure option (reserve in advance when booking your trip) or awaken your senses with a polar plunge into the sea.

South Georgia

POSSIBLE LANDING SITES IN ANTARCTICA:

CUVERVILLE ISLAND

A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.

DAMOY POINT

If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbour on which Port Lockroy is located.

DANCO ISLAND

This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.

ENTERPRISE ISLAND

Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.

LEMAIRE CHANNEL

This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you’ll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.

MELCHIOR ISLANDS

A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.

NEKO HARBOUR

Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbour.

PETERMANN ISLAND

Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.

PORT LOCKROY

A ‘fun’ destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.

WATERBOAT POINT

Of historic interest, you may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site.

AITCHO ISLANDS

This is a group of small islands, some still unnamed, situated in the northern entrance of English Strait. You can often spot a great mix of wildlife here, with gentoo and chinstrap penguins having established rookeries. Southern elephant and fur seals are frequently hauled-out here too.

BAILY HEAD

Also known as Rancho Point, this area is a rocky headland on the southeastern shore of Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins build nests on slopes leading to a high ridge that dominates the natural amphitheater and provides a superb setting for landscape photography.

HALF MOON ISLAND

This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike sealers who liked to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm-petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua.

HANNAH POINT

Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on the point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from January 10 onwards.

PENDULUM COVE

Hot geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, named for observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding hot water!

PENGUIN ISLAND

Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes.

ROBERT POINT

A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters.

TELEFON BAY

Your Expedition Team will be happy to point out that it is here where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen.

TURRET POINT

Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries are found on this point, situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches here are often crowded with southern elephant, fur, and Weddell seals hauled-out on the rocks.

WHALER’S BAY

To reach Whaler’s Bay it is necessary to sail through a narrow passage called Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbour created by a circular flooded caldera, known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see rusting remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam that may rise from geothermally heated water springs along the shoreline.

Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbor, situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. Here you can see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a large glacier that stretches along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned sealing try pot is all that remains of the activity that brought men thousands of miles in tall ships to seek their fortune.

Day 15 – Disembark in Ushuaia

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special tness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements these should be discussed with our booking sta .

Greg and Hazel South Georgia_2017

Our Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a great expedition ship, with plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship. Along with our group the voyage will also have non-photographer passengers and while we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Antarctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group.

On Zodiac outings we usually operate as a group with our own boat, where Michael will always be with you to provide photographic guidance. We work closely with the Quark expedition team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

The ship is quite spacious, and is very well appointed. You won’t be roughing it!

Deck plan

Regular Price:

CabinCost
Triple:$14,100
Inside Single:$24,100
Twin Porthole:$20,300
Twin Window:$21,100
Upper Decks:$21,900
Twin Porthole Suites:$22,700
Superiors:$23,500
Top Deck Double:$24,400
Twin Window Suites:$25,300
Junior Suite:$26,200
Owner’s Suite:$27,200

These prices are in AU dollars per person. A 20% deposit is required to secure your place.

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Expeditions, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while we run the photography program. The ship has a wide variety of cabin classes, and your choice of berth type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

A $500 discount is available for non-photographer partners.

When you book a single berth in a twin cabin, we do try to allocate cabins so you share with another member of our photography group.

Peregrine

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition.
  • Hotel accommodation in Ushuaia on day 1.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
    Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All ship-based excursions.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Ushuaia.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
    Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Limited internet access is usually available onboard.

Gentoo Pengion with chick - Antarctica © Michael Snedic

How to book

To reserve your place, or just to ask more questions about the workshop, please contact Michael Snedic either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

Antarctica Photo Expedition 2017

Five Day Nature Photography Workshop – Lamington National Park, Queensland

Sunday 24th of March (late afternoon) to Friday 29th of March 2019

SOLD OUT!

To be added to the Waitlist should there be any cancellations, please contact Michael:

Get to know your digital camera in one of Australia’s most stunning natural environments!

This workshop is designed to teach participants skills in all facets of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, depth of field and much more.

 Michael caters for all levels of experience and is very encouraging to beginners.  Lamington National Park is full of photographic opportunities, including a large variety of wildlife, rainforest and eucalypt forest landscapes, waterfalls, stunning valley views, sunsets and lots of macro subjects. 

These amazing photographic locations and subjects, coupled with Michael’s extensive photographic knowledge and tuition skills, means you will have an opportunity to learn plenty of valuable photographic tips, with like-minded people. And you will do so in the most tranquil, beautiful surroundings.



Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park.
Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough
at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park 

Where:

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat/Lamington National Park, Queensland

When:

Sunday 24th of March (late afternoon) to Friday 29th of March 2019

Price

$995 per person for tuition (plus GST)
(Does not include accommodation and meals - please see below.)

Black Booyong buttress roots

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Program includes:

  • Macro photography techniques - for beginners and more advanced users.
  • Landscape photography techniques - in the rainforest and sunset overlooking the amazing expanse of the Kerry Valley.
  • Waterfall and cascade photography.
  • Bird and animal photography techniques.
  • Reviews and critique of participant's images and suggestions for improvements.
  • Audio-visual presentations, including wildlife, macro and landscape photography.
  • Getting to know your camera and it's hidden capabilities.
  • Advice on recommended cameras/lenses/accessories to use for specific purposes.
  • Flash photography techniques including use of diffusers, reflectors, natural light etc.
  • Group tuition as well as one-on-one tuition from Michael
  • Best use of photographic accessories and gadgets.
  • Free time to practice what you have learned (or simply unwind and relax in the stunning surrounds of Lamington National Park)

*PLEASE NOTE – PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Red-necked Pademelon

Michael Snedic’s O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park Experience:

Michael spent five years working as a nature guide for O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, as well as Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, both Lamington National Park. He knows the area, and its natural fauna and flora, extremely well. He was also mentored here in photography by renowned wildlife and nature photographer and documentary-maker, Glen Threlfo. Michael has been presenting photo workshops and tours at O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park for the last ten years, either with Trekabout or on his own. His years of local experience, plus 14 years as a professional photography tutor, will guarantee you will not only be shown the BEST wildlife, landscape and macro subjects and locations in Lamington, but you will be shown the BEST ways to photograph them.

Michael instructing Jim

Itinerary:

Monday:

Session 1
Introduction, get to know the other participants and setting up your camera settings. This is extremely important as you need to know what gear and settings are needed for specific situations and subjects.

Session 2
Trip to Luke’s Farm to photograph rustic buildings, fences etc.

Session 3
After lunch – Landscape photography, incorporating a trip to Python Rock. Buttress roots, vines, Crow’s Nest ferns and much more.

Session 4
After dinner – Audio visual presentation by Michael - Wildlife.

Rainforest cascades

Tuesday:

Session 5
After breakfast - Bird photography and other wildlife photography techniques, including pademelons (small, wallaby-like macropods).

Session 6
After morning tea – We head into the rainforest for more landscape photography, including cascades, mossy rocks and logs, plants and much more.

Session 7
‘Birds of Prey’ flight show, where Michael will teach you how to best get photos of birds in flight.
Free time to explore and photograph the natural beauty of Lamington N.P. or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Session 8
After dinner – Photo critique (8pm – 9pm). Michael will critique some of the photos you have taken so far, giving hints and advice along the way.

Rainforest fungi

Wednesday:

Session 9
Field trip (lunch out) – Elabana Falls, creeks, cascades and rainforest. Learn how to take great waterfall and rainforest landscape photos. Return back to base approximately 2-3pm.

 Session 10
After dinner – Michael will show you how to best photograph the delightful, coloured and noisy Red-eyed Green Tree Frogs!

Noisy Pitta with chicks

Thursday:

Session 10
Before breakfast – Come on an early-morning bird walk with Michael. Try taking some photos or get to know the birds and their calls (Michael was a guide at O’Reilly’s for 5 years and knows his birds and calls well!).

Session 11
After breakfast –  Audio visual presentation on best macro photography techniques

       Session 12

       Wildlife Presentation - Get up-close-and-personal with a rare owl, Sugar Gliders, a Carpet Python, a Spotted-tailed Quoll and more

Session 13
After morning tea – Macro session 'in-the-field'

After lunch – Free time to relax or practice your techniques

Session 14
Late afternoon – Landscape photography, we head to Luke’s farm to photograph the stunning valley views (including sunset).

Luminous Fungi

Friday:

Session 15
After breakfast – Another chance to capture some of Lamington’s stunning birds.

Session 16
After morning tea – Second photo critique. Michael will give constructive feedback of images taken throughout the workshop.

Session 17

Question and answer session plus photographic gear advice

Finish - Approx 12 noon

Lamington spiny crayfish

Leaf-tailed gecko

Accommodation

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has kindly offered a discount on their standard room tariff to those who are participating in this WildNature Photo Expedition workshop. You can contact O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Reservations on 1800 688 722 to make your accommodation booking.

To qualify for the discount, you must mention that you are attending the 5 Day ‘Nature Photography Workshop’ with WildNature Photo Expeditions, with Michael Snedic.

Regent Bowerbird

How to book

For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael on 0408 941 965 or by using the contact form.

Maximum 8 participants

This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.

Michael teaching participants - O'Reilly's

5 Day Cradle Mountain Photo Workshop ‘Autumn Colour Changes’

Nothofagus Tasmania

Come along and photograph beautiful Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, during the incredible autumn-colour changes of the Nothofagus Gunnii (Deciduous Beech Tree)

 

With Michael Snedic and Ben Fewtrell

 

5th to 9th of May 2019  

 

About the Workshop and Tour:

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic and renowned landscape photographer, Ben Fewtrell, on this exciting new photography tour of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, in autumn!

'The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’– make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May’ (text from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website)

Aurora-Cradle Mountain_Tasmania

When:

5th to 9th of May 2019 (five days/four nights)

Where:

Cradle Mountain – Tasmania

Cost:

AU$3195 (plus GST) per person (twin share) 

*Single supplement price available upon request

Wombat Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing at your hotel in Launceston.

Meeting Point:

Launceston hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Launceston the day before and stay one night after the workshop.

Accommodation:

Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (Standard Room - twin share)

Cradle Mt and Dove Lake - Cradle Mt Lake St Clair N.P. - Tasmania_1ms6845

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. With 2 experienced photographers and professional tutoring , you will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at 10 participants, giving you maximum tuition time with Michael and Ben

Red Fungi - Tarkine- Tasmania

Testimonial

“In May 2018 I joined Michael on his photography workshop to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. What a wonderful location to indulge my passion for photography – beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. Regardless of the weather there was always an opportunity to make imagery and to learn.
Michael and Ben Fewtrell (who co-presents the workshop with Michael) provided friendly and knowledgeable advice and assistance with camera gear, settings and post-processing of images in Lightroom to ensure we achieved the best results possible.

Aside from the wonderful location, I also enjoy the camaraderie shared with workshop participants who willingly share their experiences and knowledge.
As a participant, arrangements for accommodation, meals and transport were comfortable and seamless.

Cradle Mountain was my second workshop in Tasmania with Michael, my first was to the Tarkine region. With the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna available to see in Tasmania I plan to participate in future workshops with Michael.

Whatever your skill level, if you wish to improve your photography, I have no hesitation in recommending participation in Michael Snedic’s Wildnature Photo Expeditions :-))”

Julie Westley

Julie Westley – Middle Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic and Ben Fewtrell
  • Four nights accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in Tasmania in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to ‘Devils at Cradle’ Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife pass

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation at Launceston before and after tour

Tasmanian wildlife

About Your Photography Tutors:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be an Australian Ambassador for Lenscoat as well as The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition. He is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Ben Fewtrell

A passionate Aussie photographer with a love affair with the great outdoors, Ben started his photographic journey with a Nikon film camera back in 1992.

With a history of shooting everything from Weddings to Landscapes, Ben has always been drawn to the lure of nature and spends most of his time chasing the perfect sunrise or sunset. Through his articles, tutorials and workshops, he has helped hundreds of photographers take their photography to the next level and says his greatest achievement is the people he has helped to get more out of this incredible hobby. Ben has created a vibrant online community of photographers and is host of his own popular YouTube channel where he shares his passion and enthusiasm.

Ben Fewtrell  in tassie

Itinerary:

Day 1

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Launceston, where we will drive our bus to Cradle Mountain Hotel, our base for the duration of the photo tour. After checking in and a short break, we will get together for a briefing, before heading to Dove Lake for our first sunset shoot. Then its a scrumptious dinner, followed by an audio-visual presentation.

Day 2

Today we will shoot sunrise at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will then visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the rainforest, surrounded by ancient rainforests and autumn fungi in the rainforest. In the afternoon we will head to the famous ‘Devils At Cradle' for a chance to photograph this iconic Tasmanian wildlife species. Ben will also present the first of his two sessions on Adobe Lightroom.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will be taking a stroll around Dove Lake, photographing the wonderful plants and landscapes the area has to offer. The ‘Nothofagus’ (Beech Trees) losing their leaves will make for some great images! Lunch will be a ‘packed lunch’ out in the field. Back for the afternoon for a break, dinner, then out for another sunset session at Dove Lake. This time around to the famous ‘Boat Shed’. We will also have a bit of fun doing some ‘astro photography’!

coral fungi

Day 4

A second attempt at sunrise at Dove Lake, followed by breakfast. We will then spend the morning photographing the rainforest landscapes and fungi along the ‘Enchanted Walk’ and ‘Waterfalls Walk’, which include the waterfall at Pencil Pine Falls. Back for lunch, then Ben will present his second Adobe Lightroom session. Some free time to visit the wonderful images in the Wilderness gallery, then in the late afternoon, we head to Ronney Creek to photograph echidnas, wombats and wallabies!

Day 5

Should we have missed out on a sunrise at Dove Lake due to possible inclement weather, we will return for one last attempt. Otherwise, we will head on out and do some more exploring with our camera. A packed lunch will be organised for our trip back to our starting point in Launceston

5 Day ‘Tasmanian Photography Adventure’

Tasmania’s Weather

Autumn weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains and west coast. Participants would be well advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather forecast for Cradle Mountain in the days leading up to the Workshop before making final decisions on what to pack, but as with any outdoor activities, it is important that you are properly prepared for all kinds of weather.

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Tasmanian Photo Tour participants

To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$500.00. The balance will be due 45 days before the start of the tour date. 

*Approved Operator with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

11 Day ‘Arctic Photo Expedition’ – June 2019

  • Leaping Polar Bear

An immersive photographic adventure conducted by
professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic

6th of June to 16th of June 2019 

 

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL 30TH OF NOVEMBER 2018!

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Amazing close-up Polar Bear experience, filmed on an IPhone, during our June 2018 Arctic Photo Expedition

Join Australian-based Pro Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic, on this exciting 11-day Photo Expedition, travelling through the Arctic around the archipelago of Svalbard. We will travel by ship and explore the coast, attempting to circumnavigate the island if ice conditions allow. Michael led a booked-out Photo Expedition to Svalbard in 2016, to absolute rave reviews (with a second, fully-booked photo expedition in June 2018). For the photo tour participants, it was the ultimate trip of a lifetime, with plenty of 'once-in-a-lifetime' photos taken during the trip.

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arctic circle | Arctic Photography Workshop and Tour

Arctic Fox

We will be seeking and photographing iconic Arctic wildlife species including polar bears, reindeer, foxes, walrus and other seals, whales, auks, puffins, and many many more, as well as stunning glacial landscapes.

We will have 9 participants on this photo tour, led by professional nature photographer and tutor: Michael Snedic. 

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing your photos, and receiving feedback, along the way. One of the added benefits of joining this photo adventure is that should there be any issues with your camera settings, or getting sharp, clear images, Michael is with you to assist and advise on every zodiac trip and landing.

"If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some outlying northern areas home to polar bears and walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. This is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic"- Peregrine Adventures

There will be many opportunities to photograph from the ship also. Landscapes, icebergs, and lots of wildlife, as we sail amongst them.

Walrus - Arctic

Our ship

Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and has a reputation as an excellent ship for expeditions to the Arctic. Originally built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to ply the Arctic waters with ease for 25 years. Ocean Nova is a certified Carbon Neutral vessel and offers a comfortable option for discovering the polar regions. With a maximum of just 78 guests, the Ocean Nova is a more intimate, small group, expedition experience with all the benefits that affords.

Arctic- Boat Nova

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers. While we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Arctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings we will usually operate as a group, with Michael in one zodiac with his photography participant.  WildNature Photo Expeditions works closely with the Quark Expedition Team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

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participants in zodiac - Arctic

Your instructor

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic, there to help you photograph the stunning wildlife we will encounter, especially polar bears. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an experienced wildlife/nature photographer, he is also one of Australia's most experienced photographic tutors (15 years).

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (20 years+) and widely-published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife and a Lowepro Ambassador for Australia, a Lenscoat Ambassador, as well as The Nature Conservancy's Photo Competition Ambassador, both in 2015 and 2016. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for the past 15 years. He also conducts overseas photography tours to Africa, Antarctica, the Subantarctic, the Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands and India. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with photo expedition participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Michael Snedic - Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary

Day 1

This morning we’ll have our first photography briefings and warm-up opportunities. We will spend some of the morning exploring Longyearbyen with a local guide, and there may be some last-minute shopping opportunities (as a frontier town there are some serious outdoors stores here). Also anyone whose flights or connections were delayed have a chance to catch up with us today. In the evening we board our ship, the Ocean Nova, operated by Quark Expeditions and set sail. The wildlife and scenic opportunities will start almost immediately!

Close-up Walrus

Day 2-12

Your expedition will explore western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. We’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities so we have no fixed itinerary, however we do hope to visit some of our favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox.

Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary outings on selected voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.

Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures
Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures

Cruising through the Arctic, photographing walruses chilling-out on ice

In some areas we will explore the stunning scenery from aboard the ship, but we will often transfer into the inflatable Zodiacs to explore bays, islands, icebergs, and to land at most sites.

Michael will present both group and one-on-one photography sessions and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.

Arctic cruising

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates!

Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018
Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018

There’s a huge range of environments around Svalbard, and every day will present new subjects. Sometimes the sky is clear and blue, sometimes it’s overcast and grey, sometimes we will see parhelion and “sun-dogs”, but the sun will never actually set (unless it’s behind a mountain). You may even end up photographing some wildlife under a midnight sun. The days will be busy, often with several off-ship expeditions per day.

Michael will be conducting a series of group and individual lessons along the way, including giving you feedback on your work. We want you to come back with the best images you can, as well as with new skills.

Photography spring-flowers
Svalbard landscape © Peregrine Adventures

Day 11

Your adventure ends back at the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you arrive in Longyearbyen on the 5th of June (or earlier if you wish to spend some time exploring on your own). Boarding of the Ocean Nova will take place on the evening of the 6th of June. The ship will depart in the evening and cannot wait for anyone on delayed flights. As weather in the region can be a bit temperamental, flight delays do happen. To keep the start of your adventure as stress free as possible, arriving early is a good idea.

Polar Bear playing

Health and fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Living on the ship sailing in unfrozen water, the outside temperatures are sometimes close to freezing. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Peregrine will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

We will be travelling on a ship but while we can occasionally be exposed to storms and heavy seas, most of the time the coast and ice provides a lot of protection. We’re not on the open ocean!

puffins
Puffins © David Burren

Costs

There are a variety of cabin classes, from triple-berth cabins up to a selection of twin-share cabin types. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket. Prices are per person.

All these prices are in Australian dollars. A 20% non- refundable deposit is required to secure your place (based on full fare).

Arctic ice formations

Regular Prices

(Per Person)

Quad$10,300
Triple$10,500
Upper/Lower$13,900
Bridge Deck$14,700
Upper Deck Twin$15 700

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT PRICES (AVAILABLE UNTIL 31ST OF AUGUST 2018)

(Per Person)

Quad - No Discount$10,300
Triple - No Discount$10,500
Upper/Lower$12,070
Bridge Deck$12,750
Upper Twin Deck$13,600

The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Adventures and they take care of the travel arrangements for us, while we are running the photography program and will be your local contacts on the trip.

Travel to/from Longyearbyen is not included. Peregrine can of course arrange flights and accommodation for you as part of a package, but you’re free to make other arrangements.

Deck Plan

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Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition by professional wildlife/nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.
  • Transfers between airport, hotel and ship at each end of the itinerary
  • Shipboard accommodation, onboard the smaller Ocean Nova (80 capacity)
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and home-made biscuits available around the clock.
  • All excursions.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • A waterproof expedition parka is supplied on board for you to keep.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Longyearbyen.
  • Meals in Longyearbyen (other than as above).
  • One night's accommodation at Longyearbyen, before the expedition starts.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
  • Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Limited onboard internet access is usually available.
  • Tips (voluntary) for the crew (suggested US$13- $15 per day per person).

Contact and Reservations

To reserve your place or to ask any questions about this exciting Photo Expedition, please contact Michael via the contact form or via phone at +61 408 941 965.

Feeding polar bears - Arctic

15 Day Russian Far East Photo Expedition – Wrangel and Herald Islands – July 2019

With Michael Snedic

22nd of July to 5th of August 2019

Join us on this 15 day Photographic Expedition to the 'Top of the World", in the Russian Far East. This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend four to five days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age,
this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal. The island
also boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds
for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. The ‘mammoth steppe’ vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch nurtures over 400 plant species and never fails to astound visitors with its sublime beauty.

 

We will have a maximum of 10 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. As we travel around the sea, we will be photographing from our ship, from Zodiacs, and from land.

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs, but also in reviewing images and image critique sessions.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Your 
Photography 
Leader

On this expedition you will have access every day to Michael Snedic, a professional nature photographer and experienced instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter.He  will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. 

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (22 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and Photo Expedition Leader (16 years). His photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world.

Michael is owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions and presents exciting photography workshops and tours to many wonderful photographic and travel destinations. He is also an Australian Ambassador for both The Nature Conservancy Photo Competition and LensCoat. Michael is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills. No matter what brand or model of camera you own (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji or Panasonic) Michael can help, having been experienced in these brands for the many years.

Nature Conservancy
Photo Competition Ambassador

Nikon
Nikon School Tutor – Australia

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 0 – Nome

Those departing from Nome, Alaska, should arrive in Nome before midday and preferably the previous night.

On arrival, you should check in with Bering Air at the Nome Airport who will have details of our charter flight. During this flight you will cross the International Date Line, arriving into Anadyr on Day 1 of the expedition. You will clear Russian Customs and Immigration.

Day 1 -Anadyr

ll expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Akademik Shokalskiy. If flights have been on time we plan to depart Anadyr this evening. As we depart you are invited to join the captain, officers and the expedition team on the bridge. The Anadyr estuary is renowned for its Beluga Whales.

 

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Day 2 – Anadyrskiy Bay and at Sea

As we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards the Bering Strait there will be introductory lectures, an introduction to the staff and ship and a series of compulsory briefings and drills. There will also be a chance to relax or enjoy some ‘birding’ with our naturalists and/or settle into ship life and for many of you adjust to the time changes.

 

Day 3 – Lavrentiya and Cape Dezhnev

We arrive in Lavrentiya Bay this morning to visit the Chukchi Region’s administrative centre of Lavrentiya. The place takes its name from James Cook, who landed here on St. Lawrence’s Day in 1778. We will explore the township and have the opportunity to view the mythical figure ‘Pelikan’, a Chukotkan sculpture which is said to have special powers, we will also visit the local museum which displays an interesting insight into Yupik and Chukchi cultures. There may be an opportunity to view Chukchi song and dance and to interact with the locals.

Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev this afternoon. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. It is also an historic landmark named after the Siberian Cossack, Semyon Dezhnev, who in 1648 became the first European to sail from the Arctic to the Pacific.

A steep scramble from the beach brings you to an abandoned Border Guard base, a monument to Dezhnev and another to all the sailors who have sailed these seas. Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska lies 89km across Bering Strait.

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polar bear and cub

Days 4 – Kolyuchin Inlet and Kolyuchin Island Island

This tiny rock in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk is covered in birds, with sea-lions thrown in for good measure to fill the gaps. There’s no room for us to land, but we expect to photograph guillemots, kittiwakes, and various species of auklet (and sea-lions of course).

Day 5 – At Sea

This group of islands is in the western corner of the Sea of Okhotsk, and is the last place to thaw out in summer. While the ice can restrict where we go, it does increase our chances of seeing seals, especially the iconic Ribbon Seal.

Days 6 -10 – Wrangel and Herald Islands

Another birding hot-spot, this is a breeding location for many species. Spectacled, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros, Crested and Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin: the list goes on. Of course this also supports a population of Steller’s Sea-eagles. As well as exploring the islands from the water and landing in the one permitted location, we also get to explore the taiga forest on the mainland.

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Days 11 – At Sea, Bering Strait and North Siberian Coast

As we sail south there will be opportunities to download memory cards, share conversations and recap on our time at Wrangel Island.

 

We will pass the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date
Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands.

In 1867 when the USA purchased Alaska from Russia the new boundary was drawn between Big (Russian) and Little (USA) Diomede Islands. This makes Big Diomede Island Russia’s eastern-most possession. The island was originally inhabited by Yupik Eskimos but after World War II the native population were relocated to the mainland. Today there are no permanent residents but the Russians maintain a Border Guard station there. It is an important island for birdlife with good numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common and Brunnich’s Guillemot and Horned and Tufted Puffin. If the Border Guards grant permission (we have applied for it) we will Zodiac cruise the coast near the station,
the bird numbers in this region are spectacular, especially puffins.

We continue along the North Siberian Coast, although well mapped and charted, there have been very few Expedition Cruises and consequently there is a lot of scope for expedition landings. Depending on weather and sea conditions we will attempt an expedition landing today.

There are several choices, at Cape Vankarem there is a seasonal large walrus haul out, the animals may or may not be present. The area around the Cape is bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous coastal lagoons and inlets; nearby there is a small Chukchi village whose residents still make their living hunting walrus, seals and whales. There is another smaller Chukchi village called Nutepelmen which is situated on a spit at the entrance to Pyngopikhin Lagoon, further west of Cape Vankarem.

Day 12 – At Sea and Masik Village

This afternoon we plan to visit Masik Village, an archaeological site at Mechigmen Bay which is part of Beringia National Park.
This site consists of subterranean dwellings, food caches and possible ceremonial structures where materials used in construction were whale skulls, ribs and jawbones.

whale watching
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Days 13 – Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. There are many meat pits used for storage and other remains of a busy whaling camp that united several aboriginal villages at a time. In one location, immense Bowhead Whale jawbones and ribs are placed together in a stunning arch formation.

Gray Whales are frequently seen around the island. After landing at Whale Bone Alley we will take the Zodiacs on a whale-watching excursion. We will also cruise close inshore of neighbouring Nuneangan Island (Bird Island) where a large number of seabirds nest.

On nearby Arakamchechen Island there is a prominent walrus haul out; if the animals are present we will land and walk across the tundra to view them from the cliffs.

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Days 14 – Preobrazheniya Bay

Today we will be in the vicinity of Preobrazheniya Bay where there are some outstanding ‘Bird Cliffs’ which we will Zodiac cruise, the rock faces, ridgelines and soaring granite spires are home to an abundance of bird life. Species that can be seen include Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Least and Crested Auklets, Vega Gulls and Arctic Tern. Both Horned and Tufted Puffins are normally in vast numbers stretched along cliffside grasses.

This evening join the staff for an expedition recap and a disembarkation briefing, and then simply relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey.

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Day 15 – Anadyr

After breakfast it will be time tosay our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a hotel of your choice.

Those returning to Nome will join a charter flight that will depart Anadyr around midday and, because of the International Date Line will arrive back in Nome on the evening of the previous day. However, we strongly advise that you do not book any onward travel from Nome until the following day to allow for possible delays in the charter flight. Those returning to Moscow can either be transferred to the airport or hotel in Anadyr, depending on their flight times.

Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

 wrangel

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specic health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to help.

Our Ship

Heritage Expeditions’ 'Shokalskiy' is a great small expedition ship. The ship regularly visits both polar regions and is a very capable vessel. She also has plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship.

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers (she takes up to 50 in total) and while we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general expedition experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings we usually operate as a group with dedicated Zodiacs. WildNaturePhotoExpeditions works closely with the Heritage expedition team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

ship Shokalskiy

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • Pre/post cruise transfers
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All expedition zodiac and shore excursions.
  • Pre and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • International/domestic flights
  • Passport/visa expenses. We provide assistance with Russian visa paperwork, but you’re responsible for the actual visa.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage. Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, gratuities and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.
  • All items of a personal nature

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while I run the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes, mostly twin- share cabins. Your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

The twin-berth cabins can be reserved as single cabins for 1.8x the standard price. There’s also a mandatory charge of US$500 per person to cover local fee payments.

Cabin TypePrice
Main deck:US$12025.00
Superior:US$13075.00
Superior Plus:US$14125.00
Mini Suite:US$14650.00
Heritage Suite:US$15500.00

These prices are in US dollars per berth. A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael via the Contact Form to the right:

Contact

Michael Snedic: Contact Form or call +61 408 941 965.