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Join Secret Atlas on a 15-day in-depth wildlife viewing and photography exploration of South Georgia’s spectacular nature. This expedition is aimed at those wanting to spend the maximum amount of unhurried time ashore observing wildlife and is suited for photographers and wildlife watchers. 

What makes this trip even more special is our vessel takes just 48 guests and when you are ashore you will be in a small group of just 12 guests for an intimate wildlife and photography experience. Travelling on a small expedition vessel allows us to visit many sites along the coast that larger ships are not allowed to land and get closer to South Georgia’s incredible nature. 

South Georgia Photo Tour Highlights

  • A rare opportunity to join a in-depth exploration of South Georgia with extended time ashore to view and photograph wildlife.
  • Explore key wildlife sites including Saint Andrews Bay, Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour.   
  • Develop your photography skills in the field with our highly experienced photography guides.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.
  • Encounter South Georgia’s wildlife. This trip has the most time spent ashore viewing king penguin colonies, elephant seals, fur seals and an abundance of birdlife including albatrosses. 
  • Numerous opportunities to photograph South Georgia’s wild and stunning landscapes from the ship and shore.
  • Led by highly experienced expedition leaders and photography guides.
  • Small, intimate group size. The ship takes just 48 and ashore guests are in a group of 12. 

The Voyage

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Day 2-3  At Sea

Day 4  First landing on South Georgia

Days 5 – 12  Exploring South Georgia

Days 13 – 14 At Sea

Day 15  Arrive Port Stanley am

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Your Vessel

Expedition Vessel Polar Pioneer

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Step aboard Polar Pioneer a classic expedition vessel.

What makes MV Polar Pioneer so special is that she is a true expedition vessel capable of

accessing places larger ships simply can’t get to! She is just small enough to access places

most ships can’t go, but still big enough to feel comfortable at sea during our expeditions.

Carrying the highest ice class, 1A Super, she has no problem venturing into ice.


  • Comfortable accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with shower and w/c (mostly en-suite)

  • Small group size of 48 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Sauna

  • Equipped with 6 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Refitted in 2021 to a high standard
  • Large deck spaces and viewing platforms for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear and rubber boots for shore landings

  • Doctor onboard

Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy.

24th February – 9th March 2024

Cabin Type
Persons per Cabin
Price per person
Triple Cabin with Shared Facilities
Twin Cabin with Shared Facilities
Twin Cabin with Private Facilities
Mini Suite
Owners Suite

Polar Pioneer is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment. We can’t wait to share the new images with you shortly. For the time being the photos below show the cabins before the refurbishment as reference to their layout.

A render of the new cabin style for our 2022 season

Captain’s Suite (Category A)

With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows. 

Cabin Size: 22.5 m2

Mini-Suite (Category B)

With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.

Cabin Size: 16.8 m2

Twin Cabin with Private Facilities (Category C)

With two lower berths, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, private bathroom, 2 lower berths, except #402 and #403 which have upper and lower bunks and a couch. 

Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

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Twin Cabin with Shared Facilities (Category D)

With two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

Triple Cabin With Shared Facilities (Category E)

With one bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. This cabin has a porthole.

Cabin Size: 10.2 m2

Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

We would like to ensure our guests about our risk free booking policy.

As travel returns to normal we would like to ensure you we will do everything to make sure your trip goes ahead as planned.

If your trip is canceled by us you can rebook on another departure free of charge or receive a full refund with no questions asked.

If you can’t enter the departure country due to covid travel restrictions we will offer you a free rebooking on a future departure.

You can read our full policy here.

Payment Options & Information

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation. 

Single Travelers

Single travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host single travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only single traveller. We offer the following accommodation options for single travellers:

  • 2 x single cabins
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same sex.
  • Option to have your own cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

Booking terms

This trip is operated by Secret Atlas and is subject to the Secret Atlas terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here. 

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