Antarctica 2020 Expedition With Art Wolfe and Kevin Raber

Landscape & Environment

September 24, 2018 ·

Kevin Raber

Discover Antarctica
February 15 – 22, 2020

A Photography Discovery Expedition

Aboard The NEW Ship Magellan Explorer

The NEW Magellan Explorer

Since 2005 Luminous-Landscape has been leading photo trips to Antarctica.  There is something about Antarctica that calls out to every photographer.  It’s an incredibly beautiful location defying description.  The immensity of this continent comes at you fast and you will be shooting images from the beginning to the end.  This year’s trip will be a special offering for photographers with instruction and photo guidance by Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe.  This will be a small group workshop with up to 18 photographers, along with Kevin and Art.  We’ll have our own zodiacs for zodiac cruises and we will be primarily focused on capturing the beauty of this magnificent region of the planet.

Kevin Raber who has traveled to Antarctica since 2005 will work closely with the Capitan and Expedition leader to make sure that we are at the best locations at the best light and time of day.  You’ll enjoy a fly Over the Drake experience.  Within a short time of landing in Antarctica, the ship will set sail for the first of many exciting locations.  We will be doing at least two shore excursions a day, mixed with ship cruises as well as zodiac cruises of some of the most picturesque locations you could ever imagine.  You’ll witness wildlife like you have never seen it before.  We’ll be photographing gigantic icebergs and witnessing sunsets like you wouldn’t think were possible.

Antarctica is a remote, magical place that will greet you with its awe-inspiring beauty. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers; be amazed by sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea. A trip to Antarctica will truly change you.

This year we will be cruising aboard the brand new Magellan Explorer. A ship designed and built especially for the Antarctica region.  See below for more details.  This a chance to experience Antarctica on a small ship with first-class accommodations.  I need not say that this a trip that even a non-photographing spouse would enjoy.  My wife has accompanied me three times and on one trip we got married there.

Adventure awaits in Antarctica. Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil.

Antarctica Slide Show




A moonrise that can only be seen in Antarctica

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. Kevin and Art will be available at any time to help you maximize your photographic opportunities.  Onshore, on the boat or in the zodiac they’ll help you see and capture the beauty that will be all around us.  Back on the ship, they will help you with post-processing, editing, and getting the most from the images you capture.

We’ll enjoy our meals together talking about our adventures of the day as well as photographic topics.  Learning never stops and neither does the opportunities to shoot great photos and make new friends.

Set foot on the seventh continent and add a new destination to your travel list. You will bring home indelible memories, while tales of your adventurous journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family. In the austral summer, large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate along the Antarctic Peninsula to feed and reproduce. Unconcerned by your presence, these animals will provide endless inspiration for your photographs.

An Orca Whale swimming along with our ship
Leopard seal checks us out on one of our many zodiac cruises
Penguin Love


Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber has been a photographer since 1972. His list of accomplishments in the photography industry are numerous. He’s been to Antarctica 14 times to lead workshops and by solo chartered vessels. He was married in Antarctica a few years ago, with 60 photographers attending his wedding on a beach in Neko Harbor. Today, Kevin travels the world, organizing workshops from one pole to the other and at many places in between.

Kevin will serve as the photographic coordinator and will be working closely with the captain of the Hebridean Sky, and the expedition leader, with whom he has worked before. He will make sure that you are delivered to the best locations at the ideal time with the best light.

Kevin is the CEO and publisher of, one of the oldest and most visited and respected websites for serious photo enthusiasts and professionals. Upon signing up, you’ll receive access to a private web page on luminous landscapes that will help you prepare for your adventure. You can see more of his work at his personal blog.


Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe needs no presentation. He is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes, and native cultures. His photographs document scenes from every continent and hundreds of locations, and have been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their “stunning” visual impact. Wolfe’s career has been described as “multi-faceted”, involving wildlife advocacy, art, journalism, and education. According to William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolfe is a “prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world.” In the last 30 years, the public has viewed Wolfe’s work in more than sixty published books, including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.




If you have questions please contact Kevin Raber at or call +1-317-379-7482

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The Perfect Trip For Significant Others

As a photographer, we often take trips without our significant other.  This should not be the case with such a location as Antarctica.  This trip will change you.  You’ll see things that will leave you in awe.  This is a very comfortable ship and your significant other will not only be comfortable but will also be able to experience what you as a photographer will.

I assure you that this will be an adventure both of you will share and talk about the rest of your lives.

Trip Details


Antarctic Air-Cruise Model

There was a time when adventure travelers who wanted to reach the Antarctic Peninsula had only one option: to sail across the tempestuous Drake Passage. Now ANTARCTICA XXI gives you a more comfortable alternative. Flying over The Drake.  This saves 4 plus days of sailing in rough seas.

Key Benefits

Comfort: Avoid storms in the Drake Passage
Speed: Get to Antarctica quickly and save time
Size: Enjoy a small-ship, yacht-like experience

Fly The Drake

A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, in the Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica where you board your expedition ship. You thereby avoid the stormy seas of the Drake Passage – and the potential seasickness – and experience only the best Antarctica has to offer.

Cruise Antarctica

Antarctica XXI offers a boutique-style wilderness adventure, not a cruise. Feeling more like private yachts than cruise ships, our small expedition vessels give you privileged access to Antarctica, taking you where larger ships cannot. With a smaller number of passengers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you spend time exploring, not waiting.

Antarctica XXI’s Unique Features
Antarctic Air-Cruises is all we do. As a boutique specialist, we dedicate 100% of our resources to the organization of your Antarctic trip of a lifetime.

Experience and Expertise
Antarctica XXI pioneered the Antarctic Air-Cruise model. We are the world’s leader in this unique style of travel to Antarctica. We have completed over 140 fly and cruise departures, more than any other company in the world, by far.

One Flight Per Expedition
We use a single flight to carry all travelers to and from Antarctica for each of our expeditions. This makes our operation fast and efficient while reducing the chance of weather-related delays compared to the alternatives..

High Staff / Traveler Ratio
Travel with a well-staffed team of at least twelve professional polar guides. Passionate and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.

Small Is Beautiful 
Antarctica XXI only operates small ships. With a small group of travelers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you can spend more time exploring and less time waiting.

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2020 Terms and Conditions For Antarctica XXI

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Itinerary for the trip…. 8 days/7 nights

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica21 takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica.

DAY 1 · Start of the Air-Cruise
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM where you are welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage 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
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. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your 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. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each 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 such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.


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


The Vessel

Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019.

For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has a capacity for 69 passengers accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.
The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.


Category           Average size              Details
Single                    220 sq. ft.                  Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Grand Suite         440 sq. ft.                  Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony, and bedroom
Penthouse            330 sq. ft.                  Two-room suite with sitting room,
 balcony, and bedroom
Deluxe Veranda  220 sq. ft.                  Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Veranda                220 sq. ft.                  Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Porthole                220 sq. ft.                  Cabin with sitting area and porthole
Triple                    440 sq. ft.                  Suite with two bedrooms, balcony, and
 Sitting area.

PASSENGERS: 100 maximum
LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, a capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, a capacity of 160)
LENGTH: 90.7 m
BREADTH: 16.2 m
DRAFT: 4.3 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
CRUISING SPEED: 14 knots in open water

Prices (per berth)

Single Veranda Cabin       $26,995.00
Grand Suite                          $26,995.00
Penthouse Suite                 $23,495.00
Deluxe Veranda Cabin     $18,995.00
Veranda Cabin                    $17,995.00
Porthole Cabin                    $15,795.00
Triple Suite                          $14,595.00


Deck Plan

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Get To Know Your Ship

The NEW Magellan Explorer

Observation Deck Lounge
Main Dining Area
Outdoor Bar B Q area

Triple Suite

Porthole Cabin
Penthouse Suite
Veranda Cabin
The Gran Suite


Included In The Rate

• Group transfers airport/hotel on February 15, 2020.
• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on February 15, 2020.
• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
• Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment on board.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
• A loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
• IAATO passenger fee.

Specifically Not Included In The Rate

• Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
• Personal insurance
• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Gratuities.
• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

*See the complete Terms and Conditions of Sales here.

If you have questions please contact Kevin Raber at or call +1-317-379-7482

2020 Antarctica XXI Registration Form

2020 Terms and Conditions For Antarctica XXI

Antarctica Photography Gallery – From Previous Trips
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Kevin Raber
September 2018

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Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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