Antarctica by Air 2014

January 7, 2014 ·

Michael Reichmann

I love Antarctica. It’s as close to visiting another planet as any of us will ever get. It’s a life changing experience that only a very small number of people get to do, and a photographic challenge unlike any other. I’ve now visited Antarctica three times over the past seven years.

The problem for most people (and me) is that getting there means two days on-board ship crossing one of the world’s roughest oceans, the Drake Passage. Then, at the end of the voyage there’s another two days of rough seas getting back to the southern tip of South America before heading home.

Now I can offer an alternative. I have contracted withAntarctica XXIwho will  fly us from southern Chile directly to an Antarctic scientific base, and to our ship, theOcean Nova(the same excellent ship that I used on my last Antarctic Expedition). The flight takes 2 hours in a modern 4 engine commercial jet, instead of two and half stomach-churning days at sea, each way. 

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Two hours crossing the Drake Passage Instead of Two Days of Rough Seas – Each Way

The January, 2014 Photographic Expedition

Like all my photographic expeditions this trip to Antarctica is all inclusive. Fly from home to Santiago, Chile, that country’s capital city, and we’ll take it all from there. Your hotel in Santiago, your commercial flight the next day to Punta Arenas in southern Chile, your hotel that night, your private jet flight to Antarctica, and then five days aboard the Ocean Nova cruising the calm seas of the Antarctic peninsula are all included. Then on return, the flight back to Punta Arenas, two nights in a hotel there, and your commercial flight back to Santiago are all covered, as are all meals, an open wine bar onboard ship, and all land transportation between hotels, planes and the ship. Nothing is a hassle. Nothing is left to chance. Nothing is an extra.

Your host isMichael Reichmann, the founder of this site back in 1999, and its publisher and primary author. Over the past decade Michael has lead three previous Antarctic expeditions as well as photographic tours and workshops in Iceland, China, Bangladesh, The Amazon, Madagascar, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana and throughout the USA and Canada. 

Instructors joining Michael on this trip areWilliam Neil,one of America’s leading landscape photographers;Kevin Raberan expert photographer and previous VP at Phase One; now LuLa’s Publishers. And,Chris Sanderson, an award-winning cinematographer and editor who will be able to assist you with learning and improving your video skills. All four instructors are expert in a wide range of software tools, including Lightroom, Capture One, Photoshop and also Final Cut X and Adobe Premier. Each will be available to work with you one-on-one as well as in small groups.

UPDATE:Mark Dubovoy, who was originally scheduled to be one of this expedition’s instructors, had to withdraw for reasons of health.

The ship’s expedition staff includes experts on all aspect of Antarctic history, geology and biology, and lectures on these topics will be available throughout the voyage, as well as on photography, of course. Even non-photographers will find the trip stimulating and fascinating in every aspect.

This expedition is open to men and women of all ages in normal good health (no children under 18 please). We will be shooting from the comfort of the ship’s decks as well as cruising aboard Zodiacs, and hiking onshore at least twice a day. Landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife, and ruins of previous whaling stations and scientific expeditions are to be explored.  The weather in January is at the height of Antarctic summer. A typical day is around 0C (32F), not unlike a January day in New York, Berlin or Toronto. 

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Expedition Facts

– This expedition will be from January 26 – Feb 4, 2014

– The expedition is operated byAntarctica XXI, a highly experienced company based in Chile, with more than a decade of operating such expeditions.

– The cost will be USD $14,495 payable in fixed installments during 2012 and 2013.

– This price is comparable to other Antarctic expeditions, except thatour pricing is all-inclusive, with hotels in Santiago, Punta Arenas, ground transportation and flights within Chile all included. Of course our unique 2 hour jet flight from southern Chile to Antarctica is also included. NO SAILING THE STORM-TOSSED DRAKE PASSAGE FOR TWO DAYS EACH WAY! Just the calm waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and lots of amazing photography and camaraderie.

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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