Later this year there will be an extraordinary photo opportunity when acclaimed wildlife photographer David Yarrow – whose images are currently wowing visitors at Gstaad’s new Maddox Gallery – leads an exhilarating expedition to remote South Georgia in the Southern Atlantic Ocean.
The exclusive 15-day Natural World Safaris trip (November 3-17; from £35,000 per person, excluding international flights) has room for only 12 participants and kicks off from Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands. Here, travellers will board the luxury expedition superyacht Hanse Explorer and set sail for the sub-Antarctic island. Two days at sea will allow passengers time to have one-on-one tuition from Yarrow and practise their skills snapping the seabirds that follow the vessel – as well as take advantage of the onboard facilities, including a Finnish sauna.
The adventure will begin in earnest upon arrival at South Georgia, which Yarrow says is “one of the world’s most treasured wildlife locations and offers the chance to take stunning photographs”. There will be plenty of time for that, as days 4-12 are spent discovering the island’s remarkable icy landscapes and animated inhabitants (with the nights spent back on the ship).
At least one day will focus on the 100,000 king penguins that throng the black-sand-covered Salisbury Plain, and encounters with macaroni, gentoo and chinstrap penguins are planned for other days. Elephant seals and fur seals will be on the itinerary in Right Whale Bay, while birdwatchers’ paradise Prion Island is home to terns, petrels and albatrosses. There should also be an opportunity to visit the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken and toast with a tot of whisky the great polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, who is buried there.
The voyage back to Stanley will give travellers the opportunity to benefit from Yarrow’s expertise on editing shots – as well as time to reflect on their amazing experience.