With more than 30 species of seabirds including four species of breeding penguins, South Georgia is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles. Witnessing massive numbers of polar wildlife, spectacular scenery and historically significant sites from early explorations to the Antarctic region, this expedition is the perfect adventure for any wildlife enthusiast.
Many describe it as the finest wildlife spectacle on the planet. They are not misguided. It is also a very long journey to reach the penguin-choked shores of this island, however this is improved markedly by flying in and out of the Falklands therefore giving a full week in South Georgia. This has never been done before. It is early season so expect smaller chicks, plenty of snow and ice, and millions of birds inside a two week leave sheet.
Paul Goldstein, Expedition Leader
Paul Goldstein is an award-winning wildlife photographer and guide and has worked for Exodus for 16 years. He lectures throughout the year about wildlife, photography and conservation. Paul has often said that he is happiest on the plains of the Masai Mara or the decks of The Vavilov. He has a ridiculous amount of energy and is, as the Sunday Times described him, ‘a preposterously vivacious guide of almost psychotic gusto'
Mark Carwardine, Special Guest
Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, an active and outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published wildlife photographer, a magazine columnist and a conservation consultant. He co-presented the six-part BBC2 television series Last Chance to See, with Stephen Fry, in which the unlikely duo travelled the world in search of endangered species (following in the footsteps of a similar journey Mark made with Douglas Adams 20 years before). He also co-presented The Museum of Life (BBC2, spring 2010), Last Chance to See: Return of the Rhino (BBC2, October 2010), with Stephen Fry, and Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill (BBC2, November 2010). Mark presented, too, the weekly half-hour radio programme Nature, on BBC Radio 4, for many years.
Mark has written more than 50 books (including several bestsellers) and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and has been writing a provocative monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine since January 2004. Mark was Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, jointly owned by BBC Wildlife magazine and the Natural History Museum, from 2005 until 2011. His own extensive collection of wildlife and conservation photographs, taken in more than 100 countries, is sold through this site and picture agencies around the world.
Mark worked for several international conservation organisations in the 1980s and now advises many on a consultancy basis. He spends a lot of time voluntarily raising funds and awareness for conservation and holds official positions in several different wildlife charities.
What makes this trip responsible?
We take extremely seriously our responsibility to minimise our impact on these pristine areas. Exodus is an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and has agreed to abide by one of the tourism world's most conscientious codes of conduct. Our ship operators in Spitsbergen are also members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which covers operations in Spitsbergen.
However, perhaps the single most important thing any polar travel company can do, is educate their clients to travel sensitively and compassionately. Our expedition team on each ship takes this part of their role very seriously, and looks forward to explaining how everyone can play their part.
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