Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom lead exclusive journeys to the world’s great wild places. They have traveled the world for more than 30 years, covering its wildlife and natural history for National Geographic, the World Wildlife Fund, and many other organizations. With their extensive travel experience and insights, Frans and Chris design customized itineraries for small groups or families, ensuring you a superlative wildlife and photography experience.


Join Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelsen, and Art Wolfe for a one-of-a-kind photographic journey to South Georgia Island, the crown jewel of the sub-Antarctic

November 16 – December 2, 2018

Designed for photographers by photographers, this expedition to the Falklands will be led by Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelsen, and Art Wolfe.

Our exclusive charter of the Polar Pioneer – a 235-foot expedition ship with accommodation limited to forty-six guests in simple but comfortable cabins – facilitates our goals for this trip. We have chosen to do this voyage on this ship because it offers a degree of intimacy that makes for a superior experience, both aboard and on shore.

Our journey begins in Santiago, Chile, with an introductory reception dinner. We fly the next morning to the Falkland Islands, where our ship awaits us.

South Georgia Island features towering mountains covered in immense glaciers and it hosts extraordinary gatherings of penguins and other sea birds – including wandering, grey-headed, light-mantled sooty, and black-browed albatrosses – as well as southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. In spring, currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the planet’s greatest wildlife concentrations.

The timing of our trip during the Southern spring means South Georgia looks its best: the newly returned penguin colonies are clean, and fresh snow still blankets the mountains.

We will learn as we travel, with instructional sessions by Frans, Tom, and Art. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with these masters, both in the field and onboard. Visionary Wild founder Justin Black will serve as assistant instructor. Christine Eckstrom and Sue Cedarholm will be on hand for additional support, while other expedition staff will provide natural history interpretation and guide services.

Polar Pioneer: Our charter vessel provides an excellent platform for this voyage, in part due to her strength, nimble maneuverability, and ability to navigate waters that can be impassable to larger ships. Those who appreciate small-group travel will enjoy the passenger limit of forty-six guests.  Every other commercial expedition vessel operating in these waters carries over one hundred passengers, resulting in a far less intimate experience. With our small group, landing operations are more efficient, and we’ll be able to get to know one another better.

To sign up, please contact Visionary Wild, or +1-202-558-9596 (9 am to 5 pm, EST).