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.
Costa Rica: Osa Peninsula
December 7 – 14, 2020
Join Frans Lanting, Chris Eckstrom, and Justin Black for a winter escape to a tropical biodiversity hotspot—Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. We’ll immerse ourselves in photographing waterfalls, jungle trees, exotic birds, monkeys, frogs, and other wildlife, with a stunning Pacific beach as a backdrop.
You will learn creative approaches to photographing rainforest fauna and flora with hands-on sessions in the field. Our base camp is El Remanso, a top-rated eco-lodge and an ideal setting for exploring the rich flora and fauna of Costa Rica’s rainforests. You can even bring a long lens to breakfast to photograph monkeys, macaws and toucans feeding in nearby trees. Our group will be limited to 10 guests, offering an intimate experience in this exquisite jungle.
Antarctica: Up Close and Personal
January 1 – 17, 2021
Frans and Chris along with Justin Black will lead an exclusive, small-vessel expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula. We will fly in and out of King George Island— avoiding the waves and weather of the infamous Drake Passage and the 4 travel days needed to cross it. We will spend almost two weeks in Antarctica to photograph icebergs and monumental landscapes, as well as penguins, whales, and seabirds. Our sturdy ship, the Hans Hansson, will be able to get into locations that bigger ships can’t reach. Our group will be limited to 10 guests. We hope you will join us for this unusual opportunity to experience the wonders of Antarctica up close and personal.
Svalbard: Crown Jewel of the Arctic
Frans, Chris, and Justin Black will lead a group of 12 guests on a unique Arctic expedition. Svalbard features a large population of polar bears, as well as arctic foxes, walrus colonies, seals, and many bird species. The landscape is characterized by rugged snow-capped mountain ranges, spectacular glaciers, icebergs, and towering cliffs packed with seabirds.
Designed for photographers by photographers, our extended itinerary provides quality time for unhurried photo sessions in the best locations. We will take you to favorite places we discovered on prior voyages, making the most of this great experience with wildlife, icescapes, and Arctic light.
Our home away from home during this 15-night private-charter expedition will be the two-masted schooner S/V Noorderlicht, surely one of the most beautiful ships to ply the waters of Svalbard.