Australia’s award-winning expedition company, Aurora Expeditions, has announced its Special Guests for its Antarctica 2023/24 season.
Designed to enhance the passenger experience, the Special Guest program brings highly respected conservationists, adventurers, photographers, and climate activists to share their expertise on various voyages.
The program also includes the company’s second and third Founders voyages. Greg Mortimer OAM will lead the 23-day Antarctica Complete voyage on his namesake ship, departing Ushuaia on 27 December 2023. Passengers will ring in the new year with the pioneering adventurer, Zodiac, cruising amongst the vast ice-covered landscapes of Antarctica and exploring enthralling subantarctic islands rich with history and unique wildlife.
Mortimer will also lead the 24-day Arctic Complete voyage in July 2024, travelling from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen to explore the European Arctic’s west side, including the world’s largest fjord system in East Greenland. Expeditioners will spend their time scanning for whales, majestic polar bears and wallowing walruses on pack ice.
“People always ask me why I want to keep doing these trips time and time again,” commented Greg Mortimer. “It’s simple – it’s never the same. From the chemistry of the people you travel with to the impact of the weather and the ice and those things that come along that nature just throws at you. The chance encounters you can have on an expedition are wonderous.”
“Enrichment is a key component of the Aurora Expeditions experience,” said CMO Hayley Peacock-Gower. “Our renowned special guests inform and inspire our passengers, help to create deeper connections with the natural environments they visit, and have them leave the voyage with a richer understanding of our fragile planet.”
Some highlights in the upcoming season include:
14-day Deep Weddell following Nordenskjöld with Saunders Carmichael Brown, an award-winning digital and broadcast with a background in adventure travel, sports and sustainability. On the 2022 Endurance Antarctic Expedition that found Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous shipwreck, Saunders was fundamental in broadcasting the expedition journey to millions of viewers across the world.
15-day Costa Rica and The Panama Canal with Richard I’Anson, travel photographer and Canon Master who has captured incredible images for over 35 years. He is featured in the television documentary Tales By Light (available on Netflix) and is a Travel Photography Scholarship Mentor for World Nomads.
21-day Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula with Gina Chick, a rewilding facilitator, adventurer, writer and speaker. She will be interviewed on board by media personality, author and artist Richard Morecroft on connecting with wild environments.
For more information, and full list of special guests, visit auroraexpeditions.com.au