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Winter in Yellowstone Photo Expedition
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6 days

from $7,886 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($5,395 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Go on an early morning photo shoot in Lamar Valley, zooming in on wildlife against the sparkling snow: from elk, bison, and bighorn sheep to coyotes and the elusive gray wolf.
  • Capture unique angles on famous sites like Old Faithful geyser without the crowds and discover some of the park’s lesser known areas, exploring in the comfort of heated snow coaches.
  • Learn about the reintroduction of Yellowstone’s wolves and meet a cinematographer who has produced films on the park and its wildlife for National Geographic.
  • Document a spectacular display of ice along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and focus on the gem-colored mineral pools of the Upper Geyser Basin.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Itinerary

Yellowstone in winter is a photographer's delight: mineral pools burn through the snow, revealing their gem-colored depths; waterfalls freeze mid-spill; and elk and moose stand out clearly against the glistening white landscape. Record the beauty of winter in our oldest national park, zooming in on wildlife in the Lamar Valley, catching the interplay of steam and snow on Mammoth Hot Springs, and rising early for a sunrise photo shoot in the Lower Geyser Basin.

Day 1: Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming

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Travel from Bozeman, Montana to Yellowstone National Park, following the Yellowstone River through magnificent valleys on the lookout for bald eagles, mule deer, antelope, and bighorn sheep. At Mammoth Hot Springs take our first photo walk amid the steaming, colorful mineral spring terraces outlined in snow. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 2: Lamar Valley

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Head to the open, wide vistas of the Lamar Valley to photograph wildlife at one of their most active times. Gray wolves were first restored to Yellowstone in the Lamar Valley in 1995, and the snow-covered meadows host herds of elk and bison. Use a spotting scope and your telephoto lens to find coyotes and eagles and perhaps an elusive wolf. After lunch, we meet a renowned wildlife photographer in his home studio where he shares his experiences photographing for National Geographic.

Day 3: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone/Old Faithful

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Travel by private snow coach to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where winter adds extra magic to an already dramatic landscape. Walk to the rim of the spectacular gorge to capture images of its thundering waterfall and the ice arch that forms from the spray. Continue to Old Faithful, stopping along the route to photograph a geothermal wonderland of erupting geysers, frozen waterfalls, and gem-colored mineral pools. Keep an eye out for wildlife—bison, encrusted in ice, often stand among the pools for warmth.

Day 4: Old Faithful/Upper Geyser Basin

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Awaken at dawn to photograph Old Faithful in the first light of morning. After breakfast, hit the trails on an optional snowshoe or cross-country ski excursion or go on a photo shoot near the lodge. This afternoon, head to the Upper Geyser Basin, discovering the geological forces behind Yellowstone. Focus on steaming, mineral pools, whose sapphire, emerald, and violet hues appear even more brilliant in the snow. After dark, step outside to admire the incredible canopy of stars in one of the world's best constellation-viewing spots, and work on low-light photography to capture scenes of steam, stars, snow, and night sky.

Day 5: Yellowstone/Gallatin Canyon, Montana

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After breakfast, head west, stopping to photograph the colors and shapes of bubbling, popping mud at the whimsical Fountain Paint Pots. Leave the park via the West Yellowstone gate and travel to Big Sky, Montana. Settle into a comfortable log cabin lodge. This evening, gather to share your best photos and toast your winter adventure in Yellowstone at a farewell dinner.

Day 6: Bozeman

Return to Bozeman for your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light. Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking and sitting for extended periods. We travel through the park in heated snow coaches. Excursions include walking on boardwalks and on ice and snow at elevations between 8,000 and 11,000 feet. Minor changes to the daily itinerary may occur depending on location of wildlife.

Accommodations
We stay in comfortable hotels, classic lodges within the park, and a traditional ranch. On select departures, we stay in Lone Mountain Ranch, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We stay in comfortable lodging in Gardner to get an early start in North Yellowstone, classic lodges within the Park and either Rainbow Ranch or Lone Mountain Ranch.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Dec 22-27, 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,886 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,348 AUD Per Person

  • date Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,886 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,348 AUD Per Person

  • date Jan 12-17, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,886 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,348 AUD Per Person

  • date Feb 9-14, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,886 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,348 AUD Per Person

Price is per person, double occupancy, and do not include airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Andrew Coleman
Photographer
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Photographer Andrew Coleman has traveled around the globe in search of amazing wildlife and landscapes. His images and travel stories have appeared online for National Geographic Travel and the @natgeotravel Instagram account, and he is represented by National Geographic Creative. Andrew has an insatiable appetite to be in the wild and, through his images, attempts to capture the extraordinary beauty of the natural world. Over the course of his career, he has traveled, camera in hand, to some of the world’s most remarkable places, including Alaska, Jordan, Easter Island, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Bhutan, and Uganda. Having been to all seven continents, he has joined National Geographic Expeditions from Yellowstone National Park to the Galápagos, and from Borneo to the Arctic and beyond.

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  • Dec 22-27, 2019
  • Jan 12-17, 2020
Ronan Donovan
Filmmaker Photographer Wildlife Biologist
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A field biologist turned photographer, Ronan Donovan has traveled to all seven continents in search of elusive wildlife. Ronan's first trip to East Africa was in 2008, and he has spent time there nearly every year since. In 2011, he studied wild chimpanzees for a year in Uganda for Harvard University. Ronan's passion for conserving wild animals and wild places was ignited during his years as a field biologist, inspiring him to use visual storytelling as a way to reach a greater audience. His photographic journeys for National Geographic magazine include an entire year living inside Yellowstone National Park documenting the life of wild wolves, covering the human-wildlife conflict between wild chimpanzees and humans in Africa, the legacy of the mountain gorillas Dian Fossey gave her life to save, and more recently, a story about a family of arctic wolves in the high Arctic on Ellesmere Island, Canada. Ronan’s photographs have hung on the walls of the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. He has lived in Montana for the past 10 years where he loves to explore the Rocky Mountains around his home in Bozeman.

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  • Feb 9-14, 2020
Drew Rush
Photographer Educator Naturalist
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Drew Rush is a wildlife and natural history photographer with a passion for following wildlife in national parks around the world. Before embarking on a career in photography, Drew spent ten years guiding on the Snake River and taking people into the heart of Yellowstone National Park. His photography has appeared in numerous international publications and books, such as National Parks magazine and National Geographic: Complete Photography. Drew has a long history of working in and teaching about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Grand Tetons region on several long-term photographic projects for National Geographic magazine. He has also worked on collaborative projects studying long-distance lynx migration through Alaska with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as monitoring wolf populations with the U.S. National Park Service. Drew is a 2014 National Geographic grant recipient, and his work is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

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  • Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020