Join us on an incredible photography tour to the remote, Arctic archipelago of Svalbard with photography expert, Rayann Elzein. Step onboard a small expedition motor-yacht to discover and photograph the landscapes and wildlife of Svalbard.
On this 9-day small expedition vessel voyage, we will depart from Longyearbyen in Norway to explore the north-west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s archipelago. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife and is one of the best places to encounter polar bears in their natural habitat. If conditions permit, it may be possible to reach the edge of the sea ice, which extends all the way to the North Pole. The area is full of stunning Arctic scenery and is home to some of the largest glaciers in the northern hemisphere.
Trip highlights include:
- Opportunities to photograph Svalbard’s wild and stunning landscapes from the ship and shore during the early months of the season when the landscape is usually still white.
- Opportunities to get close to photograph glaciers and sea ice.
- Learn new photography skills on your tour through onboard workshops with a highly experienced Arctic photographer.
- An expert Svalbard guide will be onboard so you can learn about the local area.
- Opportunities to photograph wildlife could include Polar Bears, Walruses, Arctic Foxes, Svalbard Reindeer and Whales.
- Access to Zodiac landing craft to explore the coast and shoot from.
- Ice-strengthened expedition motor-yacht with a comfortable interior.
One of the most exciting things is that no journey to Svalbard is ever the same. There is no set itinerary and a flexible approach to exploring, making a journey here a real Arctic adventure. Your expedition leader and captain will work tirelessly with the conditions to ensure you see the most Svalbard has to offer.
When travelling in remote regions the expedition leader and captain will make decisions based on the sea, the ice and the weather conditions. This itinerary is an outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage.
Experience the magic of the Spitsbergen on this exclusive small vessel voyage to Norway's Svalbard islands. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your journey begins in Longyearbyen, situated on the picturesque Adventfjorden in Norway. In the afternoon, you will embark the expedition vessel and set off exploring.
As we leave the Adventfjorden, you will get your first impressions of the wonderful landscapes of the area. Our planned route will take us up the Isfjord to Prins Karls Foreland, an island off the coast of Spitsbergen. Here we will plan a shore landing to visit a colony of walruses.
The focus of this expedition is to seek the best photography opportunities at every stage, which will include numerous wildlife and landscape shots. Our expert photographer, Rayann, will assist you with your photography and conduct lectures on a daily basis to help you make the most out of your photography. Throughout the expedition, you will have the opportunity to learn about the local environment, wildlife and history, gaining a rich understanding of the places that you are visiting.
As we explore the coast, we will make good use of the Zodiac landing craft for great photo opportunities close to the ice and onshore. On our journey north, we may visit the scientific research settlement of Ny Alesund, where Nobile departed by airship in 1928 on his expedition to reach the North Pole.
We will plan to visit several glaciers if the ice conditions allow. A great example is the Lilliehöökbreen glacier, one of the largest in Svalbard, located 14 kilometres inside the beautiful Lilliehöökfjorden. If possible, we will take a Zodiac cruise to shoot this awe-inspiring glacier face. We will also search the coastline for polar bears, which are frequently sighted in this area along with other marine and birdlife.
Our goal is to travel far enough north to reach the edge of the sea ice, which extends all the way to the North Pole. This is only possible in favourable conditions. It is a magical experience and the perfect opportunity to capture inspiring images.
The adventure ends back in Longyearbyen, where you will depart the vessel in the morning having made new friends and some unforgettable memories.
Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built-in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018.
Onboard, there is 1 x double cabin with ensuite, 3 x twin cabins with ensuite, 1 x twin cabin with shared facilities, and 2 x single cabins with shared facilities.
Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany panelled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant lines and sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.
Double Cabin with en-suite $9122 USD pp Twin Cabin with en-suite $9122 USD pp Twin Cabin with shared facilities $8572 USD pp Single Cabin with shared facilities $8352 USD pp. These cabins are down below and of slightly lower quality. The access is via a steep staircase so they are unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues or older guests. The shared facilities are on the deck above so passengers will have to go back up the staircase to use the facilities. These cabins are also located close to the engine area so have more noise. This is why these are offered at a reduced rate. Please note: Price displayed upon booking is for a twin cabin with en-suite. For all other cabin enquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in the case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all trips sold or operated by Secret Atlas and is a condition of booking. We will ask for a copy of your insurance certificate prior to departure. We cannot legally provide you with travel insurance advice but we have put the following guide together to assist you in finding the right insurance for you. What we recommend your insurance policy covers: - Medical expenses - Repatriation - Emergency evacuation and search and rescue - Evacuation (including by helicopter) to the nearest hospital for accident, injury & other medical reasons - Cancellation and curtailment - Personal liability - Loss of luggage and personal effects - Death and illness We also recommend that you take out cancellation insurance that covers you in the event you have to cancel your trip due to illness or injury. Our destinations are remote and we advise seeking expert advice from a travel insurance company to ensure you have sufficient levels of cover in place for your destination and planned activities. In the unlikely event we have to cancel a trip, you will be issued with a full refund for the cost of the trip only. Flights and hotels you have booked yourself, and any other expenses incurred we are not liable for and we encourage you to check you are fully insured for this. It is mandatory that your insurance covers flights and hotels in case the vessel is delayed or the trip is cancelled.
To partake in this trip you must be of sound health and with a basic level of fitness and mobility. If you have any questions around this please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We ask you to disclose confidentially any medical conditions or allergies to us prior to departure that you feel could affect your ability to participate. If you are taking medication, you must bring enough with you to cover your time onboard plus extra for any unexpected delays.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Price is per person is based on double occupancy apart from the single cabins. Our price is exclusive of flights.
13-21 May 2020 – Guided by Rayann Elzein 21-29 May 2020 – Guided by Rayann Elzein