Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard

Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard
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Join three polar bear experts in this one-of-a-kind expedition — learn about these magnificent and powerful beasts as your guides walk you through the polar bears' biology to their conservation status, and how to safely travel in polar bear country.

September is a serene, spectacular and magical time in Svalbard. It’s the time when the nights start to get longer, little by little and day by day — which means you'll see many morning and evening hours of quiet and breathtaking golden light that the region does not see in the summer. And because this season also means that winter is close, you'll also have some days with some snowfall, which adds an additional element to Svalbard's already amazing natural sceneries.

September is also a significant month for Svalbard's wildlife: Arctic foxes begin to change into their winter furs, and most of the mammals and the birds have already left their mating and breeding cycles behind during the past summer. The former will be readying themselves for hibernation or fattening themselves up for the leaner winter months — the Svalbard reindeers, for example, will have bulked up significantly and are more imposing to look at and photograph. Birds, on the other hand, will be flocking up to begin their migratory flight to warmer climates, or will have left some weeks earlier.

One of Svalbard's most popular wildlife attractions are the polar bears, which are present all throughout the year. September will have most cubs born within the year still spending their time with their mothers, but you may also encounter three-year-olds that are already independent, but due to their youth, are extra inquisitive and curious about things. More often than not, you'll also encounter bears scattered throughout the ice, as they are usually stranded on shore during the summer months.

Also in September, visitors can enjoy multiple sightings of Fin, Minke, Humpback and Blue whales, which frequent Svalbard's waters to feed. Harp seals and white-beaked dolphins are also frequent visitors to Svalbard's waters, along with large groups of walruses.

For the majority of our time in Svalbard, you will be in a small but sturdy ship especially built to stand the icy waters and brave the elements. You will be steered to the best positions for wildlife and landscape photography, as well as for our excursions on land. You will also experience walking on the icy tundra, where natural vistas abound, as well as encounters with reindeer, the geese and arctic terns. More photo opportunities to capture images of Svalbard's wildlife and landscape will also be available to you as we traverse the Zodiacs.

What sets this journey apart is that it's always a different experience every time. Itineraries and even routes vary, depending on what the best opportunities your guides can find for you, as weather and wildlife conditions are also always changing. You guides and instructors will provide a daily schedule guaranteed to maximize your photographic opportunities, utilizing their skills and experience to deliver the best experience possible for participants. All you need to bring is are an open mind, your gear, and your adventurous spirit, and you're all set to enjoy this unique and exciting journey.

Bråsvellbreen Two words: Ice waterfalls. This is considered to be the longest ice wall, and the time of your visit will be when numerous waterfalls pour off its walls in several different places. It's truly a sight to see.

Kongsfjorden Bearded and ringed seals as well as bird colonies are the highlight of this area, which is a scenic fjord complex where you may also be given several opportunities for shore landings.

Seven islands More wildlife in this area, but this time, it will be encounters with polar bears and walruses. Needless to say, the northernmost part of Svalbard is also studded with natural sights and landscapes.

NW Spitsbergen It’s a glacial paradise here, with numerous mountain peaks, islands and islets, where you will also enjoy many sightings of beluga whales, polar bears, walruses, and harbour seals. There are also several species of birds in the area.

Hinlopenstretet The amazing vertical cliff face in the Hinlopenstretet strait in Svalbard is not only a majestic sight to see and photograph, but it is also home to the largest accessible auk colony in the world. It is also a place where frequent sightings of large baleen whales and walruses occur.

Liefdefjorden More amazing landscapes and wildlife abound in Liefdefjorden, as we sail through the golden light and enjoy sightings of polar bears, numerous bird species, as well as beluga and minke whales.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sight Seeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
Pickup information:
    Longyearbyen
    Included:
    • Three meals daily and snacks from dinner Sep 2 to breakfast Sep 12, coffee/tea ad libitum.

    • 10 nights of accommodation on board.

    • Standard housekeeping.

    • All landing fees.

    • Daily excursions by Zodiacs for cruising or landing.

    • All guide services such as briefings, lectures and shore side interpretations/

    • Complimentary copy of “Polar Bears on the Edge” (book by Morten).

    • Magnificent scenery and wonderful wildlife encounters.

    • Great company and safe and friendly travel.

    • and anything else not specified as included.

    • Items of a personal nature

    • Mandatory insurance

    • Customary tips for crew and staff

    • Alcoholic beverages on board

    • Any land arrangements.

    • Any pre- or post-cruise expenses including flights and transfers.


    What to bring:
    • After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.


    Why book with us?

    Transportation & Accommodation:

    Transportation: 3-masted barkentine Antigua & Mark V Zodiacs.

    Accommodation: 15 cabins with en suite facilities.



    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

    Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
    45 days or more: 75% refund
    30 days or more: 50% refund
    Less than 30 days: no refund

    Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.


    Disclaimer

    We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

    The tour is always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable. Likewise, sightings of wildlife will be dependent on the movements of the animals and cannot be guaranteed.


    Firsthand reviews

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    I will echo the others’ impressions of the Svalbard Tour. I would rate the trip in the top five and perhaps even the very best trip in my 50 years or so of traveling around the world. Everything was just perfect. The scenery was totally breathtaking, with an incredible mix of mountains, rugged coastlines, flat land, tundra, glaciers, icebergs and packed ice. The weather was fantastic most of the time, including the experience of gale force winds for 24 hours. The wildlife was beyond expectations, with great views of polar bears, seals, walruses, foxes, whales, and of course all the arctic birds I was hoping to spot. The Brigantine Antigua was amazing, oozing with old charm from all angles. The rooms were small but functional, and the food was delicious with every meal. The company was one of the best part, a friendly and tight group of people from different corners of the world and a variety of interests. The expedition guides were outstanding and the briefings and lectures were eagerly awaited with excitement every day. I would like to add a personal note of appreciation for the bird watching skills of Morten the ornithologist who would always be on the look out and point out new arctic birds every day. It was a haunting trip that will stay with me for ever.
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