Franz Josef Land Photography Expedition
Join us on the adventure of a lifetime on this 14-day photography expedition to the Russian High Arctic!
Franz Josef Land is a remote and enigmatic destination that harbours a treasure trove of photographic opportunities, just waiting to be revealed. The archipelago is situated in the northeastern Barents Sea – far above the Arctic Circle – and consists of 191 islands, forming a sanctuary to some of the most spectacular wildlife on Earth. Polar bears, walrus, Arctic foxes, seals, migratory seabirds and endangered bowhead whales are only some of the animals that you will encounter as we sail from the fjords of Svalbard into the waters of the Russian Arctic National Park.
The polar-class expedition vessel, M/v Sea Spirit, will be your home away from home as we cruise through the Arctic Ocean, in search of mindblowing compositions. Throughout the expedition, we'll make several shore landings and excursions to explore the breathtaking landscape ofo the many islands by foot. We'll be travelling during August at the height of the summer season, meaning that we'll experience a phenomenon known as the 'Midnight Sun'. During this time of year, the sun never dips below the horizon. The result is 24 hours of light marked by blazing golden and red hues during the late night and early morning hours of each day.
This workshop will be guided by award-winning photographer, Daniel Kordan, in partnership with Andreas Umbreit – a Franz Josef Land specialist – and polar cruise operator, Poseidon Expeditions. They'll share their wealth of knowledge with you to ensure that you have a well-rounded and immersive experience in these extraordinary surrounds. You can expect to develop your photography skills both in-field and out with a range of post-processing masterclasses, lectures, feedback and critique sessions during your time onboard.
Do not miss out on this adventure of a lifetime to Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote places on Earth! Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 2 - Day 2: Embark
Day 3 - Days 3-4: Sail Across the Barents Sea
Day 5 - Days 5-11: Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Day 12 - Days 12-13: Return to Svalbard
Day 14 - Day 14: Disembark at Longyearbyen, Svalbard
13-26 Aug 2020: Guided by Daniel Kordan
Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; 2 for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.
Triple Suite staterooms are located on the Oceanus Deck and consist of two twin beds (which can be converted to a King) and a sofa bed. The rooms are 21 square metres (226 square feet). They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
Main Deck staterooms are located on the Main Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 23 square metres (248 square feet). They feature a minimum of two porthole windows and en suite facilities. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD individual temperature control and hair dryer.
Classic staterooms are located on the Oceanus Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 21 square metres (226 square feet). They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
Superior Suite staterooms are located on the Club Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 20 square metres (215 square feet). They feature a picture window which overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.
Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King size bed. The rooms are 24 square metres (258 square feet). They feature a sliding glass door that leads to a private balcony and a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.
Premium Suites are located on the Sun Deck and consist of two twin beds or a King Size bed. The rooms are 30 square metres (323 square feet). They feature a private balcony with a sliding glass door, en suite facilities and lounge area. Amenities include an in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
The Owner's Suite is located on the Sun Deck and consists of a King Size bed and a sofa bed. The room is 43 square metres (463 square feet) and is designed for entertaining. It features a separate living room with game and meeting area, BOSE stereo system, HD plasma TV and a private deck with sliding glass doors. Amenities include a jetted bathtub in en suite facilities.
About the M/v Sea Spirit
Explore the Polar Regions in style and comfort aboard the Sea Spirit, a polar class vessel that spans 90.6 metres (297 ft.) in length. Renovated in 2017, this incredible piece of modern engineering is perfectly suited to navigate the icy waters of the Arctic.
The M/v Sea Spirit is capable of carrying up to 114 passengers and 74 crew members.
You can talk to the Captain and officers as you cruise through the Arctic whilst catching a glimpse of the spectacular landscape from this special angle of view.
The Restaurant offers contemporary international cuisine by our talented chefs in an open-seating dining area.
The Outdoor Bistro is located in the Jacuzzi area. It's a great place to have lunch or a light meal if the weather permits.
The Bar is staffed by a professional bartender and serves a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Relax with your peers after a long day out exploring!
Lectures, briefings, social gatherings and masterclasses will be held in the Presentation Lounge. It features state-of-the-art equipment and spectacular views.
This is the place to go if you have any questions. Team members will do their best to help answers any queries you may have during the trip.
The Club Lounge is a wonderful place to socialise with your peers and gaze at the beautiful landscapes as we sail through the Arctic Ocean. This area offers 24-hour self-service coffee and tea facilities.
Spend some time reading or relaxing in the onboard library with a selection of books, DVDs, magazines, reference materials and newspapers.
Stay fit in our onboard gym. It is open daily and offers a few machines as well as room for stretching and yoga.
You can attend the Reception at any time to speak with our team. They'll be able to help you out with any queries or services that you may require.
Sea Kayak Club is typically offered on this voyage to Franz Josef Land. Join us for an unscripted kayaking adventure as we explore rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have ever paddled.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
Renowned landscape photographer, Daniel Kordan, is an explorer at heart. Having realized his passion for photography and traveling at a young age, he now spends his time sharing his vision and the many wonders of the world with people all around him.