Svalbard Photo Tours and Workshops
Visit the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on these incredible photo workshops and tours! Wildlife, icebergs, glaciers and mountains abound.

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Svalbard Photo Tours and Workshops

Visit the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on these incredible photo workshops and tours! Wildlife, icebergs, glaciers and mountains abound.
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9 Day Photography Voyage to Spitsbergen in Svalbard

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.

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9 days
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May
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Arctic Photography Expedition to Svalbard

This tour is now Sold Out.  New dates will be announced in our Newsletter. Over 800km north of the Norwegian mainland is the archipelago of Svalbard; an icy, inhospitable wilderness like nothing you will have seen before. This is the end of the world as we know it, and a place where there are more polar bears than people. But despite the climate and remote nature of life this far north, there are many residents perfectly happy to have settled here. So what’s the secret? To find out, this photography tour offers an incredible Arctic experience enjoyed through the lens of your camera. Over the course of eleven unimaginable days we will open your eyes to the pristine landscapes, diverse wildlife, and effortless serenity of Svalbard. This photography expedition coincides with Svalbard’s opening sunset of the season, as the permanent summer sun of the Arctic reluctantly settles just below the horizon for the first time. Early September was a very deliberate choice for our visit. This far north the seasons are dramatic and long-lasting, and the summer sun doesn’t offer good conditions for photography. September marks the end of that extended summer, and this 11-day adventure in the Arctic will take full advantage of light conditions perfect for photography. Colours are more vivid, natural saturation is high, and our images will radiate the clarity and silence we come across at every turn. With incredible light guaranteed, the landscapes and wildlife will provide an array of iconic scenes throughout this photo tour. The landscapes and natural life of Svalbard are dynamic and constantly changing. Because of this we need to be equally flexible. In order to make the most of every possible opportunity, for the duration of this tour we’ll have full use of a private ship. With an experienced crew, local guides, and professional photographers, we’ll glide through the serene Arctic waters in search of perfect pictures. Naturally, our immediate focus will be on the animal kingdom and the wondrous Arctic landscapes. Spitsbergen, where we will be spend much of our time, literally means ‘deep fjords’, which gives you some clue as to what to expect in terms of scenery. Surrounded by muscular mountains, glaciers, and polar bears, we will spend time each day scouting out the best scenes in this ever changing landscape. We will have to make adjustments during the trip, taking into account the ice situation and weather conditions, but having a relatively small group ensures that everyone’s photography prioritees will be taken into account. Another advantage of travelling in a smaller group is increased mobility. Our little ship is unlikely to scare away any of the local wildlife, and it’s agile enough to go where larger vessels can’t. We also have a Zodiac craft that can be launched at a moment’s notice. This will come in handy when we need to navigate through tight spaces to capture the perfect shot, get up close and personal to the animals, or take a quick trip to the shore. Our timetable is more or less free. Ideally we want to go to North Spitsbergen, but in itself that won’t be our goal. The main aim will simply be to venture around the area and get as many stunning shots of the Arctic as we can. We’ll make a point of searching for and shooting polar bears, and with any luck we should also come across fur seals, whales, walruses and arctic foxes. Plans will change according to conditions, and you never know what photographic wonders we might come across. Because of this we will draw up a timetable at the beginning of everyday based on the information we have. One thing’s for sure: You will need your telephoto. 500 mm and 600 mm lenses will be a good choice for a close-up and 300 mm, 70-200 for a long shot and an extender. Arrival & Departure SAS fly regularly to Longyearbyen through Oslo and Tromso. We recommend that you arrive at Longyearbyen at 14:00 on the day before our journey begins. We suggest the following hotels, and ideally we will meet the night before for a meal. Radisson Blu Polar Hotel is one of the biggest, most well-placed hotels in the area. Basecamp Trapper's Hotel is good, colorful and quirky.  Our Ship Our ship, the M/S Malmö, is under the control of a captain and crew with years of experience sailing through Svalbard’s waters.They are also actively working to man responsible expeditions that respect the fragile environment in this part of the world. The exact route of our expeditions will depend on ice, weather conditions, group preferences and wildlife encounters. But having said this, the ship's captain will have the last word on when and where the ship will sail and when it is appropriate to put passengers ashore.

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Duration:
11 days
18Min. age:
18
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Arctic Photography Tour | Sailing Adventure in Svalbard

This tour is now Sold Out.  New dates will be announced in our Newsletter. 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.
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Duration:
10 days
18Min. age:
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