Spitsbergen Photography Adventure


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13 days
Activity and Adventure, Photography, Polar Exploring, Tours, Wildlife
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Overview of Spitsbergen Photography Adventure

Just like a true arctic adventurer, throw away the itinerary and let wildlife and pack ice decide your route around Spitsbergen. Climb aboard for a unique cruise through fjords and along the western coast of the Norwegian Archipelago, getting expert help to capture on camera this incredible glacial and mountainous terrain. 24 hours of daylight will give you plenty of time to search for iconic arctic wildlife like polar bears and walrus, whales and seabirds, arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer. Your smaller ship means you can access areas others can’t, while also making Zodiac landings to hike the colourful tundra and photograph ice bears on the hunt. This one-off adventure is the perfect chance to bring back incredible images and memories of this unique untouched region.

Trip Summary for Spitsbergen Photography Adventure

Start Location: Longyearbyen,   End Location: Longyearbyen

Countries Visited: Norway, 
Meals Included: Breakfast: 12   Lunches: 11   Dinners: 12

    • There are more polar bears than people on Spitsbergen so there’ll be plenty of chances for ‘ice bear’ encounters
    • Take advantage of 24 hours of daylight, and an itinerary that follows the wildlife, for perfect polar pictures
    • Jump in Zodiacs to cruise up to towering glaciers and glistening icebergs, and land on the surprisingly colourful tundra
    • With tips and tricks from on-board photographic experts, you’ll be capturing the raw and rugged beauty of the Svalbard archipelago in no time


Day 1 - Longyearbyen - Embarkation Day
Your arctic adventure starts in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement and one of the northernmost communities on the planet. Have your camera handy as you embark on your journey—picturesque peaks surround this town in the bay of Svalbard’s second-longest fjord.

Day 2-12 - Exploring Spitsbergen
Spitsbergen has an unspoiled beauty that’s just begging to be discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, you’ll sail along the west coast of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying islands. Each day will be a surprise, treating you to spectacular new sightings and experiences.
Every expedition is unique, depending on the weather and ice conditions, but we do hope to visit a few of our favourite landing sites, to be chosen as much for their optimal wildlife-viewing opportunities as for their stunning scenery, historical significance and hiking activities. With no fixed itinerary, our main goal will be to sail in a constant search for polar bears on the prowl. This means we may not move the ship every day as we do in regular voyages, if we find abundant wildlife in one place. Like true explorers, we’ll let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set schedule—guide our route! Bears outnumber people in this region, so we have a good chance of being blessed with sightings of the Ice Bears. Our small expedition ship allows us to navigate shallower waters and tighter spaces, so we expect to explore the more hard-to-reach areas the bears may favour.

Presentations by on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that await, and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates.

Day 13 - Disembark in Longyearbyen
Your adventure ends back at the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

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