Join a 13-day Svalbard Wildlife Tour On An Expedition Arctic Yacht With 6 Guests.
The Arctic, Spitsbergen — how tempting, with an attractive crystal ring, sound these words! What lies behind them?
Heroic discoveries of the past and pioneers, brave captains and travellers... These are glaciers and icebergs that live by their unknown laws. This is the boundless space of the Arctic ocean and high mountain peaks rising from the depths. Here you can feel alone with nature, with harsh and beautiful elements.
What's it like — the North? It's alive, just like people! One day it's bursting out with a wide range of colours, the other it's dull and gloomy like an autumn day, or it's melancholically reserved and detached.
So, it's just like us... It can be suffering strong storms and snowstorms, or all of a sudden it can grant you a stingy smile of a short northern summer...
Also, it's tremendously immense, with its endless sky filled with gold and lead, with its deep blue sea when the sounder on the ship is showing dashes instead of a three-digit number... And one feels ill at ease... You aren't really scared, no! But at that moment you start realizing the actual size of it and the grandeur, and the idea that a man is King on Earth sound nonsense.
The Arctic is also the virgin animal world: bird rookeries and colonies of walruses, whales and seals families, and of course, one of the brightest and the strongest predators on the planet, the owner of the Arctic — the polar bear. Polar bear hunt has been banned in Spitsbergen for many years. Being curious by nature, the bear is not afraid of people, and moreover, it also impressively poses for photographers, staring at the approaching ships.
The time of the expedition has been chosen on purpose! At this time of year the regime light lasts almost around the clock. This will give us the opportunity of shooting animals and the Arctic landscapes in perfect lighting.
Polar bears can be found near Longyear. There is a lot of ice in the water area, and seals and walruses lie right on the ice floes. We will be travelling on a small expedition yacht which will let us get close to our "models".
The journey will start with a meeting at the hotel in Longyear where you will have to get on your own.
You can see the approximate route on the map diagram. The route will not be mandatory or final. The tour program can be changed according to the ice conditions and the weather.
In order to avoid misunderstanding and disconnection, you will have to arrive in Longyear (LYR) on May, 3 in the afternoon, from Tromso (TOS).
The ice-class yacht allows us to travel with a minimum group size of only 6 people. The conditions on the boat are quite convenient: small but cozy cabins, a spacious lounge, and a kitchen where the cook will prepare delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. At the same time, you should not expect the space and comfort of a hotel room on the boat. A small yacht and a company of friends is a reasonable compromise that will let us consider all needs of the participants and get the best photo results.
Day 1. Participants arrive in Longyear. For all participants, we have booked single rooms at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg hotel, located at 9171, Longyearbyen. You will have to travel from the airport to the hotel on your own.
Take the shuttle bus (including night arrival). The price is 75 nok. Cash or credit card.
The group meets at the hotel for dinner to discuss the plans for the next days.(//)
Day 2. After breakfast which is included in the price we'll leave for the port and get on board our Arctic expedition yacht.
Our Arctic adventure is beginning! (B/L/D)
Day 2-10. We are in the Arctic — part of the world where everything depends on the changeable weather, on the waves height, the direction and strength of the wind. Our exact route will depend on many weather factors, but the main one will be the state and position of the ice sheet along the western part of the archipelago.
Getting information from other ships and captains, we will plan our route depending on the weather, the ice conditions and the location of animals that might be interesting for us.(B/L/D)
Day 11. Today we are moving towards Longyear.
We can have the last stop (if the group members wish so) at the property of Arctic Coal Company, in the town of Barentsburg.(B/L/D)
Day 12. This is the end of our tour and the participants can return home. If your departure is scheduled for the next day, you can stay on board the ship until 9 am tomorrow.
For those who have never been to Longyear and want to see the northernmost capital of the world, we recommend staying for one more day. You will need to book a hotel room yourself. (B/L/D)
Day 13. We should leave our yacht until 9 am today. Departure for home. (B//)
A high latitude expedition on a sailing yacht is the perfect alternative to large cruise ships. Made of steel, it is built to withstand the toughest Arctic conditions.
- Small group size of 6 photographers
- Private cabins with either double or bunk beds
- Shared bathroom / shower
- A landing craft "Zodiac" for going ashore
- Covered wheelhouse
- Warm and comfortable living space with radiators throughout the boat
- Steel hull built for travel in the polar regions
- Retractable keel to allow the boat to reach shallow waters that are inaccessible to larger vessels
- Life jackets are provided
- Red sails for our seascapes
Svalbard Photography Tour Price Includes:
- Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer with vast experience in Norway
- Arctic expedition yacht services during the trip
- Services of a professional yacht crew with Arctic sailing experience
- Chef's services
- An armed guide escort during landings
- Single room accommodation for 1 night in Mary-Ann's Polarrigg Hotel (9171, Longyearbyen )
- Accommodation on board 3 x twin with a shared bathroom
- Bedding and towels
- Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner according to the itinerary)
- Use of "Zodiac" for shore landings and photography purposes
- Red sails for our seascape pictures
Svalbard Photography Tour Price Does Not Include:
- Flights and transfers
- Visa fee (if applicable)
- Personal expenses, such as: drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
Price €4450 EUR
Group limit 6. 3 spots available
Your non-refundable deposit of €2000 will hold your place on this workshop. Further non-refundable payment of €2000 is due on August 1, 2020. Final non-refundable balance payment of €450 is due by October 1, 2020. All payments are non-refundable.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the tour is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus €200 service charge. If you cancel and the tour doesn't fill up, you won't be refunded.
Things to bring for Svalbard Photography Tour:
- Camera body. Consider bringing more than 1 camera body as a back up. We recommend using a camera body that is weather sealed such as the Canon 5D series, Nikon D series or the Sony A7 series.
- Telephoto lens. For polar bears we recommend the minimum of 400mm. The ideal focal length is 600-800mm. Consider adding a range extender to give you further zoom.
- Wide angle lens such as a 16-35mm is ideal for landscapes, glaciers and shots of ice sea.
- A general zoom lens such as a 24-70mm.
- A way of backing up your photography such as a laptop or digital storage.
- Microfiber cloth for keeping your lens clear.
- A lightweight tripod or monopod.
- ND filters and polarising filters.
- Multiple camera batteries.
- A waterproof bag for shore landing to keep the kit dry in the landing craft.
- A comfortable camera rucksack for hiking with waterproof outer cover.
- Camera cleaning kit.
- Spare memory cards.
Svalbard Photography Tour Packing List:
- A warm outerwear such as a down jacket
- A waterproof outerwear
- Waterproof trousers
- Base wear (wool or synthetic)
- Mid wear warm fleece top
- Mid wear warm trousers
- A neck warmer or scarf
- A warm hat that covers ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- A waterproof backpack/day pack
- A swimsuit
- A camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Seasickness pills if you are prone to motion sickness
- An eye mask
- A voltage adaptor (ships have standard European 220V at
- Casual clothing to wear onboard (jeans, t-shirts, sweaters)
- Comfortable non-slip shoes (without heels)
- Hiking boots for shore landings
- Comfortable, insulated rubber boots for shore landings (these are supplied on
- some trips, so please enquire before purchasing)
- A soft suitcase – hard suitcases are more challenging to get stored.
Vladimir Kushnarev, mastermind and organizer of the ADVENTURETIME project, photographer, contest winner and prize-winner of international competitions.
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest in “night landscape” section;
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest “Planet Summer”;
First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
Third place, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
Second place, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017;
The winner of International photo contest of The Russian Geographic Society 2018;
Gold medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2019;
Third place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest 2020;
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