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Arctic adventures with experienced guides

PHOTO GUIDE AND OWNER

Svein Wik

Founder of Arctic Wildlife Tours, Norwegian Photographer Svein Wik has organised expeditions to Svalbard since 2012. Arctic Wildlife Tours was founded in 2016. Since then the amount of trips on Svalbard each year and more destinations has increased.

Svein started wildlife photography more than 25 years ago and has spent more time with wildlife in the north than most people could ever dream of.

Arctic adventures and encounters with polar bears, walruses, arctic foxes and other animals in Svalbard have given him unique experiences, which he is only too happy to share with you. Having worked for many years photographing brown bears, wolves, wolverines and other Scandinavian creatures, Svein is one of the best-known wildlife photographers in Norway.

Together with his photography knowledge, Svein has loved to hike and spend time outdoors since he learned to walk 54 years ago. He was a hunter and a competitive rifle shooter for many years. These skills give him the confidence to handle the risk from polar bears in Svalbard, not because he knows how to shoot, but because he knows how not to shoot a polar bear, and instead scare it away to avoid conflicts.

Svein has published three books and countless articles about wildlife and nature throughout the years.

Phone: (+47) 958 97 730
E-mail: [email protected]

Photo Guide and partner

Tom Roger Østerås

Tom Roger is one of the best birders in Norway. He work as a freelance biologist and ornitolog and do work for different scientistic organizations and nature management projects. Locally he is known for his ability to take care of injured raptors and owls and bring them back into the wild. He is also a teacher in a university class for bird knowledge. Tom Roger is responsible for Goshawk and Golden Eagle hides. He will constantly work to find other possible and interesting birding sites for photography.

Phone: (+47) 415 58 612
E-mail: [email protected]

SVALBARD PHOTO GUIDE

Jens Wikström

Jens is born in 1990 in Göteborg, Sweden. He was educated in Sweden, at Skärehamn “seaman” university. Since an early age he have been travelling the world and have, despite his young age, been fortunate to visit plenty of exciting places around the globe.

Arctic adventures is a part of Jens life and he have worked in the Polar Regions since 2011 first as AB/Guide and then as a full time guide since 2014. Passion about wildlife photography and travel have also been a birdwatcher since childhood. He have worked all over the Arctic and not only Svalbard but also Greenland and The Canadian Arctic as well as several seasons in the Antarctic.

 

SVALBARD PHOTO GUIDE

Audun Rikardsen

Audun is a product of the 1968 generation and he lives in Tromsø, Northern Norway. He is originally from Steigen in Nordland. Audun work as a full time Professor in freshwater and marine biology at the Universiy of Tromsø. Scientific Advisor at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. Professional Nature photographer since 2012

Interests: Photography, skiing, hiking, hunting, boating, fishing, traveling (and more). Audun is known for is great creativity in photography and field work.

Official Canon Nordic Photographer, Ambassador for Stavanger foto, and member of Norske Naturfotografer (Norwegian Nature Photographers). During the last years Audun have won and had several highly commended pictures in the worlds most renowned photography contests. His images are widely published.

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SEASONAL GUIDE

Cecilie Sørensen

Cecilie grew up in Larvik, in south-east Norway, the home town of the famous Kon-Tiki explorer Thor Heyerdahl. She lives in Oslo where she works as a police officer. For three summer seasons she has been a field inspector for the Governor of Svalbard, known as Sysselmannen, boat patrolling on the west coast of Svalbard and living out in the field for two months at a time. In this role she has been registrating cultural heritage sites, cleaning plastic waste from the shore, counting birds on islands and cliffs, reindeers and walrus on the tundra and shores and registrating seals, whales, arctic foxes and polar bears. Another task has been controlling cruise ships, sailboats and other small vessels, and guiding visitors about protecting the Svalbard environment. Cecilie joined the Arctic Wildlife Tours team in 2018 as a seasonal guide.

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