PHOTO GUIDE AND OWNER
Norwegian Photographer Svein Wik is the founder and owner of the travel company Arctic Wildlife Tours AS. Svein have organized expeditions in Svalbard the last 5 years and in average he is responsible for 8-10 expeditions every season. He also do several private expeditions every year working on his own photographic projects from the High Arctic environment. In 2019 his company will do 10 expeditions only in Svalbard.
Svein started wildlife photography 25 years ago and have spent more time with wildlife in the north than most people ever do. Several encounters with animals like Polar Bears, Walruses, Arctic Foxes and other animals in Svalbard have given him a unique experience from this. He also have worked for many years on photographing Brown Bears, Wolves, Wolverines and some of the big raptors in Scandinavia. Svein is one of the most known wildlife photographers in Norway.
Together with his photography knowledge he has done hiking and outdoor life in the Nordic countries since he learned how to walk 54 years ago. He was a hunter for many years and a competing rifle shooter and have been one of the best rifle shooters in Norway. His experience with weapons gives him the comfort to handle the Polar Bear danger in Svalbard, not because he know how to shot but because he knows how to not shot a Polar Bear but scare it away or avoid conflicts between his guests and Polar Bears. Svein has published three books and tenfolds of freelance 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 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 my young age, been fortunate to visit plenty of exciting places around the globe.
Jens 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 not only Svalbard but also Greenland and The Canadian Arctic as well as 2 season in the Antarctic.