SVALBARD AUTUMN PHOTO EXPEDITION 2021
Join the Arctic Wildlife Tour guide-team
Svein and Jens.
On short notice Arctic Wildlife Tours announce this September expedition on Svalbard as a AFTER COVID happening. We are tired of sitting in our homes. This will be a tour accessible for fully vaccinated customers with all valid papers for traveling into Norway and Svalbard.
Late autumn is good for landscape shots when it comes to colors and light so we will have a main focus on doing an Svalbard wildlife photography expedition as well as spending some time on landscape photography. During this expedition we will have the opportunity to see and photograph wildlife like Polar Bears, Walruses, Whales, Ivory Gulls, Bearded Seals, Harbor Seals Arctic Foxes and the Northern Fulmar.
This is an expedition for nature photographers who are passionate about photographing in magical light conditions and who want the possibility to get the best out of each unique moment on this tour.
To enhance the chances for better photographs we will schedule longer shore stops than usual in order to provide participants with enough time for photography. We will use two zodiac boats to go ashore or when searching for wildlife at sea or in the drift ice.
Wondering what to expect? Please get in touch for more information and to talk about what you can expect. Also, you can read about some of our previous trips on our Be Inspired pages.
Dates: Sept 12 - 21 2021
Duration: 9 nights/10 days
Embark the ship: Longyearbyen, Sept 12 16:00
Disembark the ship: Longyearbyen, Sept 21 09:00
Double cabin, private facilities,0 spots available
EUR 8 800 pr. pax
Twin cabins, private facilities,4 spots available(two cabins)
EUR 8 800 pr. pax
Twin cabin, private facilities,1 spot available(for one female)
EUR 8 800 pr. pax
Single cabins, shared facilities,0 spot available
EUR 7 200 pr. pax
Available spots might not be updated at all times. Please ask for update on how many cabins that still are available and which type of cabins by sending us an inquiry. The cabins are double shared cabins, in case you need a single cabin, please ask us.
Ship: MV Togo
The expedition is in cooperation with Secret Atlas travel company onboard their vessel MV Togo. Pictures of the ship and information about this small vessel is to be found on the link above.
WHY WE PREFER SVALBARD
In April the landscapes are still lit by a low sun during evenings and mornings and mountain tops will be colored from the redish late evening light. The landscapes are still covered with snow and the glaziers are still frozen in the grip of the winter. Wildlife still rest and live on the ice covered fjords after a long winter.
Polar Bear viewings
After our opinion Svalbard is the best place in the world to find and experience Polar Bears. Its truly something unique to nature enthusiasts, photographers and modern explorers.
We will see Walruses resting on ice or on land, Minky Whales playing around the ship, Bearded Seals and already some birdlife; there is an unbelievable amount of wildlife to encounter during an adventure around Svalbard.
SVALBARD AND THE SEASONS
Often referred to by the name of its largest island, Spitsbergen, Svalbard forms part of Norway and, with just 2000 inhabitants, has a very small population. Compared to this the Svalbard population of Polar Bears is 3000 animals. The main cause of this is the harsh weather conditions - in the winter months, thick ice and snow carpets the archipelago. Spitsbergen were discovered by explorer Willem Barentzs in 1596, whilst finding a route to the Far East.
The best time to see polar bears in Svalbard is usually in the summer months, as the ice encompassing the archipelago melts enough for us to navigate the icy waters. At this time, the midnight sun reigns over the dramatic landscapes, casting an ever-glowing, ambient light on the surroundings. In autumn, when the midnight sun is replaced by some fascinating sunsets, the red colors from the sunlight shining through the atmosphere bring back some stunning light situations throughout the Svalbard nature before the polar night covers everything in darkness.
Estimated travel route during this photo tour
This photo tour and itinerary will be planned in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. In September it will be less ice, some places it will start to freeze up again, and we head for places we can find some ice in the drift-ice or by the glaziers.
Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day and night in advance. Arrival day.
Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden. Heading north or south, depending on the drift ice situation, into the drifting ice. We also search for wildlife and landscapes in the fjords.
Day 1-10 We set course for the areas where we know we will meet the drift ice. No matter if we sail north or south this will be the focus. Some of the fjords and islands will be interesting to visit and we will search systematically for wildlife wherever we go. Our goal will be to visit some of the northernmost and far east islands in Svalbard like Storøya. This will be possible only in September because of less ice.
The route is just a estimate for where we can sail. This can, and probably will, be changed as we know this from our earlier expeditions.
Day 11 Leaving the ship after breakfast and prepare the travel home.
Booking Inquiry for Svalbard photo expedition
Registration: You register by sending in the booking forms we send you upon your request. This inquiry is not a binding booking.
After sending us an inquiry we will send you the booking forms by email. Send in the completed reservation/booking after receiving them. First deposit payment is NOK 15 000. After your first deposit payment your booking will be confirmed. A non-refundable expedition fee of NOK 450 should be added on your first deposit payment.
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