Photography masterclass
onboard expedition

May 18 - 26 2022



Join us for an exceptional expedition with a - masterclass on board. For the first time, Arctic Wildlife Tours is pleased to start this new and exciting collaboration with Nat Geo photographer, Stefano Unterthiner. Stefano is an expert in photo storytelling, with a strong commitment to wildlife conservation and a unique talent of creating images of wildlife composed into a spectacular landscape. Currently, he is doing a climate change photography project on Svalbard, working in the arctic for one year continuously.

Stefano will share with you his knowledge, his creative process and personal view of nature, wildlife and conservation photography. For the entire expedition you will have the possibility to photograph together, to learn from a master, from composition to post-production, from editing to how to build and tell a story. An inspiring full-time course, while travelling in one of the most stunning places in the world with a series of lessons, moments of sharing, portfolio lectures and of course a lot of activity with your camera.

This unique opportunity will allow you to improve your photography, your ability to see and ‘feel’ the shot, but most of all you will understand the approach — and philosophy — beyond a winning image. This exclusive expedition, limited to 12 students only, is a great and rare event spent together on an unrepeatable journey in the high Arctic.

This exclusive small ship charter workshop and expedition navigates through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic on board the expedition ship MS Malmö.  This will be a unique chance to take part of a National Geographic photographers thoughts and skills. At the same time, you will enjoy a wonderful time out in the wilderness on Svalbard.

Wondering what to expect? Please get in touch for more information and to talk about what you can expect.
Email Stefano Unterthiner on [email protected]

Read more about Stefano and his work on is website


Dates: May 18 - 26 2022
Duration: 8 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, May 18 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, May 26 09:00

Superior double cabin, private facilities,2 spots available(One cabin)
NOK 80 500,- pr. pax

Single cabin, private facilities,0 spots available
NOK 79 500,- pr. pax

Double cabin, private facilities,1 spots available(One female)
NOK 76 500,- pr. pax

Regular double cabins, shared facilities,0 spots available
NOK 72 500,- 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: MS Malmö


Practical information

Stefano Unterthiner

Growing up in the mountains of Northwest Italy, Stefano Unterthiner began serious photography at the age of 17, went on to study zoology and, in the fall of 2000, obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). After completing his studies, Stefano returned to Italy and began his career as a zoologist. But his camera was always at his side, and it was not long before his hobby turned into an all-consuming lifestyle and profession.

His first award was in 2000, when Unterthiner won the prestigious Mario Pastore prize for best Italian ‘Young Environmental Journalist’. Unterthiner now travels around the world in search of new subjects for his photo stories. He specialises in telling the life stories of animals, living in close contact with his chosen species for long periods. He also has a strong commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental issues, with a particular interest in human-wildlife conflict and coexistence.

Stefano is a regular contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine, he’s the author of eight photography books and a multi-award winner in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He lives with his wife Stéphanie and their children Rémi and Bahia in the Aosta Valley, Italy.

Estimated travel route during this photo tour


This photo tour and itinerary will be planned in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. The ice is retreating fast at this time of the year and we will have more and more open sea. We will sail as far north up to the drift ice.

Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day and night in advance.

Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden. Heading north or south, depending on the drift ice situation, into the drifting ice. We also search in the fjords, which will have fjord ice still.

Day 1-8 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. The fjords will still be frozen in this time of the year. 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 9 Leaving the ship after breakfast and prepare the travel home.

Booking Information

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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