Svalbard photography
expedition

September 09 - 19 2021

SVALBARD PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION IN SEPTEMBER 2021 OVERVIEW

EXCLUSIVE SVALBARD PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

Nature in the High Arctic constantly changes. On Svalbard, every day is different, and every year is different. Arctic Wildlife Tours guides leads this specialised photography expedition to Svalbard in September 2021, a remote area we know and love, and we have a main focus on searching for wildlife in the ice. We will have high focus on Polar Bears on the ice and try to have some situations.

Medio and 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. We will spend time  in situations we find interesting to get the best out of each unique moment on this tour. September opens up a new world for photographic possibilities with colours and light situations. 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.

Experience wildlife encounters in picture-perfect icy conditions by joining our Svalbard photography expedition in the late summer. This exclusive small ship charter trip navigates through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic on board the expedition ship MS Freya. You will never forget it.

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: September 09 - 19 2021
Duration: 10 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, September 09 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, September 19 09:00

Superior double cabin, private facilities,2 spots available
NOK 82 500,- pr. pax

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

Regular double cabins, private facilities,4 spots available
NOK 75 000,- 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 Freya

Practical information

WHY WE PREFER SVALBARD

Dramatic landscapes
In July the snow covered mountains have been replaces by only stripes of old snow in the landscapes and black and grey in between. The landscapes are still dramatic, depending on where in Svalbard you travel. At the north east corner of Spitsbergen we can watch very dramatic and alpine landscapes.

Polar Bear viewings
After our opinion this is the best place in the world to find and experience Polar Bears. Its truly something unique to nature enthusiasts and modern explorers.

Other wildlife
Polar Bears of course, Walruses resting on ice or on land, Minky Whales playing around the ship, Bearded Seals and birdlife at its best; Blue Whales and Bowhead Whales can be seen some places. We are talking about July. At this time of the year 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

Itinerary

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 1-10 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. 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 11 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. You will receive an invoice for your first deposit payment on a date informed about upon sending in your booking forms. After your first deposit payment your booking will be confirmed. A non-refundable expedition fee of NOK 450 will be added on your first deposit payment.

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