Svalbard autumn
workshop and expedition

September 09 - 19 2019


You will never look at the Svalbard landscape and wildlife in the same way after this workshop!

For this Svalbard landscape and wildlife photography workshop, we will be chartering the expedition ship MS Freya hosted by Arctic Wildlife Tours and Svein Wik. Award-winning photographers Orsolya Haarberg and Erlend Haarberg will also be working with our guests on this tour. Orsolya Haarberg is known for her stunning landscape photographs and will help our participants to improve their abilities to take and process beautiful images.

In this Svalbard landscape workshop and expedition we will focus more on the great landscapes than usual. We decided to run this tour in September so that we could use the spectacular light that early autumn can offer. Of course, we will still have the opportunity to see and photograph wildlife like Polar Bears, Whales, Ivory Gulls, Bearded Seals, Arctic Foxes and the Northern Fulmar, and we will aim to get close to these animals in their beautiful surroundings, so that our guests can photograph wildlife in this pristine landscape.

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 stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with enough time for photography. We will use three zodiac boats to go on shore or when searching for the wildlife at sea or in the drifting ice.

We can assure you that the tour will be an unforgettable experience with Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg onboard!

Dates: September 09 - 19  2019
Duration: 10 nights/11 days
Embark: Longyearbyen, Sept 09 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, Sept 19 09:00
Max pax: 16
Zodiacs and drivers: 3

Superior shared cabin, private facilities, 0 available
NOK 69 500,-

Double shared cabin, private facilities, 0 available
NOK 64 500,-

Ship: MS Freya

Erlend and Orsolya Haarberg will host this expedition as photographic guides.

Erlend Haarberg (1966) was born and raised in Trondheim in central Norway. After three years of studying biology, he chose to give up his academic career to focus on nature photography full time, specializing in birds and mammals in the Nordic countries. He supplies articles regularly to magazines in Norway and abroad, and have participated in the production of documentary films for the Norwegian Television NRK.

Orsolya Haarberg’s (1977) native country is Hungary where she graduated as a landscape architect. She moved to Norway in 2004 in connection with her PhD studies in wildlife management. Meeting Erlend that same year had a significant impact on her life. They got married in 2005 and her strong passion for nature photography quickly developed into a profession.

Erlend and Orsolya have worked together on several long-term projects in the Nordic countries. They spent ten months in Iceland photographing the big contrasts in the ever-changing volcanic landscape in the North Atlantic. This was followed by a project in Norway where in several stages they explored the coast, ranging from the most weather-exposed coastlines to the most sheltered fjords. In recent years they have travelled for many months in the Swedish Laponia World Heritage Site to convey large and small outdoor experiences with their cameras. A selection of pictures from the projects mentioned above have been published in National Geographic magazine in both the US and international editions. Their pictures have been given a number of awards in the most renowned international competitions. In 2017, Erlend was the overall winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Golden Turtle international nature photography competitions. Thus far their photographic work has resulted in four books: Lapland – the Alaska of Europe, Iceland – Land of Contrasts, Iceland in all its Splendour (in four languages) and Laponia – Majestic Stillness (in four languages).

svalbard landscape
Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg
Practical information

What's included in this Svalbard workshop?

Travel Route


The itinerary for this Svalbard photo expedition will be planned in accordance with the prevailing weather and ice conditions.

In September the distance we need to travel will be longer than earlier in summer. There are usually two options: to the north-west or to the south-east. Either route gives us good possibilities to see wildlife and landscapes. For this expedition we will by good chance choose to go north-west and sail along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Our plan is also to reach the drift ice which probably will be around 82 degrees north.

Day 0 We always recommend arriving in Longyearbyen, the biggest settlement on Svalbard, at least 24 hours in advance.

Day 1 Depart from Longyearbyen through the Isfjord heading north or south toward the drifting ice.

Day 2-10 We set course for the areas where we know we will meet the drift ice and the best landscapes in Svalbard. Some of the fjords and islands are interesting to visit for good landscapes and we will search systematically for wildlife wherever we go.

The route can, and probably will, be changed based on knowledge gained on previous expeditions and the current weather and drift ice conditions.

Day 11 Leave the ship after breakfast and prepare for the journey home.

Booking Information

Booking Inquiry for Svalbard Tour

Registration: You register by submitting deposit payment of NOK 20.000 to the bank account.


Please send your tour reservation from the Booking page and we will send you the booking form on email. Send in the completed reservation/booking form together with the payment and your booking will be confirmed. Both booking form and terms form have to be signed. The second payment of NOK 20.000,- have to be made within 6 months before departure. Full payment must be made no later than 30 days prior to departure. You will receive invoices for the last two payments. Private cancellation insurance should be purchased by all participants.

Booking Inquiry


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