Svalbard tour
and photography expedition

July 05 - 15 2022


Our expeditions is the ultimate in polar exploration. Svalbard is for the Norwegian owned company Arctic Wildlife Tours a well known back yard. This is a land where the guides and travel leaders need to know how to handle the constantly changing weather, drifting ice conditions and wildlife on its move 24 hours a day. Every day is different and every year is different, the High Arctic nature is in a ever lasting changing mode.

Join this exclusive small ship charter navigating through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic. We do focus on photographic opportunities but our expeditions are well suited for anyone interested in wildlife experiences. The expedition ship MS Villa is a well suited ship to do expeditions in Svalbard. All cabins are new and holds a high standard.

This will be a specialized Svalbard Polar Bear expedition, but not only for the professionals. If you are an amateur or a new beginner with your camera this journey still suites you! This particular Svalbard expedition and photo tour will last 10 nights onboard MS Villa. Read about some of the previous trips on Be Inspired pages.

Wondering what to expect and want to know more details? Please get in touch for more information and to talk about what you can expect. Send us an email on [email protected]



Dates: July 05 - 15 2022
Duration: 10 nights/11 days
Embark: Longyearbyen, July 05 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, July 15 09:00

Total pax: 12
Guides: 2

Double cabins, shared facilities, 3 spots available (Space for one lady in double shared cabin) and a double cabin available for 2
NOK 69 500,- pr. pax

NOW! NOK 59 500 pr. pax 

Ship: MS Villa

Practical information


In the drift ice we will meet the Polar Bears that survive in these huge areas of ice during summer. July will be the best time of the year for this. Far northeast in the drift ice we know it is possible to see Bowhead Whales and we will search for these amazing creatures that can reach a age of 200 years. We will see birds like the Ivory Gull, Kittiwakes, Brünnich Guillemots, Skuas and other bird species typical for the high Arctic. We give no guaranties for what kind of wildlife we will be able to find for you, but we know it is a great chance for seeing what we mention.


Polar Bear sightings

This is the best place in the world to find and see the magnificent polar bear in its natural habitat. A truly unique experience for nature enthusiasts and modern polar explorers.

The diversity of wildlife
Aside from polar bears, there is an unbelievable amount of wildlife to encounter on a Svalbard photo expedition. Walruses resting on the ice, blue whales playing around the ship and swarms of rare birdlife are just some of what to expect.

Estimated travel route during this photo tour


The itinerary for this Svalbard photo expedition will be planned in accordance with the prevailing weather and ice conditions. At this time of then year we will find the drift ice at 81 - 83 degrees north. Our goal is to reach these areas and search for wildlife there.

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

Day 1 Depart from Longyearbyen through the Isfjord heading north towards the drifting ice.

Day 2-9 We set course for the areas where we know we will meet the drift ice. We sail via the seven islands and northeast until we reach the drift ice. Depending on the drift ice conditions we will start searching for wildlife in this area and probably continue towards east. We need some good weather to succeed finding wildlife up there.

Day 10 We sail back towards south and Longyearbyen.

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