Dive into an arctic photography adventure with award-winning photography expert by your side
Take your photography skills to the next level and explore one of Noway’s most pristine island’s on this 11-day arctic cruising adventure. Explore the unspoiled beauty of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, and discover its coastal fjords, towering mountainous terrain and smaller, surrounding islands. Travel with onboard expert, award-winning guest photographer Chris Linder, who’ll give presentations and hands-on learning opportunities that will help you to perfect your lens choices, perspective, composition, and how to make the most of various lighting and weather situations. Plus, share your adventure with countless arctic wildlife that call this area home, with plenty of opportunity to practice your newly found photography skills on them. This cruise combines nature, wildlife, action and photography to make the perfect trip for the creative adventurer who’s ready to return home with just as many incredible photos as incredible memories.
Discover the unspoiled beauty of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, as you cruise the arctic waters and explore this pristine place, the coastal fjords and smaller, surrounding islands
Take your photography skills to a whole new level with the help of onboard expert, award- winning guest photographer Chris Linder, who’ll give presentations and hands-on learning opportunities
Practice your landscape photography with hiking adventures (optional) and Zodiac excursions into the colourful tundra. With 60% of Spitsbergen covered in glaciers and much of the terrain blanketed by towering mountains, you’ll be awe-struck by the natural beauty here.
Learn the secret sauce to wildlife to photography and practice on incredible arctic life like polar bears, arctic foxes, Svalbard rock ptarmigan and Svalbard reindeer.
Learn more about how to help preserve this pristine environment for generations to come with onboard presentations on marine biology, ornithology, glaciology and history to will complement the photography sessions and help prepare you for the adventures that await.
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.
This sturdy expedition ship was built in 1975 and underwent an $8 million refurbishment in 2017 which included new engines and refurbished cabins...
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Spitsbergen Photography: Under the Midnight Sun trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
This trip starts and finishes in Helsinki, Finland
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
To confirm your reservation, a deposit of 25% (unless indicated otherwise at time of booking) of the total invoice amount is required at time of booking. Balances are due 120 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our "Booking terms and conditions" page on our website for all Quark Expedition terms and conditions. www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-intrepid/booking-conditions
COVID 19 VACCINATION
All customers must be vaccinated against covid 19 to join this voyage. You must present a copy of your Covid 19 proof of vaccination record from your government’s health authority prior to embarkation.
Explore the ocean from a more intimate vantage point on a sit-on-top kayak. No experience is required to manoeuvre these very stable kayaks, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, taking in breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. Hiking is also offered on some itineraries. This activity is at no additional cost and do not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
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