Let the Arctic’s wildlife be your guide on a unique no-itinerary exploration
Just like a true arctic adventurer, throw away the itinerary and let wildlife and pack ice decide your route around Spitsbergen. Climb aboard for a unique cruise through fjords and along the western coast of the Norwegian Archipelago, getting expert help to capture on camera this incredible glacial and mountainous terrain. 24 hours of daylight will give you plenty of time to search for iconic arctic wildlife like polar bears and walrus, whales and seabirds, arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer. Your smaller ship means you can access areas others can’t, while also making Zodiac landings to hike the colourful tundra and photograph ice bears on the hunt. This one-off adventure is the perfect chance to bring back incredible images and memories of this unique untouched region.
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There are more polar bears than people on Spitsbergen so there’ll be plenty of chances for ‘ice bear’ encounters
Take advantage of 24 hours of daylight, and an itinerary that follows the wildlife, for perfect polar pictures
Jump in Zodiacs to cruise up to towering glaciers and glistening icebergs, and land on the surprisingly colourful tundra
With tips and tricks from on-board photographic experts, you’ll be capturing the raw and rugged beauty of the Svalbard archipelago in no time
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are freezing. 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. If you catch sight of a bear never approach it – stay calm and immediately inform your guide. Lastly, never leave food anywhere in an attempt to lure polar bears.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Spitsbergen Photography Adventure trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
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.