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Svalbard – Classic Photo Expedition IIII 2023

US$12,095 - US$12,395 per individual

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14 Aug 2023 – 24 Aug 2023

With towering snowcapped mountains, forbidding glaciers and flower-studded tundra, it is here where the formidable Polar Bear reigns as the apex predator and we hope to capture these white bears on the drifting ice sprinkled across the ocean. The ice situation at this time of year normally allows us to explore the north-eastern parts of the archipelago and we hope to capture other iconic Arctic mammals such as Walruses, Arctic Fox, various seals and whales. Bird photography is nothing short of spectacular, and the more special species include Ivory Gull, King Eider, Puffin and vast colonies of breeding Guillemots. Zodiac trips will be incorporated to get closer to wildlife, the ice and glaciers as we explore this unforgettable destination on our Svalbard photography tour

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Svalbard is considered the best place in the world to photograph the legendary Polar Bear, as well as other notable Arctic mammals and birds.

Month of Travel

The midnight sun during the summer months provides ample hours of sunshine, ensuring that no photographic moment goes missing!

Getting the shot

We will make use of zodiac boats for landings and to get closer to Arctic wildlife.

Small Group Departures

This expedition is limited to only 12 passengers apart from your Photo Tour Leaders and expedition crew, and is an exclusive photographers-only photo tour.

Experienced Team

Our photography team consists of some of the world’s most renowned wildlife photographers, who are all local Norwegians and considered the polar experts of their field.

Roy Mangersnes / Ole J Liodden

11 Days
12 Guests + 2 ORYX Leaders
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • per individual
    From US$12,095 to US$12,395
  • Single Supplement
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  • Photographic Highlights
    Polar Bear, Walrus, Svalbard Reindeer, Arctic Fox, incredible polar scenery
  • Guide

Day 1: Departure from Longyearbyen

Our Svalbard photography tour begins at the richly historical former mining town of Longyearbyen and we will embark on the expedition ship in the late afternoon.

Days 2 to 5: Searching for Polar Bears and Walruses

Heading toward the ice, we will start searching for Polar Bears and Walruses. Depending on the ice conditions this will be north of Spitsbergen or in the Nordaustlandet, and will continue our search eastwards towards Storøya.

Day 6: Sailing south toward Bråsvellbreen and into Hinlopen

Today our Svalbard photography tour will today take us into Hinlopen, best known for the hundreds of thousands of breeding Brunnich’s Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Black Guillemots. Additionally, we will search for the Polar Bears and Walruses that are sometimes seen on drifting ice in the area.

Days 7 to 9: Liefdefjorden (Monaco Glacier)

The Monaco Glacier (alternatively known as Monacobreen) is a spectacular glacier that debouches out of Liefdefjorden. It is an impressive site and we will use our zodiac boats to get as close as possible. Its coastal plain offers a great area to spot Polar Bears that frequent the area to hunt for Ringed Seals or feed on bird’s eggs. Our Svalbard photo tour then sees us routing to Lilliehööksfjorden and Kongsfjorden, renowned for its landscapes, birds and seals

Day 10: Sailing south to Prins Karls Forland, afternoon at Alkehornet, and then through to Longyearbyen

Today is the penultimate day of our Svalbard photography tour. While at the Prins Karls Forland area we will be keeping a look out for Walrus and visit Alkehornet, where towing cliffs rise impressively out of surrounding plain, and is famous as a nesting site for Fulmars and Kittiwakes. This is also a great area for Arctic Fox and Svalbard Reindeer.

Day 11: Disembark from the ship Longyearbyen and depart

Having arrived at Longyearbyen in the middle last night, we will this morning be disembarking as our incredible photography expedition sadly comes to an end!   *Please note: This itinerary is a guideline only, and the program is dependent on weather, ice conditions and wildlife.
Svalbard ClassicAndries Combrink, South Africa

Going on this Svalbard photo tour was an amazing experience, one that left me close to tears at time at the sheer magnitude of what we saw in both the landscape and the wildlife. It was a supreme experience and found it surreal that as Africans with a rich and diverse natural environment around us, we had to travel almost 12 000km north to experience the best that nature has to offer. It was one of the few times I've truly felt a sense of awe and sheer isolation in nature.

Svalbard ClassicAndreas Muller, Germany

I had a fantastic experience during my Svalbard photo tour and is so worthwhile going on the trip! We saw walruses, seals, polar bears, foxes, reindeers, whales (one blue Whale!) and a lot of birds. A lot of effort was implemented from the crew to find the wildlife and it was also great to be internet free for 9 days! We had wonderful days with a lot of unforgettable memories.

Svalbard ClassicDavid & Ulana Farmer, USA

Overall the Svalbard trip was excellent! We were very impressed with the planning, flexibility in adjusting to ice conditions etc., and especially with the outstanding leadership and skill of our guides Roy and Frede. The opportunities for wildlife photography were superb and I could not possibly pass on suggestions for any improvement in leadership, management and viewing approach. This was as good as it gets and we are grateful for the efforts of all involved. In addition we are greatly appreciative of the friendly and effective crew of the ORIGO who were always ready to help. A valuable aspect was the Captain’s ready willingness, in fact encouragement, to let us stay up on the bridge at all hours and watch the magnificent scenery and wildlife slip past as we sailed through this remote environment. Our thanks go to all the staff!

Svalbard ClassicBryan Forley, United States

It was an amazing trip! It was a combination of stunning landscapes and magnificent wildlife. Roy and Frede, as well as the entire crew of the ship were great and I enjoyed every minute!

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