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Svalbard – Ice Lover Photo Expedition 2023

US$9,895 - US$10,195 per individual

1 Space Available

25 May 2023 – 2 June 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. Later in the season, the drifting ice shrinks and eventually disappears, so if you love ice, you should join us on this expedition as much of the photography will centre on working with wildlife in the magical, white landscape. We hope to capture other iconic Arctic mammals such as Walruses, Arctic Fox, various seals and whales, and bird photography is nothing short of spectacular, with special species including 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.

ORYX LEADERS
To be announced: Roy Mangersnes / Ole J Liodden

9 Days
12 Guests + 2 ORYX Leaders
Classic
Landscape
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Longyearbyen
  • per individual
    From US$9,985 to US$10,195
  • Single Supplement
    Please contact us
  • Photographic Highlights
    Polar Bear, Walrus, Svalbard Reindeer, Arctic Fox, incredible polar scenery
  • Guide
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Day 1: Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden

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 as we sail through Isfjorden, the second longest fjord in Svalbard.
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Days 2 to 3: Heading towards the ice, searching for Polar Bears, Walruses & seals

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 or in the Hinlopen Strait
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Day 4: Sailing through 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.
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Day 5: 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.
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Days 6 & 7: North-western corner of Spitsbergen & Kongsfjorden

This section of Spitsbergen is replete with beautiful mountains and glaciers, and as we appreciate the incredible scenery (and snap a few well timed pictures!), we will be keeping a look out for some of the local wildlife on the ice. Having covered some good ground, we will find ourselves in Kongsfjorden, which is renowned for its landscapes, birds and seals.
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Day 8: Kong Karls Forland, then back to Longyearbyen (arrival roughly midnight)

.Today is the penultimate day of our expedition. While at Kong Karls Forland area we will be keeping a look out for Walrus. We will also visit Alkehornet (this is the northern entrance of Isfjorden), where towing cliffs rise impressively out of surrounding plain, and which is famous as a nesting site for Fulmars and Kittiwakes. This is also a great area for Arctic Fox and Svalbard Reindeer, and we will look to photograph them in this lovely setting. We are scheduled to arrive back at Longyearbyen late in the evening (around 24h00).
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Day 9: 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
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