The main subjects on this photo expedition will be wildlife and landscapes in stunning autumn light. Svalbard is the best place on earth to photograph Polar Bears, and we hope to find some of them in the best light available. The ice situation at this time of year usually also allows us to explore the north-eastern parts of the archipelago.

September is a great time for watching and photographing big whales, and we have good chances of finding Blue Whale, Fin Whale, Humpback Whale, Mink Whale, Beluga and the White-beaked Dolphins. The light conditions are great at this time of year, so get ready for some stunning wildlife photography. This is the expedition for nature photographers focusing on great light and wants and unforgettable experience!

We will schedule longer stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. We use 2 zodiac boats to get ashore or when searching for the wildlife at sea.


13.09-23.09 2019 1 spot

13.09-23.09 2020 3 spots

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Let us know if you want to be on a WAITLIST if some spots are available on fully booked trips or upcoming trips.


Svalbard is situated at about 80 degrees north, so we schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. Our captain is an expert navigator in arctic conditions. He is an important advisor in planning the expedition in a manner that allows us to maximize the photo opportunities and enjoyment of this trip.

Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day in advance.

Day 1  Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden.

Day 2-4  Heading toward the ice, searching for Polar bears. Depending on the ice conditions, this will probably be north of Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet.

Day 5  East toward Storøya, searching for walruses.

Day 6  Sailing south toward Bråsvellbreen and into Hinlopen with walruses and whales.

Day 7 Sailing north up Hinlopen.

Day 8 Liefdefjorden with the Monaco glacier.

Day 9 North-western corner of Spitsbergen with seals and great landscape.

Day 10 Sailing south-west for photographing whales in the morning. Alkehornet with bird cliffs, Arctic fox and Reindeer. Back to Longyearbyen late in the evening around 24:00.

Day 11 Leaving the ship and prepare the travel home.


Svalbard Autumn light map

We will have some excursions going ashore amongst walrus colonies (or walruses on the ice), bird cliffs, nice landscape or other interesting places.


The M/S Origo is spacious and well suited for photography with 2 Twin cabins (#21 and #31) and 4 Single cabins with private WC / shower (#9, #10, #25, #26 and #30) and 4 Single cabins with shared WC / shower (#22, #23, #24 and #27). The beds are made ready and bed linen and towels are provided. Food service will be at a designated time, but we intend to be flexible. The chef has a varied and tasty menu.


Cabin-Origo-23 Single cabin, with shared WC/shower: USD $10.595 BOOK NOW
Cabin-Origo-23 Single cabin, with shared WC/shower: USD $10.995 BOOK NOW


Cabin-Origo-23 Single cabin, with shared WC/shower: USD $10.995 BOOK NOW

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  • All nights onboard the M/S Origo
  • All meals onboard the vessel
  • Expedition leader, guide, safety and other staffs
  • Excursions with two Zodiacs
  • Flights to / from Svalbard (Longyearbyen)
  • Overnight accommodation prior to and following the expedition
  • Alcohol and souvenirs purchased onboard the ship
  • Tips (recommended) for the vessel’s crew members
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance


You register to this expedition by submitting a deposit payment (USD $2000) and sending in a signed booking form. On the backside (page #2) of the booking form you will find the terms and conditions which pertain to this expedition. You will also find more information about payments, insurance etc. on the booking form. Let us know if you have any questions.


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Accommodation in Longyearbyen

We strongly recommend you to arrive in Longyearbyen the day before the expedition starts. Sometimes the luggage is delayed and will be sent on a later flight.

Book your accommodation in Longyearbyen below to get good rates, and you can easily manage your bookings at the app or website. Our recommended hotels in Longyearbyen are:

Hotel Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

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Svalbard Hotell & Lodge

Gjestehuset 102

Funken Lodge

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