COVID-19 UPDATE: Norway finally reopens its borders for some tourists. For more information, check here.

SAFE TRAVEL: « Safety first » is very important to us, especially in these Covid-times. To insure your safety, we follow a very strict sanitary plan approved by the authorities last year and tested successfully during our 6 ship-based photo expeditions (8-10 days) in Svalbard from July to September 2020.
On our Svalbard trips 2021, we offer half capacity on the ship to allow social distancing in all situations, especially in the dining room, health personal onboard, everybody on board vaccinated or tested in Longyearbyen before departure by our personal, single cabins or twin cabins for family members, half capacity on the zodiacs too for distancing and a better photo experience… We keep close contact with the local hospital to get the best advice at all time. We’re based in Longyearbyen and our ground personal is there in case assistance is needed.
Read our trip reports from our successful 2020 expeditions here: #1 07.07-15.07, #2 15.07-25.07, #3 25.07-04.08, #4 04.08-14.08, #5 14-24.08, #6 3-13.09

SVALBARD CLASSIC

The main focus on this Svalbard photography tour will be Polar bears in the drifting ice, the high Arctic wildlife and stunning landscapes. Svalbard is the best place on earth to photograph Polar bears, and we normally find good numbers of them. The ice situation at this time of year usually allows us to explore the northeastern parts of the archipelago.

We will also photograph other animals like Walrus, Bearded seals, Ringed seals, Humpback whales, Fin whales, Blue whales and Belugas. In July / August the seabirds are leaving the cliffs, and we hope to get some nice photo opportunities of birds like the Brünnichs guillemots on this Svalbard photography tour.

We will schedule longer stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. On all our Svalbard photography tours we use two zodiac boats to get closer to the wildlife on the ice or when exploring and searching for photo opportunities in front of the glaciers.

This is the Svalbard photography tour for nature photographers who want to travel in small groups and have more time with the wildlife. This is a true expedition!!



Spots


With MS Virgo


05.07-15.07 2022 Sold out


15.07-25.07 2022 4 Spots


25.07-04.08 2022 5 Spots


14.08-24.08 2022 5 Spots


VIEW AVAILABLE SPOTS AND PRICES in 2022


This list is not always 100% updated, so please contact us at booking@wildphoto.com to confirm available spots.

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

IMAGES FROM PREVIOUS SVALBARD CLASSIC EXPEDITIONS


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Svalbard

15.07-25.07 2018

Ole J Liodden

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Svalbard

15.07-25.07 2019

Ole J Liodden

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Svalbard

14.08-24.08 2020

Ole J Liodden

Itinerary

Svalbard is situated at about 80o N, so we schedule our Svalbard photography tours in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. Based on previous photo expeditions in July and August we plan to use the travel route as illustrated on the map, but this may change due to ice, weather and other conditions.

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 Polar bears and walruses.

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

Day 7-9 Liefdefjorden with the Monaco glacier, north-western corner of Spitsbergen with walruses, seals and great landscape. South to Lilliehööksfjorden and Kongsfjorden, with glaciers, birds and marine mammals.

Day 10 Sailing south to Prins Karls Forland for our last landing with Walruses, and in the afternoon Alkehornet with bird cliffs, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeers. Back to Longyearbyen late in the evening around 24:00.

Day 11 Leaving the ship and prepare the travel home.

Map


Svalbard Classic map

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

AVAILABLE CABINS ON EXPEDITION 05.07-15.07 2022 WITH MS VIRGO:

For information about MS Virgo and the deck plan, check here



AVAILABLE CABINS ON EXPEDITION 15.07-25.07 2022 WITH MS VIRGO:

For information about MS Virgo and the deck plan, check here


Cabin-Virgo-2 Suite with private WC/shower: USD $11.795 per spot (2 spots) BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-4 Mini-suite with private WC/shower: USD $10.995 per spot (2 spots) BOOK NOW

AVAILABLE CABINS ON EXPEDITION 25.07-04.08 2022 WITH MS VIRGO:

For information about MS Virgo and the deck plan, check here

Cabin-Virgo-4 Mini-suite with private WC/shower: USD $10.995 per spot (2 spots) BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-9 Single cabin, with private WC/shower: USD $11.795 BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-11 Single cabin, with private WC/shower: USD $11.795 BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-12 Single cabin, with private WC/shower: USD $11.795 BOOK NOW

AVAILABLE CABINS ON EXPEDITION 14.08-24.08 2022 WITH MS VIRGO:

For information about MS Virgo and the deck plan, check here

Cabin-Virgo-2 Suite with private WC/shower: USD $$11.795 per spot (2 spots) BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-3 Single cabin, with private WC/shower: USD $$11.795 BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-11 Single cabin, with private WC/shower: USD $11.795 BOOK NOW
Cabin-Virgo-12 Single cabin, with private WC/shower: USD $11.795 BOOK NOW

This list is not always 100% updated, so please contact us at booking@wildphoto.com to confirm available spots.


We offer expeditions on Svalbard in March-April, in June and September too. Check Svalbard Winter, Svalbard Ice Lover and Svalbard Autumn Light.

To see all the destinations and dates, check our home page

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • All nights onboard the M/S Origo
  • All meals onboard the vessel
  • Expedition leader, guide, guards and other personnel
  • Excursions with two Zodiacs
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • 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

Booking

You register to this expedition by submitting a deposit payment (USD $2000) and sending in a signed booking form to our EMAIL. 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 Svalbard expedition starts. Sometimes the luggage is delayed and will be sent on a later flight. Our recommended hotels in Longyearbyen are:

    Hotel Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

    Basecamp Hotel

    Svalbard Hotell & Lodge

    Gjestehuset 102

    Funken Lodge

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