SVALBARD ICE LOVER
Our Svalbard photo expedition Ice Lover has been a great success and WildPhoto Travel have made these early June and July expeditions a classic. Here we will give you the chance to photograph the Arctic wilderness and its wildlife while snow and ice is still covering the archipelago. Later in the season the drifting ice will shrink and eventually disappear. If you love ice like us, you should join us on one of these early season Svalbard photo expeditions!
As always we will schedule longer stops than normal cruises on our Svalbard photo expedition in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. 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 photo expedition for photographers who want to travel in small groups and work with wildlife in white landscapes!
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 our Svalbard photo 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. Also included will be some excursions going ashore amongst walrus colonies (or walruses on the ice), bird cliffs, and places that are seething with life during this time of year. An itinerary for a 9 days expedition might be as described below.
Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day in advance.
Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden.
Day 2-3 Heading toward the ice, searching for Polar bears, Walruses and seals. Depending on the ice conditions this will be north of Spitsbergen or in the Hinlopen Strait.
Day 4 Sailing south in Hinlopen, with bird cliffs and hopefully Polar bears and Walruses on the drifting ice.
Day 5 Liefdefjorden with the Monaco glacier.
Day 6 North-western corner of Spitsbergen, with beautiful mountains and glaciers, and hopefully some wildlife on the ice.
Day 7 Kongsfjorden with nice landscapes, birds and seals.
Day 8 Prins Karls Forland with Walruses and Alkehornet with bird cliffs, Arctic fox and Reindeer. Back to Longyearbyen late in the evening around 24:00.
Day 9 Leaving the ship and prepare the travel home.
We will have some excursions going ashore amongst walrus colonies (or walruses on the ice), bird cliffs, nice landscape or other interesting places.
CABINS ON M/S ORIGO
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. Unlike most other ship our expedition ship has been insulated and improved to work in very low temperatures and is perfectly adapted to our Svalbard winter expedition.
LARGE IMAGE OF EACH CABIN: (click on the numbers to see images)
You register to this Svalbard Ice Lover 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.
Accommodation in Longyearbyen
We strongly recommend you to arrive in Longyearbyen the day before the Svalbard photo tour starts. Sometimes the luggage is delayed and will be sent on a later flight.
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