Polar Bears, Arctic Wildlife, and Landscapes

We invite you to join us on an exciting photo expedition to Svalbard in June 2017, specially arranged for nature photography enthusiasts. We have chartered our own private ship, the M/S Malmø, for this expedition  Strictly limited to 11 guests, we will have three pros on board for a very high instructor to guest ratio.

We will focus on wildlife, including the polar bears on ice, birds and seals. This is a great opportunity to experience the arctic ice in the polar landscape. Our schedule is arranged around utilizing the time most beneficial to observing and photographing the wildlife on our excursions from the boat. Two Zodiac boats will get everyone closer to the wildlife on the ice or to explore the amazing frozen landscape of the glaciers. With 24 hours of sun, magic hour will last hours making for many more opportunities to witness the unique and wild qualities of this amazing land. We are omitting the traditional “cruise-ship” stops as these would take too much time from our photographic opportunities.

We hope to see you on this expedition, have a look at the video below to see what's in store for you!

Location:

Svalbard, Norway

Tuition:

$12,500

Dates:

June 17 - 27, 2017

Fitness Level:

Easy

Availability:

Sold Out

Marc and Andy were beyond hospitable and did everything possible to make certain that everyone was having a good time and had everything that they needed. Their leadership is much appreciated. The photographic instruction was amazing, I learned so much!
— Steve Hollander, Galapagos '13

Itinerary and Details

Polar Bears: Our main target on this expedition is the Polar Bear. In June we are most likely to find them on the drifting ice. During the last ten expeditions (2011-2016) our local guides have seen and photographed more than 200 of them. It’s one thing to see a lot of bears—but getting close to them in great light is quite another!

Imagine the thrill of spotting one of these magnificent creatures at a distance, and then approaching carefully to get shots like this. We may get lucky and find a mom with cubs—or a bear with a kill—or even males sparring. While we can never guarantee any sightings, our guides have years of experience and have perfected their approach, providing unforgettable encounters with the King of the Arctic. The resulting images have won awards in competitions such as BBC WPY, Natures Best and GDT.

Arctic Mammals and Birds: We expect to see and photograph all of the major wildlife that inhabits the region: whales, walrus, seals, arctic fox, reindeer, and birds too numerous to count! It’s easier to find big marine mammals like walrus and seals when there is less ice. In mid summer we can find walruses in water, on the beaches or on ice floes. When conditions permit, we will go to the north-eastern parts of Svalbard were we even find the small walrus cubs. Mid summer is a great time for bird photography in Svalbard, and we will have many opportunities to shoot birds at sea and ashore. Most birds stays in the high Arctic until the end of August, before they start to move out to sea. This time of the year is also good if you dream of seeing the high Arctic specialties like the Sabines' Gull.

Aboard M/S Malmø: Our home for 9 days and 8 nights will be the M/S Malmø, a traditional ship built in 1943 for the Swedish Martime Administration. After a long and successful career as an ice-strengthened pilot ship and maritime training vessel, she was rebuilt in 2013 to become a passenger ship with space for 12 passengers, 2-4 guides, and a crew of 8. She is a well-maintained ship, in excellent condition, with all the latest navigation, security and safety equipment on board. The Malmø is 37 meters long and carries two zodiacs on board for our off-ship activities. Although our cell phones will not work, the satellite phone is available for emergencies and, for a fee, calls to home or anywhere in the world. Electricity on board is 220 volts using European 2-prong plugs, so bring an adapter.

Accommodations on Malmø consist of mostly twin cabins with upper and lower bunks, and private bathroom and shower. Some cabins have bathroom/shower just outside the cabin. The cabins are bright, clean, and comfortable. The ship has large observation decks for wildlife spotting and photography. The decks are lower on Malmø, so we’ll be closer to eye-level when we’re lucky enough to spot a polar bear on the ice. We’ll have a feeling of privacy and intimacy on our ship for 12, unlike many ships that ply these waters with 50 or more passengers. We will enjoy three great meals a day on board Malmø, as well as afternoon tea and coffee. Special dietary requirements can be handled with no problem. Mealtimes will be as regular as possible, but our crew knows that photography has priority on this expedition and that flexibility is necessary.

June 17, 2017: Fly from your home to arrive in Oslo, Norway (OSL) to arrive anytime before dinnertime. Group dinner TBD, overnight Oslo.

June 18, 2017: Domestic flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen (LYR). Overnight at hotel in Longyearbyen.

June 19 - 27, 2017: Aboard M/S Malmø

June 27, 2017: Workshop concludes after breakfast. Disembark M/S Malmø, domestic flight to Oslo. Flights home from OSL can be anytime on June 28, 2017. 

What’s Included

  • Double Occupancy Lodging (Single in OSL and LYR available)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from three pros
  • Accommodations in Oslo (1st night) and Longyearbyen
  • All permits, fees
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Airfare, both international and domestic (OSL–LYR–OSL). Accommodations in Oslo on June 27, 2017, if needed. Travel and trip insurance. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Tips for the Malmø crew. Anything not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your non-refundable deposit of $3,000 will hold your place on this workshop. Further non-refundable payment of $4,000 is due on December 31, 2016. Final non-refundable payment of $5,500 is due by March 31, 2017. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

Small group, three pros, polar bears—what more could you ask for? If you've been thinking about this, don't delay—click the "Sign Me Up!" button now and register, and we'll see you in Svalbard! Got questions?