Wild Arctic Photo Expedition
Join us for an adventure of a lifetime amongst polar bears, walruses and glaciers and prepare to fall in love with the pureness of the Arctic. We will explore the most remote parts of Svalbard in the search of wildlife and amazing scenery. Our home will be a small ship equipped with zodiacs for getting even closer to wildlife and landings on shore.
We have the pleasure of inviting an exclusive group of adventure minded people who are ready to step out of everyday life and into the icy wilderness of the Arctic. Wether you are a photographer, an explorer, or just seeking peace of mind, you are in for an awe-inspiring trip like no other.
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Exploring the Arctic
After welcoming you on board the ship we will leave Longyearbyen at 78° north and head further north along the west coast. We will keep an eye out for wildlife at all times and there will be plenty of time for photography at any sightings. The east and north coast of Svalbard also offers amazing scenery with endless, rugged peaks and glaciers stretching all the way from the mountains and into the ocean.
What to expect
As soon as we leave Longyearbyen there will be no wifi and no reception. With your phone safely placed in your cabin it is time to loose yourself in the mesmerising world of the arctic. Our route is carefully planned to get the best opportunities of encountering wildlife and epic scenery. However, ice conditions, wildlife and weather is beyond our control, and we might do changes to our initial plan as we go. Safety will always be the top priority.
This trip will be hosted by a team of professional photographers and explorers; Hannes Becker, Benjamin Hardman and Lina Kayser, and photographer and Expedition Leader Michael Ginzburg. We will share all our knowledge and secrets with you about work in the field, how to operate your camera and lens, post processing, editing and more. Don’t worry if you don’t own a telezoom lens, we will bring a variety of high quality telezoom lenses for you to try out, and we will have cameras and other equipment for loan at no extra charge.
Travelling in late April early May gives us opportunities to photograph polar bears with cubs. At this time of year the mother brings her cubs out on the sea ice to find food, and there’s usually ice left in the fjords and around the mainland. The chances for seing them from the ship should be really good, and it’s great way to photograph them without disturbing. The ship has a spacious deck at a low level that allows for getting really amazing shots.
Polar Bear Safety
We are guests in the home of the polar bear and will act respectfully to ensure that they are undisturbed by our presens. The safety of our guests and not least the safety of the polar bear will always be top priority. The expedition team are experienced and certified guides with extended knowledge on polar expeditions.
We have chosen the m/v Kinfish, which is a small, but fully equipped, modern and ice strengthened ship for this expedition. There will be a maximum of 12 passengers on this trip to make the experience more intimate. You will travel together with an expedition leader, a guide and photography mentors, as well as the ship’s crew.
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole
Area: 61,022 km²
Dates: 27 April - 07 May 2019
Ship: M/V Kinfish
Nights on board the ship: 10
Price per person: 8500,- EURO
Embark/disembark: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
10 nights accomodation on board the ship
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, tea, snacks)
Photography mentoring on location
Post processing and editing sessions
Professional tele zooms and cameras for loan
Flights to and from Svalbard
Accommodation before and after the expedition
Personal travel insurance including camera gear
Soft drinks and beverages fra the bar
27th April: Embarkation day
Welcome and bording the ship at Longyearbyen harbour at 4 pm. Get settled in your cabin, and get to know your expedition team and fellow explorers.
28th April through 06th of May: Expedition days
This will be an Arctic expedition in the rightful meaning of the word. Even though our route is carefully planned in advance, we might do changes as we go based on ice conditions, weather and wildlife - and your wishes. If conditions allow this might be some of the highlights:
Visiting the abandoned russian settlement Pyramiden, a great place to spot the arctic fox
Cruising amongst the icy waters in front of the breathtaking glaciers Monacobreen and Smeerenburgbreen
Sailing north towards the ice edge in the search for polar bears
Hike on the tundra to look for reindeer
Sailing through the Hinlopen straight and get close to the dramatic cliffs of Alkefjellet
We can also expect to see walrus and seals relaxing on the ice, whales and seals swimming and different species of arctic birds.
07th May: Disembarkation day
You will wake up at harbour in Longyearbyen and disembarkation will be at around 08:00 am.
What level of photography is required?
Anyone is welcome on this expedition, wether you are a beginner, enthusiast or pro. If you are a passionate beginner we will help you with the technical skills, and for the pros we will do our best to get you the shots you have dreamed of.
What camera gear should I bring?
DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, and various lenses. The best combination is to bring both a wide angle and a tele lens, or a zoom lens like 80-400 mm. A sturdy tripod is useful for heavy lenses and bring your laptop and external hard drives for editing sessions. Keep in mind that the climate in the Arctic can be very harsh with strong winds, cold temperatures, snow and ice. Extra batteries is crucial. We will also have a variety of camera gear on board that you can try out and loan.
Can I bring my drone?
It is possible to use your drone on Svalbard, but there are several restrictions you must be aware of and follow. Keep in mind that the cold temperatures can make your battery drop from 100% to 0 in seconds and being this far north can disturb your gps and compass. It is very easy to loose control over your drone in these conditions. Disturbing wildlife on Svalbard is prohibited and it is prohibited to use your drone in Longyearbyen. See more: https://www.sysselmannen.no/globalassets/sysselmannen-bilder/annet/beredskap/droneplakat.jpg
How will the weather be?
In the Arctic you need to be prepared for anything. Temperatures down to -20°C / -4°F can be expected, and in combination with strong winds and snowfall it is going to get cold. We will spend quite amount of time outside on deck photographing and looking for wildlife. Make sure you pack to stay warm.
Will we see any wild animals?
The chances are very high that we will see wildlife, but with wild animals no guarantees can ever be given. The expedition team are experts in their fields and will know where to go for the best opportunities. Animals that we can expect to encounter is the polar bear, arctic fox, walruses, reindeer, seals, whales and arctic birds.
Will there be any activities?
We will do zodiac excursions and landings on shore, and if conditions allow we will do some hiking. The main purpose for the hikes will be getting to awesome photo locations and viewpoints. There will also be editing sessions on board the ship in-between the shootings.
How do I get to Svalbard?
There are daily flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen and flying time is less than 3 hours. Be aware of the mandatory ID control for all travellers, also Norwegains, so don't forget to bring your passport or national ID card.
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