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Natural Wonders of Svalbard Photography Tour

Roundtrip Longyearbyen - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MV Vikingfjord
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Embark on a 9-day Svalbard photography tour aboard the MV Vikingfjord, led by the renowned photographer Florian Ledoux. This expedition is tailored for photography enthusiasts eager to capture stunning images of sea ice, wildlife, landscapes, and glaciers. The small expedition vessel, equipped with two zodiacs, allows for close encounters with nature in areas larger ships cannot reach. Wildlife and landscape photographers alike will be thrilled to witness the Arctic's post-winter emergence, offering potential sightings of the majestic polar bears. 
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  • Discover whales, walruses, and other marine life while sailing through Prins Karls Forland
  • Explore the rugged coastline and search for landscape and wildlife photography opportunities
  • Experience the mesmerizing sea ice and search for polar bears along the northwest coast
  • Visit Hornsund or Belsund to encounter polar bears hunting along the ice edge
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

This Svalbard photography tour departs from Longyearbyen, the northern town on earth. Upon leaving the Port of Longyearbyen, say goodbye to civilization for eight days to explore the rugged coastline, searching for landscape and wildlife photography opportunities at every stage. As you sail north, you most likely encounter glaciers and sea ice, making the perfect photo subjects. Early in the season, the sea ice conditions will determine your exact route, which varies yearly.

Day 2: Prins Karls Forland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you leave the Isfjord, keep a good lookout on deck for whales and other everyday marine life in this area. You often encounter walruses that can be photographed from the ship resting on ice flows. Use zodiacs to get closer to any wildlife you spot. In this area, you have frequently encountered blue and humpback whales, belugas, and walruses. In the afternoon, use the zodiacs to get opportunities to take landscape and glacier shots.

Day 3-7: Encountering Sea Ice and North-West Spitsbergen

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Sail as far north as possible along the west coast of Spitsbergen, keeping an eye out for wildlife, including polar bears that inhabit the area. The ultimate plan, if the conditions allow, is to venture up to the edge of the sea ice and spend some time searching for polar bears that use the sea ice to hunt. The sea ice is a mesmerizing photography subject, and in calm conditions, it can be possible to launch the landing craft to cruise between the ice. Then, explore the frozen northwest coast, traveling as far as the ice will allow in search of photography opportunities.

Day 8: Hornsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another option, if the time and conditions allow, is to sail south to visit Hornsund or Belsund. Early in May, the fjords are usually still full of fast ice, and it is possible to encounter polar bears hunting along the ice edge. Alternatively, you may use this time to maximize your exploration of the North.

Day 9: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Late in the previous evening or early in the morning, arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. Today, your Svalbard photography tour ends after breakfast, when you say your goodbyes after making new friends and sharing an incredible adventure.


MV Vikingfjord

MV Vikingfjord facade
MV Vikingfjord facade
MV Vikingfjord Bridge

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Type A - Double with En-Suite
Cabin size: 15 m² with double bed, window, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on deck 3.
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Type B - Double / Twin with En-suite
Cabin size: 15 m² with twin bed, window, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on decks 1 & 2.
MV Vikingfjord Bunk Bed Cabin
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Type C - Single Cabin with En-suite
Cabin size: 10 m² with single bed, desk & chair, wardrobe and an ensuite shower and toilet. Located on deck 3.
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Use of Zodiac (Dinghies) for shore landings and photography opportunities
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Highly experienced Captain and Cook
  • Rubber boots for shore landings
  • Polar Bear protection guides for shore landings
  • Lectures on Svalbard
  • Bedding and towels
  • Expert Guide Team & Photographer
  • Transfers from hotel to vessel for embarkation + vessel to airport/hotel after disembarkation
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical and Evacuation insurance coverage.
  • Any additional expenses such as museum entry


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