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Zodiacs to explore the ice edge and open up close-up photography opportunities of wildlife

Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition

Roundtrip Longyearbyen - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MV Vikingfjord
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Join this 9-day early-season photo expedition to and from Longyearbyen aboard the MV Vikingfjord and witness Spitsbergen's untamed landscapes emerging from winter depths. This expedition cruise, led by professional photographers, focuses on exploring and capturing Arctic scenery and wildlife before the spring thaw: snow-draped mountains and northern fjords filled with sea ice present excellent photo opportunities.
Svalbard Arctic FoxPolar bear in SvalbardSvalbard WalrusSecret Atlas Polar bearsZodiacs to explore the ice edge and open up close-up photography opportunities of wildlife
  • Discover whales, walruses, and other marine life while sailing through Prins Karls Forland
  • Explore photography opportunities for wildlife in Isfjord
  • Experience the mesmerizing sea ice and search for polar bears along the northwest coast
  • Encounter excellent landscape photography scenery and polar bears in Hornsund
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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 Photo Expedition departs from Longyearbyen. Upon leaving the port, say goodbye to civilization for eight days to explore the breathtaking Arctic as it emerges from winter. During April, your route will be determined by the sea ice. Sail north or south, depending on the conditions. This expedition offers a chance to encounter the coast of Svalbard, which is rarely seen. Use zodiacs daily to search for the best landscape and wildlife photography opportunities every day.

Day 2: Isfjord | Prins Karls Forland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Isfjord in April and early May, fjord ice from the winter lines the coast. This is a great place to start scouting for polar bears that move from the land to the sea ice during this time. If conditions allow, it is a great place to use the zodiacs to explore the ice edge and open up close-up photography opportunities for wildlife. After leaving Isfjord, the plan is to sail north, passing Prins Karls Foreland. As the ice recedes from the winter, this area is home to walrus haul-outs.

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

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
The Northwest coast of Spitsbergen has many highlights and places to photograph, including countless glaciers and snow-covered peaks. Use the zodiacs daily to open up photography opportunities. You may land on the heavily frozen shores on the enormous rafts of fjord ice where possible. If the conditions allow, you may venture up to the edge of the sea ice and spend some time searching for polar bears that use the ice to hunt. The sea ice is a mesmerizing photography subject; in calm conditions, launching the landing craft to cruise between the ice can be possible.

Day 8: Hornsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If the time and conditions allow, attempt to sail south to visit Hornsund or Belsund. In late April, there is usually still a great deal of ice blocking the deep fjords, offering excellent landscape photography scenery. It is possible to encounter polar bears hunting along the ice edge of the fjord ice with some terrific set for a background.

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 photo expedition ends. After breakfast, say your goodbyes after making new friends and sharing an excellent 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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