Spitsbergen Photography Adventure

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
14 days
From: $ 12,490 $ 892 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Refine your skills and become a photography expert, capturing some of the most remote and extraordinary landscapes on earth. Better yet, you’ve got a team of photography experts on hand to help.
  • See onboard environmental and scientific lectures and seminars to give you all the Spitsbergen knowledge, plus a couple of photography masterclasses to hone your technique.
  • Twice daily zodiac excursions mean there’s plenty of opportunities to get up close to glaciers, icebergs and all types of wildlife. There are more polar bears than people on Svalbard, so get snapping!
  • Did someone say midnight snack? Because of the time of year, you’ll experience almost 24 hours of daylight, allowing for sightseeing any time of the day, or night!
  • With a flexible voyage itinerary, you’ll only hit the places which are worthwhile and have the best conditions, as your expert polar team to maximise wildlife spotting opportunities each day.

Short Description

Just like a true Arctic adventurer, throw away the itinerary, grab your camera and let wildlife and pack ice decide your route around Svalbard. Guided by your experienced expedition leaders and coached by a team of professional photographers, set off from Longyearbyen and explore the archipelago’s collection of fjords, glaciers and weathered historical sites. 24 hours of daylight will give you plenty of time to search for Arctic wildlife like polar bears and walrus, whales and seabirds, Arctic fox and reindeer. This one-off adventure is the perfect chance to experience the Arctic and bring back incredible images and memories of this unique untouched region.

Style Small ship cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Helsinki
End City Helsinki

Destinations

Norway Finland

Attractions & Cities Visited

Helsinki Spitsbergen Svalbard

Activities & Interests

N/A

Age Requirement

8-99

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Itinerary

Day 1 Helsinki, Finland

Your arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, where you may arrive at any time today. Known for its extraordinary architecture, Helsinki is a great place to spend time, exploring the many museums, galleries and restaurants. Perhaps relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2 Helsinki, Finland - Longyearbyen – Embarkation Day

This morning, transfer to the airport and board your private charter flight to Longyearbyen – Spitsbergen’s largest settlement – where you’ll have some time to explore before boarding the ship. You may want to visit the Svalbard or North Pole museums to learn more about the local history, or perhaps grab a beer at the Svalbard Brewery. After boarding the ship, head out on deck to enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic town.

Day 3-13 Spitsbergen

The real thrill of adventure comes in not knowing what might come next. Every expedition in Svalbard is unique as the crew must adjust the ship’s course depending on the weather, sea and ice conditions. That way, you’ll be maximising your chances for rare wildlife spotting, going in search for Arctic terns, reindeer and walruses and the mighty polar bear. Who knows when these unique animals will rear their head into view – it may be over dinner, or very (very) early in the morning, so be ready with a charged camera and flexible mindset. An average day on board will include a wakeup call from your expedition leader around 7 am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow passengers for breakfast in the restaurant. You will usually have two excursions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with lunch back on the ship in between. You will head out on multiple Zodiac cruises in and around Spitsbergen, possibly venturing on land among fields of tundra or strolling by nesting puffins. On the off chance that the weather makes shore excursions unsafe, settle into your well-equipped expedition vessel and learn from your expert polar crew in a series of lectures, presentations and photography masterclasses. If the weather’s right, opt-in for an icy polar plunge – jumping into the deep blue Arctic for a mind (and body) numbing experience. The best thing is that, in any weather, the team are dedicated to creating an unforgettable photography-focused Spitsbergen experience, so keep your camera handy so you don’t miss a thing.

Day 14 Longyearbyen – Disembarkation Day – Helsinki, Finland

The time has come to say goodbye. This morning, your expedition finishes as it began in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, transfer to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki. On arrival at Helsinki Airport, your adventure comes to an end, and you are free to leave at any time.

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport Expedition Cruise Ship,Zodiac

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 199

Accommodations

Expedition Cruise Ship (12 nights),Hotel (1 night)

Guides

Your voyage will be led by an experienced Expedition Leader. In addition, a number of experts will be on board to add knowledge of their field to your experience. This will include a Marine Biologist, Ornithologist, Glaciologist or Geologist, Polar Historian, Kayaking guide and Naturalist guides. Voyages offering other adventure activities will have additional specialist guides on board.

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 8

Max Age: 99

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Helsinki
  • Array
  • Helsinki
  • FINLAND

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