Svalbard in Summer
Wildlife photography expeditions have always been at the core of our business. With some of Europe’s finest arctic wildlife and landscape photographers, many guests return to further refine their skills and craft. Count on unique opportunities to photograph Polar bears, walrus, Arctic birds, whales, fjords, icebergs and more in the stunning environment of the high arctic.
Traveling with the MS Freya assures the needed comfort, stability, and strength in the ice, with the low decks offering great angles for photography.
During summer, there is a lot of sea-ice around the north of Svalbard and fjords are still covered with fast ice. Breeding birds arrive and are in full display. The beautiful light of the earliest summer sun enables you to scout and take photographs all night long.
We explore the waters around Svalbard with an ice-strengthened ship, ideal for Arctic expeditions. Sailing into ice-covered fjords and spending lots of time in the pack-ice, you are sure to get amazing photo-opportunities.
Start - End
How Many days?
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Where are we going?
Our route will be determined by wind, weather, ice and wildlife. This assures many amazing surprises, but there are some activities we never miss.
- Cruising in front of the glaciers, with many photographic opportunities with sea birds, ice, landscapes, seals on ice and Polar bears.
- Pack ice, where larger mammals such as walrus and bearded seal come to rest, and Polar bears come to hunt.
- A landing at a walrus haul-out, one of the most impressive Svalbard animals. Since the hunting ban of 1952 their population has increased to an estimated 5000.
- Bird colonies: little auks, black-legged kittiwakes and Brunichs guillemots all come to nest in large numbers and are oblivious to our presence, granting us great photo opportunities.
Day to day
Departure: flight to Longyearbyen, where we check in to the hotel. Being present one day before the departure of the ship is highly recommended, to avoid trouble with cancelled flights or delays. The extra day gives you a great opportunity to experience daily life in the high Arctic.
We embark the MS Freya, which will be our home for the next 8 days. You will explore one of the worlds wildest and most beautiful areas, making daily landings and discovering Arctic wildlife. This is an expedition, so ultimately our route will be determined by wind, weather, ice and the presence of wildlife. Patience and flexibility are the keys to success as we strive for the ultimate Svalbard experience!
After breakfast, we check out of the ship at 9 AM.