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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.

Trip information

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.


Expedition Period


Start - End

Longyearbyen - Svalbard - Longyearbyen

How Many days?

10 days


Easy to moderate, comfortable, lots of sea-ice!


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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.


Pieter-Jan D’Hondt

Pieter-Jan D’Hondt

  Pieter-Jan is a biodiversity and ecology expert and an experienced nature photographer. In 2013, he attended UNIS - the…

Yves Adams

Yves Adams

A celebrated wildlife and landscape photographer from Belgium, Yves is passionate about the Arctic. This passion has brought him to…


MS Freya

We work exclusively with small, ice-strengthened vessels that we have chosen carefully for our trips in the high Arctic. The MS Freya is one of our trusted ships. Built in 1980 for the Swedish Coast Guard, this ship ensured that the beacons and lighthouses worked in good order, moving through very tough weather and ice. She classifies as an ice-strengthened ship under Lloyd's highest class. Today, Freya sails in Arctic waters almost year-round. When she's not in Svalbard, you might find her exploring the waters around Iceland, Greenland or northern Norway. This ship will safely take you to places other expedition ships never visit. Traveling in a small group will offer you a truly intimate experience of the beautiful Arctic surroundings. The ship has comfortable double cabins fitted with 220-volt European standard outlets. All cabins feature an ensuite WC and shower and are cleaned daily by the ship's crew. There…

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