Wildlife photography tour in Spitsbergen, Svalbard (13 days)

Your IFMGA-certified guide Bruno will take you on a gorgeous, beautiful and charming wildlife photography tour in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, where you will be able to capture the sheer beauty of a wild array of animals in their natural habitat, whilst also taking in the thrilling scenery.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

13 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jun

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Photograph animals such as polar bears, dolphins, walruses and reindeer!

  • Visit Monacofjellet - the highest point of Svalbard!

  • Walk through towering mountains, glaciers and fjords!

  • Walk on fjord ice!

  • Explore the town of Spitsbergen!

 

Together we will go on a truly epic 13-day photography tour of Svalbard in Norway, where the variety and diversity of animals we see will blow your mind, as we capture them in their natural environment, which also just happens to be a beautiful and veritable nature wonderland.

Spitsbergen is the only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago, and the island is littered with majestic and mesmerizing mountains, glaciers and fjords. The wildlife on show is truly breath taking, as it includes such beguiling and delightful animals as polar bears, arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, walruses, whales and seals.

The trip begins with us meeting in Oslo, with an overnight stay in an airport hotel, before flying up to Spitsbergen where we embark on our boat and go straight to an area full of seagull and fox colonies.

From there it is off to Prince Charles Island, where we end up at the foot of the towering Monacofjellet, the highest point of the island.

The following few days are spent discovering and photographing an immense array of animals, from red-tailed dolphins near Blomstrand Island, a walrus colony in the Bay of Madeleine and reindeer in the Bay of the Cross.

In between taking photos of the wildlife there is also ample opportunity to snap the picture-perfect scenery we will be encountering such as glaciers, mountains and fjords, all capped in snow and looking like something from a postcard.

The last couple of days are spent heading back to Spitsbergen, where if weather is permissible we will be able to walk on fjord ice, before allowing time to explore Spitsbergen itself.

We then say our goodbyes, safe in the knowledge that all the cute memories we created are on our cameras, ready to show everyone!

Photographing this idyllic part of the North of Norway is a unique experience – book now to give it a go!

I also offer a trip to view the Northern Lights in Norway, here!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
4600 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
 Price is to join a group of 10 people. Price does not include airfares.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Meet

    Flight from Paris or Geneva. Overnight at the hotel near the airport (dinner not included).

  • Day 2Trygghamna Fjord

    Flight to Spitsbergen, arriving in the middle of the day, then boarding around 16 hours.

    Disembarkation in Alkhornet “horn-shaped cliff” where there nests a seagull colony of several thousand pairs and fox colonies very active at this time: possibility of seeing the young foxes just out of the den.

  • Day 3Prince Charles Forland

    Landing on the island of Prince Charles in the valley of Scotiadalen, the ride will allow us to discover a magnificent panorama of the west coast of Spitsbergen in the name of sharp mountains, we will be at the foot of the Monacofjellet: the highest point of the island. Here the landscape is a bit like the Torres del Paines in Patagonia, an observation of a walrus colony.

  • Day 4King's Bay Blomstrand Island

    Discovery Blomstrand Island, the starting point is an old marble mine and on the way we will follow a lake where it is not uncommon to see nesting terns and red-tailed dolphins.

    Landing on the Ossiansarfjellet site to search for foxes and reindeer under a colony of gulls and guillemots.

  • Day 5Day of navigation

    We sail up the coast of Prince Albert 1, we can enjoy the scenery and the scroll of glaciers to the Bay of the Madeleine.

  • Day 6Bay of the Madeleine

    Landing to observe a colony of Little Auks who gather in scree to nest and visit a walrus colony in a small bay surrounded by mountains and glaciers.

  • Day 7Smeerenburg Fjord "the city of fat"

    Discovering the peaks facing the Smeerenburg glacier, we will make an approach to walrus and if the chance is with us, we can approach them a few meters.

  • Day 8Fugle Fjord

    We will cross the North West heading to go further north and navigate between pack ice, if ice conditions allow. Navigation towards the bay of the cross.

  • Day 9Bay of the Cross

    Walk on the Reppingen in front of the July 14 glacier and Lilliehook Fjord. Cruise in front of the Lilliehook glacier front with its 7 km wide front.

    Disembarkation to an old Nazi weather station where it is not uncommon to see reindeer.

  • Day 10Navigation

    We will sail between Spitsbergen which is the main island of Svalbard and Prince Charles Island. This navigation allows us to go down to the south and the entrance to the Isfjord.

  • Day 11Ymerbukta

    Crossing the Isfjord for Ymerbukta Bay: first approach of the wild coast of Svalbard, we will sail along the glacier front and we will go on foot in search of the ptarmigan that are very present in the area. On the way back, if ice permitting, we will walk on the fjord ice to discover this ephemeral environment.

  • Day 12Longyearbyen

    Disembarkation of the sailboat in the afternoon. Longyearbyen tour and free time for shopping. Meals in a typical restaurant of Spitsbergen. Return flight according to the schedule of the airline.

  • Day 13Finish

    Finish

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

First time

Fitness level required

Open to everyone

Meeting point

Oslo, Norway

Accommodation

Boat with the following options:

Cabin 1, 2 and with bunk beds, bathroom and toilet private: + 250 € / person.

Cabin 3 and 4 with bunk beds, private bathroom and wc: + 200 € / person.

Cabin 5 and 6 with bunk beds, bathroom and wc common.

More info

The photo is a time-consuming art, supervised by David Allemand, photographer of wild nature who favors details in the great outdoors, graphics, atmospheres, animals in their environment. David Allemand will share his art by training you in the shooting and treatment of images throughout the stay.

The program given here is only indicative, it can be modified because of the weather conditions of the moment and the participants. Everything will be done to ensure that we carry out this expedition but security will always prevail over the final success.

 

About the Guide

 
 

IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide and member of la Compagnie des Guides de Saint-Gervais (Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, south-eastern of France)

I will be more than happy to guide you in the Alps for mountaineering or ski touring adventures.

I also organise beautiful trips all around the world.

Get in touch with me and let's discuss about a program answering your needs and dreams!

 
 
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