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2023 – The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard

July 8, 2023 - July 20, 2023

£12,250
A Polar Bear sits on the ice in the seas of Svalbard photographed by Arnfinn Johansen
  • Polar Wildlife

    of Svalbard

    Join David, Pui Hang & Arnfinn, members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Longyearbyen for this fabulous 12-night photography trip to capture images of the fabulous wildlife of Svalbard.

    With time spent on both land & sea, this photography holiday is designed to provide you with photographic opportunities of the arctic fox, bearded seal, harbour seal, polar bear, ringed seal, sibling vole, snow bunting, Svalbard reindeer, Svalbard rock ptarmigan, walrus, many bird species & more besides.

    * Dates are provisional & will be confirmed as soon as possible.

    8th - 20th July 2023

    £12,250 per participant

    £625 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 8 - 9 participants - new.

    Bookings close: April 1, 2023

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    Polar Wildlife of Svalbard - £12,250 per participant

    When
    8th - 20th July 2023
    Cost
    £12,250 per participant
    Availability
    new
  • Join a trio of leaders, David, Pui Hang & Arnfinn, for this exciting 12 night wildlife photography trip to capture images of the stunning wildlife of Svalbard.
    During July 2023, the nature of Svalbard will be at its best. Some of the snow has melted, but plenty of it remains, creating striking patterns in the scenery. There is still ice in the inner parts of many of the fjords & remaining drift ice is still accessible. Polar bears & the various bird species are on the move & so it’s more straightforward to observe & photograph the Svalbard wildlife at this time of year.
    We are especially pleased to have Arnfinn joining us as a third photographic leader for this holiday; he will bring a wealth of knowledge about photographing the polar wildlife of the region, & also some great locations & more. Our small ship, the M/S Smøla, chartered exclusively for our group will navigate the Svalbard archipelago & icy waters of this arctic region at the top of the world. Our expedition is focused on photography, but we have designed it for photographers of every experience level, if you are a keen amateur or even a beginner, then this wildlife photography trip is ideal for you.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of the polar wildlife of Svalbard, in Norway, during the The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 12 night/13 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £12,250 per participant.
    Svalbard is one of the most reliable places on earth to see a polar bear in its undisturbed natural environment. Exploring by small expedition vessel is the perfect way to maximise the chances of an excellent encounter.
    We are pleased to say that this is not just your everyday Svalbard tour, David, Pui Hang & Arnfinn have combined two days at the start of the trip to explore the area around Longyearbyen with a traditional small-ship expedition cruising the Svalbard archipelago. Arnfinn has previously obtained some of his best images of the arctic fox & other species during these land-based adventures – we will be hiring a trio of 4×4 vehicles & seeking out specific wildlife photography opportunities during these days. In Longyearbyen, we will be staying in a local hotel & taking our evening meals at one of the town’s restaurants.
    Svalbard is home to a plethora of polar wildlife both on the land & in the sea all of which make great photographic subjects. On land, it is possible to encounter the Svalbard reindeer & Arctic foxes are commonly sighted.
    On the third day, we will board our ship, the M/S Smøla, for a 10-night adventure traversing the Svalbard Archipelago, “Svalbard” means “cold coasts” & was first mentioned in Icelandic texts in the 12th century. However, the archipelago has a comparatively mild climate compared to other areas at the same latitude. Svalbard is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, it is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers & tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer & Arctic foxes.
    Photography in Svalbard is divided into different seasons. The summer period begins in May where photographers encounter 24-hour sunlight & often still weather conditions. The sea ice begins to decline, making the north areas accessible by ship, this is a great area to view polar bears. Summer is a beautiful time of year for wildlife photography, taking advantage of the lack of night. Often the mountain backdrops are still snow-covered presenting spectacular scenes for landscape photography. By late July & early August, the areas to the north are comparatively free of sea ice meaning that a complete circumnavigation of the icy Svalbard archipelago is conceivable.
    The primary focus of our Svalbard photography holiday will be polar bears on the drifting ice, the high Arctic wildlife & stunning landscapes. Svalbard is the best place on earth to photograph Polar bears, & tours usually find good numbers of them.
    The sea ice to the north of Svalbard extends all the way to the North Pole. In calm conditions, it’s possible to cruise along the edge of the sea ice, keeping a careful watch for polar bears hunting on the ice. The ice itself makes an evocative photography subject.
    Three primarily terrestrial mammalian species inhabit the archipelago: the Arctic fox, the Svalbard reindeer, & accidentally introduced southern voles. Attempts to introduce the Arctic hare & the muskox have both failed. There are 15 to 20 types of marine mammals, including whales, dolphins, seals, walruses, & polar bears.
    The Svalbard archipelago has permafrost & tundra, with both low, middle, & high Arctic vegetation. 165 species of plants have been found on the archipelago. Only those areas which defrost in the summer have vegetations, which accounts for about 10% of the archipelago. Vegetation is most abundant in Nordenskiöld Land, around Isfjorden & was affected by guano. While there is little precipitation, giving the archipelago a steppe climate, plants still have adequate access to water because the cold environment reduces evaporation. The growing season is abridged, & may last only a few weeks.
    We will also photograph other animals including Walrus, Bearded seals, Ringed seals, Humpback whales, Fin whales, Blue whales & Belugas. In July the seabirds are leaving the cliffs, & we hope to get some excellent photo opportunities of birds like the Brünnicks guillemots during our Svalbard photography tour.
    The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer in places south of the Antarctic Circle & north of the Arctic Circle – including Northern Norway. Svalbard is the place in Norway where the midnight sun occurs for the most extended period. Here, the sun doesn’t set between 20 April & 22 August.
    This is THE Svalbard nature photography holiday for photographers who want to travel in a small group, so book now to avoid disappointment – David, Pui Hang & Arnfinn look forward to you joining them in Longyearbyen for this incredible photographic adventure to add images of the wildlife of Svalbard to your portfolio.
    Photographable Species: arctic fox, arctic skua, arctic tern, barnacle goose, bearded seal, black-legged kittiwake, brent goose, common eider, common guillemot, glaucous gull, grey phalarope, harbour seal, ivory gull, little auk, northern fulmar, pink-footed goose, polar bear, purple sandpiper, red-throated diver, ringed seal, sibling vole, snow bunting, svalbard reindeer, svalbard rock ptarmigan, walrus

    The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard Itinerary

    day 1

    arrive longyearbyen - evening seeking wildlife in longyearbyen - overnight in longyearbyen

    day 2

    day seeking wildlife in longyearbyen - evening seeking wildlife in longyearbyen - overnight in longyearbyen

    day 3

    morning seeking wildlife in longyearbyen - transfer to boat - overnight on boat

    day 4

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 5

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 6

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 7

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 8

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 9

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 10

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 11

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 12

    explore the icy archipelago, searching for polar bears & other wildlife - overnight on boat

    day 13

    return to longyearbyen - flight to home location

    Arnfinn Johansen kindly provided all images on this page, view more of his photos of the Polar Wildlife of Svalbard on his web site.
    A seal rests on ice in the seas of Svalbard photographed by Arnfinn Johansen
  • 25%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

    • Accommodation on a shared basis
    • Airport Transfers
    • All in-trip transportation
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a full board basis
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Alan - Calera - 2017

      Always good trips, with great photographic opportunities, & lots of camaraderie. Recommended!

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 8th - 20th July 2023 & costs £12,250 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £625 to secure a place.
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    How to Book
    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
    A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
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    Additional Notes
    NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
    The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 8 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
    All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
    NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
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    Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
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    The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard Summary

    The The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard photography holiday is a photography holiday of 12 night/13 day duration, that costs £12,250 per participant

    & takes place in Longyearbyen in Norway, between the dates of 8th - 20th July 2023. It is ideal for photographing arctic fox, arctic skua, arctic tern, barnacle goose, bearded seal, black-legged kittiwake, brent goose, common eider, common guillemot, glaucous gull, grey phalarope, harbour seal, ivory gull, little auk, northern fulmar, pink-footed goose, polar bear, purple sandpiper, red-throated diver, ringed seal, sibling vole, snow bunting, svalbard reindeer, svalbard rock ptarmigan, walrus & more. This photography holiday is led by David Miles, Pui Hang Miles & Arnfinn Johansen for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 8 participants & a maximum of 9, plus David, Pui Hang & Arnfinn. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Longyearbyen. Transfers between Longyearbyen & Longyearbyen are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £625 to secure a place.

    The Polar Wildlife of Svalbard Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £625 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: April 8th, 2023*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: April 1st, 2023.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

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    NaturesLens Ltd is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with The Package Travel & Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 all passengers booking with NaturesLens Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Ltd.  This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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  • Details

    Start:
    8th - 20th July 2023
    Cost:
    £12,250 per participant
    Event Category:
    Website:
    https://natureslens.co.uk

    Location

    Norway
    Longyearbyen, Norway

    Guides

    David Miles
    Pui Hang Miles
    Arnfinn Johansen