Small Group Safari

Svalbard Photo Safari With Shannon Wild and Russ MacLaughlin

Travel around the Spitsbergen Archipelago aboard the M/S Freya with a focus on photographing the sights of Svalbard with guidance from Shannon Wild and Russ MacLaughlin.

Duration 11 days
Price From $10,330
When May 2018
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Board the M/S Freya with your experienced crew, knowledgeable guides and photographic team for a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic expedition. Travel north from Longyearbyen to discover the wonderful landscape and wildlife that this remote region has to offer. From whales and walrus to seals and Svalbard reindeer you will learn to photograph a range of Arctic wildlife through a range of lectures and hands on tuition. Encounter the King of the Arctic from the bow of your ship, aboard your Zodiac or even on foot.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Encounter unique Arctic wildlife and breath-taking scenery
  • Travel aboard your intimate expedition ship with just 18 passengers.
  • Receive technical guidance and listen to informative lectures from your expert photographic guides Shannon Wild and Russ MacLaughlin, both seasoned Arctic travellers
  • Travel past 80 degrees north to discover the high Arctic

Trip Logs

To download the trip log from our previous departure, please click the link below:

M/S Freya Trip Log 2016 | July 15-24

Learn from leading photographers and capture incredible images of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife in the glow of the midnight sun.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Longyearbyen

Depending on your flight time you will either already be in Longyearbyen - and can explore the town before boarding the ship - or will be arriving in the morning of your safari. Once in Longyearbyen you will be met by the expedition team ready to board your the M/S Freya your home for the next 10 days. Following your safety briefing you will meet your fellow photographic passengers and sail north through the Prins Karl Forland looking out from the bow or bridge for Arctic birds and whales. Already, the fjordland views are incredible and there is so much more to come.

Overnight: M/S Freya D

Days 2-10

Photographing Svalbard

Spend the next nine days aboard the M/S Freya discovering the Svalbard Archipelago and photographing its sights and wildlife. Seek out a plethora of Arctic wildlife, glacial shelves and remote islands all of which require different photographic techniques to capture on camera. In the evenings - time and sightings dependent - you will enjoy informative lectures from Shannon Wild and learn about the geology, history and culture of the area from your guides. Each departure is likely to be slightly different as the routing depends on weather conditions, the density of the pack ice and wildlife sightings. Throughout your Arctic safari you may encounter polar bears both roaming the pack ice and lazing on shore; breath-taking bird cliffs with so much dynamic behaviour you won't know where to point your camera; pods of whales swimming alongside your ship or walrus and seals poking their heads up beside you in your Zodiac. On day 10 of your safari you will head back to Longyearbyen and enjoy a Captain's dinner on board before reaching dock.

Overnight: M/S Freya B, L, D

Day 11

Depart Longyearbyen

Waking in Longyearbyen you say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow passengers and disembark the ship. You may have time to pick up some last minute souvenirs from this unique town before you begin your journey home.

Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group photographic expedition so an interest in wildlife photography is beneficial. The M/S Freya is an 18-passenger intimate ship that allows exploration of Svalbard's icy shores. The small size ensures close proximity to wildlife and access aboard Zodiacs to other areas of interest more difficult to reach by ship.

Trip Logs

To download the trip log from our previous departure, please click the link below:

M/S Freya Trip Log 2016 | July 15-24

Dates and Prices

2018 Departures

Date   Cabin Price 
 May 12-20  Triple* £6,695 
   Twin  £7,695 
   Single  £13,995 

*Triple cabins only available for groups.

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