Small Group Safari

Svalbard Photo Safari With Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk

Travel around the Spitsbergen Archipelago aboard the M/S Freya with a focus on photographing the sights of Svalbard with guidance from Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk.

Duration 11 Days
Price From $10,911
When Aug 2019
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 reindeer, you will learn to photograph an array of Arctic wildlife through a range of lectures and hands-on tuition. You may even encounter the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, from the bow of your ship or Zodiac.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Witness unique Arctic wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
  • Travel aboard your intimate expedition ship with just 16 passengers.
  • Receive technical guidance and listen to informative lectures from your expert photographic guides Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk, both seasoned polar travellers who have ventured to some of the world's most extreme environments.
  • Travel past 80 degrees north to discover the High Arctic.

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 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 past the island of Prins Karl Forland, looking out from the bow or bridge for whales and Arctic birds. 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 species, 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 photographic leaders Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk, while also learning about the geology, history and culture of the area from your expedition guides. Each departure in Svalbard 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; breathtaking 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 will say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow passengers before disembarking from 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 is a small group photographic expedition, so an interest in wildlife photography is beneficial. The M/S Freya is an intimate 16-passenger ship that allows exploration of Svalbard's icy shores. Its small size ensures close proximity to wildlife, while the on-board Zodiacs allow access to areas of interest that are more difficult to reach by ship.

Dates and Prices

2019 Departure

Date   Cabin Price 
 Aug 20 - 30  Triple £8,995 
   Twin  £9,495 
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