Small Group Safari

Svalbard Photographic Explorer

Set sail for the Arctic, on an exploration of Svalbard with a team of 5 professional photographers and expert guides. Sail the islands and marvel at the pristine wilderness, and get your camera clicking as you search for the majestic king of the Arctic – the polar bear.

Duration 9 Days
Price From $5,744
When Jun - Jul 2019
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Journey through the pristine wilderness of Svalbard, where you can watch for majestic polar bears hunting on the pack and prowling the beaches. A land of contrasts where lush tundra meets vast frozen desert, Svalbard is a photographers dream, and this is the perfect opportunity to learn and develop your skills surrounded by an expert team who are on hand to coach you through taking those once in a lifetime shots.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Go in search of polar bears hunting on the pack ice.
  • Test your photography skills and pick up some tips with the expert photographers on board.
  • Join special photography workshops and excursions.
  • Explore the wilderness of Svalbard during the Arctic summer, and witness the amazing 24 hour daylight.

Visit the high Arctic in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Longyearbyen

Today the adventure begins! You will arrive into Longyearbyen and transfer to the ship. Set sail through Isfjorden and make the most of the beautiful views as you depart.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov D

Day 2


At this point, the real adventure begins, with itineraries and day by day plans changing with the weather, so bring your sense of adventure! Keep your eyes open for beluga whales as you sail towards Bourbonhamna, pick up some tips from the photographers on board as you spend time on deck looking out for wildlife. With shore landings planned for the day, look out for dozens of reindeer that inhabit the area.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 3

Lilliehook Glacier

Stretching almost seven kilometres across and at a height of almost 80 metres, you’ll be amazed at the sheer size of Lilliehook Glacier. Look out for bearded or ringed seals and increase your shutter speed so you can snap away as kittiwakes circle around you.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 4

Monaco Glacier

As you sail through Liefdefjorden, marvel at the beautiful Monaco Glacier. With superb hiking options, you’ll be able to stretch your legs as you keep a look out for polar bears hunting nearby.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 5


Just 540 nautical miles from the North Pole, and often surrounded by pack ice, explore Phippsoya which is well known for polar bear viewings. Keep your binoculars ready to spot bears out hunting on the ice, and your cameras at the ready as bears are regularly seen around this area.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 6

Hinlopen Strait

Explore the beautiful Hinlopen Strait, with the magnificent Alkefjellet bird cliffs. Watch in wonder as 400,000 guillemots circle, dive and swoop around you as the zodiacs navigate along the cliff face. With beautiful hiking routes nearby, you’ll be amazed at the range of wildlife round in the area. If you’re lucky, you may even see the beautiful Arctic foxes hunting around the cliffs!

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 7


Explore the nearby bird colonies, and wander around the old whaling stations, as you learn more about the history of the islands at the old whaling station of Smeerenburg. Take the time to review some of your photographs with the experts and pick up some processing tips for when you get home.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 8

Prince Charles Island

This is your opportunity to wonder at the curious behaviour of walruses as you approach them on the shore. Marvel as they splash through the water, or sleep on the beach. As the journey comes to an end, enjoy the Captains dinner and reflect on your journey through Svalbard.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B,L,D

Day 9

Svalbard - Depart

After breakfast, say your goodbyes, disembark the Academik Sergey Vavilov and begin your journey home.

Trip Details

Small Group Safari

This is a small group set departure on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. This departure is perfect for those with a keen interest in photography who are looking to develop their skills with a series of workshops and lectures. The expert team will make sure you are in the best locations for optimum wildlife experiences and photographic opportunities.

Dates and Prices

2019 Departures Price 
 Jun 19 - 28  £4,595
 Jun 28 - Jul 7  £4,595
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