Small Group Safari

Svalbard Photography Safari with Andy Mann

Explore the Spitsbergen Archipelago aboard the M/V Kinfish, photographing the fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery of Svalbard with National Geographic photographer Andy Mann.

Duration 11 days
Price From $12,248
When May 2019
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Join expert wildlife photographer Andy Mann on this 11-day safari aboard the M/V Kinfish, discovering the breathtaking scenery and fascinating wildlife of the Svalbard Archipelago. Starting in Longyearbyen, you will board your ship and set off along the coast, travelling at one of the best times of year to see polar bears roaming the pack ice as they hunt for seals in 24-hour daylight. You'll also be able to photograph a range of other Arctic wildlife including Svalbard reindeer, whales, walruses and Arctic foxes.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Encounter unique Arctic wildlife and breath-taking scenery.
  • Travel aboard your intimate expedition ship with just 18 passengers.
  • Enjoy lectures and hands-on guidance from your expert photographic guide Andy Mann, who has worked and travelled extensively in the Arctic.
  • Discover the icy wilderness of the high Arctic, with snow-capped mountains and glacial cliffs forming the perfect backdrop for your wildlife photographs.
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Andy on safari

Andy Mann, along with his fellow National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski, led a hugely successful expedition to Svalbard with Natural World Safaris in June 2018. Here's what our guests had to say about the trip:

Keith and Andy, the two photographers, were entertaining when it came to presentations; obviously extremely competent when it came to the technicalities of photography; and exceptionally generous with their time and encouragement to all on board.

The professional photographers were amazing. Really helpful and fun! I learned a lot. Their presentations were first class.

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Longyearbyen

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, you will be met by your expedition team and expert guides and set off on your Arctic adventure aboard the M/V Kinfish. Look out for Arctic wildlife as you sail up past the scenic Prins Karl Forland, witnessing the fjords and glaciers of Svalbards western coast.

Overnight: M/V Kinfish D

Days 2-10

Exploring Svalbard

You will spend the next nine days exploring the landscapes and wildlife of Svalbard aboard the M/V Kinfish, accompanied by expert wildlife photographer Andy Mann, who will be on hand to provide tips and guidance on how to best capture the Arctic scenery. Photographing in a variety of natural settings, from majestic glacial shelves to remote islands, you may encounter the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, roaming the pack ice, curious whale pods swimming alongside your ship, and seals and walruses lounging on the shores. The small size of the M/V Kinfish allows you to get very close to the wildlife, and you may even be able to photograph polar bears from the comfort of the ship. Each day will bring different wildlife encounters as you travel around the archipelago, and you will have the opportunity to venture out on Zodiac excursions and shore landings. In the evenings, enjoy informative lectures from your guides and on your final night, before heading back to Longyearbyen, you will be invited to a Captain’s dinner on board.

Overnight: M/V Kinfish B, L, D

Day 11

Depart Longyearbyen

Today you will bid farewell to your expedition team and disembark in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport in time for your international flight home.

Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group photographic expedition so an interest in wildlife photography is beneficial. The M/V Kinfish is a 12-passenger intimate ship that allows exploration of Svalbard's icy shores. The 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 Departures

Date   Cabin Price 
 May 25 - June 4  Twin £9,495
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