Small Group Safari

Svalbard Photography Safari With Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski

Explore the Spitsbergen Archipelago aboard the M/S Freya, photographing the fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery of Svalbard with National Geographic photographers Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski.

Duration 11 days
Price From $10,389
When Jun
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Join expert wildlife photographers Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski on this 11 day safari aboard the M/S Freya, 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 guides Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski, both of whom have 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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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/S Freya. 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/S Freya D

Days 2-10

Exploring Svalbard

You will spend the next nine days exploring the landscapes and wildlife of Svalbard aboard the M/S Freya, accompanied by expert wildlife photographers Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski, 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/S Freya 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/S Freya 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/S Freya is an 16-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.

Dates and Prices

2018 Departures

Date   Cabin Price 
 Jun 14-24  Triple* £7,895
   Twin  £8,995 
   Single  £15,995 

*Triple cabins only available for groups.

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