Small Group Safari

Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer with Chase Teron

Join environmentalist, adventurer and professional photographer Chase Teron on this exclusive expedition to the Svalbard Archipelago, honing your photography skills under his expert tutelage while searching for Arctic wildlife like walrus, reindeer, humpback whales and the mighty polar bear.

Duration 11 days
Price From $12,153
When May 2019
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

The world's polar regions have long held a fascination for Chase Teron, and his passion for capturing these frozen landscapes on camera has led the Canadian to being one of the foremost up-and-coming photographers and Arctic guides there is. On this 11-day expedition you'll join Chase and a team of expedition leaders and naturalists as you explore the Svalbard Archipelago, home to vast snowfields, ice-choked fjords, frozen seas, towering mountains and rolling tundra. Inhabiting this Arctic wilderness are a plethora of animals, from seals and seabirds to humpback whales and polar bears. Chase will be on hand throughout your journey to share his expert photographic knowledge, accrued over years travelling the world with camera in hand. There are few more spectacular camera subjects than Svalbard and its wildlife, and you're sure to come away with once-in-a-lifetime images.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Receive expert, on-the-ground photography coaching from professional photographer Chase Teron.
  • Experience the dramatic scenery and incredible wildlife of Svalbard from the deck of your expedition ship, in small zodiac boats or while exploring on land.
  • Search the pack ice for polar bears hunting seals.
  • Sail past precipitous cliffs where thousands-strong seabird colonies come to roost.
  • Watch for whales from the bow of the M/V Kinfish.
  • Enjoy zodiac cruises on icy glacier-fed seas.
  • Learn more about Svalbard's flora and fauna from lectures taught by on-board expert naturalists.

Capture the unique landscapes of the High Arctic on camera, with expert guidance relayed with infectious enthusiasm by professional photographer Chase Teron.

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Reviews from our 2018 Safaris

  • I would like to thank you for the most fabulous trip to Svalbard. The entire experience was absolutely amazing… far beyond my expectation. Everything was phenomenal. The ship and the entire crew were beyond words. Chase in particular was so very kind and approachable. I am grateful for the photography know-hows he gave me and I can't thank you enough for arranging this trip. I loved every minute of it!

    Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer with Chase Teron

    5 out of 5
  • The NWS staff were exceptional. Chase was a wealth of information on shooting, camera care in the difficult environment and worked on recommendations for further enhancing photos through the use of Lightroom. He and his knowledgeable expedition leaders worked together extremely well, making a successful sightings trip even better by building a team out of 13 strangers.

    Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer with Chase Teron

    5 out of 5
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Day by day

Day 1

7 May 2019: Arrive Longyearbyen

Today you will arrive in Longyearbyen and board your expedition ship in the afternoon. Expert photographic guide Chase, along with your expedition leaders, will be waiting to meet you at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel at 4pm, where you will be transferred to the ship. After being shown to your cabin, you'll have time to settle in ready to set sail through Svalbard's spectacular ice fjords in the evening. Please note that we recommend arriving one day prior to the start of the trip where possible in case of flight delays. We are happy to help you arrange an extra night's stay in Longyearbyen.

Overnight: M/V Kinfish D

Days 2-10

8 - 16 May 2019: Exploring Svalbard

Spend the next nine days aboard the M/V Kinfish exploring the Svalbard Archipelago in search of Arctic wildlife. While your expert team plan the perfect route to maximise wildlife sightings, Chase will be on hand to help you make the most of the experience and help you capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife you encounter. The exact itinerary will depend upon the weather conditions, the density of the pack ice in the north, and wildlife opportunities. If ice conditions permit, you will circumnavigate the stunning Spitsbergen Island or perhaps head over to Kvitoya. During your safari you can expect to visit ice-filled fjords framed by breathtaking snow-capped peaks, towering cliffs home to colonies of seabirds numbering in their thousands, and gigantic glaciers crashing into the icy seas. Spend time cruising through the ice in search of polar bears as they hunt for seals, which often hitch rides on the passing ice floes. Look out for colonies of walrus basking on the beaches in the Arctic sun and watch for whales in the icy seas. While on shore landings, you may come across the Arctic fox or the Svalbard reindeer with its impressive antlers, and witness the beauty of Svalbard’s summer flora. Some of the places that you might visit are Prins Karls Fjordland, Krossfjord, Monaco Glacier, Raudfjorden, Hinlopen Strait, Hornsund, Edgeoya and Alkefjellet. By not having a fixed itinerary we can ensure that we put you in the right place at the right time to maximise wildlife encounters and the overall Svalbard experience.

Overnight: M/V Kinfish B, L, D

Day 11

17 May 2019: Depart Longyearbyen

After arriving back into Longyearbyen the evening before, today you'll disembark in the early morning and say goodbye to Chase, the crew, your expedition leaders and your fellow passengers. It is now time for you to begin your journey back home. You will be transferred from the ship to the airport or into Longyearbyean, depending on the time of your departing flight.

Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group wildlife expedition. The M/V Kinfish is a small intimate ship perfect for exploring the icy shores of the Svalbard Archipelago, ensuring your proximity to wildlife-rich areas of interest. Carrying a maximum of just 12 passengers, the size and maneuverability of your expedition ship allows for enchanting, up-close encounters with Arctic wildlife, including the mighty polar bear.

Dates and Prices

2019 Departures

 Date   Cabin  Price 
May 7 - 17  Twin (Private)  £9,495 
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