Small Group Safari

Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer with Doug Allan

Award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman Doug Allan will be your guide on this incredible expedition to the Arctic, as you search for polar bears, walrus and other wildlife while staying on board the M/S Freya.

Duration 11 days
Price From $12,593
When Aug
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Discover the rugged coastlines and icy waters of the Svalbard Archipelago with expert photographic guide Doug Allan, award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman to David Attenborough. Doug is an expert on the polar regions, having spent seven years working as a research diver and photographer in Antarctica, and is heavily involved in projects that reflect his concern about climate change. He will be on hand throughout your trip to provide expert guidance and hands-on workshops, as you explore the breathtaking landscapes of Svalbard in search of the incredible Arctic wildlife that call it home.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Enjoy the dramatic scenery and incredible wildlife of Svalbard.
  • Search the pack ice for polar bears on the hunt for seals.
  • Zodiac cruises and shore landings to fully explore the Arctic environment.
  • Lectures and talks from expert naturalists and specialist leader Doug Allan.

Capture the unique landscapes of the High Arctic on camera, with expert guidance from photographer Doug Allan.

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Day by day

Day 1

10 August 2019: Arrive Longyearbyen

Today you will arrive into Longyearbyen, the largest settlement and administrative capital of Svalbard. Your expedition team and specialist leader, wildlife photographer and cameraman Doug Allan, will meet you at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, from where you will be transferred to your expedition ship, the M/S Freya. Settle in to your cabin and get acquainted with your crew and fellow passengers, before preparing to set sail in the evening.

Overnight: M/S Freya D

Days 2-10

11-19 August 2019: Exploring Svalbard

Spend the next nine days aboard the M/S Freya exploring the Svalbard Archipelago in search of Arctic wildlife. The exact itinerary will depend upon the weather conditions, the density of the pack ice in the north, and wildlife opportunities. By August the 24 hour daylight starts to slowly fade into sunsets which streak across the horizon in the evenings. During your safari you can expect to visit ice-filled fjords framed by breath-taking snow-capped peaks; towering bird cliffs with colonies of sea birds numbering in their thousands and see gigantic glaciers crashing into the icy seas. Spend time in the pack 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. 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 flora. There is no set itinerary for this safari but some of the places that you might visit are Prins Karls Fjordland, Krossfjord, Monaco Glacier, Raudjorden, Hinlopen Strait, Hornsund, 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 overall experience. Doug will be on hand throughout to tell stories from his amazing career, and help you capture Svalbard in all its natural beauty. Each evening your expedition team will be on hand to discuss the wildlife and history of this spectacular region.

Overnight: M/S Freya B, L, D

Day 11

20 August 2019: Depart Svalbard

Bid farewell to Doug and the expedition crew as you disembark the ship in the early morning, before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group wildlife expedition. The M/S Freya 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 16 passengers, they create unique and enchanting wildlife experiences with unrivaled up-close encounters with Arctic wildlife including the mighty polar bear.

Dates and Prices

2019 Departures

Date   Cabin Price 
Aug 10-20  Triple £8,995
   Twin  £9,495 
   Single  £17,995 

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