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Spitsbergen Photography Tour - An Arctic Adventure

13th - 23rd Sep, 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Tutored by Antony Spencer and

£8499.00 pp / Deposit -£1,000.00

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After the success of our Spitsbergen photography tour in 2013 and four more tours in 2016, 2017 and 2018, we are lucky enough to have secured the M/S Stockholm for a intimate tour again in September 2020 with photography leaders Antony Spencer and guest leader Thomas Heaton. We will have the whole ship (a maximum of 12 places) and therefore have free-reign to go where we wish although some decisions may be affected by weather, ice, animals!

We cannot express enough that for a team of landscape photographers to have all the decision making on a vessel around Spitsbergen is a great opportunity. We can prioritise the landscape options we wish to visit and also capitalise on the big wildlife such as polar bears and walrus. The MS Stockholm is a small ship which will enable us to get close to both the landscape and shoreline of Spitsbergen and also more excitingly big mammals such as polar bears providing fantastic photographic opportunities. At this time of year in September we will have darkness which will provide us with sunrises and sunsets (something that only happens for a couple of months each year) and also a chance of witnessing and photographing the northern lights during the nights.

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Spitsbergen Photography Tour - An Arctic Adventure Spitsbergen Photography Tour - An Arctic Adventure

At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • ONE EXPEDITION LEADER (EL) FROM POLAR QUEST
    • ALL SHIP RELATED COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE CHARTER. MEALS ON FULL BOARD B/L/D, COFFEE/TEA AND ALL DRINKS (BEER, WINE, LONG DRINKS ETC)
    • A BAR SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED IN BETWEEN MEALS, AND ALL COSTS FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND SODA ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
    • LANDING AND HARBOUR FEES IN BARENTSBURG, NY-ÅLESUND AND LONGYEARBYEN
    • PHOTOGRAPHIC TUITION FROM ANTONY SPENCER AND THOMAS HEATON
  • Excluded
    • ANY TRANSFERS AND ACTIVITIES ASHORE (TRANSFER, MUSEUM ETC.)
    • ANY PRE- AND POST EXPEDITION MATERIAL
    • THE CUSTOMARY GRATUITY TO THE SHIP’S CREW
    • FLIGHTS TO LONGYEARBYEN
    • HOTEL COSTS DUE TO ANY EXTRA NIGHTS NEEDED TO FIT IN WITH FLIGHT SCHEDULE
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Tour Code SPI07
Spitsbergen Photography Tour - An Arctic Adventure

Spitsbergen Photography Tour - Spitsbergen Landscape Photography

After the success of our Spitsbergen photography tour in 2013 and four more tours in 2016, 2017 and 2018, we are lucky enough to have secured the M/S Stockholm for a intimate tour again in September 2020 with photography leaders Antony Spencer and guest leader Thomas Heaton. We will have the whole ship (a maximum of 12 places) and therefore have free-reign to go where we wish! (Although some decisions may be affected by weather, ice, animals) We cannot express enough that for a team of landscape photographers to have all the decision making on a vessel around Spitsbergen is a great opportunity. We can prioritise the landscape options we wish to visit and also capitalise on the big wildlife such as polar bears and walrus. The MS Stockholm is a small ship which will enable us to get close to both the landscape and shoreline of Spitsbergen and also more excitingly big mammals such as polar bears providing fantastic photographic opportunities. At this time of year in September we will have darkness which will provide us with sunrises and sunsets (something that only happens for a couple of months each year) and also a chance of witnessing and photographing the northern lights during the nights.

This is a once in a lifetime 10 day private tour!

The M/S Stockholm was built in 1953 for the Swedish maritime administration as a working vessel in the Baltic Sea and thus she was originally constructed for heavy ice conditions. In May 1997 she was refitted for passenger traffic in the Arctic.
Despite her charming nostalgically appearance M/S Stockholm is equipped with the latest in navigation and safety. On the bridge, where everyone is welcome, you can see GPS-equipped computers next to the original compass in shining brass and out on deck you see the old wooden lifeboat (now retired) side by side with the latest model of life rafts.

The restaurant on main deck takes all passengers and expedition staff in one single seating and the open bridge policy contributes to the relaxed atmosphere on board.

Travelling on the M/S Stolkholm means travelling in a small group, a necessity to experience close and exclusive encounters with the wild. Many of these places are difficult or even impossible to get to on your own. There will be the chance to see Polar Bears in the wild, alongside dramatic landscapes!

Each day, our goal is to make several landings with our sturdy Zodiac landing crafts, exploring the polar wilderness and encounter some of its magnificent wildlife. The food on board is of high standard and the accommodation is comfortable. Travelling on a small expedition ship offers a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, a much greater focus on the destination and more time ashore than larger vessels. The exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

We know that the key to a successful expedition is having knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders. Travelling with us, you will have a guide with solid polar experience and a genuine love for these regions. Alongside Antony Spencer and Thomas Heaton, who will be there for photographic tuition. Cabins are shared between two people, however you can book as a single traveller and we will match you up with another guest to share a cabin. 

The tour is marked as moderate as you need to have a good degree of mobility to get yourself in and out of the zodiacs.

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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