Svalbard Classic 2022
See Polar bears, Walruses, Whales, Seals, cliffs covered with birds, and Spectacular glaciers
The archipelago is situated halfway between the northern tip of Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard is one of the best places in the Arctic to see polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, such as walrus, various seal species, whales, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic fox. It is a nature lover’s and photographer’s dream. And its landscapes are an awe-inspiring mix of giant glaciers, deep fjords, rugged peaks and tundra hills.
What you can expect
We have chartered a perfect, small vessel for an intimate and personal Svalbard experience. We take only 15 people and have three large zodiacs, which leaves much space for each passenger and their photography gear. We have done this expedition many times and you will find that after only two days we have all become like a big family and enjoy each other’s company during the meals or presentations and enthusiasm when we spot a polar bear.
The boarding of the zodiacs takes only a few minutes so that we don’t miss out on a good polar bear sighting when we need to get closer to shore. Bigger ships don’t have this flexibility. They also don’t have the freedom to change their route or itinerary as we do. We go where the wildlife is and once we find it, we stay as long as we want.
We have chosen this time of the year because there is a great chance for an abundance of pack and fjord ice, which means many seals and hopefully polar bears. Our main goal during this expedition is to find polar bears. We will also see walrus, Svalbard reindeer, different seal species and, with luck, whales and Arctic fox. And don’t forget the giant cliffs with thousands of breeding Arctic birds.
After spending one night in Longyearbyen’s famous and cosy Basecamp Spitsbergen, you can choose to join us either on a dog mushing or snowmobile tour across the pristine white, winter landscape. With some luck, we might see Svalbard reindeer or Arctic fox, which at this time is still carrying its white winter coat.
The next morning we offer the same options for just half a day. If you prefer you can also take a leisurely walk in the small town of Longyearbyen and try out the coffee shops and restaurants or check out the local shops.
Around 16:00 we will board the M/S Freya and start our 8-day Arctic adventure cruise. You will find this small ship very comfortable and the crew very friendly. The captain and crew are highly experienced and have traveled these Arctic waters for many years.
Because we specialize in exclusive small group travel (14 passengers maximum on the M/S Freya), we have the freedom and extra flexibility on our Svalbard expedition that larger groups may not enjoy. We can linger as long as we like at wildlife sightings. We have time to capture the perfect light while enjoying or photographing the majestic landscapes. We will look for calving glaciers and stunning icy landscapes during our expedition.
Please don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime-experience; Svalbard should be on every adventurer’s and nature lover’s bucket list. Join us on our Svalbard Classic 2022 Expedition — it will be a memory of a lifetime.
- Accommodation for 10 nights in twin/single share room basis
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Zodiac excursions daily
- Dog mushing or snowmobile tour
- Certified bear guards
- Two Wild Focus Expedition Leaders
- Photography workshop
What’s Not Included
- Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, beverages, liquor and wines, etc.*
- Dinners at BaseCamp
- Lunch on arrival day in Longyearbyen
- International airfare
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel/medical insurance (highly recommended)
*Beverages including liquor can be purchased in USD on the ship at the bar. Credit cards are accepted.
For this ship-based trip, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to be able to climb into and out of rigid inflatable Zodiac rafts for excursions ashore and have the ability to walk one to three miles over sometimes rough and uneven terrain such as rocky beaches and/or snow. This is an active expedition that requires mobility and good health. Travel via Zodiac may include variable conditions and can on occasion be bumpy and windy. If it’s windy, you may get wet from sea spray. We provide one-piece immersion suits that will protect you and your outer clothing from getting wet.
Travelers must be prepared for any type of weather, including extreme conditions that may involve high winds, rain and snow. While seas are generally calm on this expedition, it’s possible that we could encounter rough conditions which may cause issues for travelers prone to motion sickness. Please consult your physician about medications that control motion sickness. Inquire specifically about the Transderm Scop patch, which we have found to be extremely effective without causing drowsiness. Discuss this with your doctor first because it should not be prescribed if you have been treated for glaucoma. There may be newer medications available as well, so please consult your physician.
On some of our Svalbard Expeditions (only late spring), we offer the chance to spend a full day traveling on snow mobile or mushing a team of sled dogs. Dog sledding is very active and good physical health is a requirement. You will be responsible to control your team of dogs after receiving basic training on dog mushing. Travelers with severe back problems should avoid this activity as mushing can be bumpy and requires upper body strength to control the sled. Please discuss this activity with your Expedition Leader if you have any doubts or questions.
Your Tour Organizer: Nadia Aly
“I want to show you the extraordinary animals that call our oceans home…” – Nadia Aly
Nadia Aly is a wildlife photographer who specializes in underwater photography. She holds a master’s degree in digital media from the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, British Columbia and has had her work featured on National Geographic, Sony World Photo, Underwater Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best Photography.
She is also the owner of ScubaDiverLife.com – an online news portal for scuba diving & ocean conservation enthusiasts,