Svalbard Classic 2022

Experience one of the last true and unspoiled wildernesses on earth where not humans but nature still dominates.

See Polar bears, Walruses, Whales, Seals, Giant bird cliffs 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 like 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.

Prices and Dates

Duration:
11 Days

Group Size:
15 people

April 29 – May 9

15 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$9975 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Svalbard polar bear

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 3 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 only after 2 days we have all become like a big family and enjoy each others 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 found 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. Not to 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 travelled 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 may not be enjoyed with larger groups. 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.

Important Information

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation for 10 nights in twin/single share room basis
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Zodiac excursions daily
  • dog mushing and 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.

Day 1: April 29
Arrive on Spitsbergen
We arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, before transferring to our hotel. Overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen in the small Arctic town of Longyearbyen, where lunches and dinners are on your own.
Svalbard basecamp
Day 2: April 30
Longyearbyen - dog mushing / snowmobiling
After breakfast at BaseCamp you have the option of either going dog mushing or snowmobiling for the day. The snow-covered landscape is pristine and breathtaking. If you are lucky you might see Svalbard Reindeer or even Arctic fox in white winter coat. You will enjoy a packed lunch out in nature. Dinner is on your own either at BaseCamp or any of the other restaurants in town.
Svalbard wildlife
Day 3: May 01
Longyearbyen - dog mushing / snowmobiling
After our breakfast at BaseCamp we will have another opportunity for either enjoying a snowmobile or dog mushing experience before we board the M/S Freya and depart the Adventfjorden at approximately 16:00. We have our first dinner on the M/S Freya after we embark and get settled into the cabins that will be our home for the next eight days. Our Arctic expedition begins now!
Svalbard MS Freya
Day 4-10: May 02-08
On board of M/S Freya
The next 7 days are dedicated to exploring the Svalbard Archipelago in search of the polar bear and other northern wildlife. We will photograph towering glaciers and sea ice in many shapes and forms. Because we chartered the entire ship, we are free to go where the light and ice take us and linger as long as we like to capture the magical light available to us for arctic photography. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay are included on board the M/S Freya.
Day 11: May 09
M/S Freya / Longyearbyen
You will enjoy the last breakfast on the ship before disembarking in Longyearbyen port this morning. The expedition has come to an end. You transfer to the airport in Longyearbyen to connect to your international outbound flights home. Please book your flight out of Longyearbyen after breakfast time.

Physical Requirements

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 require upper body strength to control the sled. Please discuss this activity with your Expedition Leader is 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 Masters in Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver BC 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,