Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Start: Oslo Finish: Oslo

Visiting: Spitsbergen

Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: PLH

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 0 - 199

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English

From: $12374 $12126

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Tour Overview

This unique voyage invites guests to embrace a true expeditionary spirit: rather than follow a set itinerary, together we’ll allow our search for Polar bears and other wildlife to determine our route and shore landings in the pristine Norwegian Arctic. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard our game-changing new expedition vessel, Ultramarine, which is equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities and the biggest portfolio of adventure options in the Polar regions.Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as we pursue our quest to photograph Arctic wildlife: the Polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers; cliff-dwelling Arctic birds in the thousands; and small herds of reindeer loping across the colourful tundra. Plus, there will be snow-topped mountains, massive glacier fronts, deep-walled fjords, and vast swaths of untouched tundra waiting to be photographed. Exploring this awe-inspiring region never ceases to impress visitors with its raw beauty.


  • iconLearn techniques and tips from onboard photographers
  • iconView iconic Arctic wildlife, like Polar bears, walrus and Arctic foxEnjoy continuous daylight, perfect for photography buffsCruise in a Zodiac for closer views of glaciers, fjords, icebergs and moreHike the colourful tundraLearn techniques and tips from onboard photographersTravel in a small expedition vesselAccompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
  • iconHike the colourful tundra
  • iconEnjoy continuous daylight, perfect for photography buffs
  • iconTravel in a small expedition vessel
  • iconCruise in a Zodiac for closer views of glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • iconAccompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
  • iconView iconic Arctic wildlife, like Polar bears, walrus and Arctic fox

Places You'll See

Cities & Attractions:


icon Day 1 : Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you
arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep
you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

icon Day 2 : Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Meals: breakfast, dinner

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private
charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where
you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets
sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped
mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

icon Day 3 -13 : Exploring Spitsbergen.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Spitsbergen is graced with an unspoiled beauty that’s just waiting to be
discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, you’ll sail along the west coast
of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying
islands. Each day will be a surprise, treating you to spectacular new
sightings and experiences.Every expedition is unique, depending on the
weather and ice conditions, but we do hope to visit a few of our favourite
landing sites, which will be chosen as much for their optimal
wildlife-viewing opportunities as for their stunning scenery, historical
significance and hiking activities. With no itinerary (unusual amongst Polar
cruises), our main goal will be to sail in a constant search for Polar bears
on the prowl. This means we may not move the ship every day as we do on
regular voyages, especially if we find abundant wildlife in one place. Like
true explorers, we’ll let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set
schedule—guide our route! Our small expedition ship allows us to navigate
shallower waters and tighter spaces, so we expect to explore the more
hard-to-reach areas frequented by the elusive Polar bear.Presentations by
on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that await, and with
continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have
ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice
edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich
waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your
binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard
reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.A haven for
present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer
unforgettable Polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active for
the duration of the expedition. Although 60 percent of the landscape is
covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen
(which means “pointed mountains”) surprises visitors with stretches of
colourful tundra that burst with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking
activities get you up close—though never obtrusively—to the abundant
wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and
exciting stories to share with your shipmates.

icon Day 14 : Disembark in Longyearbyen and fly to Oslo

Meals: breakfast

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the
frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to
the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

What's Included

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    All accommodation

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    3 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners.

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    All meals while on the shipBeer and house wine during dinnerAll accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesFull complement of qualified Expedition StaffWe can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff

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    All meals while on the ship

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    Beer and house wine during dinner

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    All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request)Visas or vaccinationsMandatory transfer package (including charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen return) which is from £800 per person (or equivalent in booking currency) paid upon booking

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    Travel insurance

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    Mandatory transfer package (including charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen return) which is from £800 per person (or equivalent in booking currency) paid upon booking


All meals while on the ship included.Typical MealsThe ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.Lunch: Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.Dinner: Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee.Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local team can be well prepared.

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Dates & Availability

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