Svalbard Classic 2020

Svalbard Classic

No other expedition in the world is dedicated to spending as much time amidst ice floes and glaciers in one of the last wild and frozen frontiers on earth - Svalbard. We plan our expeditions in April and May in Svalbard when the ice is beginning to break up. Our expeditions are an ice lover’s dream. Besides seeing the Isbjørn (Norwegian for polar bear), we will also  encounter walruses on drifting ice floes and on shore. The walrus population has been on the increase over the past 20 years, and we will linger as long as possible to get close to these massive mammals to observe and photograph in detail. During our landings, we will search for the stocky Svalbard reindeer and timid Arctic foxes. We hope to encounter various seals species as well as whales. Svalbard is also home to large concentrations of Arctic seabirds including little auks, Brünnich's guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, ivory gulls and fulmars.

Our adventure starts with spending two nights and a full day in Longyearbyen. We will enjoy an action packed day on snowmobiles across the southern part of Spitsbergen where we might see Svalbard reindeer, seals, ptarmigan and maybe even a polar bear. After our return back to Longyearbyen, we will enjoy a dinner together in the cozy and rustic restaurant at the Basecamp.

The next day we will board the M/S Freya which will be our home during the expedition. It will take us along the western side of the island of Spitsbergen. Because drift and fjord ice conditions vary from year to year, we will travel to either the southern or northern fjords to search for polar bears, our main goal. Our captain and crew are highly experienced and have traveled these arctic waters for many years.

Because we specialize in exclusive small group travel (16 passengers maximum), we have 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. Because pack ice is dynamic and always changing, each day will bring a new adventure allowing us to have a glimpse into the life of the earlier Arctic explorers.

Svalbard is Wild Focus Expeditions’ flagship tour and usually fills far in advance. Please don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime-experience; Svalbard should be on every adventurer’s and nature lover’s bucket list.

 

Please read the REVIEWS of our past Svalbard Expeditions

Duration
11 Days
Group Size
16 People
Price

$9,875.00

Per person sharing

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Travel Information

Per Person Sharing

Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.

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Day 1: April 18 - Arrive on Spitsbergen

We arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, before transferring to our hotel. Overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen, where meals are on your own.
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Day 2: April 19 - Exploring Longyearbyen

After breakfast, we begin exploring the island and its inhabitants by snowmobile
Overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen, where meals are on your own.
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Day 3: April 20 - Adventfjorden

After our last breakfast on shore and some relaxing time to wander around the town of Longyearbyen, we board the M/S Freya and depart the Adventfjorden at approximately 16:00. Breakfast, dinner and overnight stay on the M/S Freya is included, while for lunch we are on our own. Our ocean expedition begins now!
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Day 4-10: April 21-27 - Svalbard Archipelago

The next seven days are dedicated to exploring the Svalbard Archipelago in search of the ice 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.
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Day 11: April 28 - Longyearbyen

We enjoy breakfast on the ship before disembarking in Longyearbyen in the morning. We transfer to the airport in Longyearbyen to connect to our outbound flights home. Please book your flight out of Longyearbyen no earlier than noon.

Included

  • Accommodation for 10 nights in twin/single share room basis
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination
  • Spitsbergen snowmobile excursion
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Certified bear guards
  • Two Wild Focus Expeditions trip leaders

Not Included

  • Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, beverages, liquor and wines, etc.*
  • International airfare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel/medical insurance (highly recommended)

*Beverages including liquor can be purchased in USD on the ship at the bar.

Expedition Leaders

"There is a magic about the Arctic that is difficult to describe...even for me having lived in the far North for more than two decades. You have to experience it for yourself. Svalbard is one of the best places to do so!"

The Arctic is indescribably beautiful. For centuries, explorers were drawn to it. It is one of my very favorite places to photograph and explore. Ice is a photographer’s dream. And polar bears, the ultimate predators, live in this icy landscape. This expedition is the ultimate adventurer's adventure and will give you a fantastic opportunity to see the mighty polar bear in his natural and magical habitat."

Wild Focus Expeditions

Wild Focus Expeditions provides specialized, small group photography tours. Our photography expeditions are designed to get participants into distinctive, engaging locations around the world at the optimum times for photography. Our photo tours are created by our team of photographers who want to experience and photograph the world's top wildlife, nature and traditional cultures locations.

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