Svalbard Extreme 2019

Svalbard Extreme

Because of the high demand we are offering this exclusive Svalbard Extreme expedition on sail boat Arctica II. After having used this boat for our private expeditions several times we decided to include it for the first time in our Wild Focus program. Traveling on Arctica II is not as comfortable as on our bigger boats. But its small size and the small group guarantees us the absolute best Svalbard experience when it comes to photography. The owner and captain grew up on Svalbard and has been traveling on and around the archipelago for more than 30 years. Nobody else can match his experience when it comes to cruising the Arctic waters around Svalbard.
On past expeditions on Arctica II we enjoyed close encounters with walruses, polar bears, seals and even Beluga whales. Because the draft of the boat is much less than the one of a larger boat we can go places where nobody else can.
In order to extend our voyage to as far north as possible we decided to leave in mid June. By then the pack ice on the open ocean usually has mostly disappeared. However the fjords might still be covered with “fast ice” which is used by polar bears to hunt seals.
We will have two zodiacs available that will frequently take us to shore for short hikes. During these walks we may see Svalbard reindeer, with luck Arctic fox and many birds that nest in huge cliffs in numbers exceeding 100,000.
Svalbard is one of the last wild frontiers on earth, every adventurer’s, nature lover’s and photographer’s dream. This expedition is best suited for people who prefer experience over comfort. It is an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life.

Please read the REVIEWS of our past Svalbard Expeditions

13 Days
Group Size
8 People


Per person sharing

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Travel Insurance

Terms and Conditions

Travel Information

Per Person Sharing, No Single Cabins.

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


Day 1 (June 09): Arrival in Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen

We arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; transfer to our hotel; overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen, where meals are on your own.

Day 2 (June 10): Starting our cruise

After breakfast we have a few hours to explore Longyerbyen, the main town on Svalbard. It is quite a colorful Arctic frontier town. At around 14:00 we will board the Arctica II where we will have a small lunch before departure. Overnight on Arctica II

Day 3-13 (June 11-22): On board of Arctica II

The next 11 days we will be exploring the western and northern coast of Svalbard in search of polar bears, walruses, seals and whales. We will discover magnificent fjords, massive glaciers and beautifully carved icebergs. Whenever the weather and location permits it the two zodiacs will take us ashore for short hikes. All meals are included as well as all beverages including alcohol. We kindly ask everyone to share preparing the meals and washing the dishes. It can be a fun social event. This is voluntarily. For most days our captain supplies pre -packaged meals prepared by an excellent catering service in Longyearbyen. Besides that Theo will cook his world-famous Gulasch one day that everybody craves for. It competes with Captain Heinrich's world-famous Reindeer stew. You can decide which dish you like better.

Day 13 (June 22): Return to Longyearbyen

We will arrive in Longyearbyen late in the evening. We usually celebrate the end of our expedition in one of the lively bars in Longyearbyen. The local characters, especially the coal miners add to the ambience and fun. We will then return back to the boat and spend the last night on Arctica II.

Day 14 (June 23): End of Expedition

We enjoy our last breakfast on the boat 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.


  • Accommodations: 1 night at BaseCamp Spitsbergen and 13 nights on the Arctica II
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination
  • All beverages including alcohol
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Certified bear guard
  • Two Wild Focus Expeditions trip leaders

Not Included

  • Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry in hotel
  • International airfare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

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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