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