Svalbard winter photo expedition 2023

Svalbard photo expedition 2023 – Based in Longyearbyen – With special guest photographer Even Tryggstrand –  @Eventyr (Instagram)

With towering snowcapped mountains, forbidding glaciers, tundra & towering fjords, it is here where the formidable landscape reigns wildlife as the arctic fox, the unique Svalbard reindeer, Svalbard rock ptarmigan, polar bears, walrus, and birds and seabirds live and we hope to capture some of these on our 3 photo expeditions. The winter photo expedition is based in Longyearbyen, the summer and the autumn photo expedition is based at Isfjord radio.

Svalbard is considered the best place on earth for photographing arctic landscape and wildlife, but a treasure trove of photographic highlights awaits, that sometimes can include the Arctic Fox, Svalbard rock ptarmigan, Walrus, Seals, Whale and birds (from April to September) like seabirds, gooses, king eiders, divers, common eiders, phalaropes, snipes, sandpipers, guillemots, auks and our unique Svalbard reindeer. Keep your eyes open, and perhaps you can cross of some of Svalbard’s “Big Five” from your bucket list

All three of the expeditions, are a full-on photography tour/workshop, so the activities are planned around sunrise, sunset and night photography excursions (depends on season).

Below you can read some information about the winter photo expedition but, we have three different variations of Svalbard Photo Expedition Tours available, each one catered for a specific season that highlights the splendors, found here.

Booking

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    Schedule

    Dates: 13.04.2023 – 16.04.2023

    Location: Svalbard, Longyearbyen

    Available seats: 4

    Difficulty level: Medium

    Price: NOK 33.000,-. (based on double occupancy -addition NOK 3.500,-, for single room )

    Registration deposit: NOK 4.500

    Payment: Full payment required 60 days prior to the tour.

    Arrival: Longyearbyen Airport

    Departure: Longyearbyen Airport

    Included:

    4-day snowmobiling adventure with photographer and authorized Svalbard guide, Oddgeir Sagerup and with special guest photographer Even Tryggstrand –  @Eventyr (Instagram)

    All tuition, individual post processing sessions on day 3 and 4.
    Accommodation in double/twin room (addition for single room)
    Breakfast and expedition lunches.
    Transport to and from your hotel or guesthouse in Longyearbyen.
    Warm clothing: Snowmobile suit, boots, gloves, helmet, goggles and balaclava.
    Snowmobile and fuel.
    Search- and rescue insurance for Svalbard.

    Additional charges:

    Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Longyearbyen. Personale spendings, drinks with meals, alcoholic beverages, snacks, souvenirs, private equipment and travel insurance. Single room supplement at Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel. Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the trip.

    The Winter photo expedition 2023 – Based in Longyearbyen

    Goes with snowmobile in March, when the lighting conditions are quite simply magical. Soft pastel shades of orange, red, pink and blue bathe the landscape in an otherworldly light that that is indescribable!And the best!! This is a photo expedition, so we will always stop for a god spot, good light conditions or for wildlife photographer.

    Day 0

    18:00: Evening Meeting at Kroa bar and restaurant, for briefing, to be known, and introduction to snowmobiling and safety on tour. You can pack one-1 bag, maximum 50 liter, and you can attach your photo bag/sack on the seat of the snowmobile.

     

    Day 1 – Tour starts 08:00: Longyearbyen – Adventdalen – Sassendalen – Mohnbukta(east cost) – Longyearbyen (depends on the conditions)

    Breakfast at your hotel in Longyearbyen, before we are starting on the tour to the East Cost of Svalbard. This is an amazing wilderness experience! It is a long day on snowmobile in varied, and demanding terrain, but the reward is great – a fantastic day out in the stark Svalbard landscape, and if you are very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a polar bear during the trip.

    Snowmobile tour to the realm of the polar bear
    On this excursion you will experience some of the best of Svalbard. You will get a fantastic day out in Svalbard’s beautiful nature. The east coast of Spitsbergen is colder than the west coast because of the distance to the Gulf Stream, which means more sea ice and better conditions for good sea ice, glacier and if luck,  the polar bear. It gives us good opportunities to observe the mighty animal at a safe distance, so bring your binoculars and zoom lens to the camera! We will also have several stops on the way to the east coast, always looking for a good spot and light conditions.  We will return to Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

    Snowmobiling: 180 km and 10 hours, depends on conditions.

    Day 2 and 3 – Longyearbyen – Sassendalen – Fredheim – Tempelfjorden – Dunérbukta(east cost) – Longyearbyen 

    After a substantial breakfast, at your hotel, it is time to head into the beautiful landscape of Spitsbergen. We choose the day’s route depending on the weather and snow conditions.

    We don’t operate with a fixed itinerary on any of our photo expeditions. The whole area is packed with locations, so the weather and light conditions will decide where we will go. We will seek wildlife (svalbard rock ptarmigan, foxes, reindeer) and landscape photography. We will explore the area on snowmobile, but sometimes it’s not necessary, because we have great spots just around the corner. At night, it might be possible to shoot the incredible aurora borealis if the weather permits (depends on season). We will return to Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

    After dinner, in Longyearbyen, we gather for some tuition and individual post processing, on day 3 and 4.

    Snowmobiling:110-180 km and 10 hours, depends on conditions (each days)

    Day 4 – Longyearbyen – Bjørndalen – Longyearbyen – Kreklingpasset -Elveneset – Longyearbyen

    We choose the day’s route depending on the weather and snow conditions. We will start the day with focus on the arctic fox and spende half of the day seeking the fox.

    Arrival in the Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

    Snowmobiling:110 km and 10 hours, depends on conditions and rout.

    Arctic fox

    CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

    Speaking of weather, Svalbard is notoriously unpredictable. Conditions and light changes constantly, so please be sure to read our “must-bring” clothing and gear lists provided by email upon registration.

    PHOTO GEAR

    At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camera gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.

    What level of photography is required?

    All of ours tours, are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night (if the conditions is good).

    WHAT’S INCLUDED?

    5-day snowmobiling adventure with photographer and authorized Svalbard guide, Oddgeir Sagerup.

    • All tuition, individual post processing sessions on day 3 and 4.
    • Accommodation in double/twin room
    • 3-course dinner, breakfast and expedition lunches.
    • Transport to and from your hotel or guesthouse in Longyearbyen.
    • Warm clothing: Snowmobile suit, boots, gloves, helmet, goggles and balaclava.
    • Snowmobile and fuel.
    • Search- and rescue insurance for Svalbard.

    ADDITIONAL CHARGES/Not included

    • Personal spending’s, drinks with meals, alcoholic, private equipment and travel insurance
    • Single room supplement at Barentsburg and Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel
    • Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the trip

    NOTE

    Driver’s license for car or motorcycle is required for driving snowmobile. Your driver’s license must be presented before the tour starts and you have to drive you own snowmobile.

    You can pack one-1 bag, maximum 50 liter, with personal clothing’s and you can attach your photo bag/sack on the seat of the snowmobile.

    This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains or pregnant women. This is due to safety for your safety and wellbeing and See & Explore can unfortunately not to take responsibility for health problems.

    In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms, thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planed route, and this might lead up us not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program.

    TAILOR MADE TRIP / FILM LOGISTICS

    Would you like to have your private guiding or even let us know and we will tailor your trip! We have passion for film and photography and knows an photographer’s mind, so we can offer you logistics for Your project!

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