Svalbard winter photo expedition 2022

Svalbard photo expedition to Isfjord Radio 2022

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 photo expedition, starting I Longyearbyen and ending up 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

It’s a full-on photography tour/workshop, so the activities are planned around sunrise, sunset and night photography excursions (depends on season).

This is 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.

Schedule

Dates: 23.03.2022 – 27.03.2022

Location: Svalbard, Isfjord Radio

Available seats: 6

Difficulty level: Medium

Price: NOK 40.500,-. (based on double occupancy -addition for single room )

Registration deposit: NOK 4.500

Arrival: Longyearbyen Airport

Departure: Longyearbyen Airport

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 (addition for single 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:

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 expeditions, with snowmobile are 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 start 08:00: Longyearbyen – Barentsburg.

Pick up at your hotel and we will starts with distribution a snowmobile suit, gloves, balaclava, helmet and winter boots for the drive. When everyone is all set, we head off for Barentsburg, but first we will have a safety instruction and then we set out into the white landscape around Longyearbyen, seeking arctic fox, svalbard reindeer and svalbard rock ptarmigan and get used to the snowmobile.  We will enjoy a typical arctic field lunch on the way to Barentsburg. On the way to Barentsburg we will have our eyes open for a god spot and wildlife. Arriving Barentsburg is like taking a travel back in time, so before checking in(or just after, depends on our arrival), we will spend some time exploring Barentsburg. We end the day with a three-course dinner in the evening.

Route: Longyearbyen – Todalen – Grønndalen – Barentsburg (depends on the conditions)

Snowmobiling: 64 km, 6 hours (depends on the route)

Day 2 – Barentsburg – Isfjord Radio

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant before we are starting on the last stage to Isfjord Radio. We will go around Grønfjorden to Linnevatnet and ending up at Isfjord Radio.  On the route we will have stops for landscape and wildlife photography (always depends on the conditions) and snowmobiling in the Arctic winter will gives you many impressions, cold temperatures and lodes of fresh air. It is always a fantastic feeling when we are arriving at Isfjord Radio, a warm and comfortable hotel, far into the wilderness.

Snowmobiling: 50 km and 6 hours, depends on conditions.

Day 3 and 4 – Isfjord Radio

After a substantial breakfast, 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 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).

If you are up to it, you can even try a warm sauna and quick swim in the Arctic Ocean – a true sing for Polar Adventurer. What a way to finish an adventurous day!

After dinner, we gather for some tuition and individual post processing.

Day 5 – Isfjord Radio to Longyearbyen

After breakfast and packing, we say goodbye to your new friends at Isfjord Radio before we set direction towards the Russian mining town Barentsburg and follow the coastal route to Longyearbyen. We will always have stop for photography, when the condition allowing. Arrival in the Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

Snowmobiling: 100 km, 8 hours.

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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