Natural Wonders of Svalbard Photography Tour

Explore Northern Svalbard on a Svalbard Photo Tour with 12 Guests

Svalbard

9 days

April, May

€ 11,900

Join us on an exciting Svalbard photography tour to explore and photograph the wildlife and frozen landscapes of Svalbard. During the months of April and May, Svalbard is emerging from the winter and we have 24-hours of daylight on our side. Usually at this time of year there is lots of sea and fjord ice. Wildlife including polar bears have begun their return and it is possible to capture incredible photos of them on the ice. 

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Introduction

On this expedition we will explore the north-west coast of Spitsbergen searching for photography opportunities throughout which includes sea ice, wildlife, landscapes and glaciers. Our small expedition vessel is equipped with 2 Zodiacs which will allow us to get up close to nature and reach the places the larger ships can’t reach. 

This trip is ideal for wildlife and landscapes photographers looking to capture the Arctic as it emerges from the winter with a good chance (but never guaranteed) of encountering polar bears. Every expedition offers a different experience.

Expedition Highlights

  • Stunning landscape photography opportunities, with its snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and fjords
  • Great great time of year to encounter polar bears, walruses and whales with interesting lighting conditions
  • A great chance to encounter wildlife which could include different whale species, polar bears, Svalbard reindeer, walruses and seals
  • Small, intimate group size of just 12 like minded explorers
  • 4 guides for a group of 12 offers the best ratio available
  • 2 Zodiacs to use for exploring and close up photography of wildlife
  • Friendly, inclusive atmosphere
  • Led by world class photographers and expedition leaders
  • Explore in comfort on a modern, ice-strengthened expedition vessel

Learn and Develop New Photography Skills

Our photography guides offer assistance where required to help you improve your skills and get the best images possible. Where time allows tutorials will be carried out onboard, but the emphasis is always on maximising time outside in the field. 

Our expedition team has extensive experience in Svalbard and will seek out the optimal places for photography based on the conditions.

The Voyage

Secret Atlas is founded, led, and made for explorers by explorers. We understand that every expedition is unique, so we don’t follow a fixed itinerary. We believe that real expeditions should follow the opportunities that the wilderness offers and our expert guides know exactly how to maximise your experience.

The following itinerary is an example. The expedition is flexible and its course will be defined on daily bases sustained by the opportunities presented by weather, ice and wildlife.

Day 1 Welcome aboard! Embarkation in Longyearbyen at 16:00

Day 2 Prins Karls Forland

Day 3 Ice Edge

Day 4 – 7 Exploring North West Spitsbergen

Day 8 Heading South

Day 9 Disembarkation in Longyearbyen at 09:00

* We always recommend to arrive in Svalbard at least 24 hours before departure.

Svalbard photo tour early season map

Svalbard Photography Tour Day by Day

Day 1

.2° N, .6° E

Longyearbyen

Our Svalbard photography tour departs from Longyearbyen, the most northerly town on earth. Upon leaving the Port of Longyearbyen we will say goodbye to civilisation for the next 8 days to explore the rugged coastline, searching for landscape and wildlife photography opportunities at every stage. As we sail north we are likely to encounter glaciers and sea ice which make the perfect photo subjects. Early in the season, our exact route will be determined by the sea ice conditions which vary year on year.

Day 2

.3° N, .7° E

Prins Karls Forland

As we leave the Isfjord we will keep a good lookout on deck for whales and other marine life that is common in this area. We often encounter walruses that can be photographed from the ship resting on ice flows. We will launch the Zodiacs to get closer to any wildlife we spot. We have frequently encountered whales including blue and humpback whales, belugas, and walruses in this area. In the afternoon we will launch the Zodiacs to get oppurtunities to take landscape and glacier shots.

Day 3 – 7

.5° N, .4° E

Encountering Sea Ice and North-West Spitsbergen

We will sail as far north as possible along the west coast of Spitsbergen keeping a lookout for wildlife including polar bears that inhabit the area. Our ultimate plan if the conditions allow is to venture up to the edge of the sea ice and spend some time searching for polar bears that use the sea ice to hunt from. The sea ice itself is a mesmerising photography subject and in calm conditions, it can be possible to launch the landing craft to cruise in between the ice. We will then explore the frozen north-west coast travelling as far as the ice will allow us in search of photography opportunities.

Day 8

.5° N, .3° E

Hornsund

Another option, if the time and conditions allow, is to sail south to visit Hornsund or Belsund. Early in may the fjords are usually still full of fast ice and it is possible to encounter polar bears hunting along the ice edge. Alternatively we may use this time to maximise our exploration of the North.

Day 9

.2° N, .6° E

Longyearbyen

Either late the previous evening or early in the morning we will arrive back at the port of Longyearbyen. Today our Svalbard photography tour ends after breakfast when we say our goodbyes after making new friends and sharing a wonderful adventure.

The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much as possible.

Inside This Svalbard Photography Tour

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include:

Amazing Wildlife

We will visit areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears are known to roam.

Stunning Scenery

We will encounter mighty glaciers, cruise tranquil steep-sided fjords and spend time outside exploring the beautiful untouched wilderness.

Climate Compensated

Caring for the environment is what we do. For Svalbard cruises we plant trees in Greenland to offset the emissions. As a member of AECO, we follow strict guidelines to ensure minimal disturbance to wildlife and natural sites.

Expedition Leader and Guide

On this Svalbard photography tour we have an expedition leader, 2nd guide and photo expert. An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting. Our onboard guides are the core of what we do and will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available.

Zodiac Landing Craft for Shore Landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring on a daily basis. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand.

Expedition Vessel with 12 Guests

We believe the best way to experience an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of travelers. New expedition cruise ships now take up to 350 passengers, we believe smaller is better.

Meet Your Photography Guide

Florian Ledoux arctic photo tours expedition guide

Florian Ledoux
Photography Expert

Florian Ledoux is an artist, documentary filmmaker and photographer. Lately, he worked for BBC “Frozen Planet II”, Disney “Polar Bear” as well as Netflix and National Geographic.

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Your Ship - MV Vikingfjord

Step aboard MV Vikingfjord a modern expedition vessel built for adventure

Introducing our newest ship MV Vikingfjord, a rugged ice-strengthened expedition vessel for 12 guests. New energy efficient engine and NOX cleaning fitted in 2023 offering the best environmental on a small ship with up to a 95% reduction in NOX emissions. 

Expect cruise ship comfort on a small ship with 9 ensuite cabins, an open plan saloon with rear facing windows, and on on deck hot tub and sauna.

Vikingfjord offers single en-suite cabins with no single supplement for solo travellers. 

  • Rebuilt in 2023 as a high-end expedition vessel
  • Large open plan observation lounge and dining area at the stern
  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience
  • Ice strengthened 1B hull for maximum exploration in the polar regions
  • Refurbished to a high standard with warm, comfortable cabins
  • On deck hot tub and sauna
  • Large en-suite cabins with suites, doubles, twins and singles.
  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large open deck space and raised areas for photography
  • Expert team of crew and guides
  • Full safety gear
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Svalbard Cruise Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy.

DateVoyageDurationVesselClassic PortholeClassic TwinSignature Twin/doubleSignature Single 
24th April – 2nd May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Chase & Jenni Teron9 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,900€11,900 Book
2nd – 10th May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Chase & Jenni Teron9 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,900€11,900 Book
10th – 18th May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux9 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,900€11,900 Book
18th – 26th May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux9 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,900€11,900 Book
26th May – 3rd June 2024Natural Wonders9 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,500€11,500 Book
3rd – 12th June 2024Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord€13,350€13,350 Book
12th – 21st June 2024Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord€13,350€13,350 Book
21st – 30th June 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord€12,900€12,900 Book
30th June – 8th July 2024Natural Wonders9 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,500€11,500 Book
8th – 17th July 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord€12,900€12,900 Book
15th – 24th July 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya€11,500€11,500€11,500 Book
17th – 26th July 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord€12,900€12,900 Book
24th July – 1st August 2024Natural Wonders9 daysMV Freya€10,350€10,350€10,350 Book
26th July – 8th August 2024Svalbard Pioneer14 daysMV Vikingfjord€17,500€17,500 Book
1st – 10th August 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya€11,500€11,500€11,500 Book
9th – 18th August 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Kinfish€10,900€10,200 Book
18th – 27th August 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Kinfish€10,900€10,200 Book
27th August – 5th September 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Kinfish€10,900€10,200 Book
5th – 14th September 2024Svalbard Ice Waterfalls Photo Tour10 daysMV Kinfish€11,500€10,800 Book
DateVoyageDurationVesselClassic PortholeClassic TwinSignature Twin/doubleSignature Single 
24th April – 2nd May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Chase & Jenni Teron9 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,500£10,500 Book
2nd – 10th May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Chase & Jenni Teron9 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,500£10,500 Book
10th – 18th May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux9 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,500£10,500 Book
18th – 26th May 2024Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux9 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,500£10,500 Book
26th May – 3rd June 2024Natural Wonders9 daysMV Vikingfjord£9,900£9,900 Book
3rd – 12th June 2024Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord£11,450£11,450 Book
12th – 21st June 2024Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord£11,450£11,450 Book
21st – 30th June 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord£11,500£11,500 Book
30th June – 8th July 2024Natural Wonders9 daysMV Vikingfjord£9,900£9,900 Book
8th – 17th July 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord£11,500£11,500 Book
15th – 24th July 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya£9,950£9,950£9,950 Book
17th – 26th July 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord£11,500£11,500 Book
24th July – 1st August 2024Natural Wonders9 daysMV Freya£8,950£8,950£8,950 Book
26th July – 8th August 2024Svalbard Pioneer14 daysMV Vikingfjord£15,500£15,500 Book
1st – 10th August 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya£9,950£9,950£9,950 Book
9th – 18th August 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Kinfish£9,700£9,100   Book
18th – 27th August 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Kinfish£9,700£9,100   Book
27th August – 5th September 2024Natural Wonders10 daysMV Kinfish£9,700£9,100   Book
5th – 14th September 2024Svalbard Ice Waterfalls Photo Tour10 daysMV Kinfish£10,200£9,700   Book
DateVoyageDurationVesselSignature Twin/DoubleSignature Penthouse (Double)Signature Single 
28th April – 5th May 2025Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition8 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,550€13,850€13,850 Book
5th – 12th May 2025Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition8 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,550€13,850€13,850 Book
12th – 19th May 2025Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition8 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,550€13,850€13,850 Book
17th – 24th May 2025Svalbard Encounter8 daysMV Freya€10,150€12,150 Book
19th – 26th May 2025Natural Wonders of Svalbard Photography Tour8 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,550€13,850€13,850 Book
24th May – 2nd June 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya€12,650€15,150 Book
26th May – 4th June 2025Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord€14,450€17,350€17,350 Book
4th – 13th June 2025Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord€14,450€17,350€17,350 Book
26th June – 5th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya€12,650€15,150 Book
27th June – 6th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord€14,150€17,050€17,050 Book
5th – 14th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya€12,650€15,150 Book
6th – 15th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord€14,150€17,050€17,050 Book
14th – 25th July 2025Svalbard Pioneer12 daysMV Freya€14,950€17,900 Book
15th – 26th July 2025Svalbard Pioneer12 daysMV Vikingfjord€17,050€20,450€20,450 Book
26th July – 6th August 2025Svalbard Pioneer12 daysMV Vikingfjord€17,050€20,450€20,450 Book
6th – 15th August 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord€14,150€17,050€17,050 Book
DateVoyageDurationVesselSignature Twin/DoubleSignature Penthouse (Double)Signature Single 
28th April – 5th May 2025Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition8 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,550£12,600£12,600 Book
5th – 12th May 2025Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition8 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,550£12,600£12,600 Book
12th – 19th May 2025Frozen Svalbard Photography Expedition8 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,550£12,600£12,600 Book
17th – 24th May 2025Svalbard Encounter8 daysMV Freya£8,900£10,550 Book
19th – 26th May 2025Natural Wonders of Svalbard Photography Tour8 daysMV Vikingfjord£10,550£12,600£12,600 Book
24th May – 2nd June 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya£10,900£12,900 Book
26th May – 4th June 2025Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord£12,500£14,900£14,900 Book
4th – 13th June 2025Spitsbergen Explorer Photo Expedition with Paul Goldstein10 daysMV Vikingfjord£12,500£14,900£14,900 Book
26th June – 5th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya£10,950£12,950 Book
27th June – 6th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord£12,500£14,950£14,950 Book
5th – 14th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Freya£10,950£12,950 Book
6th – 15th July 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord£12,500£14,950£14,950 Book
14th – 25th July 2025Svalbard Pioneer12 daysMV Freya£12,900£15,550 Book
15th – 26th July 2025Svalbard Pioneer12 daysMV Vikingfjord£14,950£17,500£17,500 Book
26th July – 6th August 2025Svalbard Pioneer12 daysMV Vikingfjord£14,950£17,500£17,500 Book
6th – 15th August 2025Natural Wonders10 daysMV Vikingfjord£12,500£14,950£14,950 Book

Cabins

Type A - Signature Penthouse (Double)

  • For 2 Guests
  • Comfortable double bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 15 m²
  • Located on deck 3
  • Windows
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Cabin Number: 8

Type B - Signature Twin/Double

  • For 2 Guests
  • Comfortable Twin or Double Bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 15 m²
  • Located on deck 1
  • Window 
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Cabins 1 - 4

Type C - Signature Single

  • For 1 guest
  • 10 m²
  • Located on decks 1 and 2
  • Window 
  • Wardrobe
  • Cabin 5 - 7

Deck Plan

Vikingfjord deck plan

If you have any questions about this Svalbard Photography Tour please get in touch

Useful Information

How To Get To Svalbard

Svalbard is easily accessible from daily flights from Oslo in Norway. To find out more see our guide.

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Longyearbyen Travel Guide

All the information you need to plan your trip including how to get to Longyearbyen, arrival information, places to stay, and activities to do before your cruise.

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Svalbard Photography Tour FAQ

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation Twin, Double & Single ensuite cabins
Duration 9 Days
Time of Year May
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We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
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Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

You have the option to pay in full at time of booking or pay in the following instalments:

30% deposit is taken at the time of booking

30% 6 months before departure

40%  90 days prior to departure

It is mandatory you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation.

Solo travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host solo travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only one. We offer the following accommodation options:

  • Single cabins.
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same gender.
  • Option to have your own double cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

This trip is operated by Secret Atlas and is subject to the Secret Atlas terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here.

What Our Customers Say

On each Svalbard cruise we welcome customers from all corner of the globe, with a variety of different ages and backgrounds all united in their passion to experience what the Arctic has to offer

Pan – Business Executive from Italy

‘This is the closest you can come to a real expedition. We saw glaciers seals, whales, walruses and polar bears’

From an early age Pan dreamed of visiting the Arctic. At the age of 42 he made that dream come true by joining Secret Atlas on an expedition micro cruise.

Read his story

Annie – Interior Designer from the USA

‘The micro cruise experience felt like being on your own private boat. The crew were fantastic’’

Annie had always wanted to go an expedition in Svalbard and joined us as a solo traveler..

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