11 Days
Physical Rating
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Svalbard: Trip Full

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15 – 25 May, 2017

May in Svalbard is an ice lover’s dream. On our expedition you will have a chance to photograph one of the last great Arctic frontiers on earth under the cover of ice and snow – the landscape and wildlife of the Svalbard Archipelago. Because of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, Svalbard has an arctic climate that significantly higher temperatures than other areas at the same latitude. Here lives the mighty polar bear, or Isbjörn (“ice bear“) as it is known, and they will be our main focus during the expedition.

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ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Accommodation for 10 nights in twin/single share room basis
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination
Longyearbyen snowmobile excursion
Zodiac excursions
Certified bear guard
Two Focus Expeditions trip leaders
Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, beverages, liquor and wines, etc.*
International airfare
Tips and gratuities
Travel insurance
*Beverages including liquor can be purchased in USD on the ship at the bar.

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Day 1, May 15th: Arrive to Spitsbergen

We arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, before transferring to our hotel. Overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen, where meals are on your own.

Day 2, May 16th: Exploring Longyearbyen

After breakfast, we begin exploring the island and its inhabitants by snowmobile. Overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen, where meals are on your own.

Day 3, May 17th: Adventfjorden

After our last breakfast on shore and some relaxing time to wander around the community of Longyearbyen, we board the M/S Origo and depart the Adventfjorden at approximately 16:00. Breakfast, dinner and overnight stay on the M/S Origo is included, while for lunch we are on our own. Our ocean expedition begins now!

Day 4-10, May 18th -24th: Svalbard Archipelago

The next seven days are dedicated to exploring the Svalbard Archipelago in search of the ice bear and other northern wildlife. We will photograph towering glaciers and sea ice in many shapes and forms. Because we chartered the entire ship, we are free to go where the light and ice take us and linger as long as we like to capture the magical light available to us for arctic photography. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay are included on board the M/S Origo.

Day 11, May 25th: Return to Longyearbyen

We enjoy breakfast on the ship 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.

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“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.”



“Ice is a photographer’s dream. Polar bears are the ultimate predator – top of the land- bearing food chain. Light is the one element that makes a photograph become a piece of art. Svalbard has all three of these combined that make this trip one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. This expedition is the ultimate adventure and a chance to see the mighty polar bear in his natural and magical habitat.”


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