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Spitsbergen Photography | Ocean Adventurer

11 Days
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WAS From USD 8,495   Now From USD 8,640

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Trip Code: ACQEMS

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Adventurer

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Spitsbergen

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Cabin on board ship

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OVERVIEW

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The largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Spitsbergen, is where guests will spend the Arctic summer during this one-of-a-kind 11-day cruise. Instead of sticking to a predetermined route, we'll go around the coast and inner fjords to witness Spitsbergen at its best and most lively in late July. As the ice melts and the area becomes more accessible, the Arctic summer is unlike any other. The snow-free tundra will allow you to take walks and take advantage of any photo opportunities with seasonal flowers like purple saxifrage. Given that the lengthened daylight in the Land of the Midnight Sun maximises wildlife sightings, you'll love the chance to observe spectacular wildlife, including polar bears. Additionally, we'll be on the lookout for walruses, whales returning to ice-free fjords, the elusive arctic fox that will be out hunting, and a flurry of bird activity on the towering cliff sides.

Chris Linder, an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, workshop instructor, and lecturer who transitioned from a naval officer and oceanographic researcher to a visual storyteller, will inspire you on this journey through the snow-topped mountains, enormous glacier fronts, deep-walled fjords, and vast swaths of uninhabited tundra. "July is a fantastic time to visit Svalbard," says Chris, who has documented more than 50 scientific missions. "The light-filled summer days feed a brief but dramatic explosion of life from small tundra flowers to polar bears, walruses, and whales." This excursion is a photographer's paradise because of the variety of subjects and beautiful low-angle light.

*Offers are correct at the time of publishing and are only available for sale on selected cabins and departures until 03 April 2023 or until sold out. Discounts are subject to change, availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Only combinable with Shackleton Club Past Passenger offers. Prices are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, and other external factors. No discount applies to any transfer packages, additional activities or pre/post services. Excludes Triple and Single Cabins. The below prices may also include a 'Pay in full at time of booking' which is a 5-10% early payment bonus. Further conditions may apply, contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrive in Helsinki

Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Fly to Svalbard & Embark

This morning, the group will transfer to the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from the frigid waters.

Exploring Spitsbergen

The unspoiled beauty of Spitsbergen is the focus of this one-of-a-kind voyage along the west coast of the island, which is the largest in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Each day will be a photographic surprise as we explore the costal fjords and smaller, outlying islands, and venture into the colourful tundra during shore and Zodiac excursions. The weather and, at this time of year, the melting ice will influence our route and shore landings, where you’ll be able to photograph stunning scenery, wildlife, birds and historical sites. And, of course, magnificent landscape shots are just at your fingertips as 60 percent of Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous.
After the long cold winter, Spitsbergen is virtually invaded by birds which migrate here in vast numbers to nest. The waters surrounding the archipelago, a rich food source for marine life, attract walruses, seals and whales. As with many regions of the world, summertime offers a greater diversity of land-dwelling wildlife to photograph, including polar bears, arctic foxes, Svalbard rock ptarmigan and Svalbard reindeer. Summertime visitors will be surprised to find themselves photographing what’s at their feet — a palette of brightly coloured wildflowers that grace the summer tundra.
One of the main features of Spitsbergen Photography: Under the Midnight Sun will be the presentations and hands-on learning opportunities with award- winning guest photographer Chris Linder, whose expertise extends to science and conservation. You’ll be able to learn from Chris about the two most important aspects of photography—composition and light—as he covers lens choices, perspective, composition, and how to make the most of various lighting and weather situations. You’ll gain insight on photographing popular polar subjects such as polar bears—as well as unique polar landscapes, flora and lesser-known species. The goal is for all guests—regardless of skill level or equipment—to expand on and improve their photography on the voyage.
Chris will also demonstrate how photographers of all levels can use photo storytelling to advance conservation goals and polar ambassadorship. In addition to presentations titled Composition and Light, and Journeys of a Science Photographer, Chris will present Science on Ice and the Big Thaw, using images from his book of the same name. “My goal for the guests on this expedition is to not only help everyone return home with great photographs,” says Chris, “but also to improve their photography skills. Through lectures and hands-on lessons, I will explain how perspective, light, composition, and story work together to make compelling images. My focus will be on artistic considerations more than technical ones, in the hope that photographers of all skill levels can benefit.”
Presentations by other onboard experts, who specialize in marine biology, ornithology, glaciology, and history, will complement the photography sessions and help prepare you for the adventures that await.

Disembark & fly to Helsinki

Your adventure ends in the frontier style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

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Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer

Built in 1976 in Yugoslavia, the Ocean Adventurer underwent extensive conversion and refurbishment in 1999 with a further extensive upgrade in 2017. This comfortable ship carries a maximum of 132 passengers, accommodated in 66 cabins all with private en-suite facilities, exterior views and each equipped with a TV and DVD player. The ship also features a large multi-purpose lounge and presentation room, bar, spacious window-lined dining room and exercise room. There are ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless internet access on board. The Ocean Adventurer with its ice-strengthened hull was designed specifically to carry travellers to the remotest corners of the world. It is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers, landings and Zodiac cruises. There are also 4 partially enclosed lifeboats on board. Why we like it "This purpose built expedition ship carries just 132 guests. There are refined public spaces and generous cabins all with private facilities. The ship is sturdy at sea and strong in the ice. This is one of our favourite ships to charter due to the all-round nature of the vessel. Excellent international crew and exceptional food put this ship in the “must recommend” bracket!"

Ice Class: Length: 101 metres
Breadth: 16.2 metresMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
132

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Pricing per person

Triple

Features:-

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

10 % off

USD 9,490 USD 8,640

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  • Triple (3 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Lower Deck Twin

Features:-

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

15 % off

USD 10,990 USD 9,540

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  • Single (1 berth)
  • Double (2 berths)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Main Deck Twin Porthole

Features:-

A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.

15 % off

USD 11,990 USD 10,395

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Main Deck Twin Window

Features:-

A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.

15 % off

USD 12,990 USD 11,250

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)
  • Share, Male (1 berth)
  • Share, Female (1 berth)

Superior

Features:-

A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views. Note: this cabin has either corner or parallel bed configuration.

15 % off

USD 13,990 USD 12,105

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Deluxe

Features:-

A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

15 % off

USD 13,990 USD 12,105

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Suite

Features:-

A Suite has a double bed, windows with exterior views, private facilities.

15 % off

USD 17,490 USD 15,098

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Owner's Suite

Features:-

An Owner's Suite has a double bed and private sitting room. One features a large panoramic window facing aft, and the other two suites face port and starboard. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Owner's Suites have showers.

15 % off

USD 18,990 USD 16,380

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  • Double (2 berths)
  • Single (1 berth)

Important Info

  • INCLUSIONS 

    Cabin accommodation on board ship
    All meals whilst on board 
    All scheduled landings and activities by zodiac
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    Expedition parka
    Loan of expedition boots
    Comprehensive pre-departure material
    Transfers to/from ship on embarkation and disembarkation days 
    *Mandatory Charter Package 

    EXCLUSIONS 

    International Flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Any pre or post land arrangements not mentioned in itinerary
    Customary gratuity for staff and expedition crew
     

    *Mandatory Transfer Package:

    • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Helsinki airport hotel, with breakfast
    • Charter flight from Helsinki to Longyearbyen
    • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki
  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. 

    Please note that price may be subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability. Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking.