Ice Waterfalls, Wildlife & Arctic Colours Svalbard Autumn Photo Tour

Explore Svalbard in September with 12 Photographers

Longyearbyen,

10 days

September

Price From €12,600

Join an adventurous Svalbard autumn photo tour with the goal of capturing the stunning meltwater waterfalls as they plunge into the ocean from the edge of the Austfonna ice cap located in Nordaustlandet.  

This expedition is ideal for both landscape and wildlife photographers. It will offer photographers countless opportunities which include glaciers, landscapes, and wildlife bathed in gorgeous autumn light.

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Introduction

On this expedition we will explore the east of Svalbard. Our aim of the expedition is to capture the melt water waterfalls of the Austfonna Ice Cap. This rare phenomenon occurs as the ice cap warms during the summer months causing streams of meltwater to pour over the sheer ice cliffs and is often very active this time of year.

Expect long sunsets and sunrises which offer beautiful hues and tones for landscape and wildlife photographers. There is a great (but never guaranteed) opportunity to photograph polar bears in the wild. Other wildlife opportunities could include walruses, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes and whales which are very active during this season. 

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. Every expedition offers a different experience.

Expedition Highlights

  • A unique opportunity to photograph the waterfalls of the Austfonna Ice cap.
  • Numerous Arctic landscape and wildlife photography opportunities in autumn light.
  • Explore in comfort on a modern, ice-strengthened expedition vessel with just 12 guests.
  • 4 guides for a group of 12 offers the best ratio available.  
  • 2 Zodiacs to use for exploring and close up photography of wildlife
  • Great great time of year to encounter polar bears, walruses and whales with interesting lighting conditions. 
  • No single supplement for solo travellers
  • Friendly, inclusive atmosphere.
  • Led by world class photographers and expedition leaders.

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

Day 1 Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen pm

Day 2 Exploring Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3 Exploring as we Head north

Day 4 Exploring north west Svalbard

Day 5 Exploring north east Svalbard

Day 6 Exploring north east Svalbard and Austfonna

Day 7 Exploring north east Svalbard and Austfonna

Day 8 Exploring north east Svalbard

Day 9 Exploring as we head south

Day 10 Disembark Longyearbyen am

Every Svalbard photography tour follows a different a route depending on the conditions and opportunities we encounter. The map and itinerary gives you an idea of the area we will explore on this expedition.

svalbard autumn photo tour map

Day by Day

Day 1

.2° N, .6° E

Longyearbyen

Our expedition departs from Longyearbyen, the most northerly town on earth. We will leave the port late in the afternoon. For the next 10 days we say goodbye to civilisation as we sail to the far north east. Whales are active this time of year and we will spend time out on deck searching for photography opportunities as we sail out through the Isfjord. The aim of this expedition is to spend lots of time exploring the nature, scenery, wildlife and glaciers of Svalbard and every expedition offers a different experience.

Day 2

.3° N, .7° E

Prins Karls Foreland

On a daily basis we will launch the Zodiacs to go exploring. During September we will undertake lots of zodiac cruises and shore landings to open up different photography opportunities. On the first morning we will sail alongside Prins Karls Foreland, an island known for it’s dramatic scenery and walrus colonies. If the conditions allow we will land at a walrus colony which will offer some great shots of walruses. As we head north we will visit some of Svalbard’s glaciers bathed in golden light whilst keeping a good look out for polar bears that roam the shores.

Days 3-5

.5° N, .4° E

Exploring North East Svalbard

Our plan is to sail around the North west coast of Spitsbergen to reach the east of Svalbard. At this time of the year there will be great photography opportunities at sunrise and sunset to capture Svalbard’s stunning landscapes and glaciers in the glorious autumn light. During the days we will launch the Zodiacs and spend lots of time outside exploring the wild nature. The area is good for sighting polar bears and we will sail close to the coast keeping a lookout for wildlife at all times.

Day 6 – 9 

.5° N, .3° E

North East Svalbard and Austfonna

As we continue our exploration of the East of Svalbard, we will attempt to visit the melt water waterfalls pouring from the edge of the Austfonna Ice Cap. Alongside spending time capturing this amazing natural spectacle we will go in search of wildlife, which will include walruses that frequent the area and spend lots of time out on deck scouting for polar bears. We will do lots of exploring with the Zodiacs and spend some time exploring ashore in less visited places as we head back south.

Day 10

.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 After breakfast when we say our goodbyes after making new friends and sharing a wonderful adventure together.

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 a possible.

Inside This Svalbard Autumn Photo 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 cruise we run 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 Guides

photography gear guide

Chase Teron

Canadian environmentalist Chase Teron is a professional wildlife and nature photographer who has worked with major international clientele for his photography and drone work. For the past decade, Chase has continued to expand his expertise in photography as well as prime his knowledge on all things artistic theory in the field and in post-processing.

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Jenni Teron

Jenni Teron is an artist and photographer with a deep love of nature. Her work has been featured in major commercial campaigns for international brands such as Canon, Arc’teryx, Aquatica and she regularly donates her imagery to fundraising efforts for nature conservation.

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Konsta Punkka profile picture out in the field

Konsta Punkka

Konsta Punkka is an award winning wildlife, outdoor and commercial photographer. He specialises in capturing close up intimate portraits of wildlife mostly in the arctic region. He has shot and directed dozens of commercial and conservational projects and been featured in dozens of outlets including National Geographic, and the BBC

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Hannes Becker

Hannes is a photographer specialised in the adventure and landscape niche. He is inspired by the north and drawn to the remoteness faraway. To inspire the viewer and showcase his experiences in a realistic manner, he does not only document his travels, but makes part of his personal interpretation come to live within his photographs, by emphasising composition and lighting

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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 with great environmental credentials. Vikingfjord is the most environmentally friendly small ship in the polar regions 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 2022 as a hi-end expedition vessel
  • Large open pan 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 Autumn Photo Tour Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy. Dates for all our tours are also displayed below.

Date

Trip Name

Duration

Vessel

Cabin A

Cabin B

Cabin C

Cabin D

 
6th - 13th May 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux 8 Days MV Explorer € 10,900 € 11,900 € 8,900 € 8,500 Book
13th - 20th May 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Florian Ledoux 8 Days MV Explorer € 10,900 €11,900 € 8,900 € 8,500 Book
31st May - 8th June 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 9 Days MV Kinfish € 9,500 € 8,700 n/a n/a Book
1st - 9th June 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 9 Days MV Vikingfjord € 10,900 € 10,900 € 10,900 n/a Book
13th - 20th June 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Rinie van Meurs 8 Days MV Explorer € 10,900 € 11,900 € 8,900 € 8,500 Book
19th - 25th July 2023 Svalbard Encounter 7 Days MV Vikingfjord € 8,500 € 8,500 € 8,500 n/a Book
25th July - 5th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 12 Days MV Vikingfjord € 14,950 € 14,950 € 14,950 n/a Book
27th July - 6th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 11 Days MV Kinfish € 11,500 €10,700 n/a n/a Book
5th - 18th August 2023 Svalbard Pioneer 14 Days MV Vikingfjord € 17,500 € 17,500 € 17,500 n/a Book
6th - 16th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 11 Days MV Kinfish € 11,500 €10,700 n/a n/a Book
18th - 31st August 2023 Svalbard Pioneer 14 Days MV Vikingfjord € 17,500 € 17,500 € 17,500 n/a Book
7th - 18th August 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Rinie van Meurs 12 Days MV Explorer € 18,300 €19,900 €14,900 €13,500 Book
16th - 25th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 10 Days MV Kinfish € 10,600 €9,800 n/a n/a Book
25th August - 3rd September 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 10 Days MV Kinfish € 10,600 €9,800 n/a n/a Book
9th - 18th September 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Chase & Jenni Teron 10 Days MV Vikingfjord € 12,600 € 12,600 € 12,600 n/a Book
18th - 27th September 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Hannes Becker & Konsta Punkka 10 Days MV Vikingfjord € 12,600 € 12,600 € 12,600 n/a Book

Date

Trip Name

Duration

Vessel

Cabin A

Cabin B

Cabin C

Cabin D

Cabin E

 
6th - 13th May 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour 8 Days MV Explorer £9,600 £10,500 £7,800 £7,500 n/a Book
13th - 20th May 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour 8 Days MV Explorer £9,600 £10,500 £7,800 £7,500 n/a Book
31st May - 8th June 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 9 Days MV Kinfish £8,350 £7,650 n/a n/a n/a Book
1st - 9th June 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 9 Days MV Vikingfjord £9,550 £9,550 £9,550 n/a n/a Book
13th - 20th June 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Rinie van Meurs 8 Days MV Explorer £9,500 £10,300 £7,800 £7,500 n/a Book
19th July - 25th July 2023 Svalbard Encounter  7 Days MV Vikingfjord £7,500 £7,500 £7,500 n/a n/a Book
25th July - 5th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 12 Days MV Vikingfjord £13,500 £13,500 £13,500 n/a n/a Book
27th July - 6th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 11 Days MV Kinfish £10,100 £9,400 n/a n/a n/a Book
5th - 18th August 2023 Svalbard Pioneer 14 Days MV Vikingfjord £15,500 £15,500 £15,500 n/a n/a Book
6th - 16th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 11 Days MV Kinfish £10,100 £9,400 n/a n/a n/a Book
18th - 31st August 2023 Svalbard Pioneer 14 Days MV Vikingfjord £15,500 £15,500 £15,500 n/a n/a Book
7th - 18th August 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Rinie van Meurs 12 Days MV Explorer £15,900 £17,200 £12,900 £11,700 n/a Book
16th - 25th August 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 10 Days MV Kinfish £9,200 £8,500 n/a n/a n/a Book
25th August - 3rd September 2023 Natural Wonders Cruise 10 Days MV Kinfish £9,300 £8,600 n/a n/a n/a Book
9th - 18th September 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Chase & Jenni Teron 10 Days MV Vikingfjord £11,100 £11,100 £11,100 n/a n/a Book
18th - 27th September 2023 Svalbard Photo Tour w/ Hannes Becker & Konsta Punkka 10 Days MV Vikingfjord £11,100 £11,100 £11,100 n/a n/a Book

2024 dates and pricing to be announced shortly. Please get in touch to express an interest and be the first to be notified about new dates.

Cabins

Type A - Double with En-Suite 

  • For 2 Guests
  • Comfortable double or twin bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 15 m²
  • Located on deck 1 
  • Window 
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe

Type B - Twin with En-Suite 

  • For 2 Guests
  • Comfortable double or twin bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 15 m²
  • Located on deck 1 
  • Window 
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe

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Type C -Single with En-Suite 

  • For 1 guests
  • Single bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 13 m²
  • Located on deck 3
  • Window 
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe
Vikingfjord general arrangement

If you have any questions about this Svalbard Autumn Photo 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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New To Expedition Micro Cruises?

Find out all about the experience of travelling on an expedition vessel with 12 guests and how it compares to other cruises.

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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 10 days
Time of Year September
Included
Not Included

We would like to ensure our guests about our risk free booking policy.

As travel returns to normal we would like to ensure you we will do everything to make sure your trip goes ahead as planned.

If your trip is canceled by us you can rebook on another departure free of charge or receive a full refund with no questions asked.

If you can’t enter the departure country due to covid travel restrictions we will offer you a free rebooking on a future departure.

You can read our full policy here.

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer

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

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend 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.

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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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