svalbard cruise

Introduction

Join pro photographer Roger Brendhagen on a Svalbard photo expedition onboard an expedition vessel with just 12 guests. The journey will take us up the north coast of Spitsbergen with the view to opening up as many photo opportunities as possible.  We will explore frozen shores and photograph the Arctic wildlife and landscapes of Svalbard. This unique voyage takes place early in the season as Svalbard emerges from the winter. The mountains are snow-covered and the shores still frozen, offering some great photo opportunities. This tour takes place on a warm and comfortable expedition vessel with just 12 guests. The exact route will be determined by the sea ice conditions which is all part of the spirit of adventure of exploration.

Svalbard Photo Expedition Highlights

  • Early in the season gives us numerous opportunities to photograph Svalbard’s frozen landscapes as they emerge from the winter.
  • Explore the frozen North-west of Spitsbergen with a good chance of encountering polar bears.
  • Develop your photography skills in the field with a highly experienced Arctic photographer.
  • Learn about the area from our expert Svalbard guide.
  • Encounter the wildlife which could include polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, and whales.
  • Photograph and explore the coastline by Zodiac landing craft.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.
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Booking Promise

As we look forward to exploring with you again in 2021 we would like to reassure our customers with our risk-free booking promise.

 

Advanced Safety Measures

Find out about the advanced safety measures we will be taking on our future voyages to ensure your safety.

The Voyage

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen pm

Day 2 Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3 Sea Ice

Day 4 North-west Spitsbergen

Day 5 North-west Spitsbergen

Day 6 North-west Spitsbergen

Day 7 Ny-Alesund

Day 8 Arrive Longyearbyen am

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Day by Day

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Day 1

Longyearbyen

Our Svalbard Photo Expedition departs from Longyearbyen. Upon leaving the port 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.

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Day 2 

Prins Karls Foreland

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 have frequently encountered whales including blue and humpback whales, belugas, and walruses.  We plan to land on the island of Prins Karls Foreland and do a short hike to a walrus colony. Here we will spend some unhurried time observing and photographing the walruses as they swim and haul out onto the beach.  

Days 3 – 6

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 there 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. 

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Day 7

Ny-Alesund

As we head back south towards Longyearbyen if the ice conditions permit we will visit the scientific research settlement of Ny Alesund, the most northerly settlement on earth. We will explore the area around Kongsfjord and sail as close as we can get to one of Svalbard’s largest glaciers on the Lillyhook fjord for some great photo opportunities.

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Day 8

Longyearbyen

Our Svalbard photography tour ends back in Longyearbyen. After our final breakfast we will say our goodbyes and disembark at the port after making new friends and sharing an exciting photography 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. 

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Inside This trip

Our Svalbard Photo Expedition is 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 :

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Photograph 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. 

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Stunning Scenery

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

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Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests

We believe the best way to photograph an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of photographers. The new expedition cruise ships now take over 300 passengers, we believe smaller is better. 

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Photo Guide and Expedition Leader

On this tour, we will be accompanied by professional photographer Roger Brendhagen who will be our photography guide. Roger will provide advice to assist you in getting the best out of your photography. We will also be accompanied by an expedition leader who will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available. 

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Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring to photograph ashore. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to shoot from. With a small group, there is room for everyone and it offers the perfect opportunity to get great shots of sea ice, wildlife and glaciers. 

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Climate Compensated

Caring for the environment is what we do. For every trip we run we plant trees in Greenland to offset the emissions. As a member of AECO we follow strict guidelines to ensure we do not cause a disturbance to wildlife on our trips. 

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Meet Our Experts

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Roger Brendhagen

Photography Guide

Roger is a Norwegian nature photographer extraordinaire specialising in wildlife photography. He is passionate about photographing nature and has extensive experience in running photo courses and workshops. His work has been featured across numerous publications and newspapers in Europe and you can see his photos in the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington. Roger is an ambassador for Nikon cameras. 

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Your Vessel

Expedition Motor Vessel Togo

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

  • Comfortable accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite)

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Hot Showers

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear

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Svalbard Photo Expedition Dates and Prices

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

2021
2022
2023
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
4th - 12th July 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800
12th - 26th July 2021
15 Days
£11,200
£11,200
£10,400
£8,000
3rd - 12th August 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800
14th - 28th August 2021
15 Days
£11,200
£11,200
£10,400
£8,000
29th August - 12th September 2021
15 Days
£11,200
£11,200
£10,400
£8,000
12th - 20th September 2021
9 Days
£7,200
£7,200
£6,400
£5,800
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
4th - 12th July 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€6,700
12th - 26th July 2021
15 Days
€12,900
€12,900
€12,000
€9,000
3rd - 12th August 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€6,700
14th - 28th August 2021
15 Days
€12,900
€12,900
€12,000
€9,200
29th August - 12th September 2021
15 Days
€12,900
€12,900
€12,000
€9,200
12th - 20th September 2021
9 Days
€8,300
€8,300
€7,300
€7,300
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
4th - 12th July 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300
12th - 26th July 2021
15 Days
$14,000
$14,000
$13,000
$10,000
3rd - 12th August 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300
14th - 28th August 2021
15 Days
$14,000
$14,000
$13,000
$10,000
29th August - 12th September 2021
9 Days
$14,000
$14,000
$13,000
$10,000
12th - 20th September 2021
9 Days
$9,000
$9,000
$8,000
$7,300

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
24th April - 1st May 2022
8 Days
£7,000
£7,000
£6,600
£6,000
9th - 16th May 2022
9 Days
£8,200
£8,200
£7,400
£6,800
18th May - 26th May 2022
9 Days
£8,200
£8,200
£7,400
£6,800
3rd - 11th June 2022
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300
3rd - 11th July 2022
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300
11th - 25th July 2022
15 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500
27th July - 11th August 2022
15 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500
13th - 27th August 2022
15 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500
29th August - 12th September 2022
15 Days
£12,200
£12,200
£11,400
£9,000
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
24th April - 1st May 2022
8 Days
€8,100
€8,100
€7,600
€7,000
9th - 17th May 2022
9 Days
€9,300
€9,300
€8,300
€7,700
18th May - 26th May 2022
9 Days
€9,300
€9,300
€8,300
€7,700
3rd - 11th June 2022
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200
3rd - 11th July 2022
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200
11th - 25th July 2022
15 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700
27th July - 11th August 2022
15 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700
13th August - 27th August 2022
15 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700
29th August - 12th September 2022
15 Days
€13,900
€13,900
€13,000
€10,200
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
24th April - 1st May 2022
8 Days
$9,500
$9,500
$9,000
$8,500
9th - 17th May 2022
9 Days
$11,000
$11,000
$10,000
$9,000
18th May - 26th May 2022
9 Days
$11,000
$11,000
$10,000
$9,000
3rd - 11th June 2022
9 Days
$10,500
$10,500
$9,500
$8,500
3rd - 11th July 2022
9 Days
$10,500
$10,500
$9,500
$8,500
11th - 25th July 2022
15 Days
$15,900
$15,900
$14,900
$11,500
27th July- 11th August 2022
15 Days
$15,900
$15,900
$14,900
$11,500
13th - 27th August 2022
15 Days
$15,900
$15,900
$14,900
$11,500
29th August - 12th September 2022
15 Days
$16,400
$16,400
$15,400
$12,000

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
23rd - 30th April 2023
8 Days
£7,000
£7,000
£6,600
£6,000
8th - 16th May 2023
9 Days
£8,200
£8,200
£7,400
£6,800
17th May - 25th May 2023
9 Days
£8,200
£8,200
£7,400
£6,800
2nd - 10th June 2023
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300
2nd - 10th July 2023
9 Days
£7,700
£7,700
£6,900
£6,300
10th - 24th July 2023
15 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500
26th July - 10th August 2023
15 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500
12th - 26th August 2023
15 Days
£11,700
£11,700
£10,900
£8,500
28th August - 11th September 2023
15 Days
£12,200
£12,200
£11,400
£9,000
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
23rd - 30th April 2023
8 Days
€8,100
€8,100
€7,600
€7,000
8th - 16th May 2023
9 Days
€9,300
€9,300
€8,300
€7,700
17th May - 25th May 2023
9 Days
€9,300
€9,300
€8,300
€7,700
2nd - 10th June 2023
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200
2nd - 10th July 2023
9 Days
€8,800
€8,800
€7,800
€7,200
10th - 24th July 2023
15 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700
26th July - 10th August 2023
15 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700
12th - 26th August 2023
15 Days
€13,400
€13,400
€12,500
€9,700
28th August - 11th September 2023
15 Days
€13,900
€13,900
€13,000
€10,200
Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
23rd - 30th April 2023
8 Days
$9,500
$9,500
$9,000
$8,500
8th - 16th May 2023
9 Days
$11,000
$11,000
$10,000
$9,000
17th May - 25th May 2023
9 Days
$11,000
$11,000
$10,000
$9,000
2nd - 10th June 2023
9 Days
$10,500
$10,500
$9,500
$8,500
2nd - 10th July 2023
9 Days
$10,500
$10,500
$9,500
$8,500
10th - 24th July 2023
15 Days
$15,900
$15,900
$14,900
$11,500
26th July - 10th August 2023
15 Days
$15,900
$15,900
$14,900
$11,500
12th - 26th August 2023
15 Days
$15,900
$15,900
$14,900
$11,500
26th July - 10th August 2023
15 Days
$16,400
$16,400
$13,400
$12,000

See Cabins

Cabin A – Double with Ensuite

A comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in a double bed with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

Cabin B – Twin with Ensuite

A comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

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Cabin C – Twin with Shared 

A twin cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with a shared toilet and shower situated directly opposite the cabin on the upper deck.

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Cabin D – Single with Shared 

A single cabin on the lower deck with a shared toilet and shower accessed via a staircase on the deck above. 

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Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with travel due to the coronavirus so we have added a peace of mind guarantee for all bookings made for 2021. If your trip is interrupted due to coronavirus travel restrictions you will be able to move your trip to a future booking free of charge. At this point, we believe that all our trips will be able to operate normally in 2021, and we have put this in place as an added reassurance so you can have full confidence when booking. You can read our full statement here.

Payment Options & Information

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly installments to spread the cost of payments

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. 

Single Travelers

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

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

Booking terms

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. 

Trip notes and what’s included / excluded

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation 3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration 8 Days
Time of Year May
Included

Not Included

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Useful Information

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What Our Customers Say

On each journey 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

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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.

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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