Svalbard is a wild wilderness on top of the world with towering snow-capped mountains, forbidding glaciers, flower-studded tundra and magnificent mammals & birds. This Norwegian archipelago is the best place on earth for photographing Polar Bears, thanks to the incredible lighting and close wildlife proximity that one gets on these expeditions. With this said, there is little doubt as to why our tours are nearly all sold out!


Wildlife returns to white landscapes bathed in pastel light

If you are looking for snowy winter-scapes and glorious lighting conditions, a Svalbard Winter trip is the ideal choice. Although winter trips are limited by ice coverage, we are able to charter these tours and access the northern and western areas of Spitsbergen that are not usually reachable.

During March and April, Svalbard is clothed in soft, pastel shades of orange, pink and blue light. Walruses, seals, arctic fox and reindeer are often seen and seabirds are in the process of returning to their breeding grounds. This season is also peak breeding time for Polar Bears, the kings of the ice, who will be strutting about on the glacier floors looking for a mate.

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Wildlife breeding, hunting and playing under a midnight sun

The summer months are considered the best time to visit Svalbard as the ice has melted away enough for ships to navigate through the area thoroughly. Temperatures are also warmer, and thanks to the midnight sun there is more time and light to photograph the island’s exquisite wildlife, fjords and glaciers. Nature positively flourishes at this time of year with numerous native species, such as walruses, bearded seals, ringed seals, humpback whales, fin whales, blue whales, belugas, acrtic fox and seabirds being at the photographer’s disposal. However, the main attraction is the opportunity to capture the opulent Polar Bear.

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Skies exploding with colour as wildlife prepares for winter

The early autumn months are low season for regular cruise operators, but for photographers this time of year is perfect! Sunrises and sunsets return after three months of the midnight sun, meaning the lighting is out of this world. The sky is known to explode with beautiful colours; especially the red, saturated sunsets which sets it apart from other seasons on the archipelago. It is also an amazing time for photographing the numerous bird species that would have started the migration process, not to mention the fantastic whale watching and mammal sightings. However, it is the reigning apex predator of these parts, the Polar Bear, whom we hope to photograph the most as they gather on islands in preparation for winter.

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