Svalbard Photo tour

This Amazin Svalbard photo tour covers important parts of Svalbard with its glorious wildlife and amazing ice. One of the goals of this expedition is to sail to the Bowhead Whales, which live along the ice edge in the Greenland Sea. We will follow the routes of the 17th-century whalers, who nearly exterminated the Atlantic whale population in the 18th century. This century we have indications that the Bowhead Whale populations are recovering all over the Arctic. The course of the expedition will be much dictated by the sea-ice and fjord ice.

Svalbard photo Tour

Itinerary of Svalbard Photo Tour

The main aim of this expedition is to sail to the Bowhead Whales, which keep along the ice edge in the Greenland Sea. We will follow the routes of the 17th century whalers, who nearly exterminated the Atlantic population in the 18th century. This century we have indications that the Bowhead Whale populations are recovering all over the Arctic. The course of the expedition will be much dictated by the sea-ice and fjord ice.

Day 1: We arrive in Longyearbyen and embark our vessel s/v Noorderlicht late afternoon

After arriving in Longyearbyen, the ‘capital’ (actually the administrative centre) of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the evening we sail, setting course for Trygghamna where we will see the remains of a 17th century English whaling station and an 18th century Pomor hunting station, which we will visit the next morning.
Highlights : ✓ Svalbard Museum ✓ Longyearbyen

Day 2: We will walk from Tryghamna to Alkhornet

Today we will explore Svolvær and eastern part of Lofoten; Laukvik, Raftsundet, Digermulen etc. A key feature are the impressive flakes where row after row of cod hang to dry. Located in an area comprising sea, derelict houses, fishing docks and sea birds, this is a very rich area for photography. Following dinner we leave for an evening to midnight road trip on north side of the Austvåg Island to photograph the sunset in some of the beautiful bays and inlets.
Highlights : ✓ Arctic Fox ✓ Alkhornet ✓ Svalbard Reindeer

Day 3: We sail into Kongsfjord to the 14th of July Glacier

In the morning we sail into Kongsfjord to the 14th of July Glacier where we cruise in zodiacs. Not far from the glacier we will visit a breeding site for Brünnich’s Guillemot, Auk and Puffin, which in this time of the year begin to prospect their breeding places. Alternatively we may sail into Magdalena Fjord one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier faces. During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities.
Highlights : ✓ Puffin ✓ 14th of July Glacier ✓ Magdalenafjord

Day 5 – 7: At sea

At sea sailing from 80 N to 76 N along and in the outer fringes of the ice edge looking for Bowhead Whales, Harp Seals, Hooded Seals, Polar Bears and migrating seabirds like Little Auks, Brünnichs Guillemots, and Kittiwakes.
Highlights : ✓ Sailing ✓ Whale spotting around Spitsbergen ✓ Bowhead Whale

Day 8: At sea enroute to Bell Sund

At open sea with good chances for Northern Bottlenose Whales.7
Highlights : ✓ Northern Bottlenose Whale

Day 9 – 10: We will walk in the footsteps of the old hunters and see remains of their huts

Bell Sund is a fjord system with two major branches (Van Mijenfjord, Van Keulenfjord) and a side bay (Recherchefjord). The geology is fascinating and has created amazing landscapes, such as the long, narrow island of Akseløya that blocks Van Mijenfjord almost completely. In Fridtjofhamna, the calving glacier Fridtjofbreen is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The rich wildlife of the area has attracted hunters throughout several centuries – we will walk in their footsteps and see remains of their huts – for example, at Ahlstrandhalvøya. Recherchefjord is one of the places in Spitsbergen with the highest concentration of historical sites, dating back to 17th century whalers. We see often Polar Bears and we have also seen Beluga (white whales) in this area. Much is depending on the fjord –ice how far we can sail into these fjords.
Highlights : ✓ Bell Sund ✓ Recherchefjord ✓ Glacier Fridtjofbreen

Day 11: Our last day. We disembark the vessel in Longearbyen in the morning

Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.



per person in double room


May 17th – 28th, 2017


12 days/11 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, seashore, wildlife, villages, mountains, culture, people

Longyearbyen, Tryghamna, Alkhornet,July Glacier, Magdalenafjord, Bell Sund, Recherchefjord, Glacier Fridtjofbreen


  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • all transport
  • Free use of snow shoes
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Professional photography instructor Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer

Not included:

  • Airfare and ground transportation to Svalbard
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organise your own travel to and from Longyearbyen

Photography Instructors

Svalbard photo Tour
Tim Vollmer

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that are unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur and an adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in Czech Republic.

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Chris is an educator, author and traveler, taking photographers to stunning places like Greenland, the Himalayas or the frozen depths of Lake Baikal. He is a photographic mythbuster. If he’s not on assignment, he fights photo voodoo and quackery. Chris is all about making you a better photographer with his international tours and seminars, and his free weekly shows Tips from the Top Floor and Happy Shooting. Regular guest on WRINT (Germany) and on the US-wide syndicated Tech Guy radio show with Leo Laporte.