Spitsbergen Landscape Photography

With David Ward and Daníel Bergmann

WHERE

Spitsbergen, Svalbard on the
S/V Antigua

WHEN

29th August - 8th September

2022

HOW MUCH

Twin cabin $9,450
Private cabin $11,950

(Prices are for per person in USD)

ABOUT

The High Arctic is a place to inspire the imagination. Nowhere is it more accessible than the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, located deep within the Arctic Circle.

 

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and join photography tour leaders David Ward and Daniel Bergmann plus Morten Jørgensen, one of Svalbard’s most experienced expedition leaders, on a unique voyage of discovery to one of the most fascinating photography locations on our planet.

 

Unlike most Svalbard ship expeditions we plan to spend extended time ashore photographing some of the extraordinary landscapes of the islands: rock formations, glaciers and mountains. And when possible we’ll do hikes on the tundra to explore photo locations and cultural remains. The soft light in late August and early September is ideal for this kind of photography and the weather conditions, with the possibility of fresh snow, make it even more special. It is also the time of autumn storms, with their accompanying dramatic light and clouds.

 

We will travel on board the Antigua, a wonderfully romantic barkentine – a three masted sailing ship. We will take only 18 passengers (although the ship holds 32), and Antigua’s low decks are ideal for photography. You’ll love the experience of being on an authentic triple masted barque with an experienced deck crew and all the necessary modern navigational equipment to ensure a safe and rewarding trip. We will be using Zodiac boats for our daily excursions and landings and we will spend extended time at each landing and return to a location if we feel that it requires a more in depth exploration. Due to this slow approach to photography we shall also limit our sailing range to the western and northern part of Spitsbergen, which is Svalbard’s largest island.

Svalbard is famous for its access to High Arctic wildlife, such as Polar bears, Walrus and Arctic birds. But it remains a fairly undiscovered location for serious landscape photography. And although the landscape will be our primary subject we will not bypass wildlife opportunities if we encounter them.

THE SHIP

Our ship, the Antigua, is an experience to be aboard in itself, and is also a wonderful platform for a photography expedition with low decks and great visibility. With a capacity of 32 berths, we will only be filling a maximum of 18 guests plus leaders, giving plenty of room for your comfort. You’ll love the experience of being on an authentic triple masted barque with an experienced deck crew and all the necessary modern navigational equipment to ensure a safe and rewarding trip.

 

There are two types of cabins aboard the Antigua. The smaller ones, cabins 9–16, have an upper and lower bunk and will be sold as singles. The larger ones, cabins 4–8, have two lower beds and are larger and better suited for two people and will be sold as twins. All of them have private bathrooms. You can request a specific cabin upon booking but if you book into a twin as a solo traveler we reserve the right to find you a suitable roommate and may have to assign cabins accordingly. Cabins 1and 2 are reserved for the expedition staff.

 

The main lounge (in the image below) is where we spend our communal time and are served buffet style meals three time per day.

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MORE DETAILS

For even more details on this expeditions, please have a look at the PDF file in the link below:

FACTS ABOUT THE EXPEDITION

Dates: August 29th – September 8th, 2022

Group Size: 18 guests plus leaders

Duration: 10 days / 10 nights

TRANSPORTATION: Antigua & Zodiacs

COST (per person in USD):

Twin cabin        $9,450

Private cabin   $11,950

PAYMENT TERMS

$2,500 deposit at registration

$4,000 due February 15th 2022

Balance before June 15th 2022

To request a booking click below:

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION RATE:

  • 10 nights of accommodation aboard the ship

  • all meals while on board

  • coffee and tea

  • guides and crew services

  • daily excursions by Zodiac

  • instructions from highly experienced photo leaders

  • one of Svalbard's most experienced expedition leader

  • lectures, briefings and shore side interpretations

  • magnificent scenery and wonderful wildlife encounters

  • great company and safe and friendly travel

EXCLUSIONS:

  • any pre- or post-cruise expenses including flights and transfers

  • other drinks than mentioned above

  • customary tips for crew and staff

  • mandatory insurance

  • anything else not specified as included