Svalbard – Polar Bears & Arctic Wildlife

9 or 11 DAYS – SPITSBERGEN, NORWEGIAN ARCTIC


 

Tour Details

Embark on an extraordinary adventure into the Arctic to one of the top rated natural destinations on planet earth.  Located halfway between Norway and the North pole, Svalbard is home to an incredible diversity of majestic wildlife and ice covered towering landscapes. With highlights like polar bears, Arctic fox, reindeer, and walrus this destination is truly a photographic paradise.  

Here, aboard our privately chartered MS Stockholm, with just 10 other participants, you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore this untouched terrain while photographing  fragile landscapes and spectacular wildlife.  Zodiacs take us in at eye level and give us freedom to immerse ourselves in  the vast snow capped peaks and iconic glaciers chasing photographic opportunities as they arise on a unique wildlife focused itinerary.  

Visit magnificent fjords, breathtaking glaciers, and towering mountain peaks often reaching above the clouds.  Visit a colony of 200,000 Brunnich’s guillemots, and marvel at hundreds of waterfalls.  Encounter polar bears on the pack ice, walruses, Arctic fox, and reindeer.

Images from Svalbard

Tour Video

Testimonials

“I’ve traveled with Aaron on several superb tours to different parts of the world. I always feel like I come away with more “keeper” images, that I love, from Aaron’s trips and this tour to Svalbard was no exception. We were able to circumnavigate the entire Svalbard archipelago and see and get great photos of Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Walrus, Reindeer, Seals and many arctic birds. We also captured amazing photos of icebergs, glaciers and the stunningly varied landscapes of Svalbard. As he does on all his trips, Aaron provided personal instruction and photo tips on this trip and I came away not just with great photos, but a better photographer.”

“Thank you for a fantastic EPIC trip to Svalbard.”

“Visiting the vast wilderness of Svalbard with Aaron was an absolute pleasure. Aaron got us positioned perfectly to capture photos of a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes, and his ability to skillfully adapt to any situation helped us find wonderful photographic moments even when the rest of us thought we had hit bad luck. Aaron worked with our amazing crew who managed to create a very comfortable living environment while simultaneously safely outmaneuvering a storm to get us to the perfect spots, even when other ships were stuck in harbors waiting out the storm. In addition to the incredible time in the field, Aaron and his team also made our time on the ship a joy, filled with delicious food, great company, interesting lectures on the local environment, and valuable lessons in photo editing. If you’re looking to really get out in the wild and capture the beauty of the arctic with your camera, this is the trip for you.”

2025 Itinerary Includes

7 or 9 nights on board the MS Stockholm ship (depending on which set of dates you choose), private transportation in Longyearbyen, all meals starting in Longyearbyen, all excursions and activities, experienced guides throughout the trip, photographic instruction.

Highlights:

  • One of the top rated natural destinations in the world.
  • Photograph polar bears on stunning ice covered backdrops hunting and swimming amongst the pack ice.
  • An incredible diversity of wildlife including reindeer, arctic fox, walrus, seals and various northern bird species.
  • Get eye level on zodiacs that take you in up close and personal.
  • Our privately chartered vessel exclusively for just 11 participants gives you closer and more pronounced encounters with wildlife.
  • Allow our trip planning and meticulous attention to detail lead you on the trip of a lifetime.

Tour Info:

Dates:
June 15-23, 2025 (1 Spot Open Due To Recent Cancellation)
June 22-July 2, 2025 (Sold Out)
June 8-16, 2026 (Sold Out)

Group Size: 11 Participants

June 15-23, 2025 | 9-Day Itinerary | Cost: $10,995 per person sharing.  If you are not traveling with someone we will assign you a roommate on the ship. There is no single supplement available for this trip.

June 22-July 2, 2025 | 11-Day Itinerary | Cost: $12,995 per person sharing.  If you are not traveling with someone we will assign you a roommate on the ship. There is no single supplement available for this trip.

Payment Terms: 25% Non-Refundable Deposit, Rest Due at 180 Days Before Departure

You can join the wait list for any sold out trip here.

Explore Our Exciting Itineraries

1. June 15 – June 23, 2025
Duration: 9 Days
Accommodation: 7 Nights on the Ship

2. June 22 – July 2, 2025
Duration: 11 Days
Enhanced Experience: Includes an extended stay with 9 Nights on the Ship

Discover the perfect blend of adventure and comfort with our tailored itineraries, designed to enrich your journey at sea.

9 Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Oslo, Norway.

Day 2: Flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Welcome presentation onboard the ship.

Days 3-8:  We will make landings and take day cruises on Zodiacs to explore the pristine waters and ice formations at eye level.  As a private charter and a wildlife focused itinerary we have the freedom to go where the wildlife is.

Day 9: Day of departure. Flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Oslo, Norway. International Flights Home. 

11 Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Oslo, Norway.

Day 2: Flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Welcome presentation onboard the ship.

Days 3-10:  We will make landings and take day cruises on Zodiacs to explore the pristine waters and ice formations at eye level.  As a private charter and a wildlife focused itinerary we have the freedom to go where the wildlife is.

Day 11: Day of departure. Flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Oslo, Norway. International Flights Home. 

Leader

Leader

Aaron Baggenstos

In the last 10 years Aaron has led over 200 wildlife photography tours around the world. He has earned a reputation for his gracious teaching style to photographers of all skill levels and extensive knowledge of Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony digital cameras.