Svalbard – Polar Bears & Arctic Wildlife

13 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

Testimonials

Aaron Photo tours

“Aaron Baggenstos is one of those rare individuals who is super-talented with photographic, instructional, as well as superb people skills. Combined with his cutting edge technological approach to photographing nature, his advocacy of the environment and his sheer methodological genius, he sets himself apart from his peers. This is a young man who is definitely leading the photographic revolution in nature and I count myself amongst the lucky ones who have learned more in one week than I have in one year with other photographic instructors and courses. The aurora still shines brightly from one of the most fantastic photo tours I have ever participated in. In large measure, it is directly related to the the sage-like wisdom of Aaron.”

Itinerary Includes

10 nights on board the MS Stockholm, 2 nights in Oslo, all meals starting with dinner the first night, internal round trip airfare (Oslo to 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:
Aug. 26-Sept. 7, 2022 (Sold Out)
Sept. 2-14, 2023 (Sold Out)

Group Size: 11 Participants

2022 Cost: $14,295 per person sharing.  If you are not traveling with someone we will assign you a roommate on the ship. Single Supplement is available for $195pp in Oslo only.

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.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Norway.  Welcome presentation followed by dinner as a group.  Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport, Gardermoen Hotel

Day 2: Flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Days 3-11:  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 12: Flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Oslo, Norway.  Image celebration and farewell dinner.  Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport, Gardermoen Hotel

Day 13: Day of departures

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.