svalbard cruise

Introduction

Step onboard an expedition vessel with photographer Rick Tomlinson as we journey north to explore and photograph the Arctic wildlife and landscapes of Svalbard. This unique voyage takes place early in the season as Svalbard emerges from the winter. The mountains are snow-covered and the shores still frozen, offering some great photo opportunities. This tour takes place on a warm and comfortable expedition vessel with just 12 guests. The exact route will be determined by the sea ice conditions which is all part of the spirit of adventure of exploration.

Highlights

  • Early in the season gives us numerous opportunities to photograph Svalbard’s frozen landscapes as they emerge from the winter.
  • Explore the frozen North-west of Spitsbergen with a good chance of encountering polar bears.
  • Develop your photography skills in the field with a highly experienced Arctic photographer.
  • Learn about the area from our expert Svalbard guide.
  • Encounter the wildlife which could include Polar Bears, Walruses, Arctic Foxes, Svalbard Reindeer, and Whales.
  • Photograph and explore the coastline by Zodiac landing craft.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

The Voyage

Day 1  Welcome aboard! Depart Longyearbyen pm

Day 2 Prins Karls Foreland

Day 3 Sea Ice

Day 4 North-west Spitsbergen

Day 5 North-west Spitsbergen

Day 6 North-west Spitsbergen

Day 7 Ny-Alesund

Day 8 Arrive Longyearbyen am

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Day by Day

longyearbyen cruise

Day 1

Longyearbyen

Upon leaving Longyearbyen we will say goodbye to civilisation for the next 8 days to explore the rugged coastline, searching for landscape and wildlife photography opportunities at every stage. As we sail north we are likely to encounter glaciers and sea ice which make the perfect photo subjects. Early in the season, our exact route will be determined by the sea ice conditions which vary year on year.

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Day 2 

Prins Karls Foreland

As we leave the Isfjord we will keep a good lookout on deck for whales and other marine life that is common in this area. We have frequently encountered whales including blue and humpback whales, belugas, and walruses.  We plan to land on the island of Prins Karls Foreland and do a short hike to a walrus colony. Here we will spend some unhurried time observing and photographing the walruses as they swim and haul out onto the beach.  

Days 3 – 6

Sea Ice and North-west Spitsbergen

We will sail as far north as possible along the west coast of Spitsbergen keeping a lookout for wildlife including polar bears that inhabit the area. Our ultimate plan if the conditions allow is to venture up to the edge of the sea ice and spend some time there searching for polar bears that use the sea ice to hunt from. The sea ice itself is a mesmerising photography subject and in calm conditions, it can be possible to launch the landing craft to cruise in between the ice. We will then explore the frozen north-west coast travelling as far as the ice will allow us in search of photography opportunities. 

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.5° N, .3° E

Day 7

Ny-Alesund

As we head back south towards Longyearbyen if the ice conditions permit we will visit the scientific research settlement of Ny Alesund, the most northerly settlement on earth. We will explore the area around Kongsfjord and sail as close as we can get to one of Svalbard’s largest glaciers on the Lillyhook fjord for some great photo opportunities.

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Day 8

Longyearbyen

Our adventure ends back in Longyearbyen. After our final breakfast we will say our goodbyes and disembark at the port after making new friends and sharing an exciting photography adventure together.

The above itinerary is a guide only. A part of any Arctic adventure is the flexibility to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions. Our expedition leader will make sure you see as much a possible. 

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Inside This trip

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include :

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Photograph Amazing Wildlife

We will visit areas where walruses haul out, encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes on land, observe whales and other marine life and explore coasts where polar bears are known to roam. 

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Stunning Scenery

We will encounter mighty glaciers, cruise tranquil steep-sided fjords and spend time outside exploring the beautiful untouched wilderness.  

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Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests

We believe the best way to photograph an environmentally sensitive place such as the Arctic is with a small group of photographers. With the average expedition cruise ship now taking over 300 passengers, we believe smaller is better. 

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Photo Guide and Expedition Leader

On this tour, we will be accompanied by world-renown photographer Rick Tomlinson who will be our photography guide. Rick will provide advice to assist you in getting the best out of your photography. We will also be accompanied by an expedition leader who will share their passion and knowledge of Svalbard throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available. 

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Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring to photograph ashore. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to shoot from. With a small group, there is room for everyone and it offers the perfect opportunity to get great shots of sea ice, wildlife and glaciers. 

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Climate Compensated

Caring for the environment is what we do. For every trip we run we plant trees in Greenland to offset the emissions. 

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Your Vessel

Expedition Motor Vessel Togo

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

  • Accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite).
  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience
  • Hot Showers
  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography
  • Large saloon with bar.
  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions
  • Full safety gear

Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy.

Early Bird booking offer save €500. Book before September 1st 2020.

2020

£

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
1st August - 9th August 2020
Natural Wonders
9 Days
£7,700 £7,200
£7,700 £7,200
£6,900 £6,400
£5,800 £5,300

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
1st August - 9th August 2020
Natural Wonders
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

$

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
1st August - 9th August 2020
Natural Wonders
9 Days
$9,500 $9,000
$9,500 $9,000
$8,500 $8,000
$7,800 $7,300

2021

£

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
Bear Island and Svalbard Cruise
10 Days
£6,400 £5,900
£6,400 £5,900
£5,600 £5,100
£4,800£4,300

25th April - 2nd May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Photo Tour
8 Days
£7,000 £6,500
£7,000 £6,500
£6,300 £5,800
£5,700 £5,200

10th - 17th May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Cruise
8 Days
£6,500 £6,000
£6,500 £6,000
£5,800 £5,300
£5,200 £4,700

27th May - 4th June 2021
Natural Wonders Photo Tour
9 Days
£7,700 £7,200
£7,700 £7,200
£6,900 £6,400
£6,300 £5,800

4th - 12th June 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
£7,200 £6,800
£7,200 £6,800
£6,400 £5,900
£5,800 £5,300

4th - 12th July 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
£7,200 £6,800
£7,200 £6,800
£6,400 £5,900
£5,800 £5,300

12th - 26th July 2021
Svalbard Pioneer Cruise
14 Days
£11,200 £10,700
£11,200 £10,700
£10,400 £9,900
£8,000 £7,500

5th - 13th August 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
£7,200 £6,800
£7,200 £6,800
£6,400 £5,900
£5,800 £5,300

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
Bear Island
10 Days
€7,400 €6,900
€7,400 €6,900
€6,400 €5,900
€5,500 €5,000

25th April - 2nd May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Photo
8 Days
€8,100 €7,600
€8,100 €7,600
€7,100 €6,600
€6,500 €6,000

10th - 17th May 2021
Frozen Svalbard
8 Days
€7,600 €7,100
€7,600 €7,100
€6,600 €6,100
€6,000 €5,500

27th May - 4th June 2021
Natural Wonders Photo
9 Days
€8,800 €8,300
€8,800 €8,300
€7,800 €7,300
€7,200.00 €6,700

4th - 12th June 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

4th - 12th July 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

12th - 26th July 2021
Svalbard Pioneer
14 Days
€12,900 €12,400
€12,900 €12,400
€12,000 €11,500
€9,000 €8,500

5th - 13th August 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
€8,300 €7,800
€8,300 €7,800
€7,300 €6,800
€6,700 €6,200

$

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
13th - 23rd April 2021
Bear Island
10 Days
$8,000 $7,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,000 $6,500
$6,000 $5,500

25th April - 2nd May 2021
Frozen Svalbard Photo
8 Days
$8,700 $8,200
$8,700 $8,200
$7,700 $7,200
$7,000 $6,500

10th - 17th May 2021
Frozen Svalbard
8 Days
$8,200 $7,700
$8,200 $7,700
$7,200 $6,700
$6,500 $6,000

27th May - 4th June 2021
Natural Wonders Photo
9 Days
$9,500 $9,000
$9,500 $9,000
$8,500 $8,000
$7,800 $7,300

4th - 12th June 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
$9,000 $8,500
$9,000 $8,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,300 $6,800

4th - 12th July 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
$9,000 $8,500
$9,000 $8,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,300 $6,800

12th - 26th July 2021
Svalbard Pioneer
14 Days
$14,000 $13,500
$14,000 $13,500
$13,000 $12,500
$10,000 $9,500

5th - 13th August 2021
Natural Wonders Cruise
9 Days
$9,000 $8,500
$9,000 $8,500
$8,000 $7,500
$7,300 $6,800

See Cabins

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Cabin A – Double with Ensuite

A comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in a double bed with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

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Cabin B – Twin with Ensuite

A comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

bunk room

Cabin C – Twin with Shared 

A twin cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with a shared toilet and shower situated directly opposite the cabin on the upper deck.

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Cabin D – Single with Shared 

A single cabin on the lower deck with a shared toilet and shower accessed via a staircase on the deck above. 

Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with travel due to the coronavirus so we have added a peace of mind guarantee for all bookings made for 2021. If your trip is interrupted due to coronavirus travel restrictions you will be able to move your trip to a future booking free of charge. At this point, we believe that all our trips will be able to operate normally in 2021, and we have put this in place as an added reassurance so you can have full confidence when booking.

Payment Options & Information

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly installments to spread the cost of payments

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation. 

Single Travelers

Single travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host single travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only single traveller. We offer the following accommodation options for single travellers:

  • 2 x single cabins
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same sex.
  • Option to have your own cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

Booking terms

This trip is operated by Secret Atlas and is subject to the Secret Atlas terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here. 

Trip notes and what’s included / excluded

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation 3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration 8 Days
Time of Year April
Included

Not Included

If you have any questions about this trip
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