23:21 , August 12, 2012

Svalbard #4 2013

We invite you to join us on this 9 days photo expedition to Svalbard, specially arranged for nature photographers. WildPhoto Travel will be chartering  the entire ship, M/S QUEST, during the period of 15 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2013. See some of our images from previous expeditions.

Our main goal for this photo expedition will be wildlife and landscape. Svalbard is the best place on earth for photographing Polar bears, and we hope to find some of them. The ice situation on this time of year usually allows us to explore the northeastern parts of the archipelago. September is also a great time for watching and photographing big whales, and we have good chances of finding Blue whale, Fin whale, Humpback whale, Mink whale and Beluga. The light condition is great at this time of year, so get ready for some really nice landscape photo opportunities.

This expeditions would be great also for amateur photographers who wants to experience the “Arctic pearl” together with other photographers. If you want an even more specialized photo expeditions with a smaller group (12), you should check out these expeditions: Svalbard 15-25/7 2014, Svalbard 25/7-4/8 2014 and Svalbard 4-14/8 2014.

Svalbard is situated at about 80 degrees north, so we schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. Our captain is an expert navigator in arctic conditions. He is an important advisor in planning the expedition in a manner that allows us to maximize the photo opportunities and enjoyment of this trip. Also included will be some zodiak cruises (5 zodiacs on board) and excursions going ashore amongst walrus colonies (or walruses on the ice) and other interesting wildlife.


Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in Svalbard (Ole J Liodden)
Polar Bear at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / WildPhoto Travel.


Why travel with us on this Svalbard Photo Expedition

  • We have already arranged 12 photo expeditions to Svalbard and we know where to go for the best pictures and experiences.
  • One (or two) pro nature photographer(s) will be photo guide(s) on this expedition. You will get inspiring lectures and feedback from our photo guide(s).
  • We are chartering the entire ship M/S QUEST, for our exclusive use.
  • Other participants on the trip share your interests in the Arctic and nature photography. Good travel companions are important on our expeditions.
  • Our guides will ensure a safe and flexible expedition.
  • We continually obtain updated info on where to find exciting animal life, etc., so that we can more effectively approach the species and types of nature we wish to photograph.


Our boat

The expedition ship M/S Quest was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland`s west coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished and now has a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. Quest takes 51 passengers in 26 cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The triple cabins on deck three have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck three and four are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck four has a double bed, two large picture windows, a small sitting area and TV/DVD. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining lectures on the area`s flora, fauna and history. In the lounge you also find a well-stocked bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas and search for exciting wildlife. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers a more relaxed and informal atmosphere and a much greater focus on the destination than is the case with larger vessels.

Deck plan and prices



  TRIPLE: 306, 310, 312 – Sold out

CABIN: 1 lower fixed bed 0.81 x 2 m, one foldable sofa 0.71 x 2 m, 2 foldable upper beds 0.81 x 2 m equipped with 1 bed lamp for each bed, 1 nightstand with 2 drawers for lower beds and 2 storage pockets for upper beds (one each). 1 large window 90×65 cm. Wardrobes, storage possibilities under the lower bed.
BATHROOM: Approx. 1.56 x 1.10 m, triangle configuration.
SIZE: 442 cm x 256 cm = 11.3 sqm.
PRIZE: USD $5.450 / NOK 29.950

  TWIN: 303, 305, 307, 309, 311, 314, 315, 316, 318, 321, 323, 325, 327 – 5 spots available
CABIN: 1 fixed bed 0.81 x 2 m, one foldable sofa 0.71 x 2 m equipped with 2 bed lamp for each bed and 1 nightstand with 2 drawers between the beds.1 large window 90×65 cm. 1 wardrobe, storage possibilities under the bed.
BATHROOM: Approx. 1.56 x 1.10 m, triangle configuration.
SIZE: 420 cm x 210c m = 8.8 sqm.
PRIZE: USD $6.450 / NOK 35.950
  TWIN SUPERIOR: 302, 304 – 1 spot available
CABIN: 1 fixed bed 0.81 x 2 m, one foldable sofa 0.71 x 2 m equipped with 2 bed lamps, 1 storage pocket and 1 nightstand with 2 drawers. 1 large window 90×65 cm. 2 wardrobes, storage possibilities under the bed.
BATHROOM: Approx. 1.56 x 1.10 m, triangle configuration.
SIZE: 411 cm x 260 cm = 10.7 sqm.
PRIZE: USD $6.950 / NOK 38.950
  DOUBLE CABIN: 320, 329 – 2 spots available
CABIN: Double bed 1.40 x 2 m equipped with 1 bed
lamp and 1 storage pocket. 1 large window 90×65 cm. 2 wardrobes, storage possibilities under the bed.
BATHROOM: Approx. 1.56 x 1.10 m, triangle configuration.
SIZE: 305 cm x 282 cm = 8.6 sqm.
PRIZE: USD $7.450 / NOK 41.950
  DOUBLE CABIN SUPERIOR: 301, 317, 319, 402 – 6 spots available
CABIN: Double (two fixed beds) 1.62 x 2 m equipped
with 2 bed lamps and 2 nightstands with 2 drawers in each. Large window(s) 90×65 cm. 1 or 2 wardrobes, storage possibilities under the bed.
BATHROOM: Approx. 1.56 x 1.10 m, triangle configuration.
SIZE: 406 cm x 311 cm = 12.6 sqm.
PRIZE: USD $9.150 / NOK 45.900
  OWNERS CABIN: 401 – 2 spots available
CABIN: Double (two fixed beds) 1.62 x 2 m equipped with 4 bed lamps and 2 nightstands with 2 drawers in each and headrest. 2 45 x 65 cm windows possible to open. Mirrored glass for privacy so no viewing can be done from the outside. 2 medium sized wardrobes, storage possibilities under the bed.
BATHROOM: Approx. 198 cm x 152 cm, L-figuration.
SIZE: 327 cm x 330 cm = 10.8 sqm.
PRIZE: USD $8.950 / NOK 49.950

NB: All cabins with private bath/toilets.
Rate includes: Nine nights on board the M/S Quest, all meals, an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guides, Photo guides, lectures on board and all shore excursions by Zodiac.
Not included: Flight to/from Longyearbyen, travel and cancellation insurance, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.

Ice Map

The ice will determine where we can navigate our ship. Get an updated report of ice conditions (updated almost every day).




Our safety will have top priority during the entire expedition and security will be provided by the crew and guides of the M/S QUEST. We adhere to all applicable safety regulations – especially with regards to polar bears. This also pertains to use of the Zodiac boats (inflatables) in close proximity to icebergs and glacial edges where there may be elements of risk which are not apparent. The safer we feel, the easier it will be for all participants to concentrate on nature and photographic opportunities.


Humback Whale (Megaptera novaeangeliae) near Svalbard (Ole J Liodden)
Humpback whale near Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / WildPhoto Travel.



We shall NOT contribute to existing negative impressions of some nature photographers who visit Svalbard. We will therefore be scheduling longer stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with ample time needed to get good pictures without exposing the wildlife to unnecessary stress.


Inflatable Boats

We will use 5 Zodiacs to get closer to photo subjects or while going ashore. It’s a good idea to bring rubber boots due to certain wet conditions when exploring ashore.


Zodiak. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / WildPhoto Travel.


Information concerning photography

There will be lectures/photography courses almost every day during this trip. The photo guide(s) will be glad to help you with camera settings, photo tips or feedback on your images. On this expedition we hope you will not only explore the great arctic nature, but also learn from the pros. 



You register by submitting a payment of NOK 10,000 to bank account no.: 6185.05.30784 (IBAN: NO6761850530784, SWIFT: NDEANOKK) and signing a booking form [request booking form]. On the backside (i.e. second page) of the booking form, you will find the terms and conditions which pertain to this expedition. Full payment must be made no later than 30 days prior to departure (15 AUGUST 2013). Private cancellation insurance should be purchased by all participants.


The price includes

  • 9 nights aboard the M/S QUEST, with boarding on 15 SEPTEMBER at 16:00 and disembarking on 24 SEPTEMBER at 09:00
  • All meals aboard the vessel
  • Expedition leader, photo guide(s), zodiac drivers, guards and other personnel
  • Excursions with the Zodiacs


The expedition price does not include

  • Overnight accommodation prior to and following the trip aboard the ship
  • Personal expenses related to mineral water, alcohol and souvenirs purchased aboard the ship
  • Tips (recommended) for the vessel’s crew members
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance


If you have any questions, please contact us at email: post@wildphoto.com   Welcome to Svalbard!

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