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Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Photography Tours

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Our Svalbard photography tours focus on the wildlife, flora and landscapes of a magnificent polar wilderness that lies far to the north of the European mainland. Svalbard (also known as Spitsbergen, after the main island in the archipelago) offers some of the richest wildlife photography experiences in the entire Arctic region, including reliable encounters with the threatened Polar Bear, Walrus, Ivory Gull, Arctic Fox, Reindeer, Little Auks and much more.

All participants on Svalbard photography tours are going to want to return home with images of its most iconic creature, the huge Polar Bear, a species now greatly threatened by global warming. This is one of the easiest places in the Arctic to see this extraordinary animal, and on the Svalbard photography tours with the best itineraries you can be near certain of multiple encounters.

Svalbard (Spitsbergen) has some of the most magnificent mountain and glacier scenery in the Arctic, so is a paradise for landscape photography, while its Arctic wildflowers also make for rewarding shots, including wide-angle ones that take in the awesome tundra landscapes in the background. Even the history of Spitsbergen is fascinating, including the early age of whaling and the great era of Arctic exploration and the race to the North Pole. We rate our Svalbard photography tours as some of the most enjoyable and uplifting photo expeditions that we have ever experienced. Go there while the Polar Bear is still the monarch of this Arctic wilderness.


The low light in spring and autumn makes for atmospheric Polar Bear shots in Svalbard

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

March 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Winter’s End


Walrus in the snow, Svalbard

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

April 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Winter’s End


Ivory Gull against the ice is one of the most sought-after images during Svalbard (Spitsbergen) photography tours

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

July 2019

Spitsbergen (Svalbard): A Polar Wilderness


Polar Bear feasting on the ice

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

July 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


Polar Bear feasting on the ice

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

August 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, female walking on an ice-floe north of Svalbard. Our expedition ship MS Origo is seen in the background

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

August 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


A Polar Bear comes really close!

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

August-September 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


A male Walrus at sunset

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

September 2019

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Autumn Light


The low light in spring and autumn makes for atmospheric Polar Bear shots in Svalbard

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

March 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Winter’s End


Walrus in the snow, Svalbard

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

April 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Winter’s End


Ivory Gull against the ice is one of the most sought-after images during Svalbard (Spitsbergen) photography tours

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

July 2020

Spitsbergen (Svalbard): A Polar Wilderness


Polar Bear feasting on the ice

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

July 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, female walking on an ice-floe north of Svalbard. Our expedition ship MS Origo is seen in the background

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

July-August 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


A Polar Bear comes really close!

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

August 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Classic


A male Walrus at sunset

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

September 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): Autumn Light