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Northern Lights in Svalbard - Pure Spitsbergen

 If you're short on time but have always dreamt of seeing and photographing the Northern Lights then this adventures is for you. A direct flight from London to the wild landscape of Svalbard makes a short break possible, with five nights based in Longyearbyen.

Northern Lights in Svalbard

This is wild country and there are more polar bears on the Svalbard than there are people. January is the middle of winter and the almost continual darkness gives a great chance of seeing the sky light up.

The half light is also magical, giving us plenty of opportunity to photograph the winter landscape and then to explore Svalbard by dog sled and snowmobile.

Our objective is to help you to take your photography to the next level. The locations and events have been specially chosen to provide good photographic opportunities which will help you to build your photographic skills and confidence and allow you plenty of time to practice and enjoy the experience. We believe that photography should be fun so there'll be plenty of laughs along the way.

Svalbard Highlights

  • Arctic winter landscape of Svalbard
  • Northern Lights
  • Polar light and low light photography

Photo Tour Highlights

  • Small group
  • Group and individual tuition
  • Tutors dedicated to helping you with your photography
  • Unhurried itinerary with plenty of time to develop your photography
  • Opportunities to photograph landscape, wildlife, lowlight, movement, and night photography

What You'll Learn About

  • Understanding light & how to control it
  • Composition & how to add impact to your images
  • Understanding the important technical functions of your camera
  • Exposure & how to meter light accurately
  • Receive feedback your images during the tour
  • Low light and night photography
  • How to photograph teh Northern Lights


This tour will be tutored by professional photographer and founder of travel Photographer of the Year awards, Chris Coe. If six or more people join the photo tour we will be joined by award-winning travel writer and blogger, Emma Thomson, with tuition in travel writing available to anyone who would like to add this skill to their photography.

Chris is self-taught and has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He is also the founder of the Travel Photographer of the Year awards ( and author of several books on photography. His photography has taken him all over the world on commissioned work and stock shoots, photographing using both film and digital cameras, in every format from 35mm to large format, including panoramics. Chris has photographic experience of shooting everything from landscapes to people, travel to architecture and abstracts to wildlife images.

Hazel Hayward is Chris's assistant and has been learning photography over the last year or so. She will be there to help you as you learn and improve.

For more information on the tuition please contact us. Email and phone details can be found in the right hand column.

Travel & Booking Information

The travel organiser for this photo tour is Hurtigruten. Hurtigruten are a licensed UK based tour operator and you are financially protected as per their terms and conditions. Their ATOL license number is ATOL 3584 and their ABTA number V7545. Hurtigruten is a company registered in England & Wales with company number 02865967..

What's included in the price:

  • All tuition
  • Return flights from London to Longyearbyen inc. taxes, charges and transfers as applicable
  • 5 nights B&B at the Coal Miner's Cabin, Longyearbyen
  • 2 days with personal guide and excursions

What's NOT included in the price:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not detailed
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities/tips
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Any service not specified

To see the intinerary in detail visit the Hurtigruten Pure Spitsibergen photo trip page

For more information on the photo tuition and photography on this trip please contact us on 01728 627752 or by email. For more travel information or to reserve a place please contact Hurtigruten by phone (0203 411 2523).

More booking information can also be found on the Hurtigruten website.

Improve your photography & experience the magical Northern Lights high above the Arctic circle in Svalbard

Photo Tour Dates

10th to 15th January 2018


Svalbard / Spitsbergen

Photo Tour Price


*inc. flights from UK, photo tuition & 5 night B&B accommodation

5% BOOK NOW DISCOUNT - use the booking code 7H69F85


Chris Coe

Hazel Hayward

Max Group Size


How To Book

This photo tour is arranged by Hurtigruten


0203 411 2523


If you'd more information then please contact us:

More Information About The Photo Tuition
Tel: 01728 669185

Photography courses at in association with Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) © Chris Coe