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Wild Svalbard - Spitsbergen & Polar Bears

An unforgetable 11-day photographic adventure in the land of the midnight sun - circumnavigate stunning Svalbard (Spitsbergen) in an expedition ship, with expert photographic tuition on the journey. Here you'll spend 11 days photographing the wildlife and sealife and exploring the landscape. It's summer and the sun doesn't set - so you can photograph 24 hours a day! You'll sail on a Hurtigruten expedition ship which journeys to the remoter areas which are harder to access, in search of polar bears and other wildlife and sealife. And you'll head for land in zodiacs. Fantastic!

There are more polar bears on the Svalbard than there are people. June is the peak time to see both land and sea-based wildlife such as polar bears, often with cubs, walrus and whales.This is wild country, with pristine natural landscapes, and it is rich will fabulous opportunities for photographers. The midnight sun gives good light 24 hours a day and even if you're sleeping we'll let you know when photographic opportunities arise. You’ll travel and live (full board accommodation) on the Hurtigruten ship MS Nordstjernen, adding another exciting element to this Spitsbergen adventure.

Svalbard is a magical place and will provide good photographic opportunities which will help you to build your photographic skills and confidence, allowing 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 summer landscape of Svalbard
  • Pristine scenery
  • 24 hour sunlight in the land of the midnight sun
  • Polar bears (if we're lucky but chances are high) plus other wildlife and sealife

Photo Tour Highlights

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

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
  • Landscape and wildlife photography


This tour will be tutored by professional photographer and founder of travel Photographer of the Year awards, Chris Coe.

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.

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, transfers as applicable
  • 11 day expedition voyage around Spitsbergen on MS Nordstjernen
  • Accommodation and meals on full board basis while on MS Nordstjernen

What's NOT included in the price:

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

To see the intinerary in detail visit the Hurtigruten Spitsbergen & Polar Bears 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 breath-taking coast of Svalbard
Photo Tour Dates

June 2018 (TBC)


Svalbard / Spitsbergen

Photo Tour Price

£ TBC pp*

*inc. flights from UK, photo tuition & full board on ship, B&B in Longyearbyen

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


Chris Coe

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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