Polar Bears and the Arctic!

Jun 27th-Jul 5th 2018

Polar Bears and the Arctic!

Exclusive Photography Expedition

June 27th – July 5th 2018

 

A Photographic excursion for ALL LEVELS

Including Beginner through Advanced!

We have VERY LIMITED space on this tour.


This is a trip of a life-time and will be an unforgettable photography adventure unlike anything else anywhere in the world!

 

The Adventure:

This remarkable expedition departs from the far northern settlement of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen in the famed Svalbard archipelago. We explore the island’s northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities.

On this voyage we also venture to the jumbled edge of the north-polar ice cap in search of polar bears stalking their prey. Here, at the dynamic boundary between implacable ice and bountiful sea, we have a rare opportunity to experience raw nature and incredible events hardly ever seen.

 

Arctic Wilderness:

The unique Arctic ecosystem of Spitsbergen is almost entirely protected in a network of nature reserves and national parks. Our voyage takes us to Nordre Isfjorden Nasjonalpark, Forlandet Nasjonalpark, and the spectacular Nordvest-Spitsbergen Nasjonalpark. Each has its own claim to Svalbard’s magnificent natural history.

By land and sea we encounter a wealth of wildlife—including walrus, Arctic fox, reindeer, and a variety of whales and seals—in one of the High Arctic’s most pristine and protected environments. We also encounter a surprising wealth of hardy plant life and striking geology throughout the area.

And over it all presides the polar bear, monarch of the North. This wild corner of Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice. We take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and broken edge of the polar ice cap, where polar bears stalk the frozen sea in search of seals.

 

Availability:

This tour has VERY LIMITED available spots at this time. We have been able to secure our spots for the McKay tour for one week. After that, they will be released, so this is an act now situation to be on this tour. As you know, we are never ones to pressure people, however, this is a definite make a decision quick situation.  These are on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis!

 

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THE DETAILS:

  • Dates: June 27th – July 5th 2018
  • Price: $10,995 based on double occupancy cabins
    • (single supplements are not available- we will pair you with a roommate of the same gender)
    • Non Photographer Friend or Spouse Rate – $9,995
      • VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY 
  • Payment plan option available:
    • Payments due over 12 months. ($2000 deposit required)
  • Airport: Arrive/Depart – Longyearbyen-Svalbard Airport (LYR)

Included during tour dates:

  • Instruction with David and Ally McKay and the MPA team
  • McKay Team Image Reviews with Lightroom and Photoshop Instruction
  • Photographic Workshop Presentations. 
  • Luxury Expedition Ship Sea Spirit (max 114 passengers)
  • Larger Comfortable Suites
    • Average Size 238 sq ft with Private Bathrooms!
  • Arrival Night Hotel – Pre-Embarkation
  • All Transfers In-Country Included
  • Rubber Boots for Shore Landings – to borrow!
  • Zodiac Excursions and Shore Landings ( weather permitting)
  • An Exclusive Expedition Parka is Yours to Keep! 
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while on Board- Prepared by a chef and his team. 
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance of US $150,000 per person

NOT included:

  • Transportation to and from Longyearbyen-Svalbard Airport (LYR)
    • Commercial flight accessible!
  • Trip Insurance (Required)
  • Personal Expenses such as soft drinks, alcohol, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Staff Gratuities

 

The days are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, photographic instruction, and enough stunning scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

 

Base Itinerary as Scheduled* 

*Subject to change based on many factors but date and time are set


Day 1:
Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of our expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and take advantage of quality shopping and dining opportunities in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2:
In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through Isfjorden on our first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Days 3 -9:
This is a real expedition in a true High Arctic wilderness. As such, our route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.

Polar bears and other quintessential Arctic wildlife can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Svalbard. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, to discover incredible scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of the historic polar expeditions that came before us.

We anticipate exploring the spectacular fjords, coasts, and islands in the northwestern part of Svalbard. This area contains the archipelago’s most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. On ice floes and on fast ice several species of seals watch vigilantly for polar bears. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight.

And over it all presides the polar bear, monarch of the North. This wild corner of Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to observe polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice. We take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and broken edge of the polar ice cap, where polar bears stalk the frozen sea in search of seals.

To complete the Arctic experience we also explore places rich with history. Our area of exploration contains the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station.
Human habitation in this area can be found only at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements, complete with museum, gift shop, and post office.

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