An extended expedition encompasing Spitsbergen, the Seven Islands, Nordaustlandet, and smaller outlying islands.
The spectacular Svalbard Archipelago is a captivating land of peaks and glaciers. This itinerary is the most comprehensive voyage in Spitsbergen available - no other trip anywhere gives as much time in this intoxicating land of ice and tundra. Combining a great variety flora and fauna with stunning remote landscapes, Spitsbergen is a must for wilderness and wildlife enthusiasts. Situated high above the Arctic Circle, with 24 hours of daylight, the chance of outstanding wildlife sightings is greatly increased. Wildlife is worked for in Spitsbergen; binoculars and scopes are permanently trained on the ice and glaciers searching for bears, walrus, foxes and birdlife.
It is also worth remembering that a voyage to Spitsbergen is not just about the wildlife; the archipelago also offers excellent trekking, outstanding ice formations and usually very calm seas.
Specialist Photographic Departure: 15 July 2013 - Led by Paul Goldstein on the Vavilov
Paul Goldstein, Expedition Leader
Exodus guide and award-winning photographer Paul Goldstein has often said that he is happiest on the plains of the Masai Mara or the decks of The Vavilov. Having completed over twenty expeditions, his choice for our summer months is Spitsbergen, a programme he pioneered six years ago. Exodus is now the market leader in small ship voyages there. Paul has a ridiculous amount of energy and is, as the Sunday Times described him, ‘a preposterously vivacious guide of almost psychotic gusto'.
For more information about Paul's trips please see the Photography page
What the papers say about the Arctic...
The Daily Mail writes: Polar bear cubs flee from male bear (Sep 2012)
The Sunday Times writes: Wildlife and a Cold Snap in the Arctic (Oct 2011)
The Sun - Travel Section: Arctic Pictures (Sept 2011)
Paul Steele writes on Huffington Post: Photographic Dreams Of The Wild Do Come True (Jun 2011)
Please read the promotional email which contains details of the Exclusive Photographic Charter; departing: 19 June 2012 (June 2011)
What makes this trip responsible?
We take extremely seriously our responsibility to minimise our impact on these pristine areas. Exodus is an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and has agreed to abide by one of the tourism world's most conscientious codes of conduct. Our ship operators in Spitsbergen are also members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which covers operations in Spitsbergen.
However, perhaps the single most important thing any polar travel company can do, is educate their clients to travel sensitively and compassionately. Our expedition team on each ship takes this part of their role very seriously, and looks forward to explaining how everyone can play their part.
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Polar bears, Spitzbergen