Svalbard, Norway is THE best place on the planet to photograph Polar Bears and other arctic wildlife and birds in the wild, with spectacular backgrounds. We will be above the Arctic Circle, and only 600 mikes from the North Pole.. It is a breathtaking and wild place with huge glaciers, ice floes, snowy mountains, and an array of wildlife including polar bears, walrus, bearded seals, arctic fox, bird colonies, and more. The timing of this trip should give us the best chance of seeing polar bear cubs with their mothers.
I have chartered a small expedition ship for just our group, so we will be able to travel where the polar bears and other wildlife are, without being tied to a specific schedule or a fixed itinerary. This is OUR ship, and everything will be based on the best photo opportunities with the best light and the best backgrounds.
In our Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour, we spend a week photographing the best landscape the islands have to offer. Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a near dreamlike landscape of rugged mountain peaks rising directly from the deep blue sea. Located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is a true land of the midnight sun, where it will circle the summer sky without setting – or not rise at all during the dark months of winter. With the northern lights dancing over the islands from September to April and the temperate currents of the gulf stream softening the deep freeze of the Arctic, Lofoten has become a coveted winter photography destination in recent years. And beyond the landscape, the coast of Lofoten is lined with scenic fishing villages and their traditional Rorbu cabins, often perilously situated on the rocky shoreline.
We will split our base camps between Sakrisøy in the Reine area, with glacial carved granite peaks just outside the door and Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad, Lofoten’s largest working fishing village to this day. In both locations, we stay in traditional Rorbuer cabins, used by Lofoten’s fishermen for generations. From each location, we are only a stone’s throw away from innumerable photo opportunities, and at times, we may simply choose to go and explore by foot. Should the weather cooperate with clear skies, then we’ll have many locations in reach for photographing the dance of the northern lights as they fill the sky over snowy mountain peaks and wild beaches.