Spitsbergen special: Photography
- Longyearbyen – Westcoast of Spitsbergen – Longyearbyen
- 24.09.2023 14:00h – 02.10.2023 12:00h
- From: € 2.850,- per person in a standard double cabin with shower and toilet.
In the afternoon the Antigua crew welcomes you on board. After settling in your cabin, you get to meet your fellow sailors and the captain will introduce the crew and tell you everything there is to know about life on board. After leaving port, the ship glides through the waters of Isfjord. The route takes us along the west coast of Spitsbergen. The captain and tour leader look for the most beautiful spots for excursions, considering the weather, wind and ice conditions at the time.
We sail along the magnificent coast, riddled with glaciers and the jagged mountain tops that give Spitsbergen its name. In case we need to cover longer distances, we will sail through the night; otherwise we will anchor, sheltered in a fjord. Our land excursions take us to the remnants of different periods of Spitsbergen’s history, for example blubber ovens and the graves near old whaling stations, trapper huts, weather stations and collieries. Famous explorers like Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile also left traces of their expeditions.
This sailing trip has an emphasis on photography and is accompanied by a photographer. He organizes various lectures and photo sessions on board and accompanies the practical sessions during the excursions. On board is also an excursion leader, who can tell you everything there is to know about this beautiful area, its history and its flora and fauna. At this time of year the light creates a very special atmosphere. In September the first snow might cover the landscape under a beautiful white blanket and with a bit of luck the northern lights can be spotted.
There will be one or two shore excursions a day, with an emphasis on photography, but also with the space and time to experience this unique environment. With a bit of luck we also get to see whales. In these waters mainly dwarf minke whales and belugas, but also the fin whale. Polar bears can also pop up everywhere, but despite their size these are more difficult spot. The Antigua will sail to the next destination between shore excursions. This time at sea can be enjoyed with a cup of tea in the warm saloon chatting with your fellow travellers, reading a book or even editing your photos.
The Antigua arrives in Longyearbyen the night prior to your disembarkation, which gives you time to discover the city of Longyearbyen on the morning of departure.
For this journey there is no daily itinerary, as we like to keep it flexible in order to anticipate the weather, the location of any whales and other wild animals as we see or hear about them. The crew and the expedition leader coordinate the route in such a way that the best possible route is sailed, the most beautiful photo opportunities are observed and various landing sites are visited. If you require more information in advance, do not hesitate to contact us.
Wind and weather can influence the voyage.
Included in the price:
- Accommodation in a two person cabin with shower and toilet
- Bed linen and towels
- Full board
- Harbour fees
Not included in the price:
- Transfer costs
- Drinks, except coffee, tea and water
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Please, don’t forget your passport or identity card
- Luggage preferably in soft travel bags; hard suitcases are difficult to store in the cabins
- Expenses on board can be settled at the end of the trip
- Unfortunately it isn’t possible to pay by card