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Polar Bears of Svalbard

August, 1-10, 2018
Leaders: Adam Jones & Mirjam Evers
Fee: $11,200.00 per person based on double occupancy
Maximum number of participants: 16
Single Room Supplement available upon request

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Vast and spectacular, the Arctic reaches from Russia's Far East to Spitsbergen to Arctic Norway. Covered in ice pack for most of the year, it is during the short summer months we are offered the opportunity to photograph the diverse scenery, unusual wildlife and interesting peoples the Arctic has to offer. Whether it is an adventure into history, an exploration of natural wonders, or a look at rare and amazing cultures, there is a voyage for everyone in the land of the midnight sun. The High Arctic is best explored in August, as the pack ice recedes. From the deck there's a lot to explore. Polar bears, walrus, seals, and even Arctic foxes haunt the ice edge, while millions of seabirds breed and raise their young on ledges and barren islands. Remote villages, icebergs and magnificent scenery and historic sites make for unforgettable PhotoQuest.

Remote, Svalbard is one of the last wild places in the world! Witness the spectacle of polar bears up-close as they hunt seals on pack ice, shepherd their cubs along the beach, or swim near our zodiacs. Our small comfortable ship makes it possible to cruise close to shore and enter small fjords, for more intimate photographic opportunities.

Receive professional class photo instruction from Adam Jones to help create remarkable wildlife and landscape images. Whether you are an adventurer or photographer, join us for a once in a life time experience with the majestic polar bear. This Photo Quest is perfect for spouses as well.

As the number of participants is limited to maximum 100 passengers our small expedition vessel offers a friendly, intimate atmosphere. Our photography group will be limited to 16 photographers. We will spend as much time ashore as possible, combined with educational and informative lectures onboard. The coarse of the vessel can easily be changed and can have the zodiacs ready in no time for the finest cruises among the icebergs.

Instructional Topics:

Adam Jones will be with you every day, every step of the way, and eager to help you with his expertise as a full-time nature/wildlife photographer. Topics below are just a starting point, we are open to photo discussions in any direction you are interested in learning more.

  • Telephoto Lens Techniques: How to get tack sharp, hand held images of static and moving subjects, even from moving zodiacs. Setting up focus points and focus tracking for best results
  • Filters for Landscapes: Polarizing filters for much improved contrast
  • Metering and exposure for snow and bears: Getting it right every time
  • Creative Depth of Field: For individual bears and landscapes that include bears
  • Composition: Where to position your subject for the best effect
  • Camera Setup: Setting the camera to work the way you want Mirjam is a Nikon user and I’m Canon, together we are familiar with both systems.
  • High ISO Noise Reduction: Once and for all enjoy high ISO images with no loss of sharpness!
  • Basic Workflow: Raw workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Advanced Workflow: Working with Luminosity Masks: Advanced processing for those interested. Informally taught in the relaxed atmosphere aboard ship during non-shooting hours.
  • 9 nights aboard the ship based on double occupancy
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including alcohol, snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac with an expert expedition team
  • Instruction, lectures, portfolio reviews and educational programs by Adam Jones
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included:
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre and post land arrangements
  • Transfers to and from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage
  • Cancellation
  • Personal, travel insurance, which is strongly recommended
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature such as purchases, laundry, bar, beverage and telecommunications charges
  • Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard - guidelines for which will be provided
Why We Chose This Vessel:
  • Ice strengthened vessel proved to be ideal for exploration in remote regions
  • Small expedition vessel offers an intimate friendly atmosphere
  • The ship is not luxurious but onboard life is very cozy and comfortable
  • Short journeys at sea to spend as much time ashore as possible
  • Flexibility to take advantage of wildlife opportunities by using zodiacs
  • Knowledgeable guides who give great lectures as well
  • Small ships can’t sail in the sea-ice, where most of the bears are

The ice-strengthened vessel is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure in remote locations.

The vessel was built in Poland in 1989 and has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. The ship is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces. The vessel is manned by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, including stewardesses. We will have 8 expedition staff, 1 expedition leader, 7 guides/lecturers and 1 doctor.

The vessel offers simple but comfortable cabins with:
  • Twin cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths
  • Twin deluxe cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths
  • Superior cabins with double beds
  • Spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
  • All cabins have private shower and toilet

The Vessel offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

Ship Specifications:
  • Length: 91.25 meters
  • Breadth: 17.61 meters
  • Draft: 5.8 meters
  • Ice class: UL1 (equivalent to 1A)
  • Displacement Tonnage: 4,575
  • Engines: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
  • Speed: 12 knots (14.3 knots max)
  • Passengers: 100

$11,200 per person, based on twin deluxe cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths and superior cabins. First come first serve. We only have a few high-end cabins available.

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For more information, please visit : Photo Quest Adventures or contact Mirjam Evers, who just returned from this adventure.
Mirjam Evers
Photo Quest Adventures
Cell: 646-263-8596

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