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Svalbard: Small Ship Photography Expedition 2025

19 - 29 May 2025

8 night Arctic Small Ship Photography Safari plus optional pre-extension*


Exclusive booking of MV Vila with unlimited zodiac exploration

Small group - max 10 photographers  + 2 tutors  SOLD OUT

Tuition with Trai Anfield & Paul Fowlie

£8000 per person based on sharing twin cabin


*Optional pre-trip day in Longyearbyen focussed on Arctic fox, ptarmigan & reindeer

" This trip should be on everyone's bucket list!  


Majestic glacial scenery populated by polar bears, whales, walruses, Arctic foxes and a host of other Arctic fauna and flora.  Plus almost 24 hours of amazing light each day.  When we add in a small, exclusive ship that can explore areas larger craft can't access and zodiac and shore exploration too, it's an irresistible Arctic combination! "


Trai Anfield, tour leader

Arctic wildlife:

  • Polar bear

  • Walrus

  • Whales

  • Arctic fox

  • Ptarmigan

  • Reindeer

  • Breeding seabirds

Highlights of Svalbard

Expedition Ship MV Villa

  • Specialist Arctic waters ship with a strengthened hull to enable cruising in pack ice 

  • Relatively small ship - can access places larger craft cannot go

  • Swift ship - 9 knots cruising speed

  • Large stable decks and an open bridge are great photography vantage points onboard

  • 2 Zodiacs - all guests can board zodiacs at once - no rotation or waiting to get off the ship and explore!

  • All 6 cabins exclusively booked for our group

  • 10 guest photographers and 2 photography tutors

  • Plus 2 experienced English-speaking Expedition Team Leaders who will accompany us throughout the trip

  • Recently refurbished cabins – basic but comfortable accommodation

  • Vegan & vegetarian diets catered for

Optional pre-extension in Longyearbyen, focussing on:

Arctic fox

This is an excellent opportunity to fine tune your Arctic photography before setting sail. Trai and Paul will be available to help set up your camera and troubleshoot any issues.

While Arctic fox, ptarmigan and reindeer may be seen on our expedition around Svalbard  - Paul even filmed the unusual spectacle of polar bear attempting to hunt reindeer last time! - there are some very reliable spots around this area where it is easier to gain reliable access.

  • additional night accommodation in Longyearbyen (B&B basis)

  • ground transfers

  • local naturalist guide

  • photographic tuition

Cost of optional pre-extension will depend on numbers - please contact us for booking

Dates & Rates


Svalbard Small Ship Photography Expedition 20 - 29 May 2025


£8000 per person based on sharing a twin cabin

Optional pre-extension - please enquire when booking




  • 1night hotel accommodation in Longyearbyen (B&B basis)

  • 8 night expedition cruise on board  MV Vila (all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults sharing a cabin)

  • All transfers in Svalbard

  • Specialist English-speaking naturalist guides

  • Photography tutelage from award-winning wildlife photographers Trai Anfield & Paul Fowlie

  • Daily (subject to weather conditions) Zodiac and shore expeditions accompanied by Trai & Paul

  • Optimum access to wildlife and landscapes



International flights, visa if required, personal insurances, alcoholic beverages, any meals not specified, all items of a personal nature, optional additional night and pre-excursion..


Watch Paul's highlights of last year's expedition!

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