Spitsbergen encounter – Spectacular Arctic wildlife and nature

I had the immense pleasure to work alongside the renowned photographer Daisy Gilardini during my photo tour around Svalbard. The trip has been organised by Amazing Views Photo and Adventure Tours.

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The the group of islands range from 74° to 81° north latitude. The largest island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya. I first arrived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s main settlement, where I spent the first four days dog sledding, horse riding and getting to know the place and its people.

The main part of the trip was the cruise around the islands with One Ocean Expeditions. We’ve embardked in Longyearbyen and sailed out heading north. Our days were busy with shore excursions and zodiac cruises to places of historic interest, visits to wildlife colonies, viewing the exquisite native flora and soaking up the stunning landscapes.

The whole trip as a highlight, every day was an improvement to the day before. We saw polar bears, walruses, whales, arctic foxes, snowy owls and much more. I got inspired by all the amazing people I’ve met in Longyearbyen as well as on board the Akademik Ioffe. Click through the photo gallery for some impressions.

I can’t wait to the next expedition.

Watch our slideshow featuring photos from all the photographers of that trip. Enjoy 🙂