POLAR BEAR PREDATION IN NORWAY
Trek the High Arctic with Mothers and Cubs
April 7 – April 14, 2019: One spot left
- Svalbard Frozen Arctic Experience: 15 years
- Where: Svalbard, Norway
- Duration: 7 days
- Max No. of Guests: 3
- Pricing: $29,800 per person
- Accommodations: Hunter hut and tent
- Activities: photography, snowmobiling, witnessing polar bear mother and cubs as she nurses and teaches to hunt
- Topside daytime -5C to 25C
- Night time -20C to -40C
There’s no adventure more amazing than our Polar Bears in Norway Expedition. Along with just two other guests, climb aboard your individual snow mobile and trek the ice in search of polar bear mother and cubs. Our experienced polar bear tracker and professional wildlife photographer guide the experience and coach you to photograph beautiful, rarely-seen behavior in the polar bear life cycle.
This experience is unlike anything that has been offered to the public before and until now has been exclusively available to large-scale professional productions such as BBC, National Geographic, and iMAX. Amos has known and worked closely with this particular outfitter in Svalbard for the last twenty years and they are the absolute best at what they do. They will make sure that you are fully geared to handle just about anything the Arctic environment could throw at you including providing each guest with a personal snowmobile, helmet, gloves, goggles, boots, water and wind-proof survival suit, and even survival training. These guides have an unprecedented level of expertise and are highly sought after for high stakes shooting assignments and costly productions.
There is no better way to observe polar bears hunting in their natural environment of frozen snow and ice than with this BigAnimals expedition to our polar north.
There is only space for three guests and we like to keep it this way for a variety of reasons. Overcrowding is a chronic problem for photographers looking to capture natural animal behaviors and unique images, and our small expedition size ensures that will never be an issue. It also means that each guest will have a uniquely personal experience and the absolute best chances possible to capture rare images and footage of polar bears hunting. Most importantly, a small group is far less likely to disturb the bears in comparison to a large one, and this is critical for the sustainability of the activity. We must not alter their environment or change their behavior in any way, so we will remain a minimum of 200 feet away from the bears at all times.
– Arrive: Fly into Longyearbyen Svalbard and transfer to our 5 stars designated hotel.
Day 2 – Early morning move to “staging area.” Check all our cold weather gear. Have a fast course in snow mobile driving; pack our personal, cameras and team gear, fuel, and food on sleds. There are two main areas for shadowing and filming polar bears. Both areas are strictly control, and permit required. The selection of which area will be prime for photography to be decided at the time of our arrival. Based on the selected zone of operation, our accommodation will be either at hunter huts or in the reviving Russian hotel style, equal to half star…heated, no water and limited food.
Days 3 – 6 – Everyday our experienced guide (they are the best in the field, leading the BBC, NG and other tv productions) will decide which hours we shall operate morning or afternoon, following other guides’ reports. We shall go for 10 to 14 hours daily in search of and shadowing female with her one or two cubs. We stop on the way for quick camping style meals and hot tea, while we continue searching. When we spot a bear family, the guide will instruct us on the next step, either we move together or we move our camera gear on one sled, leave our vehicle behind climb on the guide sled and get close and as quietly as possible to the bears. Assemble our tripod and camera and wait quietly and with lots of patience. We will do it few times a day until we have our moment.
Day 7 – After hopefully a few good sightings, we start making our way back to town Longyearbyen to return our borrowed clothing, gear and the trusted snow mobile that served us so well. After a good shower in hot water, we meet for farewell dinner at your 5 star hotel.
Day 8 – Transfer according to your flight to airport for you next destination.
- 6 nights at our safari camp– accommodations plus all meals
- 5 days of exclusive crocodile diving photo services with Amos and Walter
- All diving equipment, including tanks and weights
- medic escort
- Film permits, taxes and fees
- Excess gear transport, ground transport across Botswana
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- international flight
- charter flight in Botswana
- hotel overnight in Johannesburg
- Gratuities to crew
- items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry and drinks
- items not mentioned above
PAYMENT & DEPOSIT POLICY When we receive your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive and detailed Trip Preparation Bulletin about the experience and the destination. All trip costs are subject to change without prior notice until your reservation is confirmed.
- A deposit of 33% of the total trip price is required to secure space on the trip.
- Full payment is due no later than 90 days before departure.
- We reserve the right to sell any space that is not paid in full by 60 days before departure.
- Cancellation Policy
- Must be made in writing.
- More than 90 days before trip: Deposit will be refunded in full.
- 90 days or less before trip: Deposit will be refunded if space is sold, less unrecoverable costs of sales, and administration costs.
- No refund is made for unused part of the itinerary.
- The following are subject to change:
- Cost of services which are not included in the expedition price
- Flight time and schedule
- Weather, water temperature, and animal behavior
Insurance: you MUST provide proof of travel and diving insurance
Question - how can we help?
Amos has 30 years experience diving with Great White Sharks off Long Island New York, Australia, South Africa, and off the Farallon Islands, San Francisco.
Amos is also a very accomplished professional photographer who was the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2007 and 2008.
Throughout your trip Amos will be available to provide you with expert coaching on various aspects of photographing the sharks and their environment, with special attention paid to how to get the best performance from your equipment using both strobes and ambient-light photography.
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