Ultimate Polar Bears of the High Arctic

  • June 27th, 2025 - July 15th, 2025
  • Spaces Left: SOLD OUT! (Maximum 12 Photographers)
Svalbard High Arctic Expedition


This first-of-its-kind extended 19-day expedition north of Svalbard is for keen and passionate wildlife photographers who want to capture dramatic and powerful photographs of Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife. Svalbard is one of the best places in the world to photograph Polar Bears, and with our extended duration, we will be able to travel much further east and west along the edge of the permanent pack ice than other expeditions. We have a small group size and personal, one-on-one tuition for the duration of the expedition. There will also be landscape opportunities during this workshop, although our primary focus is Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife.

  • Dates: 27th June 2025 until 15th July 2025 (Duration 18 Nights / 19 Days)
  • Investment: $24,750 USD (Deposit to secure place $4,000 USD)
  • Participants: Maximum 12 Photographers plus leader
  • Start and Finish: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Trip Leaders: Joshua Holko Master Photog II
  • Fitness Level: Easy
  • Temperature: Cold
  • Experience Level: Beginner to Professional


This extended 19-day expedition is dedicated to photographing the world's only marine bear - Ursus maritumus, The Polar Bear.

With Longyearbyen, Svalbard as our starting point, we will steam directly north, high into the Arctic Ocean, and deep into the pack ice in search of Polar Bears. In late June and July, the landscape will be bathed in the golden light of the midnight sun and provide a stunning backdrop to photograph the world's largest bear as it roams the frozen ocean in search of prey.

The main focus of this extended expedition will be Polar Bears, and we intend to spend the vast majority of our time high in the Arctic Ocean, navigating the sea ice where Polar Bears are to be found on their hunting grounds. With 18 days, we have much longer than most expeditions and have ample time to spend up on the ice searching for and photographing Polar Bears.

This expedition has been designed to provide the best possible opportunities to experience and photograph Polar Bears. We also expect to meet wildlife, including Polar Bears, Walruses, Seals, and Arctic Foxes.

This exclusive expedition is for a strictly limited number of just 12 participants plus a leader and is dedicated to Polar Bear photography high in the Arctic Ocean.

We will use the ice-hardened expedition ship M.S Freya, which will enable us to navigate deep into the pack ice, searching for and photographing Polar Bears and other wildlife. M.S Feya is regarded as the best ship in the Arctic for Photography. Our expedition ship is also equipped with sufficient zodiacs (2 x Zodiac MKV models) and crew for all photographers to shoot simultaneously, with plenty of room to spare for camera equipment - So bring what you need!

Meals will be held onboard the ship and shall consist of breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee and two-course dinner (three-course dinner the last evening). Coffee and tea will be available 24 hours a day. The mealtimes shall be held regularly, but the catering crew has been informed that photography has priority on this expedition and flexibility is necessary. If you have special dietary requirements, you will be accommodated – please just be sure to let us know when you make your booking.

If you are excited about travelling deep into the pack ice in the Arctic Ocean in search of Polar Bears with a small group of dedicated photographers, now is the time to secure your place. Places are very limited, and once they are spoken for, that’s it.

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Polar Bear Svalbard
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