2017/06/28 to 2017/07/08

Svalbard Photo Expedition 28 June - 8 July 2017

Spitsbergen (Svalbard) is a place of extraordinary beauty, dramatic scenery and rich wildlife. These Arctic Islands are amongst the last remaining great water wilderness areas on earth. It is a land where glaciers are mirrored in pristine waters and the largest predator of the Arctic - the polar bear - roams the vast expanse of pack ice. This is our main objective for this tour. While we will spend a lot of time photographing the various other bird and mammal species that are found in the region, it is the Polar bear that will be our main focus. Nowhere else can polar bears, be found more reliably in their natural habitat. Photographing these magnificent animals in this austere environment is for most photographers, an “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. For 9 months of the year Svalbard is covered in ice- a frozen and harsh landscape. In the summer months it transforms into one of natures miracles; bird life abounds to the point of millions of breeding birds, plants flower and animals breed as fast as they can in the short arctic summer. This is precisely the time we will be visiting so as to take advantage of the plethora of life during this time.

C4 Photo Safaris and Iconic Images International have visited Svalbard on five different occasions. The magic of these islands is what keeps us coming back whilst the experience gained from photographing in these waters will be invaluable in getting you into good locations for excellent photography. Both Shem and Denis will provide photographic assistance to you during the expedition to ensure that you will come back with an amazing portfolio of images.

 

 

For this tour we have chartered one of the best vessels to work the waters of the arctic seas. Most (if not all) polar bear photography will be done from the deck of the ship and whilst zodiac cruising. If a polar bear is spotted ashore then we are not permitted to land. Our zodiac cruises allow us to experience the arctic waters on a closer level and to photograph the wildlife of the Arctic in a more intimate way. We will also use the zodiacs to land for landscape photography. On this photo expedition, you can expect to see and photograph wildlife including walrus, seals and a great number of seabirds returning to the islands for the summer months.

Life abounds in the summer months of Svalbard. The bird life will be extremely rich and varied. As the snow starts to melt away, the contours of the landscape are revealed and dramatic images are possible. The sea ice will most likely have retreated and thus grant us access to the eastern part of the archipelago, where few people ever set foot.

If ice conditions allow, we may complete a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen or explore the spectacular island of Nordaustlandet. All in all, this cruise is designed to have a small component of wildlife photographers who will have 10 nights on board the best ship in the Arctic to give us the best opportunities of excellent polar bear photography.

On this expedition, as well as Shem and Denis, we will also have recognized and highly experienced specialist, Artic natural history guides on board the vessel who will give talks and share his knowledge of this wonderfull wilderness with us.

 

 

Quark Expeditions

About Quark

In 1991, Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell were two adventurers hankering to visit the North Pole. At the time, it was one of the few places they had never been. Once there, they were awestruck by the beauty and majesty of one of the last unspoiled places on earth.


Since that pioneering North Pole voyage in 1991, we’ve taken thousands of curious travellers to corners of the world that earlier generations could only dream of visiting. Along the way, we’ve achieved an unprecedented series of firsts in polar exploration and have led the way in polar expeditions, making the Arctic and Antarctica accessible to travellers from 50 countries around the world.

 

 

We collaborated with QE because of their excellent track record in polar expeditions, common sense approach to pricing, their commitment to ecological conservation and their experience in catering for special groups within their expeditions.

Together, III, C4 & QE have created a ‘top-drawer’ photography workshop within a ‘first class’ Arctic expedition on a great ship, the Sea Adventurer. If there is such a thing as a ‘classic Arctic’ expedition, this is it. It embraces the best of Spitsbergen (now called Svalbard), by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas, home to polar bears and walrus.  You will photograph colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands as well as whales. Together with the QE options for snowshoeing and sea kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic.’

If you have not been to the Arctic before, you might like to watch this short video ‘A Day in the Life of Arctic Svalbard’; it is a nice snapshot of a day in the life of one of our Svalbard expeditions. Time spent here is always unique from one day to the next. Epic, awesome and majestic, the Arctic region of Svalbard is full of wildlife and amazing scenery. Seasoned travellers to polar regions experience a deep sense of awe and respect on their first glimpse of the much-anticipated world of ice. Even those who have led more than a hundred polar region expeditions, are still overcome by its formidable beauty.

As an III/C4 client you have full access to QE’s specialist polar region expedition leaders and presenters – a unique combination in the one trip. The expedition is one of only two Quark expeditions on the Sea Adventurer in 2017 and offers you the very best opportunities to capture the iconic images of one of the remotest part of the planet, all within a few meters of your lens. Watching and photographing a variety of wildlife and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily environment.

During the expedition, Denis & Shem will share their knowledge of Svalbard and its special photographic opportunities as well as providing ‘hands-on’ photographic tuition. A personalized photographic experience is an important feature of this expedition/workshop, although the expedition is not just for serious photographers.

Photographers of all levels of skill are very welcome.


The Ship, Sea Adventurer

The ship, Sea Adventurer is a sturdy, comfortable home away from home for travelers exploring polar regions – Arctic or Antarctic.
 
Designed to carry passengers in comfort to remote corners of the world, she was built in former Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. This is an ice-strengthened ship and carries up to 117 passengers. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegant interior. She is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy a comfortable mix of polar region adventures and still some creature comforts.

Sea Adventurer is equipped with zodiacs for shore landings, offers fine dining and all cabins having exterior views and en suite facilities. There are spacious observation decks from which you can photograph and you are welcome on the bridge around the clock, from where there is always something to see or search for. Her smaller size allows her to venture into places where larger ships cannot, yet because of her substantial build and design she is at home plying the wilderness of Svalbard.

 

 

Highlights

  • We have selected one of the best vessels, to work the waters of the Arctic seas in search of polar bears and other wildlife.
  • We have also selected a range of cabin types; you will find one to suit your budget.
  • Sea Adventurer is a smaller, extremely strong vessel and along with its very experienced captain and crew is acknowledged as being ‘one of the best ships’ in the Svalbard Archipelago. Because of  the captain’s knowledge and the capabilities of the vessel, we are able to: (i) enter into and stay in some pack ice areas for prolonged periods of time – pack ice is the polar bears’ favourite habitat and (ii) enter shallower waters than most other vessels. We can enter fjords that other larger vessels cannot navigate, giving an unrivalled sense of Arctic exploration. We will continually receive the best advice and sail to unrivalled locations every day. Most polar bear photography may be done from the deck of the ship. If a polar bear is spotted ashore then people are not permitted to land.
  • We have arranged two zodiacs and two driver/guides specifically for our group.
  • Photographing from zodiacs allow you to experience the Arctic waters at a more intimate level. We will go ashore for landscape photography. As there is likely to be great light, sufficient time will be dedicated to capture the stunning landscapes, as well as the wildlife including walrus, seals, a variety of seabirds and hopefully the elusive Arctic fox.
  • Cruise the calm fjords of Svalbard surrounded by large glaciers and mountain peaks – truly amazing photography opportunities.
  • Photograph some of the most amazing light scenes created by the sun moving just above and below the horizon giving optimum light conditions essentially “24/7″.
  • Life abounds in the summer months of Svalbard. The bird life will be extremely rich and varied. As the snow starts to melt, the contours of the landscape are revealed and dramatic images are possible. The sea ice will most likely have retreated and thus hopefully grant us access to the eastern part of the archipelago, where few people set foot.
  • If ice conditions allow, we may complete a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen or explore the spectacular island of Nordaustlandet. All in all, this cruise is designed to have a small component of wildlife photographers who will have 10 nights on board one of the best ships in the Arctic to give us the best opportunities of excellent polar bear photography.
  • For nine months of the year Svalbard is covered in ice – a frozen and harsh landscape. However, in the summer months it transforms into one of natures miracles; bird life abounds to the point of millions of breeding birds, plants flower and animals breed as fast as they can in the short arctic summer. This is precisely the time we will be visiting so as to take advantage of the plethora of life during this time. For photographers this means the sun is higher in the sky and the chances of finding polar bears are increased.
  • Denis and Shem have travelled to many places in the world in their quest for excellent wildlife and nature images. We have visited Svalbard on five different occasions. The magic of these islands is what keeps us coming back whilst the experience gained from photographing in these waters will be invaluable in getting you into good locations for some excellent photography. They will both share their knowledge and experience with the group, helping all participants to improve their images.

 

About your host, Denis Glennon

Denis Glennon is the creator and owner of Iconic Images International. Western Australia is now his home. Prior to establishing Iconic Images International he spent over 35 years in the corporate world, in various parts of the globe. He holds graduate degrees in engineering and psychology and post-graduate degrees in science and education.

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Important Note 1 -  It is highly advisable to arrive in Longyearbyen at least one day before the start of the expedition. Bad weather can delay/cancel flights into the airport, so having a days grace allows some contingency.

Important Note 2 – Suggested Hotel in Longyearbyen: One of the better hotels in in Longyearbyen is The Raddison Blu Polar Hotel, situated quite close to the harbour and jetty from which the Sea Adventurer departs. We recommend that participants in the photography workshop stay at this hotel as we will endeavour to arrange transport for the group to the ship on 28 June and back to the hotel following disembarkation on 8 July 2017. For the hotel contact details, click: Raddison Blu Contacts. When the webpages opens you may have to hit the translate button for the English version.


There will be no set itinerary on the cruise. We will head north and east of Svalbard to find the pack ice, which at this time of the year is the most likely place it will be. This is where most of the polar bear activity will be. If time and ice conditions permit we will visit the spectacular ice cliffs of Austfonna, an incredible spectacle. The ship will operate sometimes for 24 hours. At other times we will shut down at night in the ice or in a sheltered harbour. This can often be an attraction for bears and we may find them close to the ship in the early morning.

Day 1 (28 June)

Longyearbyen harbour.

Please note you are responsible for finding your own way to the ship in Longyearbyen Harbour. If you choose to stay at The Raddison Blu Hotel you may join the group transport to and from the ship.

 
International flight arrivals. Meet at Sea Adventurer (Quark Expeditions) Longyearbyen harbour at 16h00 the first evening will be a meet and greet followed by an evening of orientation before we head off to bed and the boat cruises north over night. As you embark, you will see great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement. The first evening will be a ‘meet and greet’ followed by an evening of orientation before retiring and the ship sails overnight.

 

 

Day 1 - 11 (28 June - 8 July)

On board MS Quest.

 We sail around this magical island, on a constant search for wildlife. The expedition will cover western Svalbard as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife – a nature and wildlife photographers’ paradise.

On board Sea Adventurer. Heading up the west coast of the archipelago the vessel will continue to sail north until it reaches the pack ice where the quest for polar bears begins. The northward passage provides many photographic opportunities. If the light obliges, we should have spectacular ice landscapes over the wilderness. Every endeavour will be made to spend extended periods photographing polar bears as they hunt, rest and play on the pack ice. Be aware however that polar bears are not easy to find and there may will be extended periods with little polar bear activity. After spending the allotted time in the north region the vessel will begin its return voyage to Longyearbyen arriving approx. 9.00am on 8 July 2017.

There will be no set itinerary for the expedition. Please treat the itinerary as a guide only; our route and program will vary depending on ice and weather conditions – and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition. The vessel will head north and east of Svalbard to find the pack ice, which, at that time of the year is the most likely place for polar bear activity.

If the ice conditions permit the vessel will visit the spectacular ice cliffs of Ausfonna, an incredible spectacle. On occasions the ship will operate continually over twenty four hours. At other times the engines will shut down at night in the ice or in a sheltered harbour. This can often be an attraction for bears and frequently they are found close to the ship in the early morning. This expedition offers one the best opportunities for photographing reindeer, polar bears, wildflowers, the sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historical remains of whaling stations.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, QE staff and the Captain must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you can expect to experience on this voyage; no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, QE staff and the Captain must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you can expect to experience on this voyage; no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

 

 

Day 11 (8 July)

Longyearbyen harbour.

This is unfortunately the end of the tour. We will be back at the harbour at 09h00 where we will all go our separate ways.

 

The Ship, Sea Adventure

 

The ship, Sea Adventurer is a sturdy, comfortable home away from home for travelers exploring polar regions – Arctic or Antarctic.
 
Designed to carry passengers in comfort to remote corners of the world, she was built in former Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. This is an ice-strengthened ship and carries up to 117 passengers. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegant interior. She is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy a comfortable mix of polar region adventures and still some creature comforts.

Sea Adventurer is equipped with zodiacs for shore landings, offers fine dining and all cabins having exterior views and en suite facilities. There are spacious observation decks from which you can photograph and you are welcome on the bridge around the clock, from where there is always something to see or search for. Her smaller size allows her to venture into places where larger ships cannot, yet because of her substantial build and design she is at home plying the wilderness of Svalbard.

 

$9095.00 per person sharing

$15460.00 per single supplement

Please see below for the full catergory of cabins available and the costs assiociated with each cabin. Please note that the above cost does not include the US$700 for the workshop.


Cost of Photography Workshop


The cost of the photography workshop is US$700/person. Please note this cost is additional to the cost of the cabin you select.

The cabins listed in the table below have been reserved for participants in the photography workshop. Depending on the cabin category you select the cost varies as shown in the table below.
Please note that all prices are in US dollars.

Cost of Cabins

IMPORTANT NOTE: The costs shown in the table are the 2017 costs that QE will apply to this expedition.

These will be allocated in order of receipt of completed registration forms and payment of initial deposits. Please note there are only TWO (2) MAIN DECK TWIN CABINS available on an unshared basis – see table. All requests for unshared cabins must be indicated on the Registration Form and the appropriate single supplement deposits paid at the time of registration.



Cabin Category

Cabin numbers

Cost/Person/sharing

MAIN DECK TWIN PORTHOLE 210 & 211 $ 9 095
MAIN DECK TWIN WINDOW 221 & 223 $ 10 095 (1) & (2)
UPPER DECK SUPERIOR 305 & 307 $11 195
CAPTAIN’S DECK SUITE 400 & 403
$13 695

 

(1) Two of these cabins are available on an unshared basis. The unshared cabins will be allocated in the order requests are received by C4 Photo Safaris.
(2) The single supplement on the unshared cabins is 1.7 times the unshared cost, which is set by QE.


NOTE: Cabins in our allotment are located on Main Deck, Upper Deck & Captain’s Deck. For more detailed information and some photos on each of the cabin categories, click on: Cabin Categories.

Should you desire a cabin outside those listed in the table, it is possible to reserve one, subject to availability at the time of your registration. We will provide every assistance to you to obtain the cabin of your choice.

As cabins in each of the categories will be being continually reserved, please check with Shem or Minette at C4 Photo Safaris, regarding the availability of a particular cabin number, prior to submitting your registration form. They can be contacted at: minette@c4photosafaris.com or shem@c4photosafaris.com.  Alternatively you may phone C4 on +27 (0) 12 344 6681.

 
PAYMENT PROCESS

  1. A non-refundable deposit comprising the cost of the photography workshop of US$700.00, plus 35% of the cost of the cabin category selected, when you submit the completed Registration Form.
  2. The remaining 65% of the cost of the cabin category selected, on or before Friday 8 January 2017
  3. Should you register after Friday 8 January 2017, the cost of the photography workshop, plus the full cost of the cabin type selected, including the single supplement, if applicable, must be paid at the time of registration.
  4. For your convenience and to minimize currency exchange risks, payments should only be made to the US dollar bank account of C4 Photo Safaris.
  5. Please liaise with Minette at C4 Photo Safaris, minette@c4photosafaris.com, regarding payments made into our US Dollar bank account.
  6. Payment by credit cards is acceptable and attracts an C4 fee of 2.5%; please check with Minette on how best to pay by credit card.


As there are places for only TWENTY (20) participants in the photography workshop, registrations will be accepted in the order they are received.

 

QUARK T&C'S

Quark Expeditions Terms & Conditions Are Applicable To All Passengers. As the expedition is being run by QE, the overarching QE Terms and Conditions are applicable to every passenger aboard Sea Adventurer.

Passengers registering through Iconic Images International and C4 Images are obligated to abide by these QE Terms and Conditions. They outline our and your agreement with QE and contain important information.

The overall QE Terms and Conditions can be downloaded by clicking: Quark Expeditions Terms & Conditions.

In particular we draw your attention to the following three QE Terms & Conditions:


1. Cancellations and Refunds

All requests for cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less an administrative fee of minimum US$1000, AU$1000, £650, €800 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. To protect the traveler’s investment, we recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.

Cancellations cannot be made online.

2. Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of US$100,000, is included in the cost of Quark Expeditions voyages from Travelex insurance company. Included coverage is applicable only to travel occurring between the first and last day of the expedition purchased from Quark Expeditions. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post-packages/hotels/flights, purchased from Quark Expeditions or from suppliers other than Quark Expeditions are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance.

3. Travel Insurance

Due to the remoteness of where we travel, an adequate medical facility could be up to 72 hours away or more, dependent on weather. We do have a ship doctor on board and basic medical facilities. Emergency medical evacuation can be delayed or unavailable in certain areas.


It is a condition of the booking that you have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in which we travel, travelers must have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage. Quark Expeditions requires proof of coverage prior to embarkation. The travel insurance policy should also cover trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. Quark Expeditions will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler.

Participants in the Photography Workshop are required to ensure their travel insurance arrangements comply, in particular with these three QE Terms & Conditions.

If you have any queries regarding them or do not understand them, please let us know, as soon as possible, by email to: denis@denisglennon.com or to shem@c4photosafaris.com

The above costs include

  • Shared cabin on the Sea Adventurer (unless the additional single supplement of is paid for an un-shared TWIN CABIN, of which there are only two available).
  • All meals and non-alcoholic for the entire sea voyage.
  • Lectures on the area’s flora, fauna and history.
  • Two tour leaders/photography guides (Denis Glennon AO & Shem Compion).
  • Quark Expeditions/Arctic naturalist who will present talks and share his extensive knowledge of this wonderful wilderness.
  • Other specialist polar region lecturers.
  • All shore excursions and activities in zodiacs.
  • Continuous assistance/tuition with your photography.


The above costs doesn't include

  • Flights to/from Longyearbyen.
  • Hotel stopovers en route to Longyearbyen.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew.
  • Personal expenses such as private purchases in on-board shop.

 

Camera Equipment


Although polar bears will remain our focus throughout, you can expect to photograph a range of wildlife and landscape subjects using a variety of lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. Most wildlife subjects will require a telephoto in the range 300mm - 500mm. A wide-angle zoom (e.g. 28 -135mm) would be ideal for scenic images. A tripod is recommended. The power supply on the boat is 220 volts. A European plug adaptor (two thick round pins) will be required.

For clients who book with us, we will send through a comprehensive list on:

  • Caring for camera equipment in Arctic conditions
    Clothing advise
  • International travel with cameras
  • Backing up and storing your images
  • Camera list


Day 1

International flight arrivals.

 

Day 1 to 11

Onboard ship.

 

Day 11

International flight home.

 
Thank you for your Testimonial, it's much appreciated!

Svalbard - May 2015

"I have just finished my adventure with C4 Safaris aboard the MS Stockholm out of Svalbard in the Arctic. Let me start out by saying the organisation of this tour by C4 Safaris Shem is excellent in every way. From the skills shown with the manoeuvring of the MS Stockholm by the captain and crew to make sure we were in the best photographic positioning, the general cheery nature of the stewardesses, and the outstanding culinary skills of the chef on board was just amazing. A special mention must go to the dedication and knowledge of our guides Ronald and Annette, who spent countless hours organising, spotting, giving educational and historical talks, and of course putting the safety of our group as their number one priority. This trip was by far the best experience I have ever encountered and I have travelled extensively. I come away with some excellent photos, and I feel my photographic skills have improved due to the expert knowledge and professional support of Shem himself. I would not hesitate to book my next adventure with C4 Safaris Africa is on my list for 2016. "

Kelvin Blake
25 May 2015


Svalbard Photo Tour

"Once again a wonderful trip. Everything was well organised. The ship was small but cozy, the cabin tiny, but we were only there to sleep anyway. We had sensational sightings. Great experts on board and Shem took his turn in the polar bear watch with the experts, looked lousy in the morning, but we got our bears....they somehow always showed up on his watch! Good people, great food from a tiny kitchen, lots of useful tips... Were hooked!"

Astrid Juerg Bluemel
24 May 2015


SVALBARD PHOTO TOUR SEPTEMBER 2014

"Our 5th to 15th September 2014 trip to SVALBARD with C4 Images Safaris was, in short, simply splendid! The pristine Arctic wilderness, the hauntingly beautiful landscapes in the fjords and pack ice, the glaciers and the icebergs, the magical light, the polar bears, reindeers, walruses, seals and avifauna all contributed to make this one of our most memorable experiences. Personally, as a visual artist, I appreciated Shem Compions on-the-tap photographic inputs and insight sharing on technical as well as creative aspects, both in the field and in respect of digital workflow. And what is more, Shems warm, pleasant and knowledgeable company ensured that both my wife a non-photographer and I had an enjoyable and interesting time throughout. Our expedition leader, Ronald Vissers, patience with our queries and enthusiastic communication of his deep knowledge of the Arctic, its people, wildlife, history and geography, really enlivened the trip and has given me a lot of material for my next travel story! We also really appreciated the fact that Shem, Ronald and Magnus the captain and crew of the Ms Stockholm really worked hard to ensure we had the most optimal yet safe sightings and landings from the ship and the zodiac trips. Arctic conditions are alien to people like us from the tropics and we are obliged to Amanda and other crew members for helping make things comfortable for us. Ours was a multi-cultural group with participants hailing from different countries, but the shared passion for photography nature facilitated pleasant and enriching interactions. My wife, Koel, and I have travelled on photographic expeditions to various places around the world and had a lot of expectations from this Arctic Adventure - we are happy to say that this trip exceeded even those high expectations and we would whole-heartedly recommend this trip to any nature lover photographer!"

Amartya Koel Mukherjee
10 August 2014


Svalbard Photo Tour

"The Svalbard trip was exceptionally well organised and everything was effortlessly taken care of. Ronald Visser imparted his vast knowledge of the area, sea ice, glaziers and the animals with enthusiasm - together with Shems photographic expertise and passion they ensured we would have the best photographic memories. The Captain and crew on the SS Stockholm also ensured that the trip surpassed my expectations. Safety was always taken care of as that is something photographers tend to forget in the excitement of getting the shot. The starkness of the landscapes photographed from the SS Stockholm leaving Svalbard and travelling through the icey regions of the North is breathtaking. Added to this being able to photograph Polar Bears, Walrus, Seals, Rheindeer and the final excitement of the Arctic Fox in their natural habitat was unforgettable. The colours of early morning sunrise, brilliant light through the ice sculptures, misty moody ice capped mountains gave us photography at its best. The weather conditions were challenging at times but Ronald and Shem ensured we always got the shot. Timing was essential when photographing from a moving Zodiac, together with climbing up slippery slopes - all added to the excitement of a once in a lifetime trip. Im very lucky to have been part of this amazing experience - a highly recommended trip and destination for every Photographer. Thank you Shem and the C4 Team."

Glynnis Salvado
06 September 2013


Svalbard photo Tour 2013

"My trip on the SS Stockholm went perfectly.Ronald Visser. our expedition leader,led us with enthuasiasm and shared his knowledge as a naturalist and geologist with us. Well supported by Shem from whom we learnt a great deal about taking photographs, particularily in the Arctic, how to process them and also about the art of photography. Photography in Arctic conditions is challenging, not only is the weather frequently against one, but you cannot always land and have to shoot from a moving Zodiac or the boat. Conversely when the light and conditions are right there are some superb scenes to be taken and excellent natural history shots.jpgptain of the Stockholm was very cooperative and on one memorable occaison circled a Bearded seal amongst the sea ice - we took the photos.For anyone interested in photography this was a great trip if I did not get some good photographs it was my fault."

John Cucksey
06 September 2013


Svalbard Photo-cruise 2013

"This was an adventure so few have enjoyed with ,never to be forgotten wildlife in their own environment with magic light sky, ice-scapes from glaciers noisily diminishing to sea ice retreating as our boat forged through it, to perma-frost. The passion knowledge of Shem Compion Ronald Visser, the co-leader environmentalist resulted in a stream of instruction information. What more could an intrepid curious photographer wish for"

Neil Cumpston
03 September 2013


Svalbard Photo Tour

"Thank you for arranging the Svalbard photography trip. This was an amazing once in a lifetime experience always to be remembered. Everything on this trip exceeded my expectations from the services and meals on the ship to the wild life and landscape photographic opportunities we experienced. The exceptional scenery and nearly 24 hour perfect light makes this trip a landscape photographers dream. The polar bear visits to our ship on the packed ice, the inquisitive walrus approaches to the zodiac, the sly arctic fox and bird life, just to mention the highlights is a paradise for wildlife photographers You and our guides knowledge, experience and assistance during the trip was of great value and much appreciated. I highly recommend the Svalbard experience to anyone interested in photography and a must visit as a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Jamie van Zyl
06 September 2012


Svalbard Photo Tour

"Once again C4 Images and Safaris delivers a photographic trip beyond belief! Polar Bears, walruses, seals and Arctic foxes in their natural environment in one of the most beautiful regions on Earth. Great light, sightings, information, both about the environment/wildlife and how to photograph it - what an awesome trip! Topped up with great company and superb organisation - I am very lucky to have been on this trip, thank you again Shem and the team at C4."

Christine Chong
06 September 2012








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