Svalbard Photo Safari 2025

2 July 2025 - 12 July 2025

USD $13 000,00 pps / USD $15 000,00 single

This webpage offers you a glimpse of the safari. For the full details of the safari with a day to day itinerary, full logistics, details of accommodation and a comprehensive list of what is included and excluded, please download the full brochure.


  • Your Guide: Shem Compion
  • Group Size: Maximum 11 participants (Minimum 9 participants required)
  • Recommended for: Experienced travellers looking for new subject matter and authentic encounters. Photographers of all levels that are looking for very special photographic opportunities.
  • Fitness level: Average to Good - Photographers should have a reasonable level of mobility to enjoy the expedition fully. The ability to navigate uneven surfaces and get on and off the ship.

  • The C4 Experience: This itinerary has been curated by our highly experienced team to maximise your photographic opportunity. Our guides are amongst the most acclaimed photographers in the photography world - guaranteeing you expertise, experience and service. We take care of every detail from the moment you arrive until the end of your safari. This trip takes you to the greatest show on earth.

the high arctic - a place of
extraordinary beauty dramatic scenery
and rich wildlife.

This will be C4 Photo Safaris 9th expedition to Svalbard. We have used our experience of past sightings, season and vessel to ensure that this trip is the best one yet. It is a photography - focused expedition with no fixed itinerary. If we encounter a good sighting, we will stay there as long as we like. Our “itinerary” is to find excellent wildlife sightings during your time on board and make sure you come home with amazing images.


Safari Highlights
  • Sail on the best ship in the Arctic for 10 nights, offering the ultimate opportunity for polar bear and Arctic photography.
  • Experience true Arctic exploration by entering fjords and areas inaccessible to larger vessels, thanks to the captain's knowledge and the vessel's capabilities.
  • Your group has the freedom to decide activities and duration, with no pressure to 'tick off' species or locations. Stay overnight for unique sightings if desired.
  • Benefit from the captain's 20 years of experience, allowing the vessel to enter thick pack ice and shallower waters.

Photography Highlights
  • Two Zodiacs with two guides each, offering an intimate experience with a maximum of 6 guests per Zodiac. More space for longer lenses and opportunities for stunning landscapes.
  • Maximize polar bear encounters on pack ice, with the ability to stay for prolonged periods. Most polar bear photography can be done from the deck of the ship.
  • Shem Compion will guide this tour. Shem has travelled the world in his quest for excellent wildlife and nature images. Svalbard has a special place for Shem and this will be his ninth expedition in these waters.
  • You will benefit from Shem’s knowledge and experience on this rather special expedition. As well as providing every assistance with your photography, there will be two experienced Arctic guides and naturalists who will help lead the group and assist with natural history talks; sharing their intimate knowledge of this wonderful wilderness.


What C4 Photo Safaris guests say

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

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

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

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2 July 2025 - 12 July 2025