This voyage will be hosting special lecturer Doug Allan, who is not only an award-winning photographer, but a true expert in the Arctic. He has spent more time in Arctic conditions, filming the wildlife and polar bears from both above and below the water, than most professionals in his field. A true raconteur, passengers onboard this cruise can look forward to Doug’s warm wit and unparalleled skills in film and photography.
"Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug" Sir David Attenborough
- Travel to Spitsbergen with award winning polar photographer Doug Allan
- Spitsbergen is undoubtedly one of the best regions to see the polar bear, the King of the Arctic
- Opportunity to observe seals, Arctic fox, walrus, reindeer, whales and an array of birdlife
- Navigate the ice flows, experience the calving of icebergs and the beautiful soft light of the Arctic summer.
Days will be spent circumnavigating the Svalbard Archipelago with lots of shore excursions and zodiac cruising. The itinerary will change day to day depending on the wildlife and ice activity. Each day, mornings and afternoons are usually spent at different locations and extended hiking of up to three hours or more may be possible if the area is clear of bears.
Travelling onboard a small expedition ship allows for in-depth cruising in remote wilderness areas. There are no roads, settlements or hotels that are going to get you closer to Spitsbergen’s extraordinary wildlife on both land and sea. The exact route of these expeditions depends on weather, ice and the wildlife but cruising allows the kind of flexibility needed to make the most of your time in the region.
This is a unique opportunity to travel to the Arctic with a phenomenal photographer to assist you with making the most of the beautiful lighting that comes to Svalbard in late August. The polar night where the midnight sun gets closer and closer to the horizon gives startling sunsets. With ten days in an extraordinary setting bathed in warm light, you will have the opportunity to capture on camera some of the most incredible natural experiences and wildlife encounters available.
By 2019 all departures will be Climate Neutral
No single use plastic onboard
Biodegradable cleaning and laundry products
Sustainable food including reducing the consumption of meat and providing vegetarian and vegan options. Endangered species of food that has not met environmental standard such as the tiger prawn will not be served
Fuel consumption is kept to a minimum by not travelling unnecessary distances or at full speed.
Polar Quest is a proud member of AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators), an organisation promoting sustainable tourism in Svalbard. They work actively to protect the fragile environment by recognising the ways to travels in such areas of the world. Travelling in small groups is essential for the climate as well as a benefit for passengers.
In addition to the superb crew and highly trained and passionate expedition guides that will accompany you on this incredible voyage, Doug Allan, award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be the special lecturer on this voyage.
Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, whose love affair with ice has lasted over forty years. He spent four winters as a research diver, scientist, base commander and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1984. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. Over his career, he's filmed for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature. He has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife.
His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals.
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