Think about it. Getting to photograph an actual polar bear in the flesh! The very prospect should be enough to send shivers down the spine of any passionate photographer.

Few photo tours let you venture as far into the north where you may actually have the chance to see a polar bear from afar. Even fewer actually guide you to take a great photo session of a polar bear in the wild. But that’s just what you’re going to get on a proper Svalbard photo tour.

Taking photographs of an actual polar bear!

The prospect is indeed exciting. Just imagine, sailing around the Svalbard archipelago in a comfortable yacht for five days until you get to a perfect spot to take a photo.

From then on, it’s just a matter of waiting for a polar bear to come into view, and then rushing to the side with a camera when you spot one. And set against the breathtaking landscape of the arctic north, you know it’s going to be one hell of a photo when you take it.

Other things to do on the tour

You obviously came here to take pictures of the King of the North. But that’s not to say that there’s nothing else the Arctic North has to offer you. Speaking strictly of photo opportunities only, the polar bear isn’t the only animal worth pointing your lens at.

Look towards the land and you’ll see the Arctic Fox, the Svalbard reindeer, and the Southern vole. Look to the sea and you’ll spot dolphins, whales, walruses, and seals. If you get fed up with wildlife, then simply point your camera to the arctic itself; the Svalbard archipelago itself is everything you could ever want from an arctic landscape.

There’s snow-capped peaks of mountains to gape at, towering glaciers to be mesmerized by, and vast icefields to lose thought in. Even if you decide not to take any photographs of the landscape (saving your memory card for the polar bear obviously), the landscape is truly a treat for the eyes and the mind to enjoy. In short, there really is no better place for an Arctic tour than the Svalbard archipelago.

Why the wait?

Let’s face it. There’s no way you’ll be able to capture a picture worthy of a polar bears might if you take a picture of one kept in a zoo. Taking a picture of one in the wild is the only way to do justice. And a Svalbard photo tour is definitely your best bet.