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JUNE 2021

UP IN THE HIGH ARCTIC IS A MAGICAL WONDERLAND, FILLED WITH EXOTIC WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPES, WELCOME TO SVALBARD!
WE EXPLORE THE WORLD OF THE LARGEST AND MOST IMPRESSIVE LAND PREDATOR OF THEM ALL - THE POLAR BEAR
Spitsbergen by Private Ship With workshop leader – Roie Galitz

We are thrilled to embark on another exclusive Phototeva expedition. On a private ship all to ourselves, we explore the world of the largest and most impressive land predator of them all - the polar bear. In a world that is all white and where the sun never sets, we will observe countless animals: thousands of walruses, Arctic foxes, reindeer, many types of birds and, of course, the polar bear.

Advantages of a Private Ship

If you’re traveling all the way to Spitsbergen, it is important to do so in a way that provides the best opportunities, the most independence and of course - the greatest proximity to the wildlife. Therefore, we offer a private Phototeva expedition on a ship that is all to ourselves - we decide where to sail and where to anchor, without being restricted by the narrow constraints of large ships. With the Zodiac boats, we can approach the animals and witness the wildlife from up close, the closest you will ever get.

Voyage on a private ship chartered by Phototeva, all to ourselves!
  • Guidance by the award-winning photographer - Roie Galitz.

  • The Zodiac boats at our disposal will allow us to get close and find the best locations and best angles for the best photos

  • Over a hundred adventurers have already joined us for the amazing Spitsbergen experience.

About Expedition Leader - Roie Galitz

An award-winning wildlife photographer, entrepreneur, and educator. Ambassador for Nikon (Israel), DJI, Wix, and Greenpeace - Arctic and Antarctic. For over a decade, Roie is exploring and documenting our planet’s wildlife. His photographs get great exposure worldwide, millions of views and frequent appearances in the media (most recently featured in the BBC's Snow Bears film). It was presented in local and international exhibitions, featured in exclusive magazines and honored with many international awards over the years.

Important Information

Location: Svalbard Islands, Arctic Ocean
Dates:
25 June - 05 July 2020 - FULL   |   19 JULY - 29 JULY - FULL  |   

5 June - 14 June 2021 - OPEN   |   24 June - 4 July 2021 - OPEN

Guided by: Roie Galitz 
Cost: Based on the cabin on the ship

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DAY 1

Arrival to Svalbard

DAY 2-10

The Expedition

DAY 11

Disembarkation

important information 

Price of the Expedition:

Cabin for 2 with shared bathroom - $10,800

Cabin for 2 with private bathroom-  $11,200

Superior Cabin for 2 with private bathroom - $11,600

Cost includes:

  • Expedition Cruise onboard the M/S Malmo, 9 nights onboard.

  • Beach landings and Zodiak cruises.

  • Geographic and Photographic guidance by Roie Galitz.

  • A staff of 2 expert naturalists specializing in Polar Bears.

  • Full board: 3 meals a day by a chef.

Not included:

  • Flights

  • Pre-boarding accommodation in Svalbard.

  • Boutique consumptions

  • Phone, internet, e-mails

  • Insurance which you must have.

  • Gratuity for ship’s crew

  • All items not described in “included in the above charter rates”

COST

CANCELLATION

TRAVEL INSURANCE & NOTES

  • Medical and Travel Insurance: You must purchase a comprehensive and extended insurance policy that covers all the activities during the trip (including winter sports and air medical services). This includes: personal insurance, baggage insurance, full adventure travel insurance, including medical evacuation from remote and dangerous areas and subsequent treatment in Israel, as well as trip cancellation insurance.  To be clear, Phototeva does not insure or provide insurance coverage for participants. Participants must purchase full insurance coverage for all the regular and extreme activities expected on the expedition, including accident and medical insurance. Participants are responsible for purchasing the required insurance policy, and it is very important to get it done as soon as possible. In addition, participants should check with the nearest travel clinic about relevant medical requirements, such as vaccinations.

 

  • As expected in an extreme expedition to one of the coldest, and most isolated areas in the world, including face-to-face encounters with the world's largest land predator (without protection), this trip poses clear risks that could result in injury or even worst.

 

  • It will be cold and snowstorms are a routine occurrence. The expedition includes various extreme activities such as, but not limited to Zodiac boat rides, ice and snow walking, close proximity to polar bears, sailing through extreme weather and so on.

  • The participants must be physically healthy and mentally stable in order to deal with potential mishaps, extreme weather and problems that arise along the way. It is imperative that they listen to the guides and drive according to their instructions.

 

  • The expedition is contingent on a minimum number of participants.

 

  • The order and content of the expedition might change based on the decision of the guides (at their professional discretion), due to various constraints.

 

  • By joining this Phototeva expedition, the participant hereby declares that he/she understands the nature of the activities and the potential dangers of the expedition and is medically fit. If the participant has a medical problem that may hinder or prevent his/her participation in the various activities of the expedition, it is their responsibility to notify the company and the guide before embarking on the journey. In some cases, the participant will have to present a note from his/her doctor in order to participate in the expedition. Without this note, the participant will not be allowed to join the expedition.

 

  • This is not a cruise ship; it is "Spartan" in essence. This ship is designed for research and photography at the North Pole. There is no doctor on the onboard, but there is a first-aid kit. In case of emergency and only if conditions allow, evacuation by helicopter to a hospital in Longyearbyen

 

  • This is a wild area with more polar bears than humans. The odds of spotting a polar bear are high but not guaranteed. Nature is wild and unpredictable, so there is no way to guarantee the animals’ behavior and proximity or even ensure sightings at all. The crew of the ship will make the final decision regarding the route of the voyage and the order and content of the activities, keeping passenger safety as their top priority.

 

  • In rare occasions, the guide may be replaced before the start of the expedition.

Booking will be secure only after the full payment.

Cancellation by 01.01.2021- 50% refund.

From 02.01.21 till the date of departure – no refund.

 

We strongly recommend getting travel insurance that covers unexpected cancellations.

  • Methods of payment: Bank transfer/credit card

  • Please note that payment by credit card will be charged an additional 1.5% fee

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