SVALBARD POLAR EXPEDITION 2015 An Amazing Polar Experience for Nature Enthusiasts and Wildlife Photographers
9th --19th July & 19th --29th July 2015 (Spots Available)
2015 Polar Bear and Arctic Wildlife Adventure
A Photographic Expedition to Svalbard, Norway
12 GUESTS TOTAL Per Departure
ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
TRIP #1 9th — 19th JULY(1 MALE SPOT AVAILABLE)
TRIP #2 19th — 29th JULY (1 FEMALE SPOT AVAILABLE)
Arctic and Polar Bear Expert Rinie van Meurs with Professional Wildlife Photographer Dana Allen
Join Journeys Unforgettable for our annual visit to Svalbard. Rinie van Meurs, who will be your expedition leader and arctic expert, will co-lead with Professional Photographic Expert Dana Allen.
Bios and additional trip information below.
$14,790 Per Person
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Why is Journeys Unforgettable Polar Bear Trip Special?
We are chartering M/S Stockholm, for our exclusive use, which means that we can best optimize the itinerary for all our travelers.
The M/S Stockholm was built in 1953 at the Helsingborg shipyard for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. In 1998 she started her career as a passenger ship and has been cruising the Arctic waters of Svalbard every summer since.
The M/S Stokholm’s unique deck layout, unlike any other vessel visiting Svalbard, allows for all participants, to view all the sightings, from the same vantage point simultaneously, regardless of the position of the sighting relative to the ship. For photographers, it becomes very easy to move arround without hindering your fellow shipmates and photographers. This also facilitates quick and easy zodiac excurions.
The design of the ship allows for a unique “Eye Level” viewing experience.
For those that that want a bird’s eye view of the North Pole, and not scared of heights, climb up into the ship’s crow-nest!
The daily itinerary is easily arranged due to all interests, as we have full flexbility with sightings, mealtimes, and areas visted with a fully chartered vessel.
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS AND TRAVELING COMPANIONS
This adventure most importantly is about experiencing a disappearing and harsh polar environment, including the natural wonders of ice cap peaks, glacial reflections, and mysterious connection between the changing climatic conditions and the adaptability of the arctic wildlife. This will leave all of us with amazing and special memories.
For those traveling and not as “serious” about the photography, but wanting to visit this magical area, our unique departures and tour itineraries will inspire all travelers given the enthusiasm and special interests of our guides. This especially as our itinerary is adapted during the journey, based on sightings, special interests, the weather, and information gleaned from continuously updated ice charts.
Your enjoyment of this expedition will be unforgettable, regardless of whether you are taking any photographs.
THE EDUCATION and PHOTOGRAPHY
This journey will be an immersion of educational and life changing experiences. We will see an amazing polar world and natural wonders whilst circumnavigating these arctic environments.
With the challenges of global warming, you will be witnessing a place on earth that seems to be slowly vanishing.
On each departure, we have two expert photographers and importantly, an internationally respected arctic expert. Our trip and expedition leaders are chosen for their understanding of this environment, animal behavior, and their expertise in not only taking incredible photographs, but more importantly being able impart their passion and teach the participants how to improve their own skills.
We have personally enjoyed many adventures with each of these individuals, and without questions, their passion for teaching is endless!
All three leaders have very engaging philosophies that will help you improve the entire photographic process, from capture to output!
Special projects for when you get home like making your own coffee table book, or canvas prints, to be shared with your friends, will be facilitated by these teaching professionals.
Our Arctic Expedition Leader, is renowned expert Rinie van Meurs, who is an Arctic Guide, author of numerous books, and professional photographer. Rinie’s special passion is Polar Bears and arctic wildlife. His vast knowledge of the various polar regions provides all travelers with an exceptional ecological understanding. Combining this with his special love for polar bears, creates an amazing journey!
Daily presentations, including lectures and slideshows will be given on the evolving and changing arctic environment. Exploring subjects such as glacial formations, natural arctic life cycles, and explanations of the stunning environment you will be traveling through. Additionally photographic techniques and demonstrations will be tailored to guests interest and abilities.
Expedition and Photography Leader BIOS
Rinie van Meurs
Rinie has been working as an expedition leader since 1989. He has lead some 200 expeditions in Franz Joseph Land, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Scottish Islands, Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic. Svalbard has become so familiar to him, it is like his back yard; no other person has done so many expedition cruises in this archipelago (over a 100 expeditions)!
After finishing his formal education in Forestry Management and Nature Conservation in the Netherlands, Rinie travelled around the world to photograph and study wildlife. He stayed for almost a year in the Falkland Islands.
Rinie is an excellent wildlife photographer and many of his photographs have been published in magazines and photo books. He has written several books about the Polar Regions including a coffee table book about areas “off the beaten track”.
Dana was born in California and raised as a global citizen. As a youth he travelled widely, visiting and living in numerous countries around the world. Acquiring his first camera at the age of 12, Dana’s passion for photography has never dimmed. He studied Fine Art Photography in Arizona and was awarded both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree with highest honours. Dana has taught photography in Universities both in the United States and Zimbabwe. Enthused with the environment and its inhabitants, Dana is dedicated to portraying the natural world around us. He founded PhotoSafari in 1991 and has specialized in photographing wildlife, landscapes and tourism activities in Africa ever since. Millions of viewers have enjoyed his images through various publications, cards, calendars and books. http://www.photosafari-africa.net/
ALL PHOTOS © BRENNAN & STEVE RIMER
GORILLAS and MIGRATION 2015 "One Million" and Distant Cousins!
October 11th - 23rd, 2015 (Spots Available)
An Amazing Wildlife Migration Spectacle, Followed By Intimate Encounters with Gorillas
For Nature Enthusiasts & Wildlife Photographers
DAY 1 (Sunday 11th): ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE / 1 Night
*** Arrival Day From Your International Flight ***
Located in a wonderful location on the outskirts of town, the setting of a working Coffee Plantation dating back to the early 1900s gives the group a wonderful setting to begin the journey.
DAY 2,3 &4 (Monday 12th – Thursday 15th): SERENGETI SAFARI CAMP / 3 Nights
Serengeti Safari Camp was the first of its kind, designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration as it covers hundreds of miles of the Serengeti National Park each year…not changing much since its early pioneering days.
The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, the Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems.
Our visit specifically will hopefully allow us to witness the herds crossing back and forth over the river, following the ‘mega’ and ‘splinter’ herds.
DAY 5,6,&7 (Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th): LAMAI SAFARI CAMP / 3 Nights
Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of the iconic Kogakuria Kopje (a small isolated hill) in the northern Serengeti. There are panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and it’s just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.
The resident game in the area is spectacular –plains game in the form of zebra, topi, gazelles, impala, buffalo and giraffe all frequent the area throughout the year. Lion are rarely far away and leopard, ever present, stalk the rocky kopjes and river lines.
DAY 8 (Sunday 18th): Transfer from Tanzania to Rwanda via Private Charter
DAY 1 (Sunday 18th): KIGALI SERENA HOTEL / 1 Night
Located in a central Kigali, we will settle in and enjoy a wonderful group dinner together.
DAY 2,3,&4 (Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd): VOLCANOES VIRUNGA LODGE / 3 Nights
MORNING of 19th
After breakfast, the group will proceed on a City Tour of Kigali, including a visit to the Genocide Museum.
We will then drive north to Ruhengeri at the foothills of the Virungas arriving at the lodge in the late afternoon to settle in.
Settled in a spectacular location on a stunning hillside overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes, the views of the shimmering lakes are spectacular!
THE GORILLA TREKS
3 Treks Per Guest | Permits @ $750 Per Trek / Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
Each morning after breakfast, we will drive to Volcanoes National Park to be allocated a gorilla tracking group, with a short briefing to follow with history and details of the gorilla family before starting this amazing adventure.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, and resting. Coming FACE to FACE with the giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on Earth!
INCLUDED IN ADDITION…after lunch and in the afternoons during our “down time”, you will visit local villages, markets, and Lake Kivu.
DAY 5 (Thursday 22nd): KIGALI SERENA HOTEL / 1 Night
Farewell Dinner @ Local Restaurant ; Departure for Home on Friday 23rd
TOTAL COST PER PERSON is $14,925 + (3x$750 Gorilla Permits)
PHOTOGRAPHY LEADER BIO
Dana was born in California and raised as a global citizen. Growing up he travelled widely, living in numerous countries around the world. Acquiring his first camera at the age of 12, Dana’s passion for photography has never dimmed. He studied Fine Art Photography in Arizona and was awarded both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree with highest honors. Dana has taught photography in Universities both in the United States and Zimbabwe. Enthused with the environment and its inhabitants, Dana is dedicated to portraying the natural world around us. He founded PhotoSafari in 1991 and has specialized in photographing wildlife, landscapes and tourism activities in Africa ever since. He has numerous photographic publications in magazines and books.
Recently, Dana was nominated as a finalist for the 2014 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year!
What makes Dana special is his ability to teach and share with others what he knows. http://www.photosafari-africa.net/