A unique experience to intimately observe and photograph the polar bears nursing and hunting rituals. The Antarctic Expedition is strictly limited to only 3 privileged guests. This is with consideration of the animals’ welfare and behavior, your safety and provides you with room to move freely, ample space in which to photograph and film, with personalized attention and advice. The expedition is carefully scouted and scheduled only during the peak animal presence and behavior displays. Led by Amos nachoum, who was the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2007 and 2008, based on his 35 years of diving and photographing ocean giants and big animals. BigAnimals’ unique services – raising the bar of services in every adventure. Each guest will be provided with a personal snowmobile, helmet, gloves, goggles, boots, water, wind-proof survival suit, and even survival training. ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly into Longyearbyen Svalbard and transfer to our 5 starts designated hotel. DAY 2 Early morning move to “staging area” check all our cold weather gear. have a fast course in snow Mobile driving; pack our personal, cameras and team gear, fuel, and food on sleds. There are two main areas for shadowing and filming polar Bear. Both areas are under strict control and permit required. The selection which area will be prime for photography to be decided at the time of our arrival. Based on the selected zone of operation our accommodation will be either at hunter huts or in the reviving Russian hotel style, equal to half star…heated, no water and limited food. DAYS 3-6 Every day our experienced guides (they are the best the field leading the BBC, Nat Geo and other Tv productions) will decide which hours we shall operate morning or afternoon, following other guides reports. We shall go for 10 to 14 hours daily, in search and shadow a female with her one or two cubs. We stop on the way for quick camping style meals and hot tea, while we continue searching. When we spot a bear family, the guide will instruct us on the next steps, either we move together or we move our camera gear on one sled, leave our vehicle behind climb on the guide sled and get close and as quiet as possible to the Bear. Assemble our tripod and camera and wait quietly and with lots of patience. We will do it few times a day till we have our moment.
6 days on the ice, all accommodations and meals
2 hotel nights at Longyearbyen, double occupancy. First & Last day
Charging station, camera and computer
Driving equipment – each person has private snowmobile
All extreme weather clothing, protective overall outer shell, boots, helmet, driving goggles, gloves, extra camera cases and padding
international and domestic flight
Overweight of luggage
Meals, which are not specified above
Insurance – health and gear. it is mandatory that you will have your own health, travel and diving insurance
Items of personal nature (laundry, phone calls, drinks)
Additional cost incurred due to personal travel arrangement
Temperature: Topside daytime -5C to 25C, nighttime -20c to -40c Accommodation: hunter hut and Tent The following are subject to change: -Cost of services which are not included in the expedition price -flight time and schedule -Weather, water temperature, and animal behavior
-More than 90 days before trip: Full refund -90 days or less before trip: deposit will be refunded if space is sold, less unrecoverable costs of sales, and administration costs. -no refund is made for unused parts of the itinerary.