During the summer of 2019, I ventured to the remote archipelago of Svalbard with Puffins Travel. We travelled throughout Spitsbergen, leaving from the town of Longyearbyen and headed to 78° North in a beautiful sailboat. Along the way, we explored the many fjords and glacier outlets and encountered various wildlife along the way. Here you can see a few of my impressions of this magnificent expedition. Be sure to also check out my written travel blog about this magnificent adventure.
This photograph combines a lot of elements that will stick with me about this specific trip to Svalbard. Sharp mountains, fog, beautiful blue glacier ice, fjords and solitude.
This photograph combines a lot of elements that will stick with me about this specific trip to Svalbard. Sharp mountains, fog, beautiful blue glacier ice, fjords and solitude.
A close-up of one of the foxes who made the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden their home.
A close-up of one of the foxes who made the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden their home.
A vertical panorama of the Protektorbreen glacier outlet. This was taken with a drone from Trygghamna.
A vertical panorama of the Protektorbreen glacier outlet. This was taken with a drone from Trygghamna.
A close-up of one of the many walls of ice you encounter when travelling around Spitsbergen. I just love the texture of it.
A close-up of one of the many walls of ice you encounter when travelling around Spitsbergen. I just love the texture of it.
A top-down view of the Lilliehookbreen glacier outlet. The colouring of the water is caused by glacial sediment flowing into the ocean water.
A top-down view of the Lilliehookbreen glacier outlet. The colouring of the water is caused by glacial sediment flowing into the ocean water.
A close-up of a Svalbard reindeer. These animals tend to be shorter so they would be able to survive in the extreme climate of the High Arctic.
A close-up of a Svalbard reindeer. These animals tend to be shorter so they would be able to survive in the extreme climate of the High Arctic.
A moody capture of one the many sharp mountain tops Spitsbergen is named after.
A moody capture of one the many sharp mountain tops Spitsbergen is named after.
I was very fortunate to photograph & experience this curious guy up close while visiting a small beach in the middle of Forlandsundet in Spitsbergen, Svalbard. This one was so interested in us that, even though we kept a safe distance, he kept coming closer and closer to us to see what we were up to.
I was very fortunate to photograph & experience this curious guy up close while visiting a small beach in the middle of Forlandsundet in Spitsbergen, Svalbard. This one was so interested in us that, even though we kept a safe distance, he kept coming closer and closer to us to see what we were up to.
A group of walrus relaxing on the narrow sand bank of Saarstangen. In the background you can see the amazing landscape of Prins-Karl-Forland.
A group of walrus relaxing on the narrow sand bank of Saarstangen. In the background you can see the amazing landscape of Prins-Karl-Forland.
A vertical panorama of the Protektorbreen glacier. You can see all the glacial sediment slowly flow into the Trygghamna waters.
A vertical panorama of the Protektorbreen glacier. You can see all the glacial sediment slowly flow into the Trygghamna waters.
A dramatic view over the Prins-Karl-Forland island’s landscape. The cloud play that day was just stunning.
A dramatic view over the Prins-Karl-Forland island’s landscape. The cloud play that day was just stunning.
A tiny kittiwake sitting on top of an iceberg in the Lilliehookfjorden. I especially liked the reflection to make this shot complete.
A tiny kittiwake sitting on top of an iceberg in the Lilliehookfjorden. I especially liked the reflection to make this shot complete.
A reindeer, near Virgohamna, changing into a more summery fur.
A reindeer, near Virgohamna, changing into a more summery fur.
This is by far one of the cutest Arctic Fox shots I was able to take during my visit to Pyramiden, a Russian abandoned mining village in Spitsbergen. Even far way from home, I love to capture foxes with my camera if I encounter them. This was taken using a 100-400mm Canon lens with a 1.4x extender.
This is by far one of the cutest Arctic Fox shots I was able to take during my visit to Pyramiden, a Russian abandoned mining village in Spitsbergen. Even far way from home, I love to capture foxes with my camera if I encounter them. This was taken using a 100-400mm Canon lens with a 1.4x extender.
The evening sun is falling over Lagmannstoppen in Trygghamna.
The evening sun is falling over Lagmannstoppen in Trygghamna.
A different texture of glacial ice. This was taken at the glacial ice wall of Lilliehookbreen.
A different texture of glacial ice. This was taken at the glacial ice wall of Lilliehookbreen.
By far one of the biggest surprises, during my adventure in Svalbard, was my encounter with some of the walrus. The behaviour of these curious giant blubber-creatures nature made for some interesting photographs, like this close-up. To my big surprise, they were also incredibly agile when in the water, something I could not suspect when witnessing their slow and lazy lifestyle on the beach.
By far one of the biggest surprises, during my adventure in Svalbard, was my encounter with some of the walrus. The behaviour of these curious giant blubber-creatures nature made for some interesting photographs, like this close-up. To my big surprise, they were also incredibly agile when in the water, something I could not suspect when witnessing their slow and lazy lifestyle on the beach.
A sailboat sailing past Prins-Karl-Forland, with dramatic moody weather above.
A sailboat sailing past Prins-Karl-Forland, with dramatic moody weather above.
This enormous bird cliff lies at the entrance of Trygghamna at the entrance to Isfjorden. The desolate landscape gives it a moody vibe together with the overcast.
This enormous bird cliff lies at the entrance of Trygghamna at the entrance to Isfjorden. The desolate landscape gives it a moody vibe together with the overcast.
A group of walrus resting at the end of the Saarstangen sand bank. This is a vertical panorama stitched together .
A group of walrus resting at the end of the Saarstangen sand bank. This is a vertical panorama stitched together .
When I captured this shot, the fox came as close as 2 metres from my lens, allowing me to make this incredible close-up. No cropping involved!
When I captured this shot, the fox came as close as 2 metres from my lens, allowing me to make this incredible close-up. No cropping involved!
A midnight view over Gullybreen, a glacier outlet in Magdalenefjorden.
A midnight view over Gullybreen, a glacier outlet in Magdalenefjorden.
A wall of ice of the Waggonwaybreen glacier outlet at the end of Magdalenafjorden.
A wall of ice of the Waggonwaybreen glacier outlet at the end of Magdalenafjorden.
A sleeping walrus on the edge of the sand bank located at Saarstangen, near Prins-K	arl-Forland.
A sleeping walrus on the edge of the sand bank located at Saarstangen, near Prins-K arl-Forland.
An atmospheric capture whilst we were sailing towards the Lilliehookbreen glacier, which has the longest glacier front in Svalbard.
An atmospheric capture whilst we were sailing towards the Lilliehookbreen glacier, which has the longest glacier front in Svalbard.
A tiny speck of arctic cottongrass, one of the few plants able to survive the harsh conditions in the High Arctic.
A tiny speck of arctic cottongrass, one of the few plants able to survive the harsh conditions in the High Arctic.
A rust-coloured bearded seal relaxing on a floating piece of ice in Magdalenafjorden, Svalbard. They get part of their name from the unusually long whiskers, making it look like they're bearded. They use the whiskers to more easily locate food at the bottom of the water. The orange/red face is something they get over time by feeding from the sediment at the bottom. This contains a lot of iron, causing the discolouring of their faces.
A rust-coloured bearded seal relaxing on a floating piece of ice in Magdalenafjorden, Svalbard. They get part of their name from the unusually long whiskers, making it look like they're bearded. They use the whiskers to more easily locate food at the bottom of the water. The orange/red face is something they get over time by feeding from the sediment at the bottom. This contains a lot of iron, causing the discolouring of their faces.
The dramatic coastline of Prins-Karl-Forland, the westernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago.
The dramatic coastline of Prins-Karl-Forland, the westernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago.
A walrus trying to scratch its itchy skin at the end of the sand bank at Saarstangen.
A walrus trying to scratch its itchy skin at the end of the sand bank at Saarstangen.
A dramatic view of one of the mountains at Magdalenehuken, the entrance of Magdalenefjorden.
A dramatic view of one of the mountains at Magdalenehuken, the entrance of Magdalenefjorden.
A polar bear as soon from Lilliehookfjorden. This polar bear was still a while off when we spotted out but we were able to follow it by sailing along him while he was walking out of the fjord.
A polar bear as soon from Lilliehookfjorden. This polar bear was still a while off when we spotted out but we were able to follow it by sailing along him while he was walking out of the fjord.
The glacial-ice-filed fjord of Lilliehookbreen. I spotted this nicely shaped iceberg while we were navigating through the floating ice.
The glacial-ice-filed fjord of Lilliehookbreen. I spotted this nicely shaped iceberg while we were navigating through the floating ice.
A close-up of a brown arctic fox in the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden.
A close-up of a brown arctic fox in the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden.
A beautiful snow-sugar-coated mountain along Magdalenefjorden. You can spot an iceberg for scale.
A beautiful snow-sugar-coated mountain along Magdalenefjorden. You can spot an iceberg for scale.
A small group of walrus enjoying the sun at Smeerenburgfjorden.
A small group of walrus enjoying the sun at Smeerenburgfjorden.
A view on Trygghamna and Virgohamna from Selmaneset. On the left you can spot our tiny sailboat if you look carefully.
A view on Trygghamna and Virgohamna from Selmaneset. On the left you can spot our tiny sailboat if you look carefully.

Looking for more?

Back to Top