挪威夏季北極生態探險之旅行前(Before Svalbard Photo Expedition summer 2016#2)


After the cruise of the travel to Svalbard last year for the photography of the wildlife in the Polar area (see my pose of “Come back from Svalbard”), the feeling of how to get closer to watch the Polar landscape and wildlife is getting stronger,

因此回來後思考是否再次參加一個較小的旅遊攝影團體以便能更有機會達成以上的想法,於是在網站上找尋一個是由當地攝影師Svein Wik召集的10人以內攝影團,乘坐小型船隻,他的網“Arcticwildlifetours.com”,由於以往2次都是參加有相當人數和規模的北極探險團體,因此心裡難免有些風險的掙扎,但鑑於每個型式的探險活動都有其各自的優缺點,未嘗試以前的患得患失心理是自然須克服的,由於已非首次到北極探訪,且挪威的Svalbard地區的確是有吸引我再次嘗試的地方,因此再次收拾行囊及攝影器材再走一趟這個似已熟悉但又默陌生的Svalbard。

finally a decision to make that I should go again, there are more chances with a small group which specially organized for photography purpose should be my choice for this year, I found a website the “Arcticwildlifetours.com” owned by Svein Wik , their Svalbard tour in the Summer meets my thoughts, although I couldn’t make sure until I am there, but with a group of 10 people and a sail yacht that can lead our shooting more exciting and challenging, we will go to the “NordAustlandet” in the northern east of Svalbard according to the website, there can be more opportunity to see the Polar bear, the only concern is I have no cruise experience with a motor yacht before, this cruise can be a real expedition to explore the extraordinary landscape and wildlife of the Svalbard.        


According to the website, with a small group we can explore more wildlife and landscape, such as vast glaciated archipelago, pack ice and dramatic mountain chains, the wild animals in the Svalbard are sometimes behavior very curious not like the other areas, there are 3000 polar bears in Svalbard also includes the other wild animals like walrus, whale, arctic fox, reindeer and many arctic bird species. 


The tour of small group and boat are environmental friendly, small number of people offers more chances to experience and photography the landscape and wild life, we are going to shoot Polar bear, walrus, Whale, the Northern Fulmar, Grey Phalarope, Arctic Scua, Ivory Gull, Black-Legged Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull, Arctic Tern and Brünnich´s Guillemot. 


The boat we have for this cruise is a motor yacht about 19meters long according to the website, the boat is made from steel and manufactured in 2003, the diesel engine offers the top speed of 9 knots, the interior are equipped with 5 sections 14 beds and separated showers and toilets, as to the safety facilities include Davit with dinghy, 1 RIB Arimar with Yamaha 9,9 hp (15 hp ),1 inflatable life raft 25 persons, certificated and controlled in may 2004 EPIRB Jotron, Alarm ICAS FG approved house alarm with 7 smoke detectors, 2 PIR detectors and 2 water detectors, furthermore 2 Zodiacs for landing.


To me this tour is a new experience of the Svalbard expedition, my top concern is the sea sick situation, furthermore, in a small space and few people together, my living custom and behavior with the people from other countries can be a new experience, I think we should positively facing new things in our life and keep the will on our favorite approach.