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An Expeditionary Voyage to the High Arctic

Wilderness of Svalbard
Saturday 14th July to Friday 27th July 2018
on board the MV Havsel

Details

Overview: This is not a commercial trip it is a two week private charter


and you have been invited to join a select group. The vessel is also on
charter for four weeks (two x two-week trips) prior to this
voyage/expedition with Natures Images Ltd, the leading UK wildlife
photography company, for whom I will be working as a guide. See
www.natures-images.co.uk/holiday/svalbard-spring-special-2018 for their
sales details.

Dates: 14th July-27th July 2018

Group size: Ten + two Guides

Trip organiser: Nigel Winn

Cost: GBP 6,000.00

Deposit: 750.00

Cost Includes: Transportation in Longyearbyen to/from airport to ship.


Accommodation which is all boat based and includes all meals (three
meals per day) or packed lunches and also Tea/coffee/biscuits/juices at
other times etc. Ships cabins are mostly double.

Cost excludes: International flights to Longyearbyen, alcohol and sundry


items.

Arrival time: We would ask that you make your own arrangements to get
to Longyearbyen ready to depart on the Havsel by 09.00 hrs on Saturday
the 14th July.
SAS Braathens have just released their flight schedule for July 2018
There are two flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen on Friday13th July
09.55 and 21.35 departure OSL-LYR Duration 2hrs 55mins SK4496
See book.flysas.com
Departure: The vessel will return to Longyearbyen early on Friday
morning 27th July and the charter finishes at midnight on same day so all
passengers must have vacated the boat by then.
There is a return flight to Oslo at 13.35 (Friday 27th July) or 02.30 (early
on Saturday morning 28th July): the later flight might be more suitable
for those who wish to join a farewell dinner together in Longyearbyen.

Level of fitness: With two guides we can split daily activities depending
on what people prefer to do. There will be opportunities for long hikes or
more leisurely walking for those who just wish to take their time with
photography and wildlife viewing. There is no fixed itinerary but we will
try to cover a much as possible in the time available. This will probably
involve repositioning the vessel o/n (or while we are sleeping given it is
24hr daylight). I have attached a trip log from a 2008 voyage which gives
some indication of what options and possibilities there are.

Vessel: MV Havsel is a 130ft steel hulled converted Norwegian Seal-


hunting vessel that used to work the West Ice off east Greenland. The
ship is based in Alta, Norway and is ideally suited for working the icy
water of Svalbard. It is mainly used for commercial film projects and was
used by the BBC for their flagship Frozen Planet series and also in the
more recent production called The Hunt. It is not a luxury cruise type
vessel but is a clean and comfortable boat we have secured to do a job
which is to get us to the best areas of Svalbard as quickly and safely as
possible. We will transfer to shore via smaller metal Buster type boats
and lowering a gantry. The captain, Bjorn, and his crew have a wealth of
experience working around Svalbard and are also fully aware of where
the best locations are.

Insurance: One of the conditions of joining this trip is that you take out
adequate insurance that will cover you for any emergency medical
evacuation from this region. There are a number of policies available on
the market, but we will need confirmation that you have this in place
before departure.

Waiver/Disclaimer: There are always risks involved with adventure


travel particularly in Polar regions. We ask that everyone signs a waiver
agreement acknowledging the risks involved and disclaiming any liability
to the organiser.

Contact: Nigel Winn at nrwinn@hotmail.com or on 07443 869038