Situated midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard archipelago plays host to an impressive array of wildlife: seabirds, reindeer, arctic fox, polar bears, whales, walruses and other marine mammals. Seven national parks and 23 nature reserves cover two-thirds of the archipelago, helping to preserve the largely undisturbed arctic environment. More than half of Svalbard is covered in glaciers and mountains rise above steep fjords. All in all, it is a nature enthusiast’s paradise and we want to take you there!
As it consists of a series of islands, Svalbard is best visited by expedition ship. We have chartered our own private ship for this workshop and for the most exclusivity and access, we have strictly limited attendance to 12 guests. You will be accompanied aboard by Muench Workshops co-founder David Rosenthal and veteran pro Randy Hanna, who will work to ensure you get the images and learn best how to process them. With such a high instructor-to-guest ratio, there will be plenty of time for one-on-one attention and image reviews.
This workshop will focus on wildlife, including polar bears on ice, breeding birds and seals, though you will also see plenty of awe-inspiring scenery. Our schedule has been designed to optimize our time on small-boat excursions. Two Zodiacs will be available for getting close to wildlife and into the frozen landscape. With 24 hours of sun, magic hour light will last for hours! We are omitting the traditional 'cruise-ship' stops on this workshop in order to prioritize photography.