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Northern Lights in Svalbard - Pure Spitsbergen

If you're short on time but have always dreamt of seeing and photographing the Northern Lights then this adventures is for you. A direct flight from London to the wild landscape of Svalbard makes a short break possible, with six or seven nights based in Longyearbyen.

Northern Lights in Svalbard

This is wild country and there are more polar bears on the Svalbard than there are people. The sun breaks the horizon after a long winter in February so short days will give us the best of the polar light and some direct sunlight and with cooperative weather gives a great chance of seeing the sky light up. Download brochure

Fujifilm have a fantastic range of cameras and lenses. Now they've got together with TPOTY and Photo Iconic to give you the opportunity to try them on our courses and photo tours. If you are interested in getting a new camera or lens, or simply want to try one, you can free of charge. Ask for details when you book and reserve the camera and/or lenses you'd like to try.

The half light is also magical, giving us plenty of opportunity to photograph the winter landscape and then to explore Svalbard by dog sled and snowmobile.

Our objective is to help you to take your photography to the next level. The locations and events have been specially chosen to provide good photographic opportunities which will help you to build your photographic skills and confidence and allow you plenty of time to practice and enjoy the experience. We believe that photography should be fun so there'll be plenty of laughs along the way.

Svalbard Highlights

  • Arctic winter landscape of Svalbard
  • Northern Lights
  • Polar light and low light photography

Photo Tour Highlights

  • Small group
  • Group and individual tuition
  • Tutors dedicated to helping you with your photography
  • Unhurried itinerary with plenty of time to develop your photography
  • Opportunities to photograph landscape, wildlife, lowlight, movement, and night photography

What You'll Learn About

  • Understanding light & how to control it
  • Composition & how to add impact to your images
  • Understanding the important technical functions of your camera
  • Exposure & how to meter light accurately
  • Receive feedback your images during the tour
  • Low light and night photography
  • How to photograph the Northern Lights


This tour will be tutored by professional photographer and founder of travel Photographer of the Year awards, Chris Coe.

Chris is self-taught and has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He is also the founder of the Travel Photographer of the Year awards ( and author of several books on photography. His photography has taken him all over the world on commissioned work and stock shoots, photographing using both film and digital cameras, in every format from 35mm to large format, including panoramics. Chris has photographic experience of shooting everything from landscapes to people, travel to architecture and abstracts to wildlife images.

For more information on the tuition please contact us. Email and phone details can be found in the right hand column.

Travel & Booking Information

The travel organiser for this photo tour is Hurtigruten. Hurtigruten are a licensed UK based tour operator and you are financially protected as per their terms and conditions. Their ATOL license number is ATOL 3584 and their ABTA number V7545. Hurtigruten is a company registered in England & Wales with company number 02865967.

What's included in the price:

  • Return flights from London to Longyearbyen inc. taxes, charges and transfers as applicable
  • 6 or 7 nights B&B at the Coal Miner's Cabin, Longyearbyen
  • Daily talks, group tuition and one-to-one tuition by Chris Coe
  • 5 or 6 nights with a chance to photograph the Northern Lights
  • 2 days with personal guide on Snow Cat excursions to Arctic Landscape and Ice Cave
  • Free time for your own photography or to take excursions

What's NOT included in the price:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not detailed
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities/tips
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Any service not specified

To see the intinerary in detail visit the Hurtigruten Pure Spitsibergen photo trip page

For more information on the photo tuition and photography on this trip please contact us on 01728 627752 or by email. For more travel information or to reserve a place please contact Hurtigruten by phone (0203 411 2523).

More booking information can also be found on the Hurtigruten website.

Improve your photography & experience the magical Northern Lights high above the Arctic circle in Svalbard

Two Trips in 2019

First Photo Tour Dates

23rd February to 1st March 2019


Svalbard / Spitsbergen

Photo Tour Price

7 day trip from £1,842pp*

*inc. flights from UK, photo tuition & 5 night B&B accommodation sharing

5% BOOK NOW DISCOUNT - use the booking code 7H69F85

Second Photo Tour Dates

3rd to 10th March 2019

PLEASE NOTE: Requires good level of fitness


Svalbard / Spitsbergen

Photo Tour Price

8 day trip from£2,208pp*

*inc. flights from UK, photo tuition & 6 night B&B accommodation sharing

5% BOOK NOW DISCOUNT - use the booking code 7H69F85


Chris Coe + Assistant

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How To Book

This photo tour is arranged by Hurtigruten


0203 411 2523


If you'd more information then please contact us:

More Information About The Photo Tuition
Tel: 01728 627752

Photography courses at in association with Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) © Chris Coe