javier ara

Region: Arctic

Destinations: Svalbard

Ship: m/v Ortelius

I am a naturalist photographer for more than 30 years, I had many expectations on this trip due to its name, "polar bear special" but the reality is that this trip is suitable for tourists without much experience or interest in nature. I have made many more wildlife photos in the surroundings of Longyearbien than in the trip in the Ortelius. We only saw two bears by chance and in the ice pack we were only 8 hours. For those who like to eat well and at times is fine, but for those who want to enjoy the Arctic nature is not an appropriate trip.

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