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Photography and binoculars



For many of us, photography is a natural part of travel. Therefore, we have summarised the most basic recommendations regarding photography. 

Equipment: Whatever type of camera you use, make sure it is working properly before you leave home. If you have a new camera or have a camera that has not been used for a while, it is a good idea to take some pictures before travelling to ensure that it works properly. Also remember to bring your camera manual.

Batteries: Bad batteries account for the largest percentage of camera problems on expeditions, especially in cold climates. For this reason, please bring extra camera batteries with you, even if the one in your camera is new. 

Memory cards: Rule of thumb is to bring more memory cards than you believe you will need. 

Tripods: Tripods, which are often used to steady cameras with large telephoto lenses, are not useful on ships, as they tend to transmit the ship’s vibrations. However, we might see the Northern lights during the trip and to photograph this phenomenen you will need a tripod ashore. A table tripod often works well.

Maintenance: Particles or water can easily stick on the camera lens, which can reduce the image quality. For this reason, we recommend you to bring a microfiber cloth designed for optics.

Storage: Cameras are in general sensitive to water, moisture and shock. A bag/backpack for protection is recommended.


PolarQuest do not allow any general use of UAVs by passengers during the voyages. 


Good binoculars are highly recommended and will add quality to your travel experience.

All binoculars are listed by power and brightness, e.g. 8x32 or 10x50. The first number indicates magnification and the second the diameter of the front lens. At least 8x-power is recommended, 8x32 or 8x42 binoculars are good choices.

Compact models, in the 8x25 range, can fit in a pocket and are very lightweight, but sacrifice brightness and field of vision.

Rubber coated models are generally more shock resistant and some of these are also waterproof.