Join Zet on a Svalbard expedition!
On the 13th of September, the last Svalbard expedition of the season with M/S Stockholm takes off. Below the Expedition Leader, Zet Freiburghaus, tells you more about the adventure. He also describes the advantages of travelling late in the season.
What are you most looking forward to on the trip?
- Like all PolarQuest expeditions in Svalbard, it is the uncertainty of what you will see that makes me want to do more trips. To be there later than almost everyone else makes the sense of adventure greater than any other time of the year. Since the sun has started to drop below the horizon, we have the opportunity to enjoy magnificent photo light at sunrise and sunset. I dream of some of the large mammals in light you never get during summertime. I have always said that the landscape in Svalbard is most beautiful in the spring, but the fall can also be incredible. When the peaks and slopes start to get a thin layer of snow.
At this time of the year, we have also chance to reach some places that we can't reach on earlier expeditions. If the weather and itinerary allow, I hope we can go ashore at Moffen, a place that few people have visited as you are not allowed to land there earlier in the season. There are guides who have worked in Svalbard for 10 years but still haven’t been there. I have been fortunate to make a landing at Moffen once and hope to share the experience with others this fall!
Please note: We always follow strict wildlife guidelines to ensure that we do not cause any disturbance.
Zet FreiburghausGuide and Expedition Leader
Since 1999, we have taken travellers on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Svalbard. From May to September our three small expedition ships, carrying only 12 and 50 passengers, explore this magnificent Arctic archipelago. Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel with PolarQuest as the exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife encounters. Sometimes you might be woken up in the middle of the night if a polar bear has been spotted on the ice.