ARCTIC Life on the ice (North) 9 night voyage (10 days)
SPITSBERGEN: Aiming for 80o North 25th June – 4th July 2012 Joining point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. Tour cost: from £3101 per person sharing. Cabin types are priced differently
Spitsbergen is a high Arctic Island, half way between the top of Norway and the North Pole. With rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, vast glaciers and some of the most ingeniously adapted animals in the world. This is nature at its wildest. The sky seems vast up here and it is difficult to grasp the scale of the landscape. The cliffs are alive with hundreds of thousands of nesting birds. Miniature plants thrive in the tiniest patches of shelter. Walrus sunbathe under the midnight sun and polar bears hunt for seals along the edge of the sea ice.
Ashore, bleached white whale bones and unmarked graves are evidence of past human endeavours. There are trappers’ huts, mining relics and intriguingly named landmarks. We’ll stroll along beaches littered with antique driftwood, marvel at cobalt blue glaciers and hike into the mountains.
We sketch and paint on land expeditions as well as from our zodiac and from the ship itself, which is comfortably appointed for artists. This Art Safari comes complete with artistic and expedition leaders and is suitable for artists and photographers of all standards. Non-painters are also welcome to join.
Join us for ten days of Arctic adventure, exploring the shapes, colours, sounds, textures and ever-changing light of the high Arctic in midsummer.
This is not a cruise, it is an expedition! Extraordinary and inhospitable scenery greets us on land. You will see scenes that possess unimaginable wonder and strength. Land-, sea- and sky-scapes, glaciers, icebergs and mountains will fill many pages of our sketchbooks and offer amazing photographic opportunities. Treating our sketchbooks as diaries and notebooks we will constantly be taking in new information, learning, seeing, opening our eyes to new mammal and bird species.
Call Mary-Anne or Heidi on: 01394 382235 Please telephone us to confirm your place and then send your booking form with your deposit back to us at Art Safari, 46 Victoria Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1EJ.