Award Winning Photographer, David Slater to join Aqua-Firma's Ultimate Arctic Wildlife Sailing Voyage (12th - 27th Aug, 2010)

Top Quote Award Winning Photographer David Slater will be embarking on the Ultimate Arctic Sailing Voyage Around Spitsbergen with travel company Aqua-Firma this August. He will be on hand to assist passengers with their own photography as they sail around the spectacular Arctic Wilderness. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 14, 2010 - Aqua-Firma is pleased to announce that the Award Winning Wildlife Photographer, David Slater, will be joining our Ultimate Arctic Wildlife Sailing Voyage Around Spitsbergen this August.

    David will be eager to assist guests onboard with their own photography and will advise how to get the very best from your camera, however basic or specialised a model it may be. He will always be on hand to offer photographic tips and advice, be that choosing the correct settings or sharing ideas on how to capture the stunning scenery and wildlife of Spitsbergen.

    Guests will have daily opportunities to go ashore with David, seek out potential subject material and put into practice what they have already learnt. Each evening onboard, clients will have the chance to join group critique sessions, where photographs will be reviewed, tips can be shared and inspiration for the days ahead can be sought.

    Photographic opportunities in the Arctic are endless. Scenery will vary from glaciers calving into the sea, snowy mountains, huge fjords, precipitous cliffs covered in seabirds, summer blooms on the tundra and floating icebergs. The Arctic is also home to some of planet's most enigmatic wildlife. On our North Spitsbergen Sailing Voyage this July, we were lucky enough to see a total of 17 polar bears; sightings which our clients will remember for a lifetime. Other wildlife you can expect to see include Arctic fox, reindeer, walruses and whales, including, we hope, the ghostly white beluga.

    As well as the breathtaking Arctic scenery and its fascinating wildlife, our classic sailing schooner is an inspiring photographic subject herself, with or without her sails set.

    Whilst photography is a wonderful addition to this voyage, our main focus will be the discovery of Arctic wildlife and scenery itself. With 16 days of continuous daylight, our August Sailing Around Spitsbergen voyage provides the best opportunities to observe Arctic wildlife.

    Our expedition leader is once again Robin Buzza, who has spent the past 30 years living and working in the Arctic wilderness. Robin has a deep knowledge and experience of Arctic wildlife, Arctic cultures and history. Perhaps the most poignant historical link to our forthcoming Arctic Sailing Voyage is that of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Scott began his explorations with voyages to the Arctic, but he is most renowned for two legendary expeditions to Antarctica onboard the sailing ships Discovery and the Terra Nova. 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Scott's fateful Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica. Somewhat by coincidence, the vessel our voyage sets out on is also 100 years old. This stunning schooner has all the charm and elegance of the Discovery and Terra Nova, but the comfort and safety of a modern day craft with an ice strengthened hull built with 13 mm of steel.

    For further information about our Around Spitsbergen Sailing Voyage please visit

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