Join an Expedition

There are usually a limited number of places available on each expedition and applications are invited from anyone wishing to participate.
Selection/acceptance will depend on that person’s physical/mental ability gauged against any possible risk involved.
Although we carry a very comprehensive imdemnity insurance with Perkins Slade Ltd all participants on these ex
peditions will be expected to sign a  waiver agreement disclaiming any liability to Island Expeditions Ltd and acknowledging the risks involved. They must also have insurance cover for emergency evacuation for that region.  


14th July-27th July 2018

I am very pleased to confirm that I have arranged for the exclusive charter of a small 130ft steel hulled ship ideally suited for working in the icy waters of Svalbard. This trip is not a commercial trip but a private charter. It is ideal for serious wildlife photographers but will also be of interest to all arctic enthusiasts. The ship can accommodate 12 passengers in comfort and is well equipped with steel hulled "buster" type small boats that can be lowered down to the edge of the ice in order that images can be taken at low level. The same vessel was used by the BBC for the filming of Frozen Planet and the skipper is very knowledgable and experienced in this type of work. We do not have a set timetable or schedule so can work with wildlife and light without any constraints.

We are planning to visit localities and wildlife sites that are normally out of reach to the numerous larger expedition ships that regularly operate in the region. 

Deposit is £750.00 Cost includes transportation in Longyearbyen to/from airport to ship.

Accommodation which is all boat based includes all meals (3 meals per day) or packed lunches and also tea/coffee/biscuits/juices at other tomes etc. Ships cabins are mostly double.

Arrival time: We would ask that you make your own arrangements to get to Longyearbyen ready to depart on Havsel by 09.00hrs on Saturday 14th July. There are connecting flights with SAS Brathens and Norwegian

Departure: The vessel will return to Longyearbyen early on Friday morning 27th July and the charter will finishes at midnight on the same day so all passengers must have vacated the boat by then.

Level of fitness: With two guides we can split daily activities dependending on what clients wish to do. There will be opportunities for long hikes or more leisurely walking for those who just wish to take their time with photography or wildlife viewing. There is no fixed itinerary but we will try to cover as much as possible in the time available. This will probably involve repositioning the vessel o/n (or while we are sleeping given it is 24hr daylight).

Insurance: One of the conditions of joining this trip is that you take out adequate insurance that will cover you for emergency medical evacuation from this region. There are a number of policies available on the market but we will need confirmation that you have this in place before departure. 

Please contact Nigel on 07443 869038 or email for further information or to reserve a place.



Living with Harp Seals , Gulf of St.Lawrence, Canada

March 2018

I have chartered a 65ft long steel hulled fishing vessel with accomodation for six. The vessel is based in Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec and during the season is a working fishing vessel. The skipper, Denis, is a local man with a lifetime of experience in working in the area and also around the ice pans where the Harp Seals pup.The vessel is equipped with gangways that can be lowered on to the ice pans which will makes access much easier. Living on the boat out in the pupping area will give us the opportunity to photograph from sunrise to sunset. This trip will run only if the ice conditions are good (it was cancelled in March 2016 due to lack of ice) and a decision will be made around the 15th January 2018. To register an interest please contact me by e-mail.







Expedition to photograph the White Arctic Wolves of Ellesmere Island

May 2018

I am looking for three dedicated photographers to join me for a two week trip to Ellesmere Island, Arctic Canada in May 2018. Consideration will only be given to those that have experience in working/operating/camping in what could be difficult conditions at times, even in May when there will be full snow cover. Ideally applicants should have some experience also in driving a snowmobile. The outline plan is to fly to Eureka weather station either by Twin Otter or Dash 8 carrying snowmobiles and qamutiks.  The first night will be spent in the weather station before heading out into the Fosheim Peninsula to find and set up a field camp a few kilometres from a den site. Please e-mail me for more details and to register an interest.



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