Pictures of Spitsbergen Mountains, Glaciers and Wildlife
A Spitsbergen landscape photography gallery of winter photos of the Spitsbergen ocean landscapes by Joseph C. Filer that capture scenes of mountains, glaciers, polar bears, arctic foxes and more in the fjords of the Svalbard archipelago.
Spitsbergen landscape photography prints are for sale as Limited Edition Fine Art Paper Prints, Chromaluxe® Metal Prints, and non-glare TruLife® Acrylic Prints. Frames and large-scale prints 8 feet or more in size are available.
My Spitsbergen Photography Experience
I was drawn to photograph in the Spitsbergen archipelago of Norway for both the wildlife and the stunning landscape scenes. I was able to join a photographic expedition on a small ship equipped to move through the ice-covered waters.
The 10-day trip took place in June, at a time when the sun does not set since you are above the 78th parallel and only about 800 miles from the north pole. There was no hour of the day when I could not be outside on deck photographing mountains. We used inflatable Zodiacs many times to get up close to polar bears and other wildlife.
Spitsbergen Landscape Photography – Mountains, Glaciers, and Fjords
The landscape of Spitsbergen is stunning in its simplicity. Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, part of Norway, in the Arctic Ocean and is 700 miles from the North Pole. It is small, with an area of only 15,075 square miles. Spitsbergen’s many fjords are flanked by mountains that rise out of the ocean to over 5,000 feet in elevation.
Longyearbyen (population 2, 552) is a small coal-mining town on Spitsbergen and is known for its views of the Northern lights. Spitsbergen has become very popular for cruises on small expedition ships to photograph polar bears and other wildlife, which is how I happened to be there. I was fortunate to be able to capture these photos that showcase the beauty of the Spitzbergen landscape.
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