I'm "laying low" in 2017 as far as international photo safaris are concerned. I wanted to have financial leeway to do things relative to The Great American Eclipse 2017, and I wasn't sure what shape that would take.
But as it is Presidents' Week 2017, it's time to assemble plans for summer, 2018. So far, I'm booked for
Wildphoto Travel's Svalbard Classic
and am eyeing
68 North's Lofoten Islands Midnight Mountains (this is the 2017 link).
Depending on schedules, I might be able to putter about on some version of
Norway in a Nutshell.
Wildphoto Travels' Svalbard Classic puts you on the ice-hardened but nimble M/S Origo out of Longyearbyen on a "hunt" for landscapes, walruses, and polar bears via a partial circumnavigation of the isolated archipelago located 10 degrees south of the north pole. Here's how that trip went for them in 2013.
Lofoten Midnight Mountains involves hiking in the picturesque Lofoten archipelago, just above the Arctic Circle on Norway's west coat.
Norway in a Nutshell is a popular tourist travel package that allows travelers to get out of Oslo and see the Norwegian countryside and coast via train, bus, and boat.
Obviously, I have time to work out logistics and details. And see if I can learn a bit of Norwegian (Bokmal) via Duolingo prior to departure.
Photo Tour of Oslo
TripAdvisor seems to like this one. I'll pin this here for future reference.
UPDATE 6/3/17: Trips to Africa and Brazil get you thinking about sunscreen and mosquitoes. You still need mosquito protection in Alaska in the summer, but no need for malaria prophylaxis.
Tromping on Norwegian terrain and on a boat, it seems it might be nice to have some grippy boots. Vibram now offers Arctic Grip for traction on wet ice. Traction on wet ice? I'll be keeping an eye on this stuff. Gear Junkie. Digital Trends.
The Art of Polar Bear Photography