One Ocean Expeditions’ (OOE), 10-day Spitsbergen Encounter



The sight of beluga whales, walrus, bearded and ringed seals, birds in the hundreds of thousands, imposing glaciers and the sought-after polar bear, will all be keenly anticipated by passengers on polar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions’ (OOE), 10-day Spitsbergen Encounter cruise, departing on 13 June 2016.  Among those on board will be talented artist, 57-year old Julian Grater from Southampton, who won a place on the trip courtesy of OOE’s sponsorship of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) artist in residence programme for the Arctic.

Julian Grater was selected by an independent review panel, who carefully assessed previous work submitted, together with his plan explaining why a visit to the Arctic would support his artistic practice, and what outcomes he envisaged.  Grater also needed to identify and define the audience he believed his work would attract and how he intended to reach them.

Courtesy of generous sponsorship from OOE and Bonhams auctioneers, Grater will travel via Oslo to join the ship in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) for the 10-day voyage.  Outer polar clothing, together with accommodation, food and excursions whilst on board, will all be included.

Norway’s Svalbard archipelago offers exceptional wildlife and birdlife viewing opportunities, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology.  The itinerary takes in the awesome sight of Lilliehook Glacier, which stretches almost seven kilometres and towers up to a height of around 80 metres.

Once a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, the islands are now celebrated as a breeding ground for

The Spitsbergen Encounter departing on 13 June 2016 also includes a photographic symposium, with onboard experts specialising in wildlife photography, landscape and composition.  There are still a few spaces left on this departure from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, with prices starting from US $4995pp, based on triple share.

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