Arctic Fox Photography Expedition 2019 Announcement

In just a few weeks I will be heading up to the Arctic to begin the winter season. It is a very exciting time for me as winter in the Arctic is without doubt my favourite place in the world to photograph. One of the expeditions I will be leading is to the very north of Iceland and the remote Hornstrandir Nature reserve to photograph wild Arctic Fox.  This expedition for just five photographers has long been sold out, but I am today announcing dates and availability for the 2019 expedition.By way of a little background, I have been travelling to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve (Hornstrandir is Iceland’s northernmost peninsula, covering 580 km² at the northern end of the Westfjords, to the north of the Jökulfirðir and to the northwest of Drangajökull) in Iceland during the winter months for six years now specifically to photograph Arctic Fox in winter. You can read the trip report from last years expedition here: Read the 2017 Expedition Report. In 2016 I released a new limited edition book on the Arctic Fox (Melrakki) which was the culmination of three years of winter photography. The limited edition is long sold out, but the soft cover is open edition and available for sale HERE.The 2019 expedition is also limited to just five photographers and will run from the 22nd – 28th of February 2019.

This is a unique and special opportunity for a small group of just five photographers to photograph wild Arctic Foxes in the remote north-west of Iceland during winter. We will be photographing what is perhaps Nature’s greatest survivor – The Arctic Fox.Arctic Foxes are unfortunately hunted and shot across most of Iceland making them extremely shy and difficult to find (and even more difficult to photograph). In the remote north-west however the Arctic Foxes are protected inside the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and can be more easily approached and photographed.

This photography expedition will last for 7 days ( 6 nights). We will be staying in a small remote cabin that is rustic, but functional and clean. During our stay in the cabin we will have a dedicated staff member to clean and prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for us (all included). However, this expedition is all about photography and we will be putting in long hours in the field in order to ensure we give ourselves the best possible opportunities to photograph the Arctic Fox. We may take food and drink with us into the field to ensure we are in position and ready to photograph when the foxes are active. We will have up to 10 hours of good light during the day with which to photograph the Arctic foxes. With luck, we may also see and photograph the spectacular Northern lights.The cost for the expedition is $7,650 US Dollars. This is an all-inclusive price, but excluding your airfare to and from Isafjord in Iceland. If you have special dietary requirement you will be accommodated – please just be sure to let us know when you make your booking.

Our accommodation for the expedition is a cozy but rugged haven for photographers to enjoy a great atmosphere after a day out in the cold photographing Arctic Foxes. The house was originally built in 1921. In 1948 (just 27 years later), the last inhabitants left this isolated arctic peninsula in search of a better life. The cabin was abandoned for many years and has only recently begun to be restored.Although no one lives here permanently, the cabin is a great getaway and the perfect place to accommodate us whilst we search for and photograph wild Arctic Foxes. Curious Arctic Foxes frequently stop past the cabin to investigate visitors and it is possible to even photograph them from right outside the cabin on occasion.

The cabin includes:

– Bathroom, toilet and hot shower.

– Bunk-bed accommodation with duvets provided

– Full kitchen (chef to prepare meals and clean)

– Hydronic and log fire heating

– Power for laptops and battery charging (generator provided)

– Outdoor Sauna

If you are interested in photographing wild Arctic Fox now is the time register your interest. Places on the expedition are extremely limited and once spoken for thats it. You can download a complete PDF on the expedition HERE and register your interest by dropping me an email to info@jholko.com

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