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The Great Arctic Expedition

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Join Myself and William Fortescue on The Great Artic Expedition in May 2023.

Will and I have teamed up with Nansen Polar Expeditions in a bid to bring you the most exclusive Arctic experience out there. Our group of 10 intrepid explorers will embark this 8 night voyage aboard the MV Villa, which will be our vessel and ours alone for the duration of the expedition.

The MV Villa in all her glory ................

Just kidding

Here she is.....


12th-21st May 2023

12th May: Arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

13th May: Board the MV Villa and set sail from Longyearbyen harbour

21st May: Disembark MV Villa back in Longyearbyen Harbour

Our route will be dictated to by the ever changing arctic ice condtions, we will avoid rough weather where possible and spend the majority of the time exploring the many fjords of the Svalbard Archipelago which lays deep within the Arctic circle. As we cruise this unimaginable land scape we will be on the lookout for a vast array of wildlife where can can expect to see anything from Gigantic Walrus to the ever curious and busy Arctic Fox and even the Holy grail of any arctic expedition. The Polar Bear.

Your Hosts

Matt Armstrong-Ford

Expedition Leader

Most of your receiving with link will know me already so i'll spare you the boring details. The majority of you will know me from safaris in Africa, my usual stomping ground. However, this will not be my first time in the Arctic and as expedition leader I will be working continually with the crew to ensure that the expeditions runs like clockwork.

William Fortescue

Photographic extraordinaire

Recognised as one of the most exciting young photographers of his generation, William has a first class degree in Marine and Natural History Photography and has spent the last three years living and working in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Here he has guided multiple photographic safaris for Governors’ Camp Collection, while also operating assignments in Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and recently in the arctic circle. William’s constant focus on producing original, high quality images, mixed with his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge, will ensure you finish your safari with a portfolio to be proud of.


The big question on everyones lips......Due to Norways superior financial situation they insist on payment in Norwegian Krone. But don't worry. You can pay us in either $ or £ and we'll organise the payment to Norway. However, this does mean that we have to quote in NOK. What that means is that when payment is due, we will check the exchange rate of what ever currency you decide to pay in to the NOK.

Due to the current uncertainty surrounding travel we will not require you to make any financial commitment yet. Your word to us is enough at this stage and we have staggered the payment schedule to give you peace of mind.

Sharing a Cabin with one other person


NOK 89,000 per person

($10,777 as of June 2021)

Single occupancy (Private Cabin)

NOK 178,000

($21,555 as of June 2021)

Private Vessel

NOK 1,000,000

($121,000 as of June 2021)

25% deposit 12th April 2022

25% second deposit 12th October 2022

50% final payment 12th January 2023


All transfers

Accomodation in Longyearbyen

Accomodation on board MV Villa

Expedition activities (Zodiac cruises, shore landings, hikes) Professional guides with lectures and hands-on, in-field tutorials Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Tea and Coffee Welcome cocktail; wine with the farewell dinner Laundry facilities (self service) Daily cabin housekeeping and turn-down service

Matt & Will as your expedition leader and photographic guide

Not inlcuded

International Flights to Longyearbyen

Meals and beverages when in Longyearbyen

Bar whilst on board

Taxes, levies, insurance, VISA fee, immigration duties or other travel services (where applicable)

Personal items such as expedition clothing

Alcoholic beverages

Crew gratuities

Anything not mentioned above

If you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot please don't hesitate to contact myself or will on any of the following.


+44 7738833281


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