At 78˚ north, lying halfway between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a wild land of glaciers and frozen tundra, making it an irresistible destination for wildlife photographers. I visited in early summer with a large group of Italian photographers specifically to photograph Arctic Foxes predating eider nests around the town of Longyearbyen. With 24 hours of daylight, we had plenty of time to scout out the local fauna and saw a rich variety of Arctic birds breeding on the tundra, as well as whales and millions of seabirds returning to the fjords.
Here's a broad selection of my favourite images - divided into Breeding Birds, nesting Red-Throated Divers, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Eider and Reindeer.
If you click on the images, you will find more information on the species and location.
Birds Of The Tundra
Nesting Red-Throated Divers