Following last night’s episode of David Attenborough’s new wildlife series The Hunt, Aqua-Firma has released inspirational Spitsbergen photographs taken on their voyages.

In the BBC television programme cameras followed predators living in the Arctic and tracked a polar bear climbing to reach a birds’ nest and another digging holes in the ice to catch seals. Attenborough also examined the hunting strategies of Arctic wolves and investigated how Arctic foxes had adapted to be able to catch auks in mid-flight.

The photographs released by Aqua-Firma show polar bears playing in the snow, birds nesting, inquisitive seals and natural wonders including the incredible Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the Midnight Sun.

Sailing ship - David Slater
Sailing ship by David Slater
Sailing ship close - David Slater
Sailing ship close-up by David Slater
Arctic - R Allan
Arctic by R Allan
Down to deck - Charlotte Caffrey
Down to deck by Charlotte Caffrey
Smeerenberg Fjord - Jane Brooks
Smeerenberg Fjord by Jane Brooks
Colourful Architecture in Longyearbyen - David Slater
Colourful Architecture in Longyearbyen by David Slater
Dramatic Scenery - Charlotte Caffrey
Dramatic Scenery by Charlotte Caffrey
Arctic - R Allan
Arctic by R Allan
Glacier Calving - David Slater
Glacier Calving by David Slater
Ice - Charlotte Caffrey
Ice by Charlotte Caffrey
Midnight Sun - Charlotte Caffrey
Midnight Sun by Charlotte Caffrey
Northern Lights - John Dickinson
Northern Lights by John Dickinson
Dog Sledding - Alastair Craig
Dog Sledding by Alastair Craig
Black Guillemots - David Rumsey
Black Guillemots by David Rumsey
Kayaking with seal - Charlotte Caffrey
Kayaking with seal by Charlotte Caffrey
Nesting on Cliffs - David Slater
Nesting on Cliffs by David Slater
Polar Bear - David Rumsey
Polar Bear by David Rumsey
Polar Bear - Stuart Ward
Polar Bear by Stuart Ward
Polar Bear family - Stuart Ward
Polar Bear family by Stuart Ward

Aqua-Firma operates sailing voyages on-board two 20- and 32-passenger tall ships and a modern classic 11-passenger sailing ketch. The ships allow enjoyment of the Arctic wilderness from spacious decks or a comfortable salon.

Nine itineraries around Spitsbergen are offered between May and October 2016 ranging from 8-day sailings to 16-day voyages. Prices start from £1,590 per person based on two sharing on a cruise-only basis.

The ‘Around Spitsbergen Arctic Sailing’ voyage is the longest on offer and is an exploration of the Svalbard Archipelago and its mountains, fjords, glaciers and spectacular wildlife. These are scheduled when the sea ice has receded sufficiently to permit access to the east coast – an area, which for most of the year is blocked by ice. This timing provides the best chance to fully circumnavigate Spitsbergen, with opportunities to observe Arctic wildlife including walruses, reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears. The 15-night voyage sailing round-trip from Longyearbyen starts from £3,520 per person based on two sharing on a cruise-only basis.

(Photo credit to Aqua-Firma)