SVALBARD Photo Adventure – part 3 | remote solo camping and bird photography behind the scenes

It’s 10 past 4 in the morning,
and I was woken up by the wind and the rain.
I thought, if I get up early I could maybe do a timelapse, or something
with the sunrise, but it does not sound like a beautiful, quiet sunrise with
golden light. It sounds grey. So, I might sleep another hour or two. Let’s just have a look outside and see how it really is. Yeah, it’s quite windy, and a little rainy, and it does not look like I’ll get any batteries charged. Let’s be positive and think, if i take another
hour or two, I’ll wake up with the golden sunlight in the tent!
Yeah, time to go back into the warm and nice and sleeping bag. Goodnight. I might not look like it, but I feel really rested. And, what is better than waking up in a tent, on Svalbard, with your 600 millimeter wrapped in neoprene
next to you, and your satellite phone, and your binoculars, and all the good stuff. This is a beautiful little island! Fantastic! Time to make some coffee! Look at this! Look at this! Oooh, let’s get out! I’m desperate to get some
power into my power banks. What a beautiful day.
Whoa! Let’s just get out and look before we make the coffee. Oh yeah! That looks nice.
Maybe it’ll clear up a little bit. It has really been raining during the
night. It’s not warm, at all. Let’s get that solar panel up. But first,
let’s make some coffee. No, let’s get that solar panel up first, and then make
coffee afterwards! We have to get these priorities right. No! Solar panel! These two power banks are
completely empty now. 0%. And now, now the day can begin. When hiking with a rifle, it’s pretty
bad to get rain, dirt, snow, stuff in here, so what I’ve done is I have put duct tape
around it. It makes it clean and safe. There are a lot of birds sitting out there. I think I’m going to leave my bag here. I
still have the flare gun, and this area is easy to see far distance. So I’ll
leave the bag here and I’m going to see if I can get a little bit closer.
It’s awesome. Some bird photography here on the little island. So, the plans, they have changed a little
bit because I’ve just talked to Martin. High winds are coming, a storm or
something, on Thursday and Friday. Martin says he was going out here today to go
hunting in the fjords, and I could either get the pickup home today, Wednesday, or I could wait and then get a pickup Saturday. Because I’m leaving Monday
I thought that coming home maybe late on Saturday just basically didn’t give
me the opportunity to do something else on the Island here. On the other hand, I
really like to spend time here because I have spent a lot of time filming, and
setting up camp, and getting everything to work, and I would definitely love an
extra day or two here. But, I have chosen to go home today, so he’ll pick me up at
four o’clock. It’s about four hours from now. That just gives me the time to
go inland to see if I can be lucky and find the fox. There are also
nice places around Longyearbyen and Svalbard where you can go out on day trips
and stuff, so I’m going to do that. So this gives me the opportunity to
have the best of the island and also do some adventures in there. So time to pack
and go and see if we can find the fox! Let’s see. I hope there is something up there!
At least I know there’ll be a beautiful view. Whoa! I was actually wondering, when it didn’t rain how do the animals get water
on this island, but apparently… look at this. It looks like some inland lakes. Oh
I’d love to spend a little more time here in this area. Oh, there was a… I think
I must have surprised a reindeer. Look, it’s down there, you see? Look there. I
think both the reindeer and me got really frightened, because it jumped up
30 metres from me and I made a funny sound! That was a big one.
I wonder if he stops down here. So this is where they drink apparently. There he is! The light is so hard now but still nice
to see the deer. I have a time-lapse camera over there that
we need to go and pick up and, when that’s done, I’ll start to get things
down to the shoreline. Take the bear alarm down, take the tent down, just to be ready. Oh, no battery. I was trying to run the app to make it move a little bit, but… What
I wanted to do was just to have these flowers in the foreground, and then make
a slow pan while the time lapse was on. But, let’s see. Huh, not bad I think. I think, I don’t know, maybe I got something,
maybe I didn’t. Let’s pack that camp down. So, everything is now packed and ready
for the pickup. I think now it’s half past three. I think around four or five Martin will be here in his little boat. It took a while to pack
everything down, you know with bear alarms and stuff, but now I’m ready. It has
been absolutely awesome to spend three days on this little island, and I could
definitely spend some more time but because the option is either to go home
today or to wait three more days, then I’m not in doubt. I want to go back to
Longyearbyen now so I can also go out on some other small adventures in these ten
days when I’m here. As we headed towards Longyearbyen, I was already looking forward to going on some new adventures, but what I didn’t know was that high
winds and heavy rain would prevent me from going anywhere by boat and that I
would be spending the next four days indoors. But then, suddenly, on my very last
day, the weather changed. I went to a small valley, and guess who I met there?
Time was short and the moment so valuable to me, so I didn’t dare start
vlogging or anything like that. Instead, I concentrated fully on my photography
just like I did before I started making these videos! So unfortunately I can’t
share any behind the scenes stuff with you, but I can show you a few photographs
from this amazing moment with the little arctic fox…


  1. Evgeny Gorshkov October 16, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    GREAT !!!

  2. David Heywood October 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    The arctic fox has to be one of the most majestic animals.

  3. Pan Kraftak October 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    What a magnificent series! Love it! <3

  4. Andrew Webb October 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Lovely video as always, I'm always curious how you achieve such a thin focus area with a long lens like this. I love the shots of the fox with the out of focus area all around.

  5. Larry Crain October 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing a great story

  6. Thomas Philipp October 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Great video! I love coming with you on your trips. Beautiful pictures of the arctic fox!

  7. Son Bty October 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm


  8. Rich Rogers Photography October 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    A masterclass in storytelling and production. So inspiring. Loved every minute of this adventure, thank you 👌👌

  9. king lagumbay October 16, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Hey! I really like your videos, and the coffee too. Thanks for sharing, its make me feel I am on the place.

  10. G R October 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    What a beautifull video. Please keep doing things like this.

  11. Burma Vamshi October 16, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Amazing Sir

  12. Vidhu Raveendran October 16, 2019 at 6:10 pm


  13. Casper Pedersen October 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Fantastico, marvellous, brilliant….

  14. Showdown October 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Look, why don't you stop boring us popping up every time on You Tube with useless features, thank you!!!!!

  15. Max Lohrberg October 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    What are you doing with the duct tape on your rifle when you have to shoot? Will you rip it off or will the bullet right go through it?

  16. JuSt TiA October 16, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Time to make some coffee🙄

  17. Russell McCollom October 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Awesome as usual Morten. I really liked the seclusion of this place. It's like watching a mini movie.

  18. Dominik Duchac October 16, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Your channel was recommended to me like 1-2 months ago by YouTube algorithm and since that time I´ve been trying to watch every single video you´ve ever posted. I totally love your videos. It feels like watching a BBC documentary. The choice of music is amazing and for the past few weeks, you´ve become a huge inspiration for me as a hobby photographer. I just want to say thank you for what you´re doing and keep uploading these amazing videos. I can´t get enough of them. All the best I wish you from the Czech Republic.

  19. Ahmad Alsaad October 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Morten, we need som tips about this trip how much it is cost and from where you buy the trip equipments .. thanks.

  20. Govinda Thompson October 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Absolutely amazing finale to your Svalbard adventure series! And stunning pictures of the arctic fox! So artistically captured. Thank you so much for making these videos, they are a huge inspiration for me as an amateur wildlife photographer.

  21. CESAR DEL HIERRO October 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    my friend, just incredible and amazing. Regards from Spain

  22. CanYouHandlebar October 16, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful film. Loved all three parts! Thanks for sharing the adventure with us.

  23. SilhouetteDemon October 16, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Really beautiful! Love your videos, always stunning visuals, storytelling and of course your photography is world class.

  24. Martin Byrne October 16, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    How do u carry all that gear’ u must be as strong as a horse 🐎

  25. Jochem Wigman October 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    from the Netherlands a big thumbs up for all your work. fantastic photography, magic videos, your craftsmanship and personality

  26. Evan Thomas October 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Simply stunning ✌️♥️

  27. Albert Vallecillo October 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Watching your videos makes me forget everything
    It transport me there !
    You are the best not just in photograph but telling a story 👌

  28. Denise Ramstedt Photography October 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome!!! Your content just gets better and better! Greetings from Finland.

  29. Derek Kite October 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Very nice! Exploring a small area, getting to know all the nooks and crannies is very satisfying. I'm watching loons fish the spawning kokanee on the lake nearby.

  30. Kelkschiz October 16, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Gotta love a good old Primus, and a nice cup of coffee 🙂

  31. ian daly October 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Can you make these longer please. Amazing work….real professional.

  32. Matt Rees October 16, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Thankyou for taking us with you on your adventure Morten. The series is an inspirational work of art.

  33. Somewhere Down The Road October 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Morten, please never change the way you are shooting these videos they are so beautiful. Some photographers seem to get more technical and artsy or commercial as they grow their channel. Please don't do that. I am sure most will agree that the adventure truly comes out in the way you capture this footage and the post editing works so well telling the story. I feel like I am watching a docu-series from National Geographic with a real life edge. I love every part of every video. It is such a pleasure watching these. You are the friendliest guy on the planet. Thanks for taking us along.

  34. Amy Mason October 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I dont want this trip to end! I have so enjoyed and looked forward to each one of your videos. What an amazing gift you have given your viewers. You are so talented in your photography, video and music. In a world that sometimes seems out of control, it is so refreshing to watch something that leaves you up lifted and at peace! God bless you! 🙂

  35. Gail Donaldson October 16, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    This is not a vlog, this is the work of a wildlife filmmaker. The music is beautiful and your sense of timing perfect. I will not likely do any of these adventures, I have done my own at one time, and now I get to enjoy yours. This one and the musk oxen vlog are amazing. I learn something every time. Thank you Morten.

  36. Eva Sz October 17, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Fantastic video with beautiful music. Well done again Morten! Thank you for taking us with you to these magnificent places.

  37. Pierre Costa October 17, 2019 at 1:35 am

    what a pleasure to watch very inspiring thanks for sharing.

  38. Keith Dickson October 17, 2019 at 2:56 am

    What an incredible trip. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  39. x47plm October 17, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Thank you very much for taking us along with you on this beautiful 3 part adventure. I have always wanted to visit that part of the planet and now health issues will prevent me from ever going there. You are a natural at speaking to the camera in such a way that it makes me feel as though I’m there with you. You have another subscriber with me and I cant wait to see where you will take us on your next trip. Keep up the great work and stay safe while doing it. All the best to you……..Mike

  40. Anand NY October 17, 2019 at 3:45 am

    how much does your gear weight?

  41. HADI ADISK October 17, 2019 at 4:08 am

    thanks bring this footage here for me watch

  42. Tomi Fernandez October 17, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Man you're awesome!!

  43. Pato Loco October 17, 2019 at 5:48 am


  44. John Hapuarachchi October 17, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Heart stopped for a moment but in perfect peace, as I watched Morten doing what he does best – telling a beautiful story of how we can be most lonely and yet be most happy because you are with the One you love most – the Earth and its fullness. So humbling to just be present with him in his journey and I'm sure I have many fellow travellers with me following every step of this wonderful man. Thank you Morten for sharing this adventure and you are just one of a kind, and for sure I never get tired of watching you.

  45. TheGuitarsadist October 17, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Morten, thank you for the lovely series of your trip up to Svalbard.  Your videos have inspired me to get out and about so much more.  Been taking photos for over 50 years and been fortunate enough to travel many places, but in the last year or two, between you and Ben Horne YouTube, I have gone back to some old routes and spending more and more time of just going out into nature with a simple tent, sleepy bag and essential gear and enjoying what God has given us in nature.  The first two parts of this series, prodded me to get out of the RV for the long weekend and head out to Death Valley.Just me and the tent and gear and not particular schedule.Managed to revisited DV and find some new spots, got up early to catch the sunrise from Dante's View overlooking the salt ponds of Badwater, got the Sunset and colors of Artist Drive, had fun exploring Rhyolite, captured Darwin Falls and lots of hiking and shooting.Unlike you though, I did not have to make a choice between the solar charging and coffee since the batteries were all well charged and power at campground was available, so by my nature also, coffee was priority.  So much so that I finally bought a Jet Boil to get it quicker, thought I still carry my gas similar to your for other ( a 20 year old MSR Whisperlite-still going strong BTW).I am still going through nearly 400 photos taken of some great landscape and a little wildlife (even manage to get close up of one of the Wild Burros found at in and around DV).I want to thank you for the inspiration to drag the 62 year old bones out more often and spread them out in a nice cozy sleeping bag under a little 3 man tent.  Your videos have inspired me and I thank you for that.Best to you and yours

  46. James A Photography co uk October 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Amazing set of videos, really takes you there. Your one of the best at this Morten.

  47. Dima Visozki October 17, 2019 at 8:12 am

    12:22 Honestly thought you fell asleep.

  48. Norman Jayson Tumbado October 17, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Your work is like a national geographic. I love it,

  49. Michael Mai October 17, 2019 at 9:09 am

    The video caught more viewers than birds.

  50. tony hayes October 17, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Like Ive said before Mr. Hilmer, you are quite a remarkable gentleman. Keep up your amazing work and may it long inspire us to look after our planet

  51. Alfredo Da Rocha October 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Great great wildlife video… and magnificent landscapes, well done Morten

  52. FHC Cinematic October 17, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Yet another masterpiece. Thanks Morten.

  53. TeoLightyear3 October 17, 2019 at 11:53 am

    This means "Adventure"!!

    Hey! Help me to reach 100 subscribers until the end of the year!

  54. The Wasatch Gear Review October 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Absolutely beautiful work Mort! 🍻

  55. Nature Films October 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    You're drone shots were amazing : )

  56. Enigma Bletchley October 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    In a word: beautiful.

  57. Balderdash HP October 17, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I found myself nodding when you said “solar panels up first”. 😀 Beautiful video as always, Morten. I’m an avid fan.

  58. Sajith S.K October 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Is there any link for the bear Alarm?? Need to know more about the beat alarm

  59. david ball October 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    A stunning series!! So beautifully put together as always 😊👍

  60. Javier Flores October 17, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I love this type of videos.

  61. Charles Mercer October 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    You are such a blessing to me, personally

  62. Jami Davis October 17, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for putting together this three-part Svalbard series and sharing your adventure with us.

  63. its codrut09 October 17, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing series, hopefully you will make more videos and series like this soon!

  64. pilituraa black October 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Simply amazing !! Nice shots, very good editing ! Your videos are so relaxing …

  65. KG's Photography October 17, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing Morten absolutely wonderful stuff!! I was totally spellbound.

  66. Gavin J McGrath October 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Once again, an excellent production: outstanding scenery, camera work, and music! Watched all 3 'episodes' and was captivated by the barren beauty of the island. You have a way of 'bringing us along with you' in your work! Most of us will never have the chance to see what you've seen, excpet through your videos. Thanks!

  67. 章猫文Melvin October 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Would be great if these videos were shot with a 360° camera…

  68. grassrootsphotography sean October 17, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    The greatest shoe lace tying known to man!

  69. bikelife October 17, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Hey Morten,

    just wanted to say that i found you over youtubes recommendations some days ago and i really enjoy watching your videos because of the theme self and your way to edit. Of course i do photography too and me and a friend are planning to do something simmilar to your trips but cause we've never done that before i wanted to ask you if you can give some tips and important things on our way. I am talking about something like:

    What do we need?

    What should we take care of? (especially something like needing a rifle cause of bear for example)

  70. Darren J Spoonley Photography October 17, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Three in a row , absolutely sublime watching, you had me riveted from part 1 , great story telling , filming, editing and photos throughout

  71. Randy Geene October 17, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I love the first shot of the arctic fox and its stark contrast to the browns and blacks of the land. Beautiful series Morten! Lovely music as well.

  72. Evan Jones October 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    One of the best series of films you’ve made, excellent…thank you

  73. Dizzy Buizzy October 17, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    It's nice to get Solitude on a Beautiful Island, but all that Gear just to shoot some Birds (Seagulls) and a Fox? I don't know how to figure that out?

  74. Vijay Chitte October 17, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Hi wonderfully done video … z7 or z6 ?

  75. TheChuckism1 October 17, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Perfect series, Morten. This was several coffee's long ( with hitting the pause button to refill). But, they end all too quickly. The Arctic fox images are beautiful. Amazing footage to include us with your adventure. Thanks, Morten

  76. FL Panhandler October 18, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I don’t even own a camera (yet) and love watching these clips. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  77. Ricardo Uribe October 18, 2019 at 12:58 am

    i feel i can trust this man with my life

  78. Roneil Canillas October 18, 2019 at 1:36 am

    A follower from the Philippines. fantastic video!

  79. wix cast October 18, 2019 at 1:42 am


  80. Bon Pecheur October 18, 2019 at 1:54 am

    My brother shared this video with me because of the photography part . For myself I like the camping part in a wild environnement. You make 2 person's happy!
    Super video!
    Sylvain , Québec

  81. Javi May October 18, 2019 at 2:27 am

    You are the best

  82. Paul Hendershott October 18, 2019 at 2:40 am

    The most beautiful and moving creation I've ever seen.. you're the master! I'm not worthy….

  83. Ignazius B. Samson October 18, 2019 at 5:12 am

    many many thanks Mr. Hilmer 🙏✨

  84. Deepak Garg Sharma Photography October 18, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Big Fan sir❣❣🌎🌎😊🔥🔥… you are a Great inspiration to me

  85. Kathleen Hart October 18, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Rule 101- Every day starts best with a coffee! So happy you found your Arctic fox!

  86. Alex Lancashire Photography October 18, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Great video Morten, loved the fox.

  87. Cheiko Sairin October 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    What a great adventure and experience 👍👍

  88. normusarms October 18, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Enjoyed the photography, could you please reveal the music you used when photographing the seabirds? Thank you, looking forward to your next adventure from miserable grey suburbia.

  89. katsa October 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Grazie per questo vlog! Spetacolare!

  90. AdityaNarayan Sahoo October 18, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Loved it man

  91. Gary Ashford October 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    This is the best youtube channel! Love your work! Thanks for taking us on your adventures.

  92. Galatin October 18, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    The footage of the arctic fox is fantastic!

  93. Ralph Dollaga October 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    this is just really really peaceful. it's a lovely video as always.

  94. Photography October 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    200k gratz!!!

  95. Serkan Boztepe October 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Your videos never cease to put a smile in my face. You really manage to take people with you on you're wonderful trips and journeys. Please never stop making such great videos.

  96. Jeff Files October 18, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Truely wonderful, I feel immersed in the landscape with you watching your films Morten, they go way beyond normal vlogs! Just heard on Tom & Brendon channels of the fantastic trip to Antarctica your involved in, wow that will be a epic trip. Thank you so much for taking us along on your adventures Morten, safe travels.

  97. il lolo October 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Absolute amazing!

  98. Victor Alejandro October 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Ola!!!!! 😀 es maravilloso lo que plazmas amigo!.

  99. Paul Bennett October 18, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Superb as always Morten and I loved the Fox. Stay safe when your out there my friend !!! 📷👍

  100. Phil Braithwaite October 19, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Quality output that should win some sort of award, an absolutely fantastic series. Thanks Morten!

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