Arctic Expeditions

We are photographer Melissa Schäfer and producer Fredrik Granath. Partners in life, love, work and all. We are based in Stockholm, Sweden, Longyearbyen and the world. We work with photography in the Arctic with a focus on the polar bear and climate change. Much of our field work we do on our own, during winter, often going on long expeditions travelling on snowmobile around Svalbard. Since 2016 we also charter M/S Freya every year. This has proven to be the best decision we ever made. Bringing new friends to the Arctic and experiencing this world of wonders together on M/S Freya has proved to be amongst the most amazing things we could ever have hoped for. Many of our guests come home having become friends for life, with each other and us, all sharing moments we will carry together forever. We let you see the nature and wildlife through our eyes, and we are so grateful to also see it through yours - with new fascination and excitement! MELISSA SCHÄFER PHOTOGRAPHER From her early childhood days in Hamburg, Germany, Melissa has viewed the world through her camera lens. With a background in creative and portrait photography she has always had a unique eye for the surroundings. A deep love for the Arctic and polar bears as well as a strong commitment to nature and the environment is a foundation for all her work. In 2020 Melissa and Fredrik published their book “Polar Tales” worldwide in English. It has also been published in German as “Das Königreich der Eisbären” and Swedish as “Bortom isbjörnens rike”. Melissa has also been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, GEO and many others. FREDRIK GRANATH PRODUCER Leading expert on field work and production in the polar regions. Since 2001 he has been working around the Arctic on his own projects, and also as a producer and adviser for other film- and photographic projects in the Arctic, including work for film studios and the National Geographic. He has assembled a unique expertise of working under the most extreme conditions and is specialised in polar bears.


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