SVALBARD WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN MAY 2021 OVERVIEW
JULY, WHEN ARCTIC NATURE IS AT ITS MOST ACTIVE
Nature in the High Arctic constantly changes. On Svalbard, every day is different, and every year is different. Arctic Wildlife Tours guides leads this expedition to Svalbard, a remote area we know and love. That’s important, because this is a land where your guides must know how to handle the constantly-changing weather conditions, drift ice, and wildlife on the move 24 hours a day.
In July, Arctic nature is at its explosive best. A lot of the snow has melted yet some of it remains, creating interesting patterns in the landscape. Polar bears and diverse birdlife are on the move and so it’s easier to see Svalbard wildlife at this time of year. We still want to find the wildlife on ice so we go far north and search in the drift ice and perhaps in front of the glaciers.
Experience wildlife encounters in picture-perfect icy conditions by joining our Svalbard photo expedition in the summer. This exclusive small ship charter trip navigates through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic on board the expedition ship MS Freya. You will never forget it.
Wondering what to expect? Please get in touch for more information and to talk about what you can expect.
Also, you can read about some of our previous trips on our Be Inspired pages.
Dates: July 15 - 24 2021
Duration: 9 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, July 15 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, July 24 09:00
Superior cabin, private facilities,0 spots available
NOK 75 000,- pr. pax
Double cabins, private facilities,1 spot available(Shared cabin for a male)
NOK 69 000,- pr. pax
Available spots might not be updated at all times. Please ask for update on how many cabins that still are available and which type of cabins by sending us an inquiry. The cabins are double shared cabins, in case you need a single cabin, please ask us.
WHY WE PREFER SVALBARD
In July the snow covered mountains have been replaces by only stripes of old snow in the landscapes and black and grey in between. The landscapes are still dramatic, depending on where in Svalbard you travel. At the north east corner of Spitsbergen we can watch very dramatic and alpine landscapes.
Polar Bear viewings
After our opinion this is the best place in the world to find and experience Polar Bears. Its truly something unique to nature enthusiasts and modern explorers.
Polar Bears of course, Walruses resting on ice or on land, Minky Whales playing around the ship, Bearded Seals and birdlife at its best; Blue Whales and Bowhead Whales can be seen some places. We are talking about July. At this time of the year there is an unbelievable amount of wildlife to encounter during an adventure around Svalbard.
SVALBARD AND THE SEASONS
Often referred to by the name of its largest island, Spitsbergen, Svalbard forms part of Norway and, with just 2000 inhabitants, has a very small population. Compared to this the Svalbard population of Polar Bears is 3000 animals. The main cause of this is the harsh weather conditions - in the winter months, thick ice and snow carpets the archipelago. Spitsbergen were discovered by explorer Willem Barentzs in 1596, whilst finding a route to the Far East.
The best time to see polar bears in Svalbard is usually in the summer months, as the ice encompassing the archipelago melts enough for us to navigate the icy waters. At this time, the midnight sun reigns over the dramatic landscapes, casting an ever-glowing, ambient light on the surroundings. In autumn, when the midnight sun is replaced by some fascinating sunsets, the red colors from the sunlight shining through the atmosphere bring back some stunning light situations throughout the Svalbard nature before the polar night covers everything in darkness.
Estimated travel route during this photo tour
This photo tour and itinerary will be planned in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. The ice is retreating fast at this time of the year and we will have more and more open sea. We will sail as far north up to the drift ice.
Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day and night in advance.
Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden. Heading north or south, depending on the drift ice situation, into the drifting ice. We also search in the fjords, which will have fjord ice still.
Day 1-9 We set course for the areas where we know we will meet the drift ice. No matter if we sail north or south this will be the focus. Some of the fjords and islands will be interesting to visit and we will search systematically for wildlife wherever we go. The fjords will still be frozen in this time of the year.
The route is just a estimate for where we can sail. This can, and probably will, be changed as we know this from our earlier expeditions.
Day 10 Leaving the ship after breakfast and prepare the travel home.
Booking Inquiry for Svalbard photo expedition
Registration: You register by sending in the booking forms we send you upon your request and submitting deposit payment of NOK 20.000. This inquiry is not a binding booking.
Please send your tour reservation from the Booking page and we will send you the booking form on email. Send in the completed reservation/booking form together with the payment and your booking will be confirmed. Both booking form and terms form have to be signed. The second payment of NOK 20.000,- have to be made within 6 months before departure. Full payment must be made no later than 30 days prior to departure. A expedition fee of NOK 450 will be added on last payment. You will receive invoices for the last two payments. Private cancellation insurance should be purchased by all participants.