Svalbard early spring expedition

May 3 - 9 2018


Polar Bears still thrive on the fjord ice.

Join us when we sail out in the Arctic wilderness around Svalbard, anchor the ship in the fjord ice and walk on the ice near the glaziers. Often we find wildlife as Polar Bears on the ice covered fjords.

We are chartering the ship MS Malmö, an ice strengthened old-fashioned ship, for this Svalbard photo expedition we bring renowned photographer Audun Rikardsen and Arctic traveller and photographer Svein Wik as photographic guides. This voyage will be joined by some French customers and assisting French speaking assisting guide Delphine Dupré will join us during this expedition.

This Svalbard expedition lasts for a total of six nights. Our focus will be to search for wildlife like Polar Bears on the still frozen fjords this early in spring. Other wildlife we will find will be Walruses, seals, Arctic Foxes. We will hold lectures from earlier expeditions and other wildlife expeditions and experiences from Svalbard and Nordic countries.

Dates: May 3 - 9 2018
Duration: 6 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, May 3 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, May 9 09:00

Single cabin, private facilities, 0 available
NOK 49 000,-

Double cabins, private and shared facilities, 2 available
NOK 39 500,-

Triple cabin, private facilities, 0 available
NOK 37 500,-

Ship: MS Malmö

Practical information

Have any questions?

If you have any questions or are wondering about something,
please feel free to contact us at any given time.

Travel Route


Svalbard is situated at about 80 degrees north and we schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. In May we predict a lot of ice and we have a main plan for the rout like shown in the map.

Day 0 We always recommend to arrive Longyearbyen at least one day in advance.

Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen throughout Isfjorden.

Day 2-6 Western coast of Spitsbergen, visiting Kongsfjorden, Lilliehööksfjorden, Magdalenefjorden and Raudfjorden. If possible because of the ice we will sail up to Liefdefjorden on the northwest corner of Spitsbergen.

We will also have time to visit the spectacular fjords in Hornsund, down south of Spitsbergen. Everything depends on the ice conditions and weather situation when we sail out of the harbor.

Day 6 Sailing back to Isfjorden and arrive Longyearbyen in the evening around 20:00.

Day 7 Leaving the ship after breakfast around 09.00 and prepare the travel home.

Polar Bear walking in front of glazier in early June

Zodiac cruise in front of glazier

Polar Bear. Backlit.

Svalbard landscape in early June

Salbard. Early May.

Walruses resting on ice

Landscape in Hornsund, Svalbard.

Fjord ice braking up in May.

polar bears

Bearded Seal in the ice

Booking Information

Booking Inquiry for Svalbard Tour

Registration: You register by submitting deposit payment of NOK 10.000 to the bank account.

Bank account: 1503.71.05543


Bank address:
DNB NOR Bank Stjørdal, Kjøpmannsgata 13, 7500 Stjørdal, Norway

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 and last payment have to be made within 2 months before departure. You will receive an invoice for the last payment. Private cancellation insurance should be purchased by all participants.

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