SVALBARD WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN AUGUST 2021 OVERVIEW
CLOSE TO THE HIGH ARCTIC NATURE OF SVALBARD
In August, 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 so it’s easier to see Svalbard wildlife at this time of year.
Experience wildlife encounters in picture-perfect icy conditions by joining our Svalbard photo expedition in the late summer.
Nature in the High Arctic constantly changes. On Svalbard, every day is different, and every year is different. The Norwegian-owned company Arctic Wildlife Tours 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.
This exclusive small ship charter trip navigates through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic. Although this expedition will be focused on photography, it’s not only for professionals. If you are a keen amateur or even an enthusiastic beginner, then this journey still suits you. It’s also a good option for polar wildlife enthusiasts.
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: August 13 - 23 2021
Duration: 10 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, Aug 13 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, Aug 23 09:00
Superior cabin, private facilities,2 spots available
NOK 75 000,- pr. pax
Double cabins, private facilities,8 spots available
NOK 69 000,- pr. pax
Double cabins, shared facilities, 2 spots available
NOK 62 500,- 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
The landscapes are still lit by a low sun and some mountain tops will be colored from the redish late evening light, mountains are still covered with snow and the glaziers are still frozen in the grip of the winter.
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 already some birdlife; 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. In August the ice have retreated a lot. More and more open waters will be accessible. Normally at this time we sail towards the north-east. Sometimes we will try to reach Kvitøya, situated Far East.
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 1-10 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 11 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. You will receive invoices for the last two payments. Private cancellation insurance should be purchased by all participants.