Svalbard Autumn ice Expedition

Svalbard Autumn ice September 26 - October 04 2025

Exploring Kvitøya far east

Late autumn is great for landscape shots when it comes to colors and light. At this time of the year the Arctic is freezing up again and the first snow arrives. You will explore the High Arctic under some of the best lighting conditions and dramatic weather and light we could have on Svalbard.

Our main goal is to sail far northeast, exploring Lågøya, Seven Islands, Storøya and at the end Kvitøy which is rarely visited. We also will explore the drift ice searching for Polar Bears and Bowhead whales.

Our guides and travel leaders know how to handle the constantly changing weather, drifting ice conditions and wildlife on the move, taking advantage of every hour we have of daylight. Dawn and dusk will give us some amazing lighting from the sun disappearing more and more under the horizon.

Join this exclusive small ship charter navigating through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic. We focus on photographic opportunities but our expeditions are well suited for anyone interested in wildlife experiences.

If you have questions about this expedition please do not hesitate to send an email on [email protected]


Dates: 26. Sep 2025 - 04. Oct 2025

Duration: 9 nights/10 days

Available: 12 SPOTS

Embark: Longyearbyen, September 14, 18:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, September 24, 09:00

Twin cabins, private facilities

EUR 8 900  pr. pax.

Please ask us for latest information about availability. The single cabins can also be used as double cabins.

Practical information

What's included?

Travel Route Svalbard photo expedition


Svalbard is situated at about 80 degrees north, so we schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. The map on this page shows the estimated route for this expedition. Even if it normally will be some changes in the planned itinerary this route cover the main areas we plan to visit. In September and October the drift ice edge can be situated 82-83 degrees north and we expect to see polar bears and other wildlife on our journey. The Arctic start to frees up again.

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

Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen throughout Isfjorden. Heading north to the drifting ice.

Day 2-9 We will explore the coastlines of Svalbard and even visit the drift ice areas in late autimn fantastic light. We do expect new snow covering the landscapes and the fjords and drift ice starting to frees again.

The route illustrated in the map on this page is just a estimate for where we will sail. It probably will be changed depending on the ice conditions. Maybe we have to sail much further to the north to reach the ice.

Day 10 Leaving the ship after breakfast and prepare the travel home.

What to expect?

  • Navigate far into the icy north for close-up polar bear encounters
  • Enjoy walking in and sailing through incredible landscapes and breath-taking fjords and waterfalls
  • Enjoy the small group flexibility our expeditions provide. We do what we want, when we want!
  • Get close to the Arctic wildlife and have your chances for stunning images
  • Spend the moments and sometimes long waitings for the extraordinary wildlife encounters with like-minded people
  • Enjoy the amazing light in September
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