Svalbard polar bears
expedition onboard MS Malmö

Intimate expeditions by ship focusing on sightings of Svalbard Polar Bears and Arctic wildlife around Svalbard.

JUNE 04 - 14 2022


Svalbard polar bears expeditions is something we like to offer now and then. We always see polar bears in some situation, not up close on every trip, because that depends on the individual polar bears we encounter. Some individuals are curious and can come close to our ship when we sail through the ice.

Our expeditions and Svalbard polar bears tours is the ultimate in polar exploration. Svalbard is to the Norwegian owned company Arctic Wildlife Tours a well known back yard. This is a land where the guides and travel leaders need to know how to handle the constantly changing weather, drifting ice conditions and wildlife on its move 24 hours a day. Every day is different and every year is different, the High Arctic nature is in a ever lasting changing mode.

Join this exclusive small ship charter and navigating through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters in the High Arctic. We get to see the Svalbard polar bears on the trip, that is 99% sure. We do focus on photographic opportunities but our expeditions are well suited for anyone interested in wildlife experiences. The guides aboard the small vessel MS Malmö are Norwegian and Swedish, all of them have long experiences hiking and exploring the Norwegian and Svalbard nature. The expedition ship MS Malmö is a well suited ship to do expeditions in Svalbard. During our expeditions we are commonly used to find Polar Bears, usually several. We do focus on other wildlife as the Blue Whale, Bearded Seal, Arctic Fox and Walruses. In June the birdlife is at its best. Landscapes and scenery is also an interesting photographic opportunity if you know where to look and what to look for. Please contact us and talk to us about what you can expect and for more information.

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

Dates: June 04 - 14 2022
Duration: 10 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, June 04 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, June 14 09:00

Double cabin, private facilities, 1 spots available

Last minute price NOK 49 500,- pr. pax.

Please ask us for latest information about availability.
We provide limited space for single cabin supplement - please ask us!

Ship: MS Malmö

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 will plan to visit.

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

Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden. Heading south or north, depending of the ice conditions, sailing for the drifting ice.

Day 2-10 Looking for wildlife in the drifting ice. If we sail to the south we will be in the spectacular fjord Hornnsund and if we sail to the north we will be close to Hinlopen strait and maybe the seven islands Depending on the ice conditions and weather we will choose the route for this Svalbard photo expedition. It will be varying from year to year and the ice conditions is the most important consideration we do before deciding where to go.

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. Every day will be planned according to the ice conditions and the best possibilities for finding wildlife.

Day 11 Leaving the ship after breakfast and prepare the travel home.

What to expect during the expedition?

  • 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
Bearded seal resting on drifting ice.
Bearded seal resting on drifting ice.
svalbard photography
A rest on remaining snow in June.
arctic climate
Sometimes the guides can warm their butt on the engine.
Booking Information

Booking Inquiry for Svalbard photo expedition

Registration: You register by sending in the booking forms we send you upon your request. This inquiry is not a binding booking.

After sending us an inquiry we will send you the booking forms by email. Send in the completed reservation/booking after receiving them. We will inform you about deposit payments and payment method as soon as you inquire with us. Payments can be done either by wire transfer or credit card payments. Receiving your booking form and a deposit payment will be a confirmed booking.

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