SVALBARD WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN MAY 2023 OVERVIEW
JOIN US IN EARLY AUGUST ONBOARD THE MS FREYA
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 August, Arctic nature is at its most intense and 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. Migrating birdlife is still at its nesting places. 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 travel photography 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. Exclusively tour with maximum 12 guests onboard the spacious and modern ship MS Freya.
Wondering what to expect? Please get in touch for more information and to talk about what you can expect.
Dates: August 03 - 11 2023
Duration: 8 nights/9 days
Embark: Longyearbyen, August 03 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, August 11 09:00
Superior double cabin, private facilities,0 spots available
NOK 89 000,- pr. pax
Double cabins, private facilities,6 spots available
NOK 82 500,- pr. pax
Single cabins, private facilities,4 spots available
NOK 87 500,- 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 would like to book one of our double cabins as a single occupancy, 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 1-8 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 9 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. 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. First deposit payment is NOK 15 000. After your first deposit payment your booking will be confirmed. A non-refundable expedition fee of NOK 450 should be added on your first deposit payment.
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