SVALBARD WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN JULY 2022 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: July 14 - 24 2022
Duration: 10 nights
Embark: Longyearbyen, July 14 16:00
Disembark: Longyearbyen, July 24 09:00
Single cabin, private facilities,0 spot available
NOK 77 500,- pr. pax
Double cabins, private facilities,0 spots available
NOK 72 500,- pr. pax
Double cabins, shared facilities, 0 spots available
NOK 67 500,- 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.
For Single Occupancy multiply with a factor of 1.8
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. Depending on the weather we also will try reach the drift ice and search for wildlife there. Normally this is something we always do 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. 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.
READ SOME OF THE BLOGS FROM THE SVALBARD TOURS
Blog posts about Svalbard
National Geographic photographer Stefano Unterthiner
Stefano Unterthiner join us regularly for doing workshops we now have named Masterclass onboard. Stefano recently gave out his book about climate changes on Svalbard. Growing up in the mountains of Northwest Italy, Stefano Unterthiner…Read more
The return of the Walrus on Svalbard
The Walrus is one of the species we see more and more in Svalbard. The populations are growing after being almost exterminated back in the 1960`s. The story about the return of the Walrus on Svalbard…Read more
Photographer Ömer Acar on photographing polar bears and swimming in polar water
With a love for spending time in nature, and wanting to photograph wildlife in the arctic circles, Ömer Acar booked a trip to exotic Svalbard through Arctic Wildlife Tours AS.Read more