Peak Wildlife season

Svalbard wildlife expeditions June 1 - 10 2025

Peak wildlife season svalbard 2025

In early summer some of the snow has melted, but still large areas covered by drift ice is left around Svalbard. Polar bears, walruses, whales, seals and diverse birdlife are on the move making for great opportunities to see Svalbard wildlife during this time of year. Its a great time to do one of our Svalbard wildlife expeditions.

We will bring you up into the drift ice to experience marine wildlife and creating the best opportunities designed for photographers in Svalbard. Our guides and travel leaders know how to handle the constantly changing weather, drift ice conditions and wildlife on the move, 24 hours a day. Every day is different, every year is different, and the High Arctic nature is in constant change.

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. The guides aboard the small vessel MS Origo have years of experience hiking and exploring the Norwegian landscape and Svalbard nature. The expedition ship MS Origo is a well suited ship to do Svalbard wildlife expeditions.

We focus on seeing all the different wildlife around Svalbard at this time of the year, among them of course are polar bears, blue whales, walruses and seals. Landscapes and scenery is also outstanding for photographic opportunities 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: 01. Jun 2025 - 10. Jun 2025

Duration: 9 nights/10 days

Available: 10 SPOTS


Single cabin, private facilities, 2 available
EUR 9 750 pr. pax.

Twin cabin, private facilities, 4 available
EUR 9 750 pr. pax.

Twin suite cabin, private facilities, 2 available
EUR 10 500 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 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 visit. In early June the drift ice edge can be situated near the Svalbard islands still. It's a good place searching for wildlife. Weather and ice conditions will be what we plan the sailing rout according to, along with where to find wildlife.

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

Day 1 Departure from Longyearbyen throughout Isfjorden. Dependent on weather and ice conditions we sail towards Northeast or Southeast. Any direction will bring us into interesting areas for finding wildlife.

Day 2-9 Looking for wildlife in accessible areas around the Svalbard islands. It's still early season in June and some of the most remote areas can still not be accessible. This will vary from season too season. We will try to reach the Seven Islands and up in the drifting ice. Depending on the ice conditions and weather we will choose the route for this Svalbard photo expedition. We will look for wildlife like polar bears, seals, whales and also some birdlife this time of the year. We will plan stops visiting Walrus haul outs as well.

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.

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

What to expect?

  • Navigate far into the icy north for close-up wildlife 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
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