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Some nights onboard the ship I can hear the bearded seals sing from the deep.

Bearded seals are the largest of the northern phocid seals. They have an extremely elaborate, long set of whiskers that tend to curl when they are dry. It is these whiskers that give the species its name.

Bearded seals have a patchy distribution throughout the circumpolar Arctic. Their preferred habitat is drifting pack ice in areas over shallow water shelves. Juvenile animals wander quite broadly, but adult animals tend to have quite small home ranges, remaining in coastal waters much of the year.

Bearded seals are found at low densities in all of Svalbard’s fjords on a year-round basis, and in coastal regions wherever there is drifting ice.

Upcoming bearded seal tours

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Svalbard photo workshop 2021 onboard MS Malmö

Expeditions in early June in Svalbard gives promises about lots of drifting ice and fjord ice. Award winning photographer Audun Rikardsen will join us on this creative workshop and expedition…

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Svalbard June Expedition 2021 onboard MS Malmö

June is considered early summer season for Svalbard photography. Its still good ice conditions, some years its still frozen around the islands. June is considered as a more and more…

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Svalbard Expedition June-July 2021 onboard MS Malmö

We are preparing the expeditions for 2021 after a difficult corona year. For this summer Svalbard expedition in 2021 we are chartering the ship MS Malmö, which is well suited…

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Svalbard tour July 2021 onboard MS Villa

Explore the wonderful Arctic wilderness around Svalbard during this Svalbard extreme expedition. We are chartering the expedition ship MS Villa. Villa is recently refurbished and have a very high standard…

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Svalbard July expedition 2021 onboard MS Freya

July, when arctic nature is at its most active. On Svalbard, every day is different, and every year is different. Arctic Wildlife Tours guides leads this expedition to Svalbard, a…

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Svalbard August expedition 2021 onboard MS Malmö #2

In August, Arctic is at its explosive best. A lot of the snow has melted yet some of it remains, creating interesting patterns in the landscape. Wildlife are on the…

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Svalbard August expedition 2021 onboard MS Malmö

The interesting light is returning and paint the Svalbard wilderness in colors some days. Mid August expeditions will give us the opportunity to reach remote areas after the drifting ice…

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Svalbard August expedition 2021 onboard M/V Kinfish

Explore Svalbard at a time of the year when colors comes back on the sky. Late August will be a few weeks before the autumn and darkness arrives again. This…

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Svalbard September 2-12 expedition 2021 onboard MS Malmö

Join us for this Svalbard wildlife photography expedition and search for the autumn light in September on Svalbard. In September a few snow patches are left from winter and the…

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Svalbard autumn colors 2021 MS Freya

We do this exclusive Svalbard photography expedition in September onboard the expedition ship MS Freya. We plan to stay up in the drift ice as much as possible on this…

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Svalbard April expedition 2022 onboard MS Malmö

Svalbard wildlife expedition in 2022. We will be using the expedition ship MS Malmö for this photo tour, which is well suited for these kind of expeditions for exploring the…

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Arctic Wildlife Tours May expedition 2022

Arctic Wildlife Tours do this early May expedition on Svalbard in 2022. We will be using the expedition ship MS Malmö for this wildlife expedition, which is a well suited…

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Arctic Wildlife Tours May expedition 2022 #2

Arctic Wildlife Tours do this early May expedition on Svalbard in 2022. We will be using the expedition ship MS Malmö for this wildlife expedition, which is a well suited…

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Svalbard Masterclass on board 2022

Join our photography masterclass onboard hosted by Nat Geo photographer Stefano Unterthiner and Arctic Wildlife Tours

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Svalbard June Expedition 2022 onboard MS Malmö #1

June is considered early summer season for Svalbard photography. Its still good ice conditions, some years its still frozen around the islands. June is considered as a more and more…

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3 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Svalbard Expedition June 2022 onboard MS Malmö #2

New expedition in early summer 2019. For this early summer Svalbard expedition we are chartering the ship MS Malmö, which is well suited for these kind of expeditions and we…

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10 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Svalbard August expedition#1 2022

Explore Svalbard at a time of the year when colors start to come back on the sky. This time of the year are considered as a great time to find…

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12 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Svalbard August expedition#2 2022

Explore Svalbard at a time of the year when colors start to come back on the sky. This time of the year are considered as a great time to find…

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