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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 September expedition 2021 onboard MV Togo

We are doing an AFTER COVID autumn expedition on Svalbard cooperating with another organizer onboard the ship MV Togo. We are hosting this expedition with Svein and Jens as expedition…

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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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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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Svalbard Expedition June-July 2022 onboard MS Malmö

For the summer Svalbard expedition in 2022 we are chartering the ship MS Malmö, which is well suited for these kind of expeditions. We have used Malmö several times before…

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Svalbard tour 05 – 15 July 2022 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 14 – 24 July expedition 2022 onboard MS Malmö

In July, 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#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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Svalbard August 23 – Sept 02 expedition 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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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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Svalbard August expedition 2022 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 2022 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 September 12-22 expedition 2022 onboard MS Malmö

Join us for this second Svalbard wildlife photography expedition in autumn 2022 and search for the autumn light. In September a few snow patches are left from last winter and…

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