Svalbard

Svalbard in April

April Weather and Where To Go

April is the peak breeding time for polar bears in Svalbard however, reaching the bears can be difficult in early April unless you charter a private ship. Normal group safaris to encounter polar bears in Svalbard commence in late April or early May so if you wish to join an Arctic expedition to see the King of the Arctic we recommend travelling from late April onwards. 

Temperatures rise slightly in April, with an average minimum of -16°C and maximum temperatures of -9°C. You will therefore still need plenty of layers to keep you warm on any April Svalbard safari! Rainfall is significantly lower than March (16mm rather than 29mm) which is good news, however, there is likely to still be cloud coverage. 

In fact, Svalbard has an average of 85% cloud coverage year-round so enjoy the consecutive days of clear blue skies and sunshine when you get them.

Trip Details

Small Group Trip

Our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer trip is a small group wildlife expedition. The M/S Freya and M/V Kinfish are small, intimate ships perfect for exploring the icy shores of the Svalbard Archipelago, ensuring your proximity to wildlife-rich areas of interest. Carrying between 12 and 16 passengers, they create unique and enchanting wildlife experiences with unrivalled up-close encounters of Arctic wildlife, including the mighty polar bear.

Trip LogS

To download trip logs from previous departures, please click the following links:

M/S Freya Trip Log 2016 | July 5-15
M/S Freya Trip Log 2016 | August 2-12  
M/S Freya Trip Log 2017 | June 19-29 

M/S Freya Trip Log 2018 | June 14-24
M/S Freya Trip Log 2018 | July 03-13

M/S Malmo Trip Log 2018 | August 12-22

M/V Kinfish Trip Log 2018 | May 27-04 June

M/S Sjoveien Trip Log 2017 | August 4-14

Dates and prices

2019 Departures

Date   Trip Length  Price From  Ship  Max Passengers  Specialist Guide 
April 25 - May 3
9 Days  £9,495 M/S Freya 16 David Yarrow
May 7 - 17
11 Days  £9,495 M/V Kinfish
12 Chase Teron

May 17 - 25

9 Days  £7,195 M/V Kinfish
12
May 25 - Jun 4 11 Days  £9,495 M/V Kinfish
12 Steve Winter

Jun 4 - 14

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jun 14 - 24

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jun 24 - Jul 4

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jul 4 - 14

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jul 14 - 24

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Aug 10 - 20

11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya 16 Kate Humble
Aug 20 - 30 11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya
16 Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk

Last-Minute Discounts

If you book yourself a place on select 2019 Svalbard departures before March 31st 2019, you will receive £1,000 ($1,275) off our listed trip price!

2020 Departures

Date  Trip Length Price From Ship Max Passengers Specialist Guide
Apr 24 - May 4
11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
May 4 - 12
9 Days £8,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
May 12 - 20
9 Days £7,195 M/V Kinfish 12
May 20 - 28
9 Days £7,195 M/V Kinfish 12
May 28 - Jun 5
9 Days £8,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
Jun 11 - 20
10 Days £7,895 M/V Kinfish 12
Jun 20 - 30
11 Days £8,295 M/V Kinfish 12
Jun 30 - Jul 10
11 Days £8,295 M/V Kinfish 12
Jul 10 - 20
11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
Jul 20 - 30
11 Days £8,295 M/V Kinfish 12
Jul 30 - Aug 8
10 Days £7,895 M/V Kinfish 12
Aug 8 - 18
11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
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The length of days in April lengthens dramatically from the 3.17 hours in March to 15.3 hours in April. This gives you the chance to really make the most of your day, perhaps going on a snowmobile safari. Land safaris at this time are easier than cruises as the pack ice has still not fully melted meaning some routes will still be inaccessible.

April is often the best time for winter sports in Svalbard so for those interested in skiing or dog-sledding this can be a perfect time to travel. Rather than heading out into the ice-filled north at this time, which may be impassable, you can visit accessible areas around Longyearbyen and enjoy some local hikes if weather conditions permit. 

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