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/V Kinfish is a small, intimate ship perfect for exploring the icy shores of the Svalbard Archipelago, ensuring your proximity to wildlife-rich areas of interest. Carrying 12 passengers, it creates 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/V Kinfish Trip Log 2019 | April 25-03 May  
M/V Kinfish Trip Log 2018 | May 27-04 June

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 2016 | July 15-24   
M/S Malmo Trip Log 2017 | June 3 -11 
M/S Malmo Trip Log 2017 | August 22-01 September
M/S Malmo Trip Log 2018 | August 12-22

Dates and prices

2020 Departures

Date  Trip Length Price From Ship Max Passengers Specialist Guide
Apr 24 - May 4 11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 Chris Michel
May 4 - 12 9 Days SOLD OUT M/V Kinfish 12 Martin Hartley
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 Andy Mann
Jun 11 - 20 10 Days £7,895 M/V Kinfish 12  
Jun 20 - 30 11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 Andrew James
Jun 30 - Jul 10 11 Days £8,295 M/V Kinfish 12  
Jul 10 - 20 11 Days SOLD OUT M/V Kinfish 12  
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 Chase Teron
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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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