Svalbard

Svalbard in August

August Weather and WheN To Go

Daylight hours start to decline in August, but only slightly, with 19.46 hours of daylight still remaining. Therefore you still have time to make the most of your Arctic safari but you may be able to catch a sunrise or sunset too!

AS THE SUN DIPS TOWARDS THE HORIZON AT THIS TIME OF YEAR THE PINK SKIES ARE A STUNNING BACKDROP FOR PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ICY TUNDRA.

Depending on where the wind comes from changes the temperature greatly in Svalbard but the mercury in August is likely to remain on the positive side, usually standing between 2°C and 6°C. Wind chill factor can make a noticeable difference though so be sure to have a windproof jacket with you at all times. If you are prone to getting cold it is always worth taking extra layers and hand and foot warmers for while you are sitting in the Zodiacs for prolonged periods of time.

Our clients have seen up to 37 bears in a single trip when travelling with us.

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Trip Details

Small Group Trip

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

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  £7,295 M/V Kinfish
12
May 25 - Jun 4 11 Days  £9,495 M/V Kinfish
12 Andy Mann

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 TBC
Aug 20 - 30 11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya
16 Shannon Wild and Russ MacLaughlin
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Rainfall is at its highest level in August with 30mm throughout the month. Although this does not sound like much (and it isn’t relatively speaking – Svalbard is part of the Arctic desert) slow drizzle will mean wearing your waterproof cover-up suit and taking plastic bags or casing for your camera.

Wildlife opportunities are still fantastic throughout August. Polar bears are hungry and on the lookout for food and if you’re lucky you may spot female walrus with their young at this time too.

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