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

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 one of our 2019 Svalbard departures before February 28 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

Early Bird Discounts

The first 20 bookings on select 2020 departures will receive £500 ($630) off our listed trip price!

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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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