Svalbard in August

As the ice melts further still explore some more remote sections of the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Find out more.

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!

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.


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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

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

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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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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