February weather and where to go
Of all the accessible months to visit Svalbard, February is the coldest. With a combination of extensive sea ice, freezing temperatures and an almost complete lack of sunlight rendering ship-based expeditions unviable (not to mention undesirable), February in Svalbard is not the best time of year for wildlife sightings.
However, with plenty of snow on the ground, this is a great month for those looking to try out a snowmobile or dog-sledding safari. This is still not the best time to take one of these overland trips – March and April are the peak months – but the polar night does at least come to an end in February, and you may get lucky by stumbling across some polar bear tracks. Sightings of actual bears in the winter months are very rare.
If you want to experience the elemental majesty of the polar night, February is a great time to explore the frozen wilderness of Svalbard’s interior.