Svalbard in July

Expedition ships have access to the pack ice which allows for incredible wildlife encounters. Find out more.

July Weather and When To Go

July is the warmest of all the months in Svalbard sometimes even reaching positive double figures. 

Rainfall levels rise to 24mm in June and this is likely to come in drizzly rain and sleet rather than great downpours. Each year, ice conditions are hugely dependent on a number of factors: temperatures in winter, wind direction and, of course, to a certain extent, climate change. It is impossible to say how far north the pack ice will be from year to year and whether some of the ordinarily icy fjords will be covered in ice floes or not. If you travel to Svalbard aboard one of our ship charters, the experienced Captain and crew will analyse the weather and ice conditions and make routing decisions based on recent sightings and the locations they feel are most likely to offer successful wildlife opportunities. 


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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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Despite having 24 hours of daylight, July is likely to receive summer fog that Svalbard is renowned for. This is due to the meeting of wind currents and impacts visibility greatly so may make navigation more difficult. You will be able to use Zodiacs to get to shore and explore certain sites up close though, so will still get good wildlife sightings.

The summer months are also known to be the best months for whale watching in Svalbard. There can be up to 11 species of whale in the region at any one time depending on when they arrive from the south. Look out for minke whales, bowheads and white beluga whales


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