Svalbard in March

March Weather and Where To Go

Of all the accessible months to visit Svalbard, March is the coldest, with temperatures ranging between -20°C and -13°C. 

As Svalbard is only just coming out of winter at this time there is an average of 3.17 hours of daylight and pack ice has not started to melt away yet. This means that some routes may still be impassable making it much more difficult to track the polar bears and head towards their location. This is not an ideal time to visit Svalbard as you don’t have enough daylight hours to really make the most of your stay and it is not peak time for wildlife spotting in the area.

There is a slim chance of seeing the Northern Lights at this time of year, and although Svalbard isn’t considered the best location to see them it is still a natural phenomenon that you will be lucky to witness.

Apart from August, March has the second highest level of precipitation in Svalbard. Although this is not much in comparison to other countries (29mm/month) the rain/snow in Svalbard comes in constant light drizzle so it is probable you will get wet during your trip if you choose to visit in March.

When there is light during this month it is likely to be interesting for photographers, especially as you have both sunrise and sunset in a short space of time. This means you get both golden hours in your waking day (a novelty for Svalbard) and with cloudy skylines you could get some great images.

Snowmobile safaris can run from as early as February in Svalbard so March can be a great time to explore.


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