Svalbard in March

Only just moving out of the polar night, March isn't the best time to travel to Svalbard to access the far north but can be great for winter sports. Find out more here.

March Weather and Where To Go

March offers more sunlight than February but only a barely perceptible rise in temperature, with averages 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.


• Browse our Svalbard holidays
• Download our free polar bear guide
• Contact our  Destination Specialist for advice

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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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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