Svalbard

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.

Trip Details

Small Group Trip

Our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer trip is a small group wildlife expedition. The M/S Freya and M/V Kinfish are small, intimate ships perfect for exploring the icy shores of the Svalbard Archipelago, ensuring your proximity to wildlife-rich areas of interest. Carrying between 12 and 16 passengers, they create 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/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 2018 | August 12-22

M/V Kinfish Trip Log 2018 | May 27-04 June

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

Dates and prices

2019 Departures

Date   Trip Length  Price From  Ship  Max Passengers  Specialist Guide 
April 25 - May 3
9 Days  £9,495 M/S Freya 16 David Yarrow
May 7 - 17
11 Days  £9,495 M/V Kinfish
12 Chase Teron

May 17 - 25

9 Days  £7,195 M/V Kinfish
12
May 25 - Jun 4 11 Days  £9,495 M/V Kinfish
12 Steve Winter

Jun 4 - 14

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jun 14 - 24

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jun 24 - Jul 4

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jul 4 - 14

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Jul 14 - 24

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish
12

Aug 10 - 20

11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya 16 Kate Humble
Aug 20 - 30 11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya
16 Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk

Last-Minute Discounts

If you book yourself a place on select 2019 Svalbard departures before March 31st 2019, you will receive £1,000 ($1,275) off our listed trip price!

2020 Departures

Date  Trip Length Price From Ship Max Passengers Specialist Guide
Apr 24 - May 4
11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
May 4 - 12
9 Days £8,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
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 TBC
Jun 11 - 20
10 Days £7,895 M/V Kinfish 12
Jun 20 - 30
11 Days £8,295 M/V Kinfish 12
Jun 30 - Jul 10
11 Days £8,295 M/V Kinfish 12
Jul 10 - 20
11 Days £9,495 M/V Kinfish 12 TBC
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 TBC
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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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