October weather and when to go
As sunlight hours wane and the spectre of winter begins to draw in, October is not an ideal month for wildlife-viewing. Temperatures will likely remain below freezing from now until the spring thaw, which means ice cover in Svalbard’s waters will steadily increase as the month draws on. This makes it much harder for ships to navigate, so sea-based expeditions will cease. If you're hoping to see wildlife in October, our Arctic Canada safaris offer a fantastic chance of seeing polar bears and other Arctic animals at this time.
However, this doesn’t mean October in Svalbard is a complete no-go for polar travellers. Temperatures will not fall as low as they do in the ensuing months, and there will still be at least some sunlight each day until the sun finally falls below the horizon on October 26th, marking the beginning of the polar night. This is a great time for snowmobile and dog-sledding safaris, which are a thrilling way of seeing Svalbard’s interior. If you’re looking to travel to Svalbard in October, make the most of the wintry conditions and embark on an overland journey.