Svalbard

Svalbard in September

September Weather and Where To Go

Temperatures start to drop back below 0 °C in September, usually averaging between 1 °C and -3 °C. Fog, cloud and rain are likely throughout the month but you shouldn’t let this put a dampener on your spirits. You can still enjoy hikes around Longyearbyen and ship-based expeditions continue at the beginning of the month.

As some of the ice will have melted away during the warmer months, more parts of the archipelago will be easily accessible, but equally this means the pack ice will be more difficult to reach. The areas of melted ice give you the chance to see some of the lesser-visited eastern sections of Svalbard, where you may be able to spot walrus, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer as well as breathtaking waterfalls and glacier fronts.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that September is not the best time to go to Svalbard for wildlife sightings. If you'd like to travel at this time of year, we would recommend Arctic Canada instead. On our Caribou Migration & Autumn Arctic Tundra Safari, you can follow a 350,000-strong herd of caribou across Canada's rugged Barren Lands, a vast wilderness that will be alive with vibrant autumn colours during September. You'll also be in with a chance of seeing wolves, grizzly bears, black bears and golden eagles.

Marvel at the meltwater before the Arctic winter and the polar night close in on Svalbard over the next few months.

Daylight hours reduce significantly throughout the month, from the 19 hours/day in August to an average of only 7.18 hours by the end September. Your guide will ensure you make the most of the light when seeking out wildlife and photographing landscapes. The lighting is likely to be a warm glow for the majority of the day as the sun sits low in the sky which makes for a unique photographic setting. Once the sun goes down you will be able to spend the evenings listening to nature presentations aboard your expedition ship.

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