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 means the pack ice will be more difficult to reach. The areas of melted ice give you chance to see some of the less-visited Eastern sections of the Spitsbergen archipelago and have the best chance at viewing some of the Arctic wildlife that resides there as well as the breath-taking waterfalls and glacier fronts. 

Look out for walrus, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer.

Trip Details

Small Group Trip

This 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 Malmo Trip Log 2016 | July 15-24   
M/S Malmo Trip Log 2017 | June 3 -11 
M/S Malmo Trip Log 2017 | August 22-September

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  £7,295 M/V Kinfish
May 25 - Jun 4 11 Days  £9,495 M/V Kinfish
12 Steve Winter

Jun 4 - 14

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish

Jun 14 - 24

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish

Jun 24 - Jul 4

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish

Jul 4 - 14

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish

Jul 14 - 24

11 Days  £8,395 M/V Kinfish

Aug 10 - 20

11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya 16 TBC
Aug 20 - 30 11 Days  £8,995 M/S Freya
16 Shannon Wild and Russ MacLaughlin
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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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