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.

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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