SPRING EXPEDITION | SVALBARD, NORWAY >
MAY 6th - MAY 15th 2020
Day 0 : We always recommend to arrive in Longyearbyen, the biggest settlement on Svalbard, at least 24 hours in advance.
Day 1 : Depart from Longyearbyen through the Isfjord heading north or south into the drifting ice.
Day 1-9 : We set course for the areas where we know we will meet the drift ice. If we sail north or south this will be the focus. Some of the fjords and islands are interesting to visit and we will search systematically for wildlife wherever we go. The fjords will still be frozen at this time of the year.
The route can, and probably will, be changed based on knowledge gained on previous expeditions and the current weather and drift ice conditions.
Day 10 : Leave the ship after breakfast and prepare for the journey home.
There will never again be a better time to visit this part of the world. Svalbard is changing. The drift ice and fjord ice are melting earlier than ever before. On this expedition we will make sure we can reach the drift ice without spending waiting to reach the drift ice farther north.
May is a wonderful time to experience the Svalbard wilderness. The light is more interesting, the landscapes are still covered by snow after the long winter, and nights can still be very cold with freezing ice. This means we can see wildlife resting and hunting on the ice-covered fjords.
In this winterly environment you can experience wildlife encounters in picture-perfect icy conditions by joining our Svalbard photo expedition in the early Spring. Our wildlife expeditions are the ultimate in polar exploration at any time of year, but in April fantastic light conditions combine with snow and ice to create Svalbard’s most iconic photo opportunities.
High Arctic nature is constantly changing. On Svalbard, every day is different, and every year is different. The Norwegian-owned company Arctic Wildlife Tours leads this expedition to Svalbard, a remote area they know and love. That’s important, because this is a land where your guides must know how to handle the constantly-changing weather conditions, drift ice, and wildlife on the move 24 hours a day.
This exclusive small ship charter trip navigates through the Svalbard wilderness and icy waters of the High Arctic. Although this expedition will be focused on photography, it’s not only for the professionals. If you are a keen amateur or even a beginner, then this journey still suits you. It’s also a good option for polar wildlife enthusiasts.
The expedition ship MS Freya is a ship well-suited to polar explorations. The ship is built in early 1980 and are spacious and comfortable. 6 of the cabins onboard is new. Our Norwegian and Swedish guides that will lead the trip all speak excellent English and have long experience hiking and exploring the environment of Svalbard.