In the polar regions, the power of the sun can be felt more intensely than anywhere else in the world. She provides constant light in the summer and does not rise above the horizon in the winter, leaving the land soaked in mystical darkness. Her warmth is a gentle glow, her rays colour the sky in pinks, purples and golds, and sometimes she appears so close that you feel like you could touch her. Words cannot accurately describe the sheer magnificence of Svalbard. As the most readily accessible region of the polar north, the scenery and sheer beauty is the epitome of our Arctic dreams.

Light winter:

MARCH TO MAY

The sun returns to the Isfjord and Longyearbyen at the beginning of March and is greeted with a week long festival. At this time a magical blue light illuminates the sky and you can feel the sun fighting for a presence. As the sun glides higher in the sky and her strength grows, daylight hours extend and by the end of April the midnight sun has returned. This is widely considered the best time for snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Dog sledding in the light winter, Svalbard, Norway Dog sledding in the light winter, Svalbard, Norway

Spring:

MAY

By May the coastal ice is breaking up and boat trips along the fjord commence. The first flickers of summer appear as the snow begins the melt. Svalbard is beautiful at this time of year - snow covered mountain peaks form the backdrop to a glistening waterway. Winter and summer activities can be enjoyed.

Wild reindeer in spring, Svalbard, Norway Wild reindeer in spring, Svalbard, Norway

Summer:

JUNE TO AUGUST

The summer months attract ornithologists, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to Svalbard’s shores.  The snow has disappeared and in its place is a land of lichen and delicate tundra flowers. The towering mountains, nutrient-rich waters and vast tundra are the perfect setting for kayaking, hiking, ice caving, fossil-hunting and boat excursions. This natural paradise attracts whales and walruses to the ice-free fjords, an abundance of birdlife to the cliffs, and polar bears and Arctic fox in search of food.

Walrus, Svalbard, Norway Walrus, Svalbard, Norway

Autumn:

AUGUST TO NOVEMBER

The midnight sun leaves Longyearbyen on 23 August and the wilderness gains the golden colours of autumn. Oranges, browns, reds and gold blanket the valleys. This period sees the welcome return of Lady Aurora and you may even experience the first dusting of snow. Summer activities are still available at this time.

Lush landscapes of autumn, Svalbard, Norway Lush landscapes of autumn, Svalbard, Norway

Dark winter:

NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY

Svalbard is bathed in darkness for two months, from mid-November to the end of January. It is not ‘dark’ however as your days are accompanied by the twinkling of moonlight and stars. It is even possible to observe the Aurora Borealis throughout the day – a unique experience. A wealth of winter activities are on offer including snowmobile tours, dog sled excursions and wilderness meals.

Dark winter, Svalbard, Norway Dark winter, Svalbard, Norway
Michelle Vincent

By Michelle Vincent

17th October 2018



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