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SVALBARD

Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world with a permanent settlement; with an airport, an international cruise ship harbour and over 2000 people living in the administration centre Longyearbyen. It is therefore quit obvious that Svalbard is the most accessible area in the high Arctic and also the preferred gateway into the region for many traveller.

Compared to other places in the northern hemisphere, on the same latitude as Svalbard, the archipelago has a very mild climate. Normally, and even more so in the last years, the sea around Svalbard is completely ice free. The warm water currents from the south allows people to live comfortable lives here, when you in North American and Russia would struggle with extremes not suitable for living. Though the winter can be harsh, with temperatures in the low 30’s and howling winds, people have adapted in order to exploit the recourses in this area.

SVALBARD

Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world with a permanent settlement; with an airport, an international cruise ship harbour and over 2000 people living in the administration centre Longyearbyen. It is therefore quit obvious that Svalbard is the most accessible area in the high Arctic and also the preferred gateway into the region for many traveller.

Compared to other places in the northern hemisphere, on the same latitude as Svalbard, the archipelago has a very mild climate. Normally, and even more so in the last years, the sea around Svalbard is completely ice free. The warm water currents from the south allows people to live comfortable lives here, when you in North American and Russia would struggle with extremes not suitable for living. Though the winter can be harsh, with temperatures in the low 30’s and howling winds, people have adapted in order to exploit the recourses in this area.

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WHERE IS SVALBARD?

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HOW IS THE CLIMATE?

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MAMMALS OF SVALBARD
Twenty two different species of mammals live in or around Svalbard, but only a few inhabit the land. Over half of the mammalian species in Svalbard are whales. The home of these mammals is characterized by ice in many forms, but it is also one of the most vulnerable natural areas in the world. READ MORE

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BIRDS OF SVALBARD
A total of 126 bird species are recorded in Svalbard. June is perhaps the best time of year for bird watching on Svalbard. The returning migratory birds can gather in large numbers in the valleys and along beaches. READ MORE

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PLANTS OF SVALBARD

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GEOLOGY OF SVALBARD

EXPLORE SVALBARD

WildPhoto Travel is well known for high quality photo expeditions and safaris specially designed for nature photographers. The company is founded and run by professional photographers Ole Jørgen Liodden and Roy Mangersnes, and we know WHERE to go, WHEN to go and HOW to get the best possible light conditions.


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SVALBARD WINTER
This is the expedition for those who want to explore the coasts of Svalbard in winter time, focusing on the Arctic winter light, landscape and wildlife. EXPLORE MORE

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SVALBARD ICE LOVER
This is the expedition for those who want to explore the coasts of Svalbard in winter time, focusing on the Arctic winter light, landscape and wildlife. EXPLORE MORE

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SVALBARD CLASSIC
This is the expedition for those who want to explore the coasts of Svalbard in winter time, focusing on the Arctic winter light, landscape and wildlife. EXPLORE MORE

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SVALBARD AUTUMN LIGHT
This is the expedition for those who want to explore the coasts of Svalbard in winter time, focusing on the Arctic winter light, landscape and wildlife. EXPLORE MORE

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TRIP REPORTS
WildPhoto Travel has arranged more than 50 ship-based photo expeditions to Svalbard. You can see images and trip reports from some of them. READ MORE

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WILDPHOTO GUIDE TEAM
The WildPhoto Travel guide team is a unique selection of extremely talented photographers, knowledgeable naturalist and just very good guys. READ MORE