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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 quite 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?
Svalbard lies between the latitudes of 74° and 81° North, and is the best place on the planet to observe and photograph polar bears. Longyearbyen is the northernmost city in the world at 78° North. READ MORE

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HOW IS THE CLIMATE?
The climate in Svalbard is strongly affected by it’s northernly latitude and the warm Atlantic current. The climate is warmer, expecially in winter, than other areas in the Arctic at similar latitudes, and is the strongly affected by the ongoing climate changes. READ MORE

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MAMMALS OF SVALBARD
Twentytwo different species of mammals live in or around Svalbard, but only a few inhabit the land. 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
More than 160 species of plants are found in the Svalbard archipelago, most of them on the western side of Spitsbergen. With a short growing season, all the plants are slow growing, and rarely grow higher than 10 cm. READ MORE

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GEOLOGY OF SVALBARD
Svalbard represents the uplifted part of the Barents Sea. The pointed, high mountains on the western coast of Svalbard, named this large island Spitzbergen. READ MORE

EXPLORE SVALBARD

No place is as mesmerizing as the Svalbard archipelago. Once you have had a taste, you always want to come back for more! At WildPhoto Travel we know this better than anyone. Our founding photographers Ole Jørgen Liodden and Roy Mangersnes keep coming back repeatedly, to capture the beauty of this mysterious and fascinating destination.

Join our experienced Wildphoto Travel photographer team as we explore the corners of Svalbard, venture through the pack ice and into the hidden bays on the other side of the mountain. We welcome you to visit the links below for more detailed information about our tour options, read trip reports and learn more about our team members, and come and explore Svalbard with us!


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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
Explore and photograph the Arctic wilderness and its wildlife in early summer, when snow and ice is still covering the most of the archipelago. EXPLORE MORE

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SVALBARD CLASSIC
July and August is the period where the sea ice is disappearing around the Svalbard archipelago – retreating north – and the polar bears and whales are easier to spot. EXPLORE MORE

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SVALBARD AUTUMN LIGHT
The main subjects on this photo expedition will be wildlife and landscapes in stunning autumn light. The winter is returning back to Svalbard. 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