Svalbard Golden Light
Celebrating the return of the midnight sun
Explore Svalbard in late winter
WildPhoto Travel started winter expeditions to Svalbard in 2016. From then we have arranged more than 20 ship-based photo expeditions in March, April and May to the western and northwestern parts of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. If you are looking for a different and exciting photo adventure, this is the expedition for you.
The main focus of our Svalbard Golden Light expeditions will be Arctic winter light, landscape and wildlife. From mid April the midnight sun is back in the high Arctic with great light conditions, and we are really looking forward to visit the western and northern parts of Spitsbergen at this time of the year. Usually winter trips to Svalbard are limited to snowmobiles quite close to Longyearbyen. With our expedition ship MS Virgo we can explore a much larger area, where very few photographers have been before. Are you ready to join the Wildphoto team on a special expedition?
We hope to observe and photograph wildlife such as Polar bears, Walrus, seals and reindeer, but animals are not as easy to locate in winter as they are in summertime. This is mostly because there is more ice to hide on in winter. However, we’ve had some great encounters on our previous Svalbard winter expeditions, so there is always a chance. The group size is limited to 12 participants giving us plenty of space and time to explore and photograph the magical Arctic winter.
Itinerary Svalbard Golden Light
Svalbard is located at about 80 degrees north, so we plan the Svalbard Golden Light expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. After 1 May it might be possible to go further east with our expedition ship. A possible itinerary for Svalbard winter expeditions could be:
DAY 1 Departure from Longyearbyen through Isfjorden.
DAY 2-4 Northwestern coast of Spitsbergen, with possible visits to Kongsfjorden, Magdalenefjorden, Smeerenburgfjorden, Raudfjorden, Liefdefjorden and other areas. Here we have possibilities to have great landscapes with glaciers and sharp mountain ridges, as well as chances for wildlife encounters.
DAY 5-7 Southwestern coast of Spitsbergen with Belsund and Hornsund, where there are also great snow-covered mountains and chances for wildlife on the sea ice. The weather and ice conditions has to be in our favour to get into both the northwestern and southwestern areas of Spitsbergen in winter.
DAY 8 Returning to Isfjorden arriving in Longyearbyen port late in the evening.
DAY 9 Disembarking the ship after breakfast and prepare for the travel home.
Svalbard winter
Trip reports Svalbard Golden Light
Click on the image below to read trip reports from the WildPhoto expedition to Svalbard 17-25 April 2023. See where we have been, what we have photographed, and some behind-the-scenes images.
Svalbard Winter April 2022
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