It may be difficult to imagine the famously cold Arctic having seasons. While its summer might not be equivalent to that of Mexico or sunny California, Arctic seasons have distinct variance in climate, wildlife activity and overall environment.
June – July
You may see certain wildlife, including:
Early summer is the time of year that these species breed, hunt and raise their young. This season is a great opportunity for travelers to see the Arctic in its most natural state.
July – August
The icy sheets pull back for the plant life to emerge on the west end of Svalbard during the
Various whale species spend this season feeding along the shores and mingling in the sea near expedition ships. These incredible mammals include humpback, minke, sei and an occasional blue whale.
September – March
Winter in the Arctic is as expected: long, frigid and dark. In fact, during the winter months, there is approximately only four hours of daylight every 24 hours before darkness returns over the Arctic Circle. Average temperatures drop to about 30 below zero and can get as low as 50 degrees below in its coldest month, which tends to be February. Though it may seem unappealing to travel to the Arctic during this time, its sights make up for its freezing conditions.
Early and high summer are the peak time to see the Arctic’s wildlife, but fall and winter are just as spectacular for other reasons.
Why Travel the Arctic With Poseidon Expeditions?
When planning Arctic expeditions by season, keep in mind what you want most from your trip. Are you hoping to see seals on the shores and the chance of catching a whale emerging from the sea ice? Or is your interest piqued at the thought of the breathtaking scenery and captivating iced-over landscapes?
Whether it’s the wildlife, the scenery, or both, when experiencing such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as adventuring through the Arctic, take that extra step to ensure your experience is special. Poseidon Expeditions will help you do that.
We provide a free photography program during our Arctic expeditions. You’ll shoot wildlife and striking landscapes alongside an expert photographer to let you capture exquisite memories of your Arctic adventure. Additionally, we provide a unique sea kayak voyage during the Spitsbergen portion of all of our Arctic excursions. Get up close and personal with all aspects of Arctic life.
Contact us to learn more about this life-changing experience, or to book your