Wildlife and Glacier Cruise with MS Bard HGR 165763 1920 Foto Schibsted Partnerstudio
Hometravel to svalbardSvalbard Seasons

Svalbard Seasons

On Svalbard, three official seasons define the yearly cycle: Sunny Winter, Polar Summer and Northern Lights Winter. Each season offers distinct experiences, shaped by the unique Arctic environment. From midnight sun to polar night, from snow-filled mountains to barren and vivid summer landscapes. Here you can read more about the diversity of the seasons, so that you can plan your visit on Svalbard according to your preferences.
From the ocean to glaciers - Snowmobile tour with Hurtigruten Svalbard - Photo Eveline Lunde

Sunny Winter | 1 March – 16 May

The perfect time to explore Svalbard by snowmobile and dog sled. Experience ice caves, go on ski expeditions – and maybe go ice bathing?

Walrus Safari - Hurtigruten Svalbard - Photo Stephen Gollan

Polar Summer | 17 May – 30 September

The season of midnight sun, vivid wildlife and barren landscapes. It is prime time for boat trips and hiking. If you are looking for a unique summer holiday, Svalbard is the perfect destination.

Northern light - Hurtigruten Svalbard - Photo Agurtxane Concellon

Northern Lights Winter | 1 October – 28 February

A season dominated by 24 hours of darkness. Experience the polar night, the northern lights, the Arctic silence, and a spectacular starry sky. Enjoy the town's fantastic local restaurants.