Gear review: Swarovski Polaris

Gear review: Swarovski Polaris

We have tested a new, exclusive "Svalbard binocular" from Swarovski. This binocular is very popular on Svalbard, both among locals and visitors.

First impression: Small and powerful

Polaris is a brand new binocular from Swarovski, the Austrian company that is primarily known for its crystal and glass products, but also delivers the best optics in the world. This is a binocular that is designed for expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It weighs less than 500 grams, and it's easy to take them with you - either in the portable waterproof bag or just carry with the adjustable shoulder strap.

Swarovski Polaris The box is elegantly decorated with a polar bear - perhaps it's this guy you'll see one day?

Perfect for expeditions and day trips

The binocular has a stylish design with a blue coating that makes it stand out from other binoculars. It comes with a floating strap and waterproof bag with a roll top closure that protects the binoculars from snow and rain.


We think that the bag works really well and the overall feeling is that this product is made for being more outdoors than other Swarovski bags. It is fast and easy to open.


There is not a lot of extra space in the case, but the binoculars and its straps fit really well./p>

Exclusive binoculars

There are only 1000 Swarovski Polaris produced. All of the binoculars are numbered. We have two versions for sale:

  • Swarovski Polaris CL 8 x 30
  • Swarovski Polaris CL 10 x 30

Price on Svalbard is from NOK 8890.

Price on the mainland are from NOK 10 500.

Want to order?

Please contact us by email or Facebook to reserve or order a Swarovski Polaris.

What binocular should I choose?

The specifications of the binoculars are a way to understand how much you can see with the binoculars. It light and how much magnification you get.

  • 8 x means 8 x magnification
  • 10x means 10x magnification

The number 30 refers to the millimeter lens in aperture. The size determines the amount of light that enters the lens of the binoculars. A larger lense makes you see better in poor lighting.

What are you going to use binoculars for?

8 x magnification is more than enough for the "average user". Larger magnifications requires a bit of training and steady hands.

10x magnification and larger optics are for experienced telescope users, or for use in a controlled environment where you are more stationary.


Did you know?


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