Arctic Dogsledge Expedition

6 days Dogsledding Expedition on Spitsbergen

9.-14.5. & 16-21.5.2018
6 days
Winter Season
Minimum 3 persons
All meals included
Tent
per person 28,990 nok
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ARCTIC DOGSLEDGE EXPEDITION

6 days Dogsledding Expedition on Spitsbergen

On this dogsledding expedition, you will truly experience what mushing is all about. Standing behind the dog sledge and letting your fateful dog team pull you through the white scenery gives you time to appreciate the beauty of the Arctic. During the expedition, you really learn what silence and sense of freedom means. During the expedition, we will mush on the northern side of Isfjord where our goal is to reach the spectacular mountains of Tre Kroner.

Day before

Meet the guide at the Basecamp Hotel reception at 4 pm to go through program and equipment. We will pack the sledges for the next day so they are ready for the boat transport.

Day 1

Your guide picks you up at your hotel at 8 am. After checking that you have all equipment needed, we head to the harbour where the boat is waiting to take us across the fjord. We arrive in Ymerbukta where a temporarily camp is established. Here we get familiar with dogs and equipment, and learn about dog sledging, glaciers and arctic conditions. Security is our highest priority, and we make some rules for the trip concerning weather conditions and polar bear protection. After lunch, we head off into the white, open landscape and mush our first kilometres over the glacier. On our first expedition night in tent, we try to stop early, so that we have good time to get familiar with the routines of pitching a tent camp.

lunch and dinner included
tent

Day 2-5

Over the course of the next days, we will truly experience what mushing is all about. Standing behind the sledge and letting your fateful dog team pull you through the white scenery gives you time to appreciate the beauty of the Arctic. During the expedition, you really learn what silence and sense of freedom actually means. Our route runs through a vast landscape on northern side of Isfjord, where weather and snow conditions set limits on how far we travel each day. During these days, we will travel further into Trollheimen, where our goal is to reach the spectacular mountains of Tre Kroner. We mush across the mighty glacier systems on Oscar II Land, and enjoy a landscape of white and blue. Every evening we set our camp, feed our dogs and prepare warm dinner for us. We enjoy breakfast in the mornings before heading into the wilderness and stop for expedition lunch during the days.

all meals included
tent

Day 6

On our last day, we arrive back to Ymer Bay. It’s time to say goodbye to this beautiful area. Svalbard is a magical place that easily steals your hearth. You might find yourself planning for one of our longer dogsledding expeditions for next year. We get boat transport back to Longyearbyen and civilization, where we gather for a debrief and after-mush at Basecamp Hotel. Your guide will take care of the transport to your hotel.

breakfast and lunch included

Summary

Price: Nok 28.990,- per person
Departure: 9.-14.5. & 16-21.5.2018
Minimum: 3 persons
Age limit: 18 years

What’s included?

Activities, accommodation and meals according to the program
Transport to and from accommodation
Warm clothing: Snowmobile suit, boots, gloves, hat, goggles and balaclava
All camping equipment, thermos, cup and cutlery, sleeping bag and sleeping mat can be borrowed if needed without extra cost
Search- and rescue insurance

What’s not included?

Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single room supplement, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250

Recommended equipment

Good to have with you on the trip: A solid back pack or dry bag for personal belongings, warm wind proof jacket and trousers, warm down jacket/parka, warm windproof hat, 2 pair of wool gloves, 1 pair of windproof mittens, 1 pair of work gloves (when handling the dogs etc.), 2 sets of woolen longs and sweater, warm wool or fleece jacket, wool or fleece trousers, 2-3 pair of woolen socks, toiletry, sun glasses, binoculars and camera. ccontact lenses (for those using glasses

Due to limited space in the sleds we recommend you to bring a minimum of luggage (remaining luggage can be stored at Basecamp Hotel). Basecamp Spitsbergen will give all guests thermal suit, snow mobile boots, windproof mittens, face mask, goggles and hat. Our experienced guide will take care of guests’ safety and bring all necessary safety equipment.

Note

During longer dogsledding trips, the dog teams need some help by pushing up the steep hills. For this, you need to be in good physical condition. As part of the expedition, you will participate in feeding and taking care of the dogs. When camping outdoors, we will melt snow, set up the camp and prepare meals together.

You will be provided with a warm thermos-suit, winter boots, balaclava, hat, gloves and googles. We recommend bringing light windproof jacked and trousers for mild temperatures. A pair of working gloves is also good to have when handling the dogs.

Try to pack in couple of small bags, rather than one big one due to the slim size of the sled. Waterproof bags are a good option. Do note that you need to pack some of the common equipment’s to your sledge as well, so space is quite limited.

This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any dog sledding trips arranged by Basecamp Spitsbergen. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.

In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms, thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planed route, and this might lead up us not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program.

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, there will be an additional climate investment charge of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to Basecamp Foundation’s forestry project in Masai Mara, Kenya. The trees bind CO2 and contribute to reducing the effects of emissions associated with our activities – and your travel. For more information, please visit: www.basecampfoundation.org

Combine your stay with accommodation at the most unique hotel at Longyearbyen – Basecamp Hotel.

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