Musher’s Bucket List

7 days Dogsledding Expedition across Spitsbergen

Coming in 2019!
7 days
Winter season
Minimum 3 persons
All meals included
tent
per person 34,990 nok
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Musher’s Bucket List

7 days Dogsledding Expedition across Spitsbergen

“West coast or death” These famous words were spoken by the great polar explorer Fridtjov Nansen (1861-1930), when he as a leader of a group of six was the first to cross Greenland in 1888. When the ship left the group on the east coast, the only possibility of survival was to reach the west coast and civilization, before running out of food or then die trying. These words represent the toughness of the arctic nature and the rough conditions also at Spitsbergen. However, when we leave Longyearbyen, fortunately we do not need to set our own lives at stake. Basecamp Spitsbergen is proud to offer you one of the most challenging dog sledge trips on the archipelago in a well-planned and safe way.

Day before

Meet the guide in the reception at Basecamp Hotel at 4 pm to go through program and equipment.

Day 1

You will meet our guide day before at Basecamp Hotel to talk thorugh the coming trip and prepare your equipment. On your first expeditions day our guide will pick you from your hotel at 10 am and head towards the Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen. Here you will meet all our 90 happy Alaskan Huskies eager to get on the trip. The guide will show you how to harness dogs and how to mush your own team. Everyone will take care of their own team with guidance from the guide. You will harness, feed and look after your own dogs. After harnessing the dogs the teams for the first time we will head out Advent Valley towards Tempelfjorden and our North Pole Camp. After the first adventurous day you get to sit down to enjoy tasty dinner and fall asleep in the warm tents.
Traveling distance: 45km and approx. 150 m of altitude difference (moa).

Lunch & Dinner Included
North Pole camp

Day 2

After a good sleep at the soft beds we are fresh and ready to head towards the north. We pack our sledges and harness our teams and head towards the Murdoch Glacier and Gips Valley. We will stop for lunch during the way. During the afternoon we’ll climb the steep Flora Glacier and down the magnificent Nordenskiöld Glacier all the way to Billefjorden. Here, in the middle of the glacier moraine we can find our Nordenskiöld Lodge. The cabin is a true expedition lodge, but just with modern comforts. After feeding the dogs, we can prepare well-earned dinner for ourselves. Now we can relax, enjoy the dinner and the magnificent view over to the glacier. After a long day out side, it is nice to warm up a true Finnish sauna and enjoy the warmth of the steam. Accommodation in double rooms at Nordenskiöld Lodge.

all meals included
Nordenskiöld Lodge

Day 3-6

Over the course of the next days we will truly experience what mushing is all about. Standing behind the ledge and letting your fateful dog team pull you through the white scenery gives you time really appreciate the beauty of the arctic. During the expedition you can really learn what silence and sense of freedom really means. Our route runs through a vast landscape where the weather and snow conditions set the limit on where and how far we travel each day. During these days we will cross Billefjorden, Dicksonfjorden, and Ekmanfjorden. We will pass the spectacular mountains of Tre Korner, and travel across the mighty glacier systems on Oscar II Land. On our first expedition night in tents, we try and stop early, so that we have good time to get familiar with the routines of pitching tent camp. Breakfast and dinner is served in camp and we’ll stop for expedition lunch during the days.

All meals included
Tent

Day 7

On our last day, we will arrive to Ymer Bay, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will get boat transfer back to Longyearbyen and to the civilization. Once in Longyearbyen it’s time to say goodbye to our faithful dog teams and head back to Trapper’s Hotel. You can really appreciate the hot shower and a cold drink after so many days out in the wilderness. We recommend dinner at one of the town’s excellent restaurants (not included and should be booked in advance). We can guarantee, you will go home with luggage full of memories for a life time! Arrival at Trapper’s Hotel during the afternoon.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Summary

Price: Nok 34.990,- per person
Departure: Coming in 2019!
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

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