Mushing under the northern lights

2 days dogsledding trip during polar night with tent accommodation

per person 9,990 nok
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Mushing under the northern lights

2 days dogsledding trip during polar night with tent accommodation

Dogsledding on Spitsbergen is a unique experience. There is only arctic silence around you. Only the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled runners against the snow break the complete silence. At this time of the year, you can see northern light throughout the day, so if you are lucky there might be some dancing on the sky on your lunch break. We are back in Longyearbyen before the evening.

Day 1

You will meet our guide at the reception at 10:00 am. We will have a short briefing about the coming two days, talk about the needed equipment and clothing. Then we will pack our bags into the car and drive to our Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, where our 90 Alaskan huskies are eagerly waiting to get on the trip. Dogsledding on Spitsbergen is a unique experience. The huskies have waited the whole long autumn to get on longer trips. They are as eager as you are to get going. Our guide will teach you how to mush your own team and then we are ready to go! We will make a lunch break on the way and let the dog rest for a while. Before the evening, we will arrive to the camp site about 40 km from the Trapper’s Station. Here we will set up our camp. After warm dinner, we can climb into our sleeping bags for a good night sleep. But maybe you are eager to stay awake for bit longer to see if the northern light appear on the sky? Dinner and accommodation in tents.

Lunch & dinner included
tent

Day 2

At this time of the year, you will not wake up together with the sun. The darkness is continuous throughout the day. On cloudy days, you cannot see the difference between daytime and night time, but on clear sky you might see the hint of light and the promise of the coming spring just behind the mountains. After breakfast, we will harness our team again and start our adventure back to the civilization. We will take some stops along the way to let the dogs rest for a while. At this time of the year, you can see northern light throughout the day, so if you are lucky there might be some dancing on the sky on your lunch break. We are back in Longyearbyen before the evening.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Summary

Price 2018: Nok 9.990,- per person
Departure 2018: every day 1.1.-28.2.
Start at: 10:00 am
Minimum: 2 persons
Age limit: 15 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
Search- and rescue insurance

What’s not included?

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

Recommended equipment

Recommended clothing in the Arctic: Woolen underwear as the base layer, warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top, Two layers of socks (Thin & Thick woolen socks), Windproof layer on the top (Spacious clothing is recommended since air is the best insulation),  gloves (wool is recommended), warm hat (wind proof), scarf or flees- tube

Good to have with you: Indoor shoes or extra woolen socks, Indoor leisure wear/ casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, Sunglasses, sunscreen (not based on water), binoculars, camera, ccontact lenses (for those using glasses), small bag/ backpack for personal equipment during the  trip, rest of your belongings you can leave to Basecamp Hotel.

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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