Arctic Legend

3 days dogsledding with overnight in tent

7.-9. Mar, 30. -1. Apr, 20.-22. Apr
3 days
Min. 2 participants
All meals included
tent
Min. age 15
per person 16,990 nok
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Arctic Legend

3 days dogsledding trip in expedition tents

Follow the footprints of the old explorers! Mush your own dog team across Spitsbergen just like Amundsen did when he reached the magnetic North Pole in 1904. We start from Longyearbyen and travel through the snowmy valleys of Svalbard to our expedition camp. Here you are at one with the nature and can experience Arctic camp life.

Day 1

Your guide picks you up in the reception at your hotel at 10 am. With less equipment, and a different goal then Amundsen, we leave Longyearbyen, and head west. Travelling with a team of dogs is a fantastic way to travel. The silence, with only the pathing of the dogs gives you the chance to really enjoy the landscape.

Your guide will show you how to harness the dogs and how to mush your own team.  Everyone will take care of their own team with guidance from the guide. You will look after your own dogs throughout the trip, and help with feeding. We will drive over vast valleys and through the white landscape to Grøndalen valley and Skardalen. We will enjoy expedition lunch on the way.

In the afternoon we will arrive to our expedition camp where we will settle for the night.

10AM
Lunch & Dinner included
Telt

Day 2

In the morning, we feed the dogs before enjoying our breakfast with fresh bread and warm coffee. We harness the dogs and head out in the beautiful landscape. Dog sledging on Spitsbergen is an experience that touches your soul, with the wide-open landscape and the breath-taking scenery. Expedition lunch will be served on the way. We will return to the camp later in the afternoon for some well-deserved drinks. After the dinner, you can have an evening walk to stretch your legs and greet your dog team before heading to bed. Or maybe you would like to borrow a book from our mini library, with arctic literature.

all meals included
Telt

Day 3

This is the last day of dogsledding so we get up early to make the most of the day. Breakfast is served from 8 am after we have feed the dogs. Once more we harness our teams and head out to the wilderness. Today we will drive back to Trappers Station, the home of the dogs. Depending on the weather, the guide will pick the route. Enjoy the view while travelling through the vast valleys. Expedition lunch on the way. Thus we have not reached the north pole on our journey, we have travelled in the spirit of the old explorers! Just like the famous once; Amundsen, Nansen, Wisting and Nobile.

We will arrive to Trappers Station later in the afternoon and take care of the tired dogs. We say farewell to our friends that has been pulling the sled for about 120 km the last 3 days. Transport back to Longyearbyen and Basecamp Hotel. Here you can sit down in the lounge and enjoy a beverage or two while talking about the trip you just participated on!

Breakfast & lunch included

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,-

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

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.

All activities and accommodations outside Longyearbyen needs to be approved by the local authority on yearly basis. We will get the final approval on all our expeditions and camps for the coming year during the autumn time. This program is based on the assumption that the local authority approves setup and location of the excursion.

Snowmobiling, dogsledding adventures and open RIB safaris are not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any of the mentioned 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 or thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planned route, and this might result in 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. We will always do our outmost to give our guests a great experience in the Arctic, but we must be aware that characteristics of the destination.

Combine your adventure with accommodation in the unique trapper’s design hotel in Longyearbyen:

Basecamp Hotel

At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, lies the home of the modern arctic trappers. See the walls covered with driftwood, sealskins and objects that illustrate the past and present of life in the Arctic.

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