Musher’s dream

10 days dogsledding expedition to Ny Ålesund

4.3-13.mai 2020
10 days
Min. 3 participants
Min. age 18
per person 58,990 nok
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Musher’s dream

10 days dogsledding expedition to Ny Ålesund

Experience magnificent Arctic scenery close up- join us on our unique dog sledge expedition to the west coast of the Isfjorden. During the expedition you will experience the wild and beautiful nature of Spitsbergen. The route goes from Longyearbyen through open valleys, over ice covered fjords and on thousand years old glacier ice. We pass the old mining village Pyramiden, the mountains Tre Kroner, visit the researcher town; Ny-Ålesund and drive through the majestic glaciers at Oscar II Land. At the end of the expedition we will be picked up, and transported to Longyearbyen by boat.

Day before

Our guide will meet you in the reception of Basecamp Hotel. You will have good time to sit down with our guide, talk about the coming trip, possible routes and needed equipment.

3PM

Day 1

Meet the guide in the reception at Basecamp Hotel at 10 am. After checking that you have all equipment needed, you will head straight to our Trappers Station in Bolterdalen. Here you will meet all our 80 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. Expedition lunch is served on the way. After the adventurous day, we arrive at North Pole Camp, enjoy a warm dinner and and fall asleep in soft sleeping bags in heeted tents. Distance: 45km and approx. 150 m of altitude difference (moa).

10AM
Lunch & Dinner included
Telt

Day 2

Breakfast before we pack our sledges and drive from the fjord ice up the Murdoch Glacier towards Gipsdalen Valley. We’ll stop for lunch during the way. During the afternoon we’ll climb the steep Florabreen Glacier and down the magnificent Nordenskiøldbreen Glacier towards the Billefjorden where we find our Nordenskiöld cabin, were we will spend the night. After dinner we go to sleep in a warm bed. Overnight stay Adolfbukta Bay, distance: 45km and approx. 1000 moa.

All meals included
Nordenksiöld Lodge

Day 3-6

On the course of the next days we will truly experience what mushing is. Behind the dog teams you can let the impressions sink in slowly. During these days we will cross the ice on the Bille, Dickson, and Ekman Fjords. We will pass spectacular mountains 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 get familiar with the routines of pitching camp. Breakfast and dinner is served in camp and we’ll stop for lunch during the days.

During day 3 we overnight in the area of Hørbye glacier. Distance for the day 30km and approx. 500 moa.
On day 4 we overnight in the area of Batty glacier. Distance of the day 40km and approx. 400 moa.
During day 5 we set up our tens in the area of Tre kroner. Distance of the day 50 km and approx. 600 moa.
On day 6 we set up our tents in Ny-Ålesund. Distance for the day 40km.

all meals included
tent

Day 7-9

After a visit in the resucher town Ny-Ålesund, we go south again to the glaciers in Trollheimen and Oscar II land. If the conditions are favourable we can take some detours in this fantastic snowmobile free area. During the trip, the concepts of silence and sense of freedom will make a deeper sense. We also get to experience the great Arctic wilderness. Our route runs through a desolate landscape where the weather and snow conditions set the limit on where and how far we travel each day.

On day 7 we overnight in the area of Osborn glacier. Distance for theday 40km and 500 moa. During day 8 we set up pur tents in the area of Bore glacier. Distance for the day 40km and 500 moa. On day 9, our last full day of dogsledding we set up ourtents for the last time in the area of Esmark glacier. Distance for the day 40km.

all meals included
tent

Day 10

We wake up with the view over the ocean and Ymerbukta. We enjoy the last morning, before we make the short trip down to the bay were the expedition vessel will pick us up for transport back to Longyearbyen and the civilization. Arrival at Trappers Hotel during the afternoon. Distance of the day 15km and approx and 150 moa.

Breakfast & lunch included

Summary

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.

Packing and equipment

MANDATORY CLOTHING AT SVALBARD

Woolen underwear as the base layer
Warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top
Two sets of layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks)
Wind- and waterproof pants and jacket. We recommend spacious clothing because air is the best insulation.
Woolen glowes with wind and waterproof outer gloves
A pair of working gloves or mittens to have when handling the dogs
Warm and windproof hat
Two warm buffs of natural material
Toilet articles
Sunglasses min. category 3
Skiing goggles if you prefer to use your own
Contact lenses (for those using glasses)
Sunscreen factor 50 (not based on water)
Binoculars
Camera and extra battery/power bank for charging
Waterproof pack for personal equipment (40-60 ltr)

Pack all your personal equipment in a couple of small waterproof bags, rather than one big one due to the slim size of the sled. Do note that you need to pack some of the common equipment’s to your sledge as well, and space is quite limited.

Basecamp will provide you with a warm thermos-suit, winter boots, balaclava, extra hat, gloves and googles.

Storage for other luggage during the trip: Basecamp Hotel

Important note

The physical activity, dog sledding, is the main element of this trip. You do not need prior knowledge of the activity, but appropriate personal equipment, general good physical fitness, courage and adventure spirit. Parts of the trip can be demanding due to weather, wind and low temperatures, as well as rough terrain without roads or trails. Other factors that may challenging you is the length and duration of the trip, as well as a steep climb or when you must assist the huskies by pushing the sled in deep snow.

It is not required to have experience in outdoor tenting to join this trip, but you must be willing to learn and actively participate in the tasks required. As part of the expedition, you will participate in feeding and taking care of the dogs, help with collecting and melting snow to get water for cooking and drinking, set up/taking down the camp each day and prepare meals together. Always with supervising from your guide.

It is required to understand English and follow the guide information. If they cross the limits from the guide, we will return to Longyearbyen. This is of security reasons when operating in the Arctic.

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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