Mushing under the Northern Sky

2 days dogsledding trip on Spitsbergen

Min. age 15
per person 11,990 nok
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Mushing under the Northern Sky

2 days dogsledding trip on Spitsbergen

Follow your dog team to the vast landscape of Spitsbergen. Enjoy the arctic silence around you; only the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled runners against the snow break the complete silence. Breath in the arctic as you travel through the unique Spitsbergen scenery, stop for lunch break and set up your own camp for the night.

Day 1

Our guide will meet you in the reception of your hotel at 10 am. You will get a short briefing before packing and leaving Longyearbyen. We go by car to the dog kennel Trappers Station in Bolterdalen, where 90 happy Alaskan Huskies are waiting for you. The guide will give a lesson in how to harness dogs and how to handle your own team of dogs. Participants are responsible for their own dogs, and must take part in work tasks on the way. When ready you mush into the white and open landscape of Adventdalen. Lunch will be in the field. After a full day trip on the dogsledge we stop for the day and organize camp. We prepare dinner for dogs and ourselves, you are an active participant on this trip.

Lunch and Dinner included

Day 2

After breakfast it is time for a new day of exploring Nordenskiöld Land. Dogsledding at Svalbard is an experience that touches your soul, with the wide open landscape and the breath-taking scenery. Only the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled runners against the snow break the complete silence. Lunch is served in the field. Todays route will go southwards through a varied landscape where you also will be challenged physically helping out the dogs uphill. After a long day mushing, we will return to the Trappers Station. We return to Longyearbyen after saying goodby to some new and excited friends.

Breakfast and 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
All camping equipment, thermos, cup and cutlery, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
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.


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:

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

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