Telegraph Route

Min. age 18
per person 28,990 nok
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Telegraph Route to Isfjord Radio

Step outside Longyearbyen and open the door to the Arctic wilderness. Get the real feeling of what Svalbard is about. Mush your own husky team, set your expedition camp and care for your dogs for five days. We head vest to Isfjord Radio. After two long days outdoors a stay in this boutique hotel will ensure that you have the energy needed for the journey back to Longyearbyen.

Day before

Meet the guide in the reception at Basecamp Hotel to go through program and 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 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 into Bolterdalen towards Isfjord Radio. Lunch will be enjoyed in the wild. This first day we will drive through walleyes and pass some majestic mountains. After a long first day of dog sledging, we set camp approx. half way to Isfjord Radio. When you have looked after your team, it is time to enjoy a nice meal in the tent, before your first night outside.

10AM
shared tent
Lunch and Dinner included
Tent

Day 2

Breakfast for animals and people before preparations are made for a new fairy-tale day with the dogs. The complete silence is only broken by the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled runners against the snow. Dog sledging at Svalbard is an experience that touches your soul. Lunch will be served out in the field. Today we will arrive Isfjord Radio, were the host will welcome us. A 3-course dinner will be served in the evening.

shared room
All meals included
Isfjord Radio

Day 3

After a solid breakfast, we will go for a short dog sledge trip before we return to the station for a warm lunch. Your host will give you a guided tour around the station area. How about a bath in the Arctic sea. 3-course dinner will be served in the evening.

shared room
All meals included
Isfjord Radio

Day 4

After breakfast it is time for packing our expedition gear, harness the dogs for our second half of our travel. We will start the trip back to the civilization, and do some interesting stop on our way. The conditions can be demanding, but the trip will give you a fantastic adventure in the majestic Svalbard nature. In the afternoon we will set camp and make dinners to both dogs and people.

shared tent
All meals included
Tent

Day 5

The last day out in the wild and we get up early so we are able to make the most out of the day. Heading back for Longyearbyen on your sledge with your team. Expedition lunch will be served on the way. Back at Basecamp Trapper’s Station, we take care of tiered dogs – your new friends – before we return to Longyearbyen. Arrival to Longyearbyen during the afternoon.

Breakfast & Lunch included
23.-27.MAR, 9.-13.APR, 28.APR-2.MAY
5 days
March-April
Min. 3 participants
All meals included
Tent & Isfjord Radio

Price information

What’s included?

5-day dogsledding advenutre with Arctic natureguide
Accommodation in shared room and tent
Meals according to the program
You will be provided with a warm thermos-suit, winter boots, balaclava, hat, gloves and googles
All camping equipment, thermos, cup and cutlery, sleeping bag
Sleeping mat can be borrowed if needed without extra cost
Pick up and return transport to your hotel or guesthouse in Longyearbyen
Search- and rescue insurance

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Personal spendings, drinks with meals, private equipment and travel insurance
Single room supplement at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel
Accommodation in Longyearbyen before and after the expedition

MORE THAN TRAVEL

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, we add an additional CO2 and enviromental investment of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to do good projects contributing to a sustainable future in our destinations.

Clothing and equipment

MANDATORY CLOTHING on expeditions in 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.

You can store other luggage at Basecamp Hotel during the trip.

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.

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