Telegraph Route

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

Embark on an adventure offering the prime winter elements in Svalbard. Experience dogsledding by running your own team of huskies. Get the true expedition feeling as you complete the daily routines and make your tent camp in the evening. Sleep outdoors knowing the huskies guard you from polar bears. Reach Isfjord Radio on day two, your warm and comfortable boutique hotel in the wilderness. A 2-night stay allows a good rest before heading back to civilization. When leaving Isfjord Radio for the last days of the adventure, you are already a trained musher and Arctic camper.

Day before

Meet the guide and your fellow explorers in the Basecamp Hotel reception at 3PM. Get to know the group members and the guide. We will go through routines, equipment and packing to make sure that you have everything needed for five days outdoors. The sports shops in Longyearbyen are open until 6PM in case you need a last-minute shopping.

Day 1

The guide will pick you up at your hotel at 10AM and we continue by car to Basecamp Trapper’s Station where the huskies live. Each participant gets one sled and six huskies. We will show you how to handle the dogs and control the sled, as well as advise on the packing. Note that you will carry both private clothes and a part of the shared equipment in your sled.

When everyone is ready, we head into the wilderness and aim to run about 50 km before setting camp. There will be several stops along the way. This is when we fill up with energy, cuddle the dogs, takes photos and simply enjoy life in all kinds of weather and temperatures. In the evening we start by caring for the dogs, before establishing the camp and preparing dinner together.

Lunch and dinner included
Tent

Day 2

Enjoy the feeling of waking up in fresh air and look forward to opening the tent canvas only to reveal a new breath-taking view. The huskies eager to see you, and their enthusiasm will easily inspire for a new day in the snow. When the dogs are cared for, we prepare breakfast and appreciate the morning coffee before packing down the tent camp.

This afternoon we will arrive at Isfjord Radio, your warm and comfortable boutique hotel in the wilderness. This will be your home for the next two nights. When the dogs are all settled on their night lines, and you are checked in to your room there is time to explore the library, enjoy a refreshment in the living room or the sauna.

At 8PM a 5-course dinner is served in the dining room

All meals included
Isfjord Radio

Day 3

8-10AM Breakfast

This day is ours to explore Isfjord Radio and Kapp Linné. We might bring the huskies out for a short excursion, but we also need to ensure that they get enough rest before the journey back to Longyearbyen. Make the most of you time by exploring the library, relax, enjoy the peace or warm up in the sauna by the ocean. Who knows what kind of wildlife will swim by the sauna this day?

At 8PM a 5-course dinner is served in the dining room

All meals included
Isfjord Radio

Day 4

8-10AM Breakfast

This morning it’s time to pack our gear and start the 2-day journey back to Longyearbyen. By know you are well trained on the routines and dogsledding techniques, giving you time to enjoy the scenic landscape we travel through as we leave Isfjord Radio behind. We travel around 50 km before preparing the tent camp for our last night outdoors.

All meals included
Tent

Day 5

Our final part of the journey will take us back to Basecamp Trapper’s Station and Longyearbyen. After five days of activity and an adventurous way of living, we can ensure you a good night sleep by the end of the day. Dog sled expeditions may be strenuous at some parts of the route. You might need to assist the dogs by pushing the sled uphill or through deep snow. These are elements of physical activity gives a unique feeling of fulfilment when finishing the 200 km dogsled adventure in Svalbard.

The guide will drive you back to your hotel in the afternoon, when the equipment is unpacked and the huskies are well settled at home.

Breakfast and lunch included
23.-27.MAR, 9.-13.APR, 28.APR-2.MAY
5 days
March-April
Min. 3 participants
Meals included
Tent and Isfjord Radio

Price information

What’s included?

5-day dogsledding adventure with Arctic nature guide.
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.

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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