Spitsbergen East Coast Dogsled

Spitsbergen East Coast Dogsled– Spitsbergen, Norway –5 days / 4 nights, Longyearbyen - Bolterdalen - Tverrdalen - Reindalen - Lundstrømdalen - LongyearbyenJoin us on a five day dog sledding expedition to the east coast of Spitsbergen. Just you and your dog team in an enormous, chalk-white desert. The interaction between the dogs and the musher is demanding, but rewarding, and during this trip you will form close ties with your team. On the east coast you also have a good chance of seeing polar bears in their natural element. During the tour we will spend four nights in tents at different campsites.

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Operation May 2 - May 9, 2016
Departure Monday - Friday,
May 2 - May 6, 2016
May 9 - May 13, 2016
Price from $3,875 per person in double tent
Single tent on request
Included Transport to/from your accommodation
4 nights in shared tent
Meals in the camps as per program
Tent, sleeping mats, shared equipment
Outdoor clothing, thermal suit, mittens, facemask/balaclava, thick hat, ski goggles, winter shoes
Search and rescue insurance
Experienced guides with necessary safety equipment
Not Included International airfare & Airport taxes
Flights to/from Longyearbyen
Transfer from/to the airport
Optional nights at Spitsbergen Guesthouse
Personal clothing and equipment
Beverages such as beer, wine and mineral water
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note Minimum 4 persons and maximum 8 persons, minimum age 16 years.

All times are subject to change. The travel schedule will be altered should the weather conditions deem it necessary. The tempo of the expedition will be adapted to the conditions and the participant's physical strength.

How demanding is the tour?
You do not need to have experience in dog sledding. No previous winter camping experience is required, just an adventurous spirit! However, you should be in average good physical condition to participate on this trip. Participants will be asked to help out with the camp, feeding the dogs, preparing for the trips, etc. The weather in the Arctic can change within hours and it might be both cold and windy – even down to -5 to -10° C in May/June, and -25 to -30° C during the winter. The guide will ensure the guest's safety, and will bring all necessary safety equipment.

Degree of difficulty 3 - Average physical strength
1 - Suitable for all
3 - Average physical strength
5 - Demands very good physical strength
Tour Options Air available on SAS or Icelandair- inquire about our special fares!
Overnight in Longyearbyen
Overnight in Oslo
More Information Dogsledding Excursions map
Equipment list
Practical information

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Day 1 BOLTERDALEN - ESKERDALEN - SASSENDALEN (L, D) Monday
9:00 The guide will pick you up at your accommodation. We begin our preparation for the expedition, take part in a safety briefing, prepare the sleds and meet the friendly dogs. Each member will be allocated their own team of 5-6 dogs. We help each other to harness the dogs to the sleds.

We will head east through Adventdalen, then north into Eskerdalen and Sassendalen, where we set up the first camp. During the first day we will take the time to familiarise ourselves with the dogs and the equipment. All participants are requested to participate in setting up the camp and feeding the dogs. After an unforgettable day we snuggle up in our sleeping bags while the dogs surround the camp and keep watch for polar bears.

Day 2 FULMARDALEN - EAST COAST (B, L, D) Tuesday
The day starts with a solid breakfast before we pack down the camp. Our journey continues through the magnificent Arctic landscape, with only the sound of our sleds in the snow, just like the early polar explorers. The route heads through Fulmardalen, passing glaciers and hilly terrain on the way towards the thrilling east coast. Each participant will be instilled with an amazing sense of freedom. By the late afternoon the guide will select an area for the next campsite, and you will realise that you are already getting the hang of the end of day routines.

Day 3 - 4 EAST COAST (B, L, D) Wednesday - Thursday
On the east coast we have a good chance of seeing ring seals and the "King of the Arctic", the polar bear. We plan to spend some time here, to increase our chances of seeing wildlife. From the east coast the expedition continues across glaciers, through huge valleys and past magnificent mountain scenery. Your dog-sledding abilities will develop rapidly over this time, and you will come to appreciate our four-legged friends for the way they work, and see how affectionate these strong and mighty dogs are. By the end of the day we arrive at our last campsite.

Day 5 DOG SLED SAFARI (B, L, D) Friday
In the afternoon/early evening we will reach the kennel, welcomed by the howling dogs. After five fantastic days it is time to say goodbye to your four legged friends.

Be aware that weather and snow conditions may affect our expedition and we may be delayed back to Longyearbyen.

All times are subject to change. The travel schedule will be altered should the weather conditions deem it necessary. The tempo of the expedition will be adapted to the conditions and the participant's physical strength.

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