Spitsbergen Lodge Dogsledding Expedition
Spitsbergen Lodge Dogsledding Expedition– Spitsbergen, Norway –3 days / 2 nights, Longyearbyen - Camp Barentz - Advent Valley - Sassendalen - Trehøgddalen - Foxdalen - LongyearbyenThis three day expedition offers you a uniquely Arctic experience. The eager polar dogs will drive the sleds across the endless white in total silence. Through Spitsbergen's amazing valleys, up narrow river paths and over snow covered plains to the Expedition Lodge, a new and well-equipped cabin, beautifully located in Brentskaret. Enjoy the wild landscape- a snow-covered universe where hunters and trappers have lived and hunted throughout history.
|Operation||January 7 - May 9, 2016|
|Departure||January 7, 13, 19, 25
February 3, 9, 15, 21, 27
March 1, 7, 13, 19, 25
April 3, 9, 15, 27
May 3, 9
|Price||from $1,685 per person in lodge|
|Included||Transport to and from place of accommodation in Longyearbyen
Two nights at Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge
Outdoor clothing as mittens, facemask/balaclava, thick hat, goggles,
winter shoes and thermal suit
Meals during the trip
Experienced guide with all necessary safety equipment
Search and rescue insurance
|Not Included||Accommodation and meals in Longyearbyen
Clothing and equipment
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Degree of difficulty: 3 - Average physical strength
Number of participants Minimum 2 persons and maximum 8 persons
Minimum age: 12 years
How demanding is the expedition? This expedition requires the participants to be physically fit, as we cover 10-15 km a day carrying a backpack or pulling a sled with equipment. Each participant should be an experienced skier and be familiar with camping outdoors in tents during the winter. Be aware that the weather can change fairly quickly and the temperature can drop dramatically. The participants are normally split into teams of two and you will either get a sled each or one per team. The sleds contain collective equipment such as tents, portable stoves, food and fuel for the whole trip. The sled weights 20-30 kg. In addition you will have your personal equipment which can either be carried in a backpack or packed in a sled. Participants are expected to take part in setting up camp and cooking.
|Tour Options||Overnights in Longyearbyen
Flight Oslo - Longyearbyen
Spitsbergen Dogsled map
Dog sledding equipment list
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Day 1 ARRIVAL LONGYEARBYEN - EXPEDITION LODGE This three day expedition will give you a uniquely Arctic experience; travelling through the endless white in total silence. We will pick you up at the hotel 9.00 and take you with car to Green Dog in Bolterdalen, where you'll be suited up in winterdress (fullsize suit,winterboots,hat and mittens) and the guide will give you an introduction to dogsledding before we head off. Everybody will help harnessing the dogs and tie them to the sledge. The guide will drive in front with a guest on his sledge and the rest of the group will follow , two and two at each sledge. Before we head out, the dogs will be very eager to go, but as soon as we've departed,you can enjoy the great silence, while viewing the fantastic nature of Svalbard. After about 2 hours mushing we will arrive at the ice cave.
Here we will enjoy lunch at the snow igloo, and the dogs will have a well-earned break and a snack. After lunch we will explore the ice cave that goes fare in to the glacier. With helmets and headlamps we descend into the cave. It is created during the summer, when meltwater runs through the glacier. During the winter this water freezes, creating fantastic channels and artistic ice crystals in the clear, still air inside the glacier. No matter what the temperature outside, the cave is at a steady -2°C.
After a tour within the glacier we will experience the exhileration of downhill mushing through the moraine and out through Bolterdalen. We will continue towards Foxdalen where our cozy little cabin awaits. Once the fire takes off in the oven the temperature will rise quickly while we feed the dogs. If the Northern Lights or the beauty of the surrounds don't keep us outside, then we will spend a cozy evening inside enjoying good food, the warm fireplace and interesting mushing stories until it is time to creep into our sleeping bags. Sleeping bags, groundsheets and food are provided for you.
Day 2 ADVENT VALLEY - ESKERDALEN (B, L, D) This morning we will harness the dogs again and set off towards Jansonhaugen and the excited and varied terrain that is found in that area. The wide and beautiful Adventvalley will decrease and we will see the mountains even closer as we follow the frozen riverbed into the land. Maybe we will stop for lunch, at the frozen waterfall north of Eskerdalen.
The goal for the day is Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge, a new and well-equipped cabin which is beautifully located in Brentskaret. From the cabin we can enjoy the wild landscape– a snow-covered universe where hunters and trappers have lived and hunted throughout history. The lodge is cozy with four bedrooms, a simple bathroom, gas cooking facilities in the kitchen and a great fireplace. We will stay here for the nights.
Day 3 ESKERDALEN - LONGYEARBYEN (B, L) Today we'll sled west. We will plan the day after weather and conditions, and try to make a detour in to Eskerdalen. The dogs are happy being on trail and we'll get to know each dogs and its personality,during the trip. Upon returning to Green Dog, our guide will drive us back to town and we'll be at our hotels between 15:00 and 18:00.
How demanding is the Tour:
Our expeditions are always led by experienced guides, and the polar bears will be kept away by the dogs.
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. The participants will be asked to help out with the camp, feeding of the dogs, preparations 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 and June.
The guide will take care of the guest's safety, and will bring all necessary safety equipment.