Spitsbergen dog sledge expedition
Forget the rest of the world for a few days!
Join us on our unique dog sledge expedition to the west coast of the Isfjorden. During the expedition you will experience the wild and beautiful nature of Spitsbergen. The route goes from Longyearbyen through open valleys, over ice covered fjords and on thousand years old glacier ice. We pass the old mining village Pyramiden, the mountains Tre Kroner, visit the researcher town; Ny-Ålesund and drive through the majestic glaciers at Oscar II Land. At the end of the expedition we will be picked up, and transported to Longyearbyen by boat.
Day 1.We meet at Basecamp Trapper's Hotel at 18.00 in the late afternoon. We will listen to an important saftey brief and information from our guide.
Spitsbergen is 1000 kilometers north of Tromsø and 1000 kilometers from the North Pole. Spitsbergen covers an area of 39 000 km2, roughly the size of Switzerland. In Norwegian called Spitsbergen is called Svalbard, which comes from the Viking mythology and means " cold coast ". In Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, there are no roads , but one makes its way through with snowmobiles, planes and boats. In the village you will see signs warning of polar bears as a reminder, you must be armed if one is to go out in the wilderness...
Day 2.Meeting in the reception at 09 am followed by transfer to the Trapper’s station in Bolterdalen. After harnessing the dogs we’ll head out Adventdalen Valley towards Tempelfjorden and Basecamp Ship in the Ice. We’ll stop for lunch during the way. Distance: 45km and approx. 150 m of altitude difference (moa).
Day 3.Breakfast before we pack our sledges and drive from the fjord ice up the Murdoch Glacier towards Gipsdalen Valley. We’ll stop for lunch during the way. During the afternoon we’ll climb the steep Florabreen Glacier and down the magnificent Nordenskiøldbreen Glacier towards the Billefjorden where we find our Nordenskiöld cabin, were we will spend the night. After dinner we go to sleep in a warm bed. Overnight stay Adolfbukta Bay, distance: 45km and approx. 1000 moa.
Day 4-7.On the course of the next days we will truly experience what mushing is. Behind the dog teams you can let the impressions sink in slowly. During these days we will cross the ice on the Bille, Dickson, and Ekman Fjords. We will pass spectacular mountains Tre Korner, and travel across the mighty glacier systems on Oscar II Land. On our first expedition night in tents, we try and stop early so get familiar with the routines of pitching camp. Breakfast and dinner is served in camp and we’ll stop for lunch during the days. During day 3 we overnight in the area of Hørbye glacier. Distance for the day 30km and approx. 500 moa. On day 4 we overnight in the area of Batty glacier. Distance of the day 40km and approx. 400 moa. During day 5 we set up our tens in the area of Tre kroner. Distance of the day 50 km and approx. 600 moa. On day 6 we set up our tents in Ny-Ålesund. Distance for the day 40km.
Day 8-10After a visit in the resucher town Ny-Ålesund, we go south again to the glaciers in Trollheimen and Oscar II land. If the conditions are favourable we can take some detours in this fantastic snowmobile free area. During the trip, the concepts of silence and sense of freedom will make a deeper sense. We also get to experience the great Arctic wilderness. Our route runs through a desolate landscape where the weather and snow conditions set the limit on where and how far we travel each day. On day 7 we overnight in the area of Osborn glacier. Distance for theday 40km and 500 moa. During day 8 we set up pur tents in the area of Bore glacier. Distance for the day 40km and 500 moa. On day 9, our last full day of dogsledding we set up ourtents for the last time in the area of Esmark glacier. Distance for the day 40km.
Day 11.We wake up with the view over the ocean and Ymerbukta. We enjoy the last morning, before we make the short trip down to the bay were the expedition vessel will pick us up for transport back to Longyearbyen and the civilization. Arrival at Trappers Hotel during the afternoon. Distance of the day 15km and approx and 150 moa.
Eco rating: 2.5
Season: Next departure spring 2016
Duration: 10 nights
Included in the price: 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 can be borrowed if needed without extra cost, Search- and rescue insurance.
Not included: Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single cabin Ship in the Ice, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250
Find out more about Svalbard: Despite Svalbard's northern location the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to other areas at the same latitude. In summer the temperature is about 5 ° C and normally very little rain, but it is quite common with fog and low clouds. Even if it rains, the ground is often wet because of the melting snow. Cold winds are common during the summer. One should remember that the weather in Svalbard may change rapidly and local variations can shift quickly.
During winter, the average temperature is around -14 ° C. It is not uncommon to have temperatures between -20 and -30 degrees. In combination with the wind, the temperatures can be extremely low . Longyearbyen has midnight sun from 19th of April to 23rd of August. During this period, bright sun never sets below the horizon. In contrast, from late October to mid-February, the sun is never above the horizon. The dark polar night lasts from mid-November to late January and during this period, one can not distinguish day from night .
Visa: Visa to Norway
Time zone: GMT +1
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are necessary.
Packing: With proper packing enough food and a good daily routine can keep you warm even on cold days. This is obviously important for you to be able to enjoy of your Arctic adventure. We recommend everyone to wear wool and layered woollen socks during both during the summer and winter seasons. The wind in Svalbard can be tough, and if it blows over the glacier, it can also be very cold.
Packing List: We recommend you bring the following equipment; A solid backpack, bag for personal belongings, warm windproof jacket and pants, warm down jacket / parka, warm windproof hat, 2 pairs wool gloves, 1 pair of windproof gloves, 1 pair of work gloves (when handling dogs, etc.), 2 sets of wool underwear and shirt, warm wool or fleece, wool or fleece pants, 2-3 pairs of wool socks, toiletries, sunglasses, binoculars and camera. Due to space limitations in the sledges, we recommend you to take a minimum of luggage (the remaining luggage can be stored at Basecamp Trapper's Hotel ).
Local Currency: Norwegian krones
Weather Spitsbergen: Weather Spitsbergen/Svalbard
Telephone and email: Mobile network works well in Norway. Management ask you to use the mobiles discreet or turn it off.
Safety: Safety instructions are given when you arrive and it is VERY important to follow these . To meet a polar bear is a fantastic experience but can also be extremely dangerous. All guides are armed at all times to ensure your safety.
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