10 days dogsledding expedition to Ny Ålesund. Experience magnificent Arctic scenery close up- 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.
Our guide will meet you in the reception of Trappers Hotel the day before. You will have good time to sit down with our guide, talk about the coming trip, possible routes and needed equipment.
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 80 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 Advent Valley towards Tempelfjorden. Expedition lunch is served on the way. After the adventurous day, we arrive at North Pole Camp, enjoy a warm dinner and and fall asleep in soft sleeping bags in heeted tents. Distance: 45km and approx. 150 m of altitude difference (moa).
DAY 2: 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.
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 7-9: After 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 10: 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.
INCLUDED: Activities, accommodation and meals according to the program. 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 room supplement, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250.
During longer dogsledding trips, the dog teams need some help by pushing up the steep hills. For this, you need to be in good physical condition. As part of the expedition, you will participate in feeding and taking care of the dogs. When camping outdoors, we will melt snow, set up the camp and prepare meals together.
This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any dog sledding trips arranged by Basecamp Spitsbergen. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.
You will be provided with a warm thermos-suit, winter boots, balaclava, hat, gloves and googles. We recommend bringing light windproof jacked and trousers for mild temperatures. A pair of working gloves is also good to have when handling the dogs.
Try to pack in couple of small bags, rather than one big one due to the slim size of the sled. Waterproof bags are a good option. Do note that you need to pack some of the common equipment’s to your sledge as well, so space is quite limited.
In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms, thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planed route, and this might lead up us 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.
As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, there will be an additional climate investment charge of NOK 250 per guest. This is donated in its entirety to Basecamp Foundation’s forestry project in Masai Mara, Kenya. The trees bind CO2 and contribute to reducing the effects of emissions associated with our activities – and your travel. For more information, please visit: www.basecampfoundation.org
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