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Svalbard Spitsbergen

West coast or Death - Basecamp Spitsbergen

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7 days Dogsledding Expedition across Spitsbergen. Basecamp Spitsbergen is proud to offer you one of the most challenging dog sledge trips on the archipelago in a well-planned and safe way.

“West coast or death” These famous words were spoken by the great polar explorer Fridtjov Nansen (1861-1930), when he as a leader of a group of six was the first to cross Greenland in 1888. When the ship left the group on the east coast, the only possibility of survival was to reach the west coast and civilization, before running out of food or then die trying. These words represent the toughness of the arctic nature and the rough conditions also at Spitsbergen. However, when we leave Longyearbyen, fortunately we do not need to set our own lives at stake. Basecamp Spitsbergen is proud to offer you one of the most challenging dog sledge trips on the archipelago in a well-planned and safe way.

DAY 1: Your guide picks you up at your 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 90 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. In the afternoon we will arrive to our expedition camp. In heated tent with cots and warm sleeping bags, we will spend the nights in tents they today use at the North Pole camp; “Barneo”. After taking care of the dogs, the chef invites you to the dining tent for a delicious dinner. 
2-course dinner and accommodation in expedition tent. 

DAY 2: After a substantial breakfast and a good sleep, we are fresh and ready to head towards the north. We pack our sledges and harness our teams and head towards the Murdoch Glacier and Gips Valley. We will stop for lunch on the way. During the afternoon we will climb the steep Flora Glacier and down the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier. Here, in the middle of the glacier moraine we find Nordenskiöld Lodge, a true expedition lodge, just with modern comforts. After feeding the dogs, we can prepare a well-earned dinn er for ourselves. Now we can relax, enjoy the dinner and the magnificent view over the glacier. After a long day outside, it is nice to warm up a true Finnish sauna and enjoy the warmth of the steam.
Dinner and accommodation in double room at Nordenskiöld lodge.

DAY 3-6: Over the course of the next days, we will truly experience what mushing is all about. Standing behind the sledge and letting your fateful dog team pull you through the white scenery gives you time to appreciate the beauty of the Arctic. During the expedition you really learn what silence and sense of freedom actually means. Our route runs through a vast landscape where the weather and snow conditions set the limit on where and how far we travel each day. During these days we will cross Billefjorden, Dicksonfjorden, and Ekmanfjorden. We will pass the spectacular mountains of Tre Kroner, and travel across the mighty glacier systems on Oscar II Land. On our first expedition night in tent, we try to stop early, so that we have good time to get familiar with the routines of pitching a tent camp. Breakfast and dinner is served in camp and we will stop for expedition lunch during the days.
Accommodation in tent. 

DAY 7: On our last day, we will arrive in Ymer Bay, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will get boat transfer back to Longyearbyen and the civilization. Once in Longyearbyen it is time to say goodbye to our faithful dog teams and head back to Basecamp Hotel. You can really appreciate a hot shower and a cold drink after so many days out in the wilderness. We recommend dinner at one of the towns excellent restaurants (not included and should be booked in advance). We can guarantee, you will go home with a luggage full of memories for a life time!  

PRICE: NOK 34.990 per person 

DEPARTURES: 9.-15.5 2017 

MINIMUM & AGE LIMIT: 3 persons & 18 years

INCLUDED: All transfers, one night at the North Pole Camp, one night at Nordenskiöld Lodge in double rooms, 4 nights in tent, all meals during the expedition, all camping equipment and an experienced guide with safety equipment. 

IN ADDITION: Flights, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250

NOTE: 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.
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. 
Combine your stay with accommodation at the most unique hotel at Longyearbyen – Basecamp Hotel.

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