A unique, traditional experience in Longyearbyen - great for before or after your polar bear safari.
|6 Days||May||Svalbard||Small Group Safari|
This safari is perfect if you want to experience a long dogsledding expedition, while still enjoying comfortable sleeping conditions and delicious food. Leading your own team of enthusiastic Alaskan huskies, including learning how to harness and mush them yourself, you will travel over the vast scenic wilderness of Svalbard. Travelling by dogsled is a fantastic and unique way to explore, one that lets you truly appreciate the silence and beauty of your surroundings. Staying in comfortable lodgings at the North Pole basecamp and Nordenskiöld Lodge, located right next to the majestic Nordenskiöld glacier, you will pay a visit to the Sassen valley and the ghost town of Pyramiden, while keeping an eye out for the mighty polar bear and other Arctic wildlife.
Today you arrive to Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s capital. On arrival, transfer by shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this enchanting city where you can find more snowmobiles than people.
Overnight: Basecamp Hotel
Today you will set off from Longyearbyen and begin your Arctic adventure! First stop is Trappers Station, where you will meet the 90 Alaskan huskies eager to accompany you for the next three days. You will receive training on how to harness and mush your own husky team, before heading off into the vast white wilderness of Svalbard, travelling over peaks and valleys to Sassen valley and Tempelfjorden. In the afternoon, you will arrive at your expedition camp, the North Pole basecamp, where you will settle into your heated tent for the night and enjoy a delicious meal; after you’ve finished feeding your dogs of course! Your husky team will be your responsibility during the course of your safari and under the direction of your guide you will feed and look after your dogs. After your training, the moment has come to drive your team out into the wilderness. Passing through vast valleys and dramatic Arctic landscapes, you arrive at the frozen fjord of Tempelfjorden. Here, in the shadow of the imposing Templet Mountain, rests the world’s only ice-bound ship waiting to welcome you on board. After a day of mushing you’ll be ready for the three-course dinner and the comfort of a nice soft mattress.
After breakfast, you will harness your team and prepare for your second expedition day. Heading further into Spitsbergen island, you will experience even more of the breath-taking scenery and maybe even spot some arctic wildlife along the way to Nordenskiöld Lodge. This will be your accommodation for the next few nights, and is spectacularly located right by the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier. Here, you can sit back and relax while enjoying a traditional Norwegian meal and the finest view over the glacier.
Overnight: Nordenskiöld Lodge (B, L, D)
In the morning you will set off into the wilderness once again and, if the ice in the fjord is strong enough, make a trip to Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining town. After exploring this ghost town, you will return to your lodge, where you can enjoy a steam in the Arctic sauna and a well-earned rest.
Overnight: Nordenskiöld Lodge (B, L, D)
On your final day with your dogs, you and your husky team will enjoy a hearty expedition breakfast before you say your goodbyes and travel by boat back to Longyearbyen. In the afternoon, you will have time to enjoy a hot drink in the lounge of Basecamp Hotel and reflect on your adventure.
Overnight: Basecamp Hotel (B, L)
This morning you check out of the hotel before taking the shuttle back to the airport in time for your international flight home.
This is a small group departure, but can also be tailor-made to your requirements and would be a perfect addition to the beginning or end of another Svalbard safari. Accommodation ranges from a heated tented camp to a basic but comfortable lodge, and the safari is active.
Talk to one of our specialists for further details on our Svalbard safaris.