Experience Svalbard's winter! Magical landscapes, glacial ice cave, dog sledding and cabin life.
You will be collected from your accommodation at 9:00am, and driven about 10km into the Advent Valley to Green Dog. Here you will be equipped with exposure suits, winter boots, headwear, balaclavas and ski goggles, and are ready to continue to the dog yard in Bolterdalen.
The guide will brief you before you harness the dogs and fasten them to the sleds. The guide will drive first, followed by your sleds. As we are preparing, the dogs will be barking, but as soon as we set off the silence of the Arctic will set in.
You will be able to enjoy the wildlife and scenery in Bolterdalen. After two hours we will arrive to the ice cave. We will put on our helmets and headlamps as we descend into the cave, while the dogs will have a chance for a well-earned break and snack. The ice cave is shaped during 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 the glacier we will go down through the moraine and Bolterdalen. We will continue to Foxdalen and our cabin. Once we have a fire going, the temperature in the cabin will rise quickly. The northern lights or the beauty of the surroundings will keep us outside for a while, but we will be inside later to enjoy good food, the warmth of the fireplace and Arctic stories until it is time for bed.
The following morning we will set off towards Jansonhaugen and the excited and varied terrain. After a day behind the sleds we will make our way back to the dog yard. Depending on weather and conditions we expect to be back at the hotel no later than 6 pm.
No previous dog sledding experience is required to participate, but you should be in generally good health and physical shape to participate. During the trip the participants will be asked to help with, amongst other things, feeding the dogs and preparing for the tours.The weather in the Arctic can be unpredictable, and can change dramatically over a few hours. With both the cold and the wind, the effect termperature can quickly fall towards -25 or -30°C during the winter.The guides are responsible for the guests' safety, and will have all necessary safety equipment.
Included:Outerwear like mittens, balaclava, warm hat, ski goggles, winter shoes and exposure suit. Meals during the tour, shared equipment and experienced guides with all necessary safety equipment, as well as search and rescue insurance. Transport to and from accommodation prior to and after tour.Not included:Flights, accommodation and meals in Longyearbyen, beer, wine and softdrink, personal equipment and travel insurance.
See what you need to bring for this tour. In addition we will provide the following equipment:
Remember to back in plastic/waterproof bags as the equipment may become wet during the tour. It is a good idea to take extra bags.
The guide will meet you at your accommodation in Longyearbyen, and take you to the starting point of the trip. You will receive your tour clothes, a briefing and help to pack your sled, before we head out 2 and 2 on the sleds. We visit a fantastic ice cave in the frozen heart of a glacier, and then head down towards the cosy Foxdalen cabin, where a cracling fire and hearty food will warm us for the night.
We set off towards Jansonhaugen and the exciting and varied terrain that is found in that area. After a good day behin the sleds, we will make our way back to the dog yard. Depending on weather and conditions, we expect to be back at the hotel in the late afternoon, between around 3 and 6 pm.
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Two days, one night
3 - Average physical fitness
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Minimum 2 participantsMaximum 5 participants
HURTIGRUTEN SVALBARD AS, P.O. Box 548, N-9171 LongyearbyenTelephone.: +47 79 02 61 00 | Org.nr 951 251 579Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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