With a population of under three thousand, Svalbard, an archipelago of nine islands in the extreme north of Norway, has the distinction of being the northernmost permanent human settlement on Earth. Only one of the nine islands is populated, as 60 percent of the area is covered by glaciers. Due to its fragile ecosystem, seven National Parks and twenty-three nature reserves fall within Svalbard's boundaries. These islands currently support a wide variety of seabirds, polar bears, reindeer, and marine mammals, and is believed, by UN scientists, to be threatened by global warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world.
This exclusive adventure grants you the experience of a lifetime in the Arctic wilderness. Your small group will be joined by a local guide and ninety Alaskan huskies as you travel across alpine terrain to Basecamp Isfjord Radio Station. This expedition is not for the weak of heart and offers a glimpse into a rarely seen world at the ends of the Earth.
Day 1: After arrival in Longyearbyen, take the airport shuttle to accommodations at Basecamp Trappers Hotel. In the afternoon you are free to explore Longyearbyen on your own.
Day 2: After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the reception area at Basecamp Trappers Hotel. A short briefing will be given before packing and departing for Basecamp Trappers Station, where your guide and team of Huskies will be waiting. A lesson on how to mush and take care of the dogs is provided. The expedition then heads off into the white, open landscape towards Basecamp Isfjord Radio. Lunch will be enjoyed in the field and camp that is set up half-way to Isfjord - a warm meal in the tent to warm the bones. Set up camp in the afternoon and spend the evening relaxing from your day's wild adventure.
Day 3: After breakfast, get going again. During this morning's mushing experience the complete silence of the Arctic is broken only by the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled against the snow. Lunch is served out in the field, and after arriving at Isfjord Radio, a warm three-course dinner will be served in the evening. Stay overnight at Basecamp Isfjord Radio.
Day 4: After a solid breakfast and a short dog-sled trip to explore the local area, we return to the station for a warm lunch. The hostess will provide a guided tour around the station area followed by a final three-course dinner. Stay overnight at Basecamp Isfjord Radio.
Day 5: After breakfast it is time to pack up the expedition gear, and set out with the dogs for the second half of the journey. There will be some interesting stops on the way back and the conditions may be demanding, but the thrill of adventure will make up for it. In the afternoon we will set up camp in the tents and make dinners for both the dogs and for ourselves.
Day 6: The last day out in the field is an early and long one. Back at Basecamp Trappers Station we take care of the tired dogs before returning to Longyearbyen. Once back at the hotel, you will get a chance to shower and have a drink. We can recommend dinner at one of the town’s restaurants. Accommodations are again at Basecamp Trappers Hotel.
Day 7: Breakfast is served at 7:00. Before departure, you are free to relax or explore Longyearbyen and its sights on your own. Departure to the airport by shuttle bus is at 13:00 and the flight departs at 14:45.
Basecamp Trappers Hotel for 2 or More Nights
Basecamp Trapper´s Hotel is situated in the middle of Longyearbyen and is near to pubs, restaurants, a bank and shopping mall.
Basecamp Isfjord Radio for 2 Nights
The radio station is newly renovated, has charming and cozy rooms, a lounge with a fireplace and a unique and extremely interesting history.
Arctic Wilderness for 2 Nights
Items to Bring:
- Dry bag for personal equipment (rest of the luggage will be stored in Longyearbyen)
- Warm windproof jacket and trousers
- Warm windproof cap
- Two pairs of wool finger gloves
- Two pairs of windproof gloves
- Two pairs of long woolen underwear
- One to two warm woolen sweaters
- Woolen or fleece trousers
- Two to three pairs of woolen socks
- Toiletries/wash bag
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and camera
- Due to limited space on the dog sledges, we recommend you only bring necessities into the field
- A more comprehensive packing list will be sent prior to departure
- Depending on the size of your group, this experience may or may not be entirely private. The expedition runs with a fixed number of participants.
Inclusions + Exclusions
- Meals as mentioned
- Equipment and gear
- Thermal suit
- Snowmobile shoes
- Cap, goggles
- Sleeping bags, sleeping mat
- Camping equipment
- Accommodations as mentioned
- Flight ticket to/from Longyearbyen
- Airport shuttle bus
- Drinks with meals
- Activities and meals beyond those specified in the program
- Dinner upon return to Longyearbyen
Please see our standard Terms and Conditions
Due to weather conditions this experience is only available during the suggested travel date bands