Even in the Arctic where adventures abound, staying aboard the world’s only hotel ship frozen in sea ice, wondering when the next 700-kilo polar bear is going to walk beneath the bowsprit takes some beating.
But getting there by dogsled, pulled across the snows of Svalbard by a team of Alaskan huskies under your own command puts this Arctic adventure in a league of its own.
Join us in the footprints of Fritjof Nansen. We offer a special program where you can experience how to mush your own dog team of Alaskan Huskies. All necessary training will be given so you will be confident working your own dog sledge team. You feed, take care of their welfare and have a chance to bond and feel the amazing fellowship between humans and dogs. You spend two nights at our comfortable Basecamp ship in the ice, a schooner with the suitable name Noorderlicht, built in 1909. In its 100 years of history it’s been well taken care of and is still very prominent and comfortable. The boat has 10 comfortable two-bed cabins, and there are good onboard facilities. You will during your stay be served a 3-course dinner in the evenings and breakfast. Lunch will be enjoyed in the field. There is a licensed bar within the ship open until midnight. From the first of March until mid-May, the ship is frozen into the beautiful Tempel fjorden waiting for today's adventurers!
PRICES & DATES
Price is based on 2 people and includes return flights to Longyarbyen, all airport taxes and accommodation and meals according to program. All guests will be equipped with thermal suit, snow mobile boots, windproof mittens, face mask, goggles and hat. Our experienced local guide will take care of our guest’s safety and bring all necessary safety equipment.
Departures: Every Monday from 1 March until mid-May 2013.
Please note that on some dates an overnight in Oslo is required. It is possible to add extra nights at Trapper's Hotel as well; please contact us for prices. We also have a similar tour with snowmobiling available.
Day 1 Longyearbyen
Arrive in Longyearbyen and take the airport shuttle to the Basecamp Trapper’s Hotel, a unique lodge furnished with driftwood, slate and animal furs. No two rooms are the same, except for the comfortable beds and bathrooms, and you’ll be left in no doubt that you’ve reached the wilds of Svalbard.
Day 2 Basecamp ship in the Ice
Travel with your guide to the dog kennel at Bolterdalen where 90 happy Alaskan huskies will be waiting for you. Participants are responsible for their own dogs and the guide will give a lesson in how to handle a sled team. When ready, you’ll mush into the white open landscape, making the 70 km journey to the Basecamp Ship in the Ice, a 100-year-old schooner frozen each winter in the waters of Tempelfjorden and your base for the next two nights.
Day 3 Tempelfjorden
After breakfast, set off with your dog team to explore the breathtaking scenery around Tempelfjorden. Dogsledding in Svalbard is an experience that touches the soul, with the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled against the snow the only sounds to break the silence.
Day 4 Longyearbyen
This is the last day of dogsledding so get up early and make the most of it. Lunch is served in the open on the way back to Longyearbyen, where the comfort of the Basecamp Trapper’s Hotel awaits.
Day 5 Departure
See the sights before departing for the airport and home.