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Spitsbergen - Dog Sledding from Nordenskiold

7 days

from £2,695pp

Take to the ice for a fantastic journey across Svalbard with your very own team of huskies. This dog-sledding trip is for those looking for a true expedition across the Arctic and who don’t mind a night’s tented accommodation. Experience the incredible views and wilderness of the arctic. No previous knowledge of dog-sledding is necessary.


The journey begins in Longyearbyen. A small mining town, and the administrative centre for the Svalbard archipelago. With just one main street, and locals getting round by skidoo, it is fun but a slow paced town. Evenings can liven up in the bars with off duty miners and visiting tourists alike.  Stay at the Basecamp Hotel, a small characterful hotel that is the epitome of its environment.  A pine chalet, with driftwood, sealskin and slate adorning the rooms and communal areas. Warm and welcoming it is the ideal base from which to start and end an arctic adventure.

Own Husky Team

Mushing your own dog team across frozen fjords is a thrilling and liberating experience. Four days of feeding and harnessing your dogs with expert guidance, will ensure they will be your faithful hounds for the duration of the trip.

On the Ice

Spend two days travelling across the arctic wilderness. Routes and distances are dependent on the strength of the ice. The first day will be spent mushing through the valleys to Tempelfjorden where you will spend the night on the ice in tented accommodation. 

Continue the following day to the Nordenskiold Glacier which affords fantastic views and where Nordenskiold Lodge can be found on the shore if Isfjorden. The lodge will be your base for two nights.  Experience further the remote artic lands with your dog team and visit the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden. Return to the lodge to warm up in the sauna and tuck in to warming evening meal before returning to Longyearbyen by boat the next morning.

2016 Departures

03 - 06 May

06 - 09 May

11 - 14 May


Minimum:  3 people

Age limit: 15 years


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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Oslo

You will be staying at Radisson Park Inn Airport Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen

The former mining town of Longyearbyen offers the Svalbard Museum and the North Pole Expedition Museum, both located close to The University Centre. The nearby Svalbard Gallery houses an interesting collection of artwork, maps, books and notes. Keen birders can make their way to the bay, a wonderful place to look for waders. A short stroll away is the infamous polar bear warning sign, while the tiny Svalbard Church is located on the far side of the valley.

You will be staying at Basecamp Hotel, Breakfast

Day 3

Dog Sledding from Nordenskiold
Depart this morning for Trapper's Station in Bolterdalen. Here 80 happy Alaskan Huskies will be awaiting your arrival and eager to start the trip. Learn how to harness the dogs and how to mush your own team. Everyone will take care of their own team, from harnessing to feeding with guidance from the guide. After training, time to head out to the wilderness. Drive through the vast valleys all the way to Tempelfjorden.

You will be staying at Tented Accommodation, Full board

Day 4

Dog Sledding from Nordenskiold
After breakfast, harness the dogs for the second expedition day. The dogs will be eager to lead you even further into the arctic land across the frozen fjord. Before evening falls approach the magnificent Nordenskiöld glacier located right next to the Basecamp Nordenskiöld. The dog teams are secured safely for the night. After feeding the dogs, prepare a well-earned dinner. Now relax and take in the magnificent view over to the glacier.

You will be staying at Nordenskiöld Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Dog Sledding from Nordenskiold
This morning the restless dogs are the cue to head out once more into the wilderness. If the ice in the fjord is strong enough it may be possible to make a daytrip to Pyramiden, the abandoned Russian mining town. A tour of the ghost town is followed by lunch before returning back to the lodge. Warm up in the sauna before dinner.

You will be staying at Nordenskiöld Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Dog Sledding from Nordenskiold
After a hearty expedition breakfast for both dogs and people, it is time to say goodbye to the faithful dog teams and the Nordenskiöld Lodge. Boat transfer back to Longyearbyen.

You will be staying at Basecamp Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Fly Longyearbyen to Oslo

Fly Oslo to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Basecamp Hotel

Basecamp Hotel

The Trappers Lodge is in the middle of Longyearbyen and is furnished with driftwood from a Russian settlement to give the feeling of a Spitsbergen hunter's cottage....

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Nordenskiöld Lodge

Nordenskiöld Lodge

Located on the shores Isfjorden, at the edge of the blue glacier, is Nordenskiöld Lodge....

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