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Spitsbergen - Dog Sledding Adventure

Camp out and mush your own team of huskies across the frozen wilderness

7 days

from £3,100pp (excluding flights)

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 couple of nights camping out. Experience the incredible views and wilderness of the Arctic. 

  • A hands-on dog sledding adventure 
  • Experience the exhilaration of mushing your own dog team across wild Arctic landscape
  • Camp out on the Arctic ice and search for reindeer, Arctic fox and maybe even polar bear 
  • Magical light conditions in the spring months as the sun returns to these northerly latitudes


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 Huskey 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 valleys and mountains before spending the night on the ice in tented accommodation. 

Continue the following day to Isfjord Radio, once an important radio station for the region and now a charming boutique lodge which will be your base for two nights.  Spend more time on the ice and the chance for a dip in the Arctic Sea. Journey back with your faithful team of huskies, spending another night camping on the ice before returning to Longyearbyen.

2018 departures

23 March 2018
06 April 2018

Minimum: 3 people
Age limit: 18 years

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3100 £ 495
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Oslo

Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen overnight

You will be staying at Basecamp Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Dog Sledding to Isfjord Radio
Meet your guide in the reception at Basecamp Hotel at 10 am. After checking equipment head to Trappers Station in Bolterdalen where you will meet 90 happy Alaskan Huskies eager to get moving. Everyone will take care of their own team of dogs. With assistance from the guide, you will learn to harness, feed and look after the dogs as well as how to mush. After harnessing the dogs, head out into Bolterdalen towards Isfjord Radio for your first day sledging. Pass through valleys and majestic mountain scenery, taking lunch in the wild, before setting camp approximately half way to Isfjord Radio. After looking after the dogs, settle down for dinner in the tent before spending your first night outside.

You will be staying at Tented Accommodation, Full board

Day 3

Dog Sledding to Isfjord Radio
Breakfast for animals and people before preparations are made for day two with the dogs. The silence of the Arctic wilderness is broken only by the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled runners against the snow. Lunch will be served out in the field before arriving at Isfjord Radio later today. A three-course dinner will be served this evening.

You will be staying at Isfjord Radio, Full board

Day 4

Dog Sledding to Isfjord Radio
After a hearty breakfast, head out for a short dog sledge trip before returning to the station for lunch. Your hosts at the hotel will give you a guided tour around the station area before some time at leisure. Maybe a swim in the Arctic Sea for those feeling brave enough. A three-course dinner will be served this evening.

You will be staying at Isfjord Radio, Full board

Day 5

Dog Sledding to Isfjord Radio
After breakfast, it is time to pack the expedition gear and harness the dogs for the journey back to civilization. In the afternoon, set up camp and enjoy dinner with the team.

Day 6

Dog Sledding to Isfjord Radio
An early start for the last day out in the wild. Journey back to Longyearbyen on your sledge with your team, stopping for an expedition lunch on the way. Back at Basecamp Trappers station take care of the tired dogs before returning to Basecamp Hotel for your last night.

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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Isfjord Radio

Isfjord Radio

Basecamp Isfjord Radio is situated on the outermost part of the Isfjord on the beautiful Nordenskiöld coast framed by the majestic Svalbard mountains overlooking the open sea....

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