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Husky Safari On The Frozen Fjord

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Mush your way through arctic wilderness

Follow in the footsteps of famous Arctic explorers and experience life on ice in Spitsbergen! Learn to “mush” your own team of huskies on a dog sled safari to beautiful Tempelfjorden, where you will spend two nights in the North Pole Camp, in heated tents in the wilderness. This adventurous getaway also gives you a chance to explore Longyearbyen, one of the northernmost settlements in the world, or catch a glimpse of the “King of the Arctic”, the mighty polar bear!

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Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Best Seller, Dog Sled

Season

1 Mar - 15 May

Departure

Mondays

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Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your arctic expedition.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to the Arctic!

    Arrive at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a shuttle transfer to your accommodation for the night. After check-in, the rest of the day is free time to explore Longyearbyen as you wish, perhaps with a visit to the Svalbard Museum to learn more about Svalbard‘s history as a hunting and mining outpost. Spend the night in Longyearbyen. For dinner this evening, we recommend the charming Restaurant Kroa or the lovely Huset Restaurant.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • Day 2: Meet the Huskies

    In the morning, meet with your guides for a short briefing in Longyearbyen before making your way to the dog kennel in Bolterdalen, where about 90 eager huskies are waiting to whisk you off to the wilderness. After a quick lesson on how to handle your sled and team of huskies, it’s time to mush towards Templefjorden and your unique accommodation for the next two nights—the North Pole Camp. Everyone will look after your dog team throughout the trip, and help with the feeding. The journey will take you over vast valleys and through the stark white landscape to Sassen valley and Tempelfjorden.

    Towards midday, you stop for lunch and let the dogs rest. Arrival to the expedition campsite, North Pole Basecamp, is during the evening. Here, we have warm tents with comfortable beds and warm sleeping bags waiting for us. In the wilderness, small everyday items feel much more special. You can really appreciate indoor toilets and dinner served at the table.

    Spend the next two nights in the North Pole Camp.

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  • Day 3: Explore Tempelfjorden

    In the morning, you will feed the dogs before enjoying your own breakfast with fresh bread and warm coffee. You will then harness the dogs and head out into the great white landscape, mushing on the frozen sea ice, where you can see seals on the ice enjoying the warm sun, and if you are lucky you might even see a polar bear hunting. The majestic Tuna Glacier is one of the highlights of the day. Expedition lunch will be served on the way. The tour will return to the camp later in the afternoon for some well-deserved drinks. After dinner, you can have an evening walk to stretch your legs and greet your dog team before heading to the heated tent and warm sleeping bag for the night.

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  • Day 4: Last Day to Mush!

    Get an early rise to make the most of the final day of the safari. By now, you should feel like an expert musher as you navigate your sled through the frozen fjords on your way back to civilisation. Later in the afternoon, arrive in Longyearbyen in time for a hot shower and perhaps some drinks to celebrate your accomplishments as an Arctic explorer! The rest of the evening you will be free to enjoy the town as you wish with dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • Day 5:  Departure 

    Before departing this amazing place, the early part of your day is free for a stroll around Longyearbyen, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, some last-minute souvenir shopping, or an optional tour in an ice cave or snowmobile tour. In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Longyear Airport for your return flight to Oslo, from where you will continue to your final destination.

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Map

Here’s a map of Svalbard, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

All rooms are of standard category and come with private shower or bath and WC / On a cruise: Room with full ensuite washroom and ..

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Everything about this tour

Our travel consultants can assist with booking air travel between Oslo or Tromsø and Longyearbyen. If needed, we can also book accommodation in Oslo or Tromsø. 
This tour can be customized, including additional nights in Oslo, Tromsø, or Longyearbyen on request. We can also combine this tour with other tours in Norway. Contact us for details. 
 
Other 
  • Due to flight times between Svalbard and Norway, travellers are urged to spend the night in either Oslo or Tromsø before and after the trip. 
  • Average temperatures in Svalbard between March and May are -3 to -12° Celsius but can reach as low as -30° Celsius.
  • Travellers should bring warm, weatherproof outerwear along with thermal layers and insulated boots. Sunglasses and thick moisturizer for the face are also recommended. A list of necessary personal equipment will be provided before arriving. More information on what to pack for Svalbard
  • If conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen until the end of March.
  • Due to limited space on the dog sleds, travellers may only bring one small rucksack (preferably waterproof) of personal items on the dog sled tour; the remaining luggage will be securely stored in Longyearbyen. 
  • Norwegian traffic law applies to snowmobiling in Svalbard, so drivers must carry a valid driver’s license at all times.
  • The itinerary can change without notice due to Arctic weather conditions. 
  • Children under 15 not allowed on this tour. 
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 
  • Participants should be in good general health for this tour.
Environmental protection and tourism in Svalbard:
“You are welcome to return to Svalbard when no one has noticed you’ve already been here.” Svalbard’s vegetation is very exposed, particularly due to the permafrost, and destruction of flora can leave a lasting scar on the landscape. All vegetation is therefore protected and all traces of human activity up to 1945 are regarded as cultural monuments. Svalbard’s Environmental Act strictly regulates travel on Svalbard, so if you are planning a trip alone outside of Administration Area 10 (central parts of Spitsbergen), you must inform the Ombudsman and show proof of insurance.
 
Polar bears and visitor safety in Svalbard: 
The polar bear is probably the foremost symbol of Svalbard’s wildlife and it is a truly exhilarating experience to see them in their natural habitat. Keep in mind that Svalbard prohibits coaxing, pursuing, or disturbing polar bears in such a way that endangers humans or the bears themselves. Attacks on humans, though rare, can be lethal. Therefore, on all guided tours and activities, visitor safety is overseen by experienced guides who carry shotguns at all times and let off warning shots if needed. The authorities in Svalbard, together with the joint travel industry, encourage participation in organised, guided activities in order to protect both visitors and polar bears.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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