May 24, 2023 | Arctic Norway, Arcturus, Blog Posts, Trip Reports

“ We recently completed an unforgettable trip to Svalbard, Arctic Norway where we embarked upon a truly spectacular adventure of over 300kms of Snowmobiling, plus a full day of Dog Sledging. I had contacted Fiona with the original idea of an extended Dog Sledging trip but after taking into consideration a number of factors, and taking on board very sound and experienced advice from both Fiona and her colleagues in Svalbard, we settled on the Snowmobile trip, and were not disappointed. Throughout the decision making process and then booking of the trip, at every stage Fiona was a dream to work with. There was no question too left field and she sought clarification from the people guiding the tour in Svalbard. Emails were quickly responded to, in spite of a huge time difference, and every part of the trip was organised meticulously. The adventure itself was, in a word – spectacular. The two guides on the snowmobile trip were wonderful – professional, welcoming, knowledgeable  and we felt safe and secure in their keeping. The Dog Sled guide demonstrated a true love of her job and her dogs and she made sure we had an authentic experience of what it takes to run with a team of dogs in the vast wilderness of the Arctic. Our week in Svalbard had all the hallmarks of a true adventure,  with the incredible beauty of the mountains of white, the deafening silence, the total isolation and the knowledge that we were the only inhabitants as far as the eye could see.  It was truly MAGIC. We are so thankful for Fiona, in her ability to take a few random comments of what we might like to do and turn those wishes into a spectacular experience that far surpassed anything we could have dreamt of. We will be forever grateful…thank you.  And we’ve already booked our next adventure!

All of the above, and words really can’t convey the thrill of being amongst those spectacular mountains of white and the silence and the isolation- I was in love with every minute, every second. The fact that I was able to travel at over 80km/hr in such a vast landscape and enjoy the exhilaration and thrill of the speed and place – was utterly amazing. There was only 6 of us – two Swedish couples celebrating a 50th birthday, and Andrew and I, plus the two guides – heaven on a stick I can tell you. An amazing adventure like no other, and for that we must thank you Fiona. The day with the dogs was also wonderful, but I think the isolation and thrill of driving our own snowmobile trumped all else…I almost found being with the dogs too slow!!!! We were very pleased we had researched and purchased all the necessary pure wool clothing, right down to the undies and bra I might add! With the Michelin Man type suit provided by Base Camp we were warm as toast – even at temps of -17 but felt like -26 degrees.  Although the little Warm Hand patches were a life saver at times, as clutching the throttle for extended periods of time did render the fingers a tad cold on the odd occasion! And we saw so much – the guides were excellent in every way. We went to a long abandoned Russian village, across glaciers and saw massive fresh polar bear foot prints in the snow – truly magic, and stuff of dreams.

Fiona, in every aspect, the trip you organised for us far exceeded our expectations and we certainly had the adventure of a life time. It was quite simply, unbelievably exciting.  The fact that the organisation of the trip was seamless and there were no hiccuphs or misadventures made the whole experience that much sweeter and infinitely more memorable.  Our kids think we are pretty OK for doing something out of the ordinary – although I have to say they are used to us going it alone.  Next stop Mongolia!!

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