Mushers’ bucket list | 10 days
“West coast or death!” So said the great polar explorer Fridtjov Nansen, the first to cross Greenland in 1888 with his team of six people. When their ship left them on the east coast, their only possibility of survival was to reach the west coast and civilization before they ran out of food.
Our challenging seven day dog sledge expedition across Spitsbergen sets out from Longyearbyen to Tempelfjorden. From here you’ll travel 45km to the fixed tented North Pole camp, continuing to Nordenskiold Lodge the next day. Sledge across the mighty glacier systems of Oscar II Land, camping for one night before a final morning with the dogs and an adventurous open boat journey back to Longyearbyen.
Dates:6-15 May 2019
Price:£5,140 per person
Key info: Minimum 3 people. You need to be in good physical shape. All necessary safety and camp equipment provided
Fiona’s travel tipsTOP TIP: We provide superbly warm sledging suits and thick felt-lined boots so you will never be cold.
GREAT DAY OUT: The polar museum in Tromsø – it has wonderful atmosphere. The Northern Lights Planetarium or ‘Polaria’ is also well worth a visit.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Stunning displays of the aurora borealis in the night-time sky in the depths of winter (if you’re lucky)!
BEST MEMORY: Sledging through spindrift across a frozen river.
DON’T MISS: Summer Island – it’s just one and a half hours’ drive from the Lofoten Islands which are five hours’ drive from Skjaerhaugen. Both offer cosy and comfortable cabin accommodation.
BEST TIME TO GO: January to early April has the best snow conditions for sledging. July and August for walking and camping.
“We board the plane from the Arctic with heavy, heavy hearts & many tears. This trip has been an overwhelming experience for all three of us. Safe to say that it has been the most memorable, incredible holiday we have ever had!!! And we've had many amazing holidays.”
Karen Chaloner, Dog sledding in Arctic Norway
“Everything went like clockwork from the moment we contacted you. We were delighted with our welcome, food, warmth. Your pre-trip information, your representatives. In fact just everything. We would certainly recommend Arcturus as a firm to deal with for a memorable holiday in every respect.”
Evina Montgomery, Explore Dividalen, dog sledding in Norway
“It was a very special holiday and the activity of dog sledging is amazing. The break was exactly the right length of time for beginners and our Norwegian hosts and guides were excellent.”
Stephen and Elaine Bailey, Dog sledging in Dividalen
“The equipment provided locally was great – we were warm, dry and comfortable in our suits and boots. The dogs are incredible, always keen to go and tireless. It was obvious the guys knew them very well and respected each individual dog for its attributes. Of course I cried like a baby when we waved goodbye to them all from the Ice Hotel… And finally, how could I forget! On the last night of our dog sledding we had a fantastic viewing of the northern lights. Fiona thank you very much for arranging the trip which all went so smoothly.”
Jude Perry and John Verschaeren, Dog sledge The King’s Way: Crossing Norway into Sweden