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Mushing with the Great White Bear
– An Arctic Adventure –
Spitsbergen, Norway
Dogsledding, Snowmobiling, Wildlife Viewing
12 Days       4 - 8 Guests

Dogsledding, Snow Shoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Wildlife Viewing

  • Mush your own dogsled while watching Polar Bears
  • Explore remote Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle
  • Sled over spectacular glaciers and under rugged mountains
  • Overnight in a ship frozen in the pack ice!
Imagine mushing your own team of huskies through one of the most remote and beautiful places in the Arctic. If that is not enough imagine watching frolicking Polar Bears, the "Lords of the Arctic" from your dogsled! These are not only the images of adventurous dreams but reality when we explore the remote island of Spitsbergen. Spitsbergen is part of Svalbard, a group of little visited islands north of Norway and just 600 miles from the North Pole -- further north than most of Greenland. It is a stunning region of pristine glaciers, enormous icebergs, rugged mountains, sweeping tundra and endless horizons. It is also the home to over 4,000 Polar Bears! It was not until 1990 that Norwegian authorities permitted general tourism in Svalbard. As Europe's northernmost point (the northern end is over 80o North) around 60% of the Archipelago is covered in ice. An exotic, untamed place of ice and snow it is a spectacular place to explore nature on her own terms.

We will see the bears in their natural setting as we travel with a mobile heated camp among the mountains and plains of the glacier strewn and forgotten East Coast. While Canada's Churchill is a great place to take pictures, nothing replaces the thrill of encountering Polar Bears in the wild. In addition to the mobile camp we will stay at a ship that has been frozen into the pack ice of a beautiful fjord, descend into blue-green ice-caves and ride snowmobiles across a silvery landscape. At night enjoy the midnight sun found in this eternal polar day, and in March we are likely to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) glowing overhead.

Although this is a rugged winter adventure we make every provision to make it comfortable in the evenings. When camping out we use the highest quality camp and arctic level sleeping bags so you can feel comfortable in the evening after a day of exertion.

This adventure is not for everybody, but if you want to see the Great White Bear and the snowcapped top-of-the-world the way it is meant to be seen - then this is the expedition for you!

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1: Saturday; Fly to Longyearbyen, Norway
  • Day 2: Sunday; Longyearbyen Arrival. Transfer to Basecamp Spitsbergen
  • Day 3: Monday; Longyearbyen, Explore blue-green ice caves
  • Day 4: Tuesday; Longyearbyen, Dogsled to tented camp
  • Day 5: Wednesday; Tented Camp, Dogsled in fantastic winter scenery to the MS Origo (frozen ship in Fjord), Polar Bear sightings, Overnight onboard MS Origo
  • Day 6: Thursday; MS Origo, Explore the surrounding fjord by snowshoes and/or cross-country skis
  • Day 7: Friday; MS Origo, Dogsled towards the East Coast of Spitsbergen surrounded by majestic mountains, fjords, glaciers and huge plains. The East Coast is known for its proliferation of Polar Bears. Here we will see Polar Bears in the wild. Stay in lappish Lavvu-tents (large, heated expedition tents)
  • Day 8: Saturday; East Coast. Dogsled and explore the wild East Coast in search for Polar Bears and incredible vistas
  • Day 9: Sunday; East Coast, Dogsled back to the MS Origo
  • Day 10: Monday; MS Origo, explore by snowshoes and/or cross-country skis in the white countryside
  • Day 11: Tuesday; MS Origo, Head back to Longyearbyen as we each pilot our own snowmobile. Arrive Basecamp Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen
  • Day 12: Wednesday; Longyearbyen, Transfer to the airport for our flights home
Click here for a detailed itinerary.
Departure Dates
2005: March 5 - 16; April 9 - 20 (sold out)
2004: March 4 - 15; April 8 - 19

Land Price
$5,590 US (4 - 8 guests)

Accommodations
Luxurious ship frozen into the pack ice, arctic expedition tents, lodge made of driftwood, old timber and sealskins

Level of Difficulty
II - Moderate

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