The polar night is an especially atmospheric time of the year, and dog sledding under the star-filled skies with dancing northern lights or glittering moonlight is an experience you should not miss. Lean back in the sled, and let the dogs take you into the wilderness. Hold on tight - the adventure begins here!
This tour starts at the dog yard, where nearly 300 eager huskies are waiting for their next tour. Which will be on the lucky ones on your team? Speed, Bowie, Mjød or Metal?
You will help the guide to harness and prepare the dogs, and probably feel the barking and howling seems a bit chaotic. Don’t worry, suddenly, everything will change. As soon as the dogs start to run, they become completely silent. The huskies are completely focussed on pulling the sled through the snow, and you can enjoy the magical landscape around you.
The tour heads into Bolterdalen, and once we are completely under the polar night we can turn off our headlamps. If the skies are clear, the contours of the beautiful Svalbard mountains will appear. If we look to the south, we can see it is a little lighter towards the horizon. The snow-covered landscape reflects light from the moon and stars, and if we are lucky, the northern lights. It is incredible just how much you can see of the landscape when you leave the lights of town behind you.
Being immersed in Svalbard’s wilderness is a very special experience. There are no birds or motors here, and it is completely silent and very dark - quite unique, particularly for those who live in busy cities. The weather can be wild or wonderful, and is something that we can’t control, and we may adjust the tour to suit the conditions. We may drive through deep snow, or slippery ice, but it doesn’t make much difference to the dogs, who love to be out on tour, and the experienced guides who will tell you all about the polar dogs and their lives, whether it is minus degrees or plus two!
After swapping between testing your skills as a musher, and sitting in the sled it is time to head back, and you will be served hot drinks and biscuits before your return to town.
You will be equipped with exposure suites, but we recommend that you wear thick and warm woollen underwear, warm trousers and a thick woollen jumper/jacket underneath. Dog sledding is not recommended for pregnant women. This tour is subject to snow conditions. If there is not enough snow to mush in Bolterdalen, the tour will take place on our specially produced wheeled sleds in Adventdalen.
Watch and learn from this introduction video from Green Dog, before you go out in the wilderness to explore!
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