Here you will find our dog trips. In the dark season we offer 4-hour dogsledding trips in the polar night and from January and onwards, we offer 1/2 day dogsled trips and full-day dogsled trip to the ice cave in groups with max 8 guests pr guide. In summer we offer a 1/2 day trip on a dogcart,"dogs&the ocean" - a scenic wagontrip in Bjørndalen, fossilhike at Longyearbreen and a fullday hiking trip ,where you cross the Foxfonna glacier and hike through Adventvalley- also accompanied by a happy sled dog . During winter we also offer overnight sled trips to the Foxdalcabin and Spitsbergen Lodge. From late May to early June it is possible to dogsled at the Foxfonna glacier (see "Mountain trip with dogsledge").Check out online catalogue with our daytrips HERE
This three-day expedition will give you a uniquely-Arctic experience: travelling through the endless white in total silence. We will pick you up at the hotel at 9:00 and take you by car to Green Dog in Bolterdalen. Here you'll be suited up in winterdress (full-size suit, winter boots, hat and mittens) and the guide will give you an introduction to dogsledding before we head off. Everybody will help to harness the dogs and tie them to the sledge. The guide will drive in front with a guest on his sledge and the rest of the group will follow, single file, with two people to each sledge. Before we head out the dogs will be very eager to go, but as soon as we've departed you can enjoy the great silence , while viewing the fantastic nature of Svalbard. After about 2 hours of mushing we will arrive at the ice cave.The track goes 400 metres up and part of the way you may have to help the dogs.
Here we will enjoy lunch at the snow igloo, and the dogs will have a well-earned break and a snack. After lunch we will explore the ice cave that goes far into the glacier. With helmets and headlamps we will descend into the cave. It is created during the summer, when meltwater runs through the glacier. During the winter this water freezes, creating fantastic channels and artistic ice crystals in the clear, still air inside the glacier. No matter what the temperature is outside, the cave is at a steady -2°C.
After a tour within the glacier we will experience the exhilaration of downhill mushing through the moraine and out through Bolterdalen. We will continue towards Foxdalen where our cozy little cabin awaits. Once the fire takes off in the oven the temperature will rise quickly while we feed the dogs. If the northern lights or the beauty of the surroundings don’t keep us outside, then we will spend a cozy evening inside enjoying good food, a warm fire, and interesting mushing stories until it is time to creep into our sleeping bags. Sleeping bags, sheets and food are provided for you.
The following morning we will harness the dogs again and set off towards Jansonhaugen and the exciting and diverse terrain that is found in that area. The wide, beautiful Advent Valley will narrow and we will see the mountains even closer as we follow the frozen riverbed into the land. If conditions are favorable, we will stop for lunch at the frozen waterfall north of Eskerdalen.
The goal for the day is Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge, a new and well-equipped cabin beautifully located in Brentskaret. From the cabin we can enjoy the wild landscape– a snow-covered universe where hunters and trappers have lived and hunted throughout history.
The lodge is cozy with four bedrooms, a simple bathroom, gas cooking facilities in the kitchen and a great fireplace. We will stay here for the night. The next day we'll sled west. We will plan the day according to weather and conditions, and try to make a detour into Eskerdalen. The dogs are happy being on the trail and we'll get to know each dog’s personality during the trip. Upon our return to Green Dog, our guide will drive us back to town and we'll be at our hotel between 15:00 and 18:00.
Our expeditions are always led by experienced guides, and the polar bears will be kept away by the dogs.
You do not need to have experience in dog sledding. No previous winter camping experience is required, just an adventurous spirit! However, you should be in average to good physical condition to participate on this trip. The participants will be asked to help out with the camp, feeding of the dogs, preparations for the trips etc.
The weather in the Arctic can change within hours and it might be both cold and windy - even down to -5 to -10° C in May and June.
The guide will take care of the guests’ safety, and will bring all necessary safety equipment.
•When: February to May. See available departures ,prices & capacity by pressing the bookinglink below!
•Duration: 3 days. Pick up from hotel 9:00 day 1; 1 night in Foxdal cabin and 1 night at Spitsbergen lodge; drop off at hotel 15:00-18:00 day 3.
PLEASE note that the guide will START picking guests up from the hotels at 9!
•Included: Full catering, sleeping bag, coverall suit,hat,boots&mittens.Green Dog buff to keep after the trip!
•Min no of participants: 2 , max 5.
•Min age: 12 yrs.
How demanding is the tour?
No previous dog sledding experience is required to participate, but you should be in general good health and physical shape to participate. During the trip the participants will be asked to help with, amongst other things, feeding the dogs and preparing for the tours.
The weather in the Arctic can be unpredictable, and can change dramatically over a few hours. With both the cold and the wind, the temperature can quickly fall towards -25 or -30°C during the winter.
The guides are responsible for the guests' safety, and will have all necessary safety equipment.
Cancellation fees for activities
If cancelled 22 days or more prior to departure 100 % refund
If cancelled 22-7 days prior to departure 50 % refund
Cancellation less than 7 days prior to departure is a ”no show” and does not qualify for any refund. You may apply to your insurance company for a refund if you provide a medical certificate.
If Green Dog Svalbard decides to cancel a trip due to weather conditions or any other reasons, you will receive a full refund!