The guide will pick you up at your hotel by car at 9 o clock. He will then drive you through Adventdalen, to our main kennel which is located in Bolterdalen, around 12 kilometres out in the wilderness. Here you will be equipped for the trip – we have a coverall suit, boots, neckgaiter (which you can keep after the tour), mittens and a hat for you. The dogs are eagerly waiting to start the sled tour and they will be excited when the guide gives you a throughout briefing in mushing, before the trip starts. We will mush in pairs and two guests will be seated at the guidesled. Everybody will takes turn in mushing and everybody will help out in the daily work with the dogs, such as harnessing, feeding..and giving hugs!
“…We get an introduction to dog sledding; attaches the dogs to the sleds and behind us, the world disappears. It is as if nothing else exists. The sound of the sledges, the ringing from 28 dog collars and the deafening silence are all that remain. Running a dog team is magical. It tickles the soul. The dogs’ paws hit the snow so quietly with all their power. It is not heard. It’s like we’re flying…”
As soon as the dog sledges are launched, the dogs will stop barking and the only sound will be dog paws hitting the snow and maybe you will hear a ptarmigan or a fox in the mountains, surrounding the valley.
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 a tent put up on the glacier 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.