You will be collected from your accommodation at 9:00 am, and driven 12 km through the Advent valley to the Green Dog kennel in Bolterdalen. Here you will be equipped with exposure suits, winter boots, headwear and ski goggles, until you are ready to continue to the dog yard in Bolterdalen.
The guide will provide a thorough briefing on dog sledding before you help to harness the dogs and fasten them to the sleds. The guide will drive first with two participants in their sled, followed by the other sled with two participants. While we prepare the air will be filled with the barks of happy dogs in anticipation of the tour, but as soon as we set off the silence of the Arctic will sink over both the dogs and the landscape. You will be able to enjoy the wildlife and scenery fully, as motorized transport is not permitted in Bolterdalen. The Polar air will be nearly deafeningly silent, with the only sounds coming from the sleds and the busy Husky paws.
After about 2 hours mushing we will arrive at the ice cave. We will put on our helmets and headlamps as we descend into the cave, while the dogs have a chance for a well-earned break and snack. The ice cave 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 outside, the cave is at a steady -2°C.
After an exciting visit within the glacier and a light lunsj,we will sled downhill ,mushing through the moraine and out through Bolterdalen. We will continue towards Foxdalen where the cosy little Foxdal cabin awaits. We will help each other feeding the dogs and after we’ve lit the fire and prepared a delicious meal from the local catering Company , we’ll enjoy the evening With laughter,boardgames,good stories and a glass of wine. If its a noncloudy evening, we may go outside and enjoy a fantastic Northern lights scenary in the sky.
The following morning we will harness the dogs again and set off towards Jansonhaugen and the exciting and varied terrain that is found in that area. After a good day behind the sleds we will make our way back to the dog yard. Depending on weather and conditions we expect to be back at the hotel at around 3-6pm.
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.