Spitsbergen Dog-Sledding Expedition 5 days
Mush your way to Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge in Brentskaret. You'll visit a beautiful ice cave, and spend a night in our cosy Foxdalen cabin on the way there. This three day expedition will give you a uniquely Arctic experience; travelling through the endless white in total silence.
Note: minimum 2 participants with accommodation quoted on twin shared basis
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Exciting winter dog-sledding
- Spectacular scenery
- Cosy wilderness cabin and lodge accommodation
- Outdoor clothing, including thermal suit, winter boots, mittens, etc.
- Two night's accommodation in Longyearbyen on B&B basis
- One night cabin and one night lodge accommodation including meals
- Transfers to and from hotel in Longyearbyen
- Search & rescue insurance
ITINERARY4 Nights 5 Days
Overnight accommodation at Coal Miners' Cabins or similar, including breakfast.
We will pick you up at the hotel 9.00 and take you with car to Green Dog in Bolterdalen, where you'll be suited up in winter clothing (full-size suit,winter boots,hat and mittens) and the guide will give you an introduction to dog-sledding before we head off. Everybody will help harnessing 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 , two and two at 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 wonderful silence, whilst viewing the fantastic nature of Svalbard. After about two hours mushing we will arrive at the ice cave.
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 in to the glacier. With helmets and headlamps we 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 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 cosy 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 cosy evening inside enjoying good food, the warm fireplace and interesting mushing stories until it is time to creep into our sleeping bags. (Sleeping bags, groundsheets and food are provided for you).
Today we will head through Advent Valley to Brentskaret, where the Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge awaits. The travel will be adapted to the weather and snow conditions. The dogs will be excited to be out in the wilderness, and we will become more familiar with their individual characters. In the afternoon we will return to the lodge after enjoying the magical light and landscape outside and spend an evening in comfortable surroundings. Everyone will help to unharness and feed the dogs before we enjoy a hot meal and cosy evening in the warm cabin. After so many new experiences and a whole lot of fresh Arctic air, we are bound to get a good night's sleep!
Foxdalen & Longyearbyen
Today we will head towards Longyearbyen. We will take a different route back, and we will stop by a cabin in Foxdalen to eat a light lunch. The last stage takes us back to the dog yard, where we say good bye to our four legged friends. You will be back at the hotel at around 3:30 pm.
Overnight at Coal Miners Cabins or similar, including breakfast.
After breakfast, continue your Svalbard holiday or travel to the airport for return travel
A view from Above
Coal Miners Cabins, Spitsbergen
Coal Miners' Cabins offers reasonably priced accommodation. It is located in Nybyen, in the upper part of the Longyear valley and within easy reach of mountains and glaciers about 10 minutes walking distance from the town. The place is an excellent starting point for hiking, skiing and snowmobile trips during summer and winter.
There are 73 single and double rooms with a total of 146 beds, plus two suites with capacity for four people, and one suite with capacity for two people. Rooms are at various prices and with different designs and every guest house has a kitchen, lounge area, laundry room and shared bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the bar & grill where you'll also find reception, a gift shop, TV and free WIFI.
Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge
From Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge you can enjoy views over the untouched wilderness. The cabin lies on a quiet hillside away from the rest of the world, some 30km from Longyearbyen. A safe and secure cabin with a warm fire which is a perfect base for exploring the Arctic. During the winter there are good chances to see the aurora from the Lodge.
The Lodge is well equipped with a sitting room, kitchen, four bedrooms, bathroom, toilet and electricity from a generator. Life is reassuringly comfortable when one thinks of the forces at work outside! All of the dinners will be made by chefs at the hotel in advance. The large dining table is a natural gathering place for all participants, and the delicious food will be a suiting end to a fantastic day!
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot
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