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    Your transport for nine days

Duration: 9 days

There is just one planned departure in May 2015.

West coast or death”  - these famous words were spoken by the great polar explorer Fridtjov Nansen (1861-1930), when he as a leader of a group of six was the first to cross Greenland in 1888. When the ship left the group on the east coast, the only possibility of survival was to reach the west coast and civilization, before running out of food or then die trying. These words represent the toughness of the arctic nature and the rough conditions, also found in Spitsbergen. However, when we leave Longyearbyen, fortunately you do not need to set our own lives at stake - we are proud to offer you one of the most challenging dog sledge trips on the archipelago in a well-planned and safe way.

Experience magnificent Arctic scenery close up- join us on our unique dog sledge expedition to the west coast of the Isfjorden. During the expedition you will experience the wild and beautiful nature of Spitsbergen. The route goes from Longyearbyen through open valleys, over ice covered fjords and snowy glaciers - towards the west. We pass the old mining village Pyramiden, the mountains of Tre Kroner and drive through the majestic glaciers at Oscar II Land. At the end of the expedition we will be picked up by a boat and transported back to Longyearbyen.

It is needed to point out that this is a true expedition, where it is the cooperation of the group that is the key to success. This expedition is for those who seek challenges in close contact with the arctic nature. On the expedition the guests will have an active role: you will set up tents, feed the dogs, help with the dinner preparations. You need to be in good physical condition and have some experiences from camping at winter time. Knowledge of dogsledding is not a necessity but can be an advantage – and you must be fond of dogs. The weather conditions will decide the choice of route and it may not be possible to reach the west coast. What is certain is that it will be an unforgettable experience and that we will all return to civilization in one piece!

Day 1

You will have an initial meeting the day before, but this morning you check you have all the needed equipment, and then head straight to the Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen. Here you will meet all our 80 happy Alaskan Huskies eager to get on the trip - your guide will show you how to harness dogs and how to mush your own team. Everyone will take care of their own team - you will harness, feed and look after your own dogs. Head out Advent Valley towards Tempelfjorden and the famous Ship in the Ice. Expedition lunch is served on the way. At the foot of the majestic Templet Mountain lies the world’s only ice bound hotel ship ready to welcome you on board. After the adventurous day you get to sit down to enjoy 3-course dinner and fall asleep in the soft berths in double cabins. Three course dinner and accommodation at Ship in the Ice in double cabins. Accommodation at the Ship in the Ice in double cabins.

Distance: 45km

Day 2

After the substantial breakfast and a good sleep at the soft beds we are fresh and ready to head towards the north. We pack our sledges and harness our teams and head towards the Murdoch Glacier and Gips Valley. We will stop for lunch during the way. During the afternoon we’ll climb the steep Flora Glacier and down the magnificent Nordenskiöld Glacier all the way to Billefjorden. Here, in the middle of the glacier moraine we can find our Nordenskiöld Lodge. The cabin is a true expedition lodge, but just with modern comforts. After feeding the dogs, we can prepare well-earned dinner for ourselves. Now we can relax, enjoy the dinner and the magnificent view over to the glacier. After a long day out side, it is nice to warm up a true Finnish sauna and enjoy the warmth of the steam. Accommodation in double rooms at Nordenskiöld Lodge.

Distance: 45km

Day 3

Over the course of the next days we will truly experience what mushing is all about. Standing behind the ledge and letting your fateful dog team pull you through the white scenery gives you time really appreciate the beauty of the arctic. During the expedition you can really learn what silence and sense of freedom really means. Our route runs through a vast landscape where the weather and snow conditions set the limit on where and how far we travel each day. During these days we will cross Billefjorden, Dicksonfjorden, and Ekmanfjorden. We will pass the spectacular mountains of Tre Korner, and travel across the mighty glacier systems on Oscar II Land. On our first expedition night in tents, we try and stop early, so that we have good time to get familiar with the routines of pitching tent camp. Breakfast and dinner is served in camp and we’ll stop for expedition lunch during the days. Accommodation in tents in the area of Hugindalen Valley.

Distance: 30km

Day 4

Accommodation in tents in the area of Holmstrøm moraine.

Distance: 40km flat.

Day 5

Accommodation in tents in the area of Osbournebreen Glacier.

Distance: 50 km

Day 6

Accommodation in tents in the area of Nansenbreen Glacier. Distance: 40km

Day 7

On our last day, we will arrive to Ymer Bay, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will get boat transfer back to Longyearbyen and to the civilization. Once in Longyearbyen it's time to say goodbye to our faithful dog teams and head back to Trapper’s Hotel. You can really appreciate the hot shower and a cold drink after so many days out in the wilderness. We recommend dinner at one of the town’s excellent restaurants (not included and should be booked in advance). We can guarantee, you will go home with luggage full of memories for a life time! Arrival at Trapper’s Hotel during the afternoon.

Distance: 15km

The cost of this expedition will be £1,495 per person. Included are all transfer to and from the hotel and from Ymer Bay by boat, one night on the Ship in the Ice in double cabins, one night at Nordenskiöld Lodge in double rooms, 4 nights in tents, all meals during the expedition, all camping equipment, thermos, cup and cutlery and an experienced guide with safety equipment. Sleeping bag and sleeping mat can be borrowed if needed without extra cost.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!


Day 1

You will have an initial meeting the day before, but this morning you check you have all the needed equipment, and then head straight to the Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen. Here you will meet all our 80 happy Alaskan Huskies eager to get on the trip - your guide will show you how to harness dogs and how to mush your own team. Everyone will take care of their own team - you will harness, feed and look after your own dogs. Head out Advent Valley towards Tempelfjorden and the famous Ship in the Ice. Expedition lunch is served on the way. At the foot of the majestic Templet Mountain lies the world’s only ice bound hotel ship ready to welcome you on board. After the adventurous day you get to sit down to enjoy 3-course dinner and fall asleep in the soft berths in double cabins. Three course dinner and accommodation at Ship in the Ice in double cabins. Accommodation at the Ship in the Ice in double cabins.

Distance: 45km

Day 2

After the substantial breakfast and a good sleep at the soft beds we are fresh and ready to head towards the north. We pack our sledges and harness our teams and head towards the Murdoch Glacier and Gips Valley. We will stop for lunch during the way. During the afternoon we’ll climb the steep Flora Glacier and down the magnificent Nordenskiöld Glacier all the way to Billefjorden. Here, in the middle of the glacier moraine we can find our Nordenskiöld Lodge. The cabin is a true expedition lodge, but just with modern comforts. After feeding the dogs, we can prepare well-earned dinner for ourselves. Now we can relax, enjoy the dinner and the magnificent view over to the glacier. After a long day out side, it is nice to warm up a true Finnish sauna and enjoy the warmth of the steam. Accommodation in double rooms at Nordenskiöld Lodge.

Distance: 45km

Day 3

Over the course of the next days we will truly experience what mushing is all about. Standing behind the ledge and letting your fateful dog team pull you through the white scenery gives you time really appreciate the beauty of the arctic. During the expedition you can really learn what silence and sense of freedom really means. Our route runs through a vast landscape where the weather and snow conditions set the limit on where and how far we travel each day. During these days we will cross Billefjorden, Dicksonfjorden, and Ekmanfjorden. We will pass the spectacular mountains of Tre Korner, and travel across the mighty glacier systems on Oscar II Land. On our first expedition night in tents, we try and stop early, so that we have good time to get familiar with the routines of pitching tent camp. Breakfast and dinner is served in camp and we’ll stop for expedition lunch during the days. Accommodation in tents in the area of Hugindalen Valley.

Distance: 30km

Day 4

Accommodation in tents in the area of Holmstrøm moraine.

Distance: 40km flat.

Day 5

Accommodation in tents in the area of Osbournebreen Glacier.

Distance: 50 km

Day 6

Accommodation in tents in the area of Nansenbreen Glacier. Distance: 40km

Day 7

On our last day, we will arrive to Ymer Bay, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will get boat transfer back to Longyearbyen and to the civilization. Once in Longyearbyen it's time to say goodbye to our faithful dog teams and head back to Trapper’s Hotel. You can really appreciate the hot shower and a cold drink after so many days out in the wilderness. We recommend dinner at one of the town’s excellent restaurants (not included and should be booked in advance). We can guarantee, you will go home with luggage full of memories for a life time! Arrival at Trapper’s Hotel during the afternoon.

Distance: 15km

The cost of this expedition will be £1,495 per person. Included are all transfer to and from the hotel and from Ymer Bay by boat, one night on the Ship in the Ice in double cabins, one night at Nordenskiöld Lodge in double rooms, 4 nights in tents, all meals during the expedition, all camping equipment, thermos, cup and cutlery and an experienced guide with safety equipment. Sleeping bag and sleeping mat can be borrowed if needed without extra cost.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!