DOGSLEDGE ACROSS GREENLAND

  • This is the most classic way of Polar travel. It is like Nansen, Amundsen, Peary revisited! With one leg in the history books and the other in a beautiful and challenging and stunning Adventure.

    There’s no finer experience than crossing the polar wastes with huskies as companions. With eight to ten frisky, active dogs out in front of your sledge, this skiing expedition takes on a whole new dimension. As you move across the enormous snowfields at the Plateau, it’s all about enjoying the speed, the camaraderie, the dogs and the sensation of being on the move.

    Huskies thrive in Greenland. They pull sledges, get good food and have time for a relaxing dog-fight in between hauls. They love the life, and anyone who accompanies them across the ice finds their enthusiasm infectious.

    We shall cross the ice-cap from Kangerlussuaq to Isortoq. The distance is approximately 600 kilometres, including an exciting and beautiful trip in small boats from Isortoq to Tasiilaq.

  • Food and equipment

    Equipment needed for this trip is basically personal ski gear, clothing, sleeping bag and mattress.

    We provide: all meals while in the Ice, rigged sleds, campsite equipment including fuel,  - all the "hardware": satellite phone, safety equipment, emergency beacons etc. We also cover search and rescue insurance.

  • Day by day

    Meeting Up: We meet in Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) on the west coast of Greenland. As the team meet up, we settle down before, some last-minute shopping and sightseeing of the area.

    Day 0: We go through the expedition plan, we check all personal gear, adjust skis and boots, pack and prepare for the expedition. After a big local dinner we spend the night at the local hostel.

    Day 1-3: We drive on a winding dirt road to Point 660 which is the entering point to the Inland ice. If we’re lucky, we’ll bump into musk-oxen on the way.

    Then we ski the first kilometres. The dogs will be awaiting us some 40 kilometres in, so the first stretch we pull light sledges and marvel at the spectacular Icefall.

    Day 4-8: After having reached the Dog-Camp, acquaint ourselves with the dogs, go through routines and prepare so set off. The first days we slowly gain height before reaching the Plateau.

    Day 9: We arrive at the abandoned American radar station, Dye II - a relic of the Cold War. A days rest for the dogs is needed, and we spend the day exploring Dye II, check the equipment and prepare for the next leg.

    Days 10 - 16: Out from DYE II the planes are beautifully flat and inviting. After the first slow climb and then rolling dunes towards DYE, we can now start to stretch ours and the dogs legs exceeding 30 kilometres as we close in on the highest point of the route called the Summit at approximately 2500 metres.

    Day 17-23: As soon as the are ’on the other side’ we can feel loosing altitude. Even though it is only 50-100 metres it helps ut strech the distances. The dogs run more easily, and we’ll soon be making 40-45 kilometres a day.

    About 40 kilometres from land we’ll see the first signs of mountains and soon we spot the fjords filled with icebergs. The dogs smell their hometown and the speed is really increasing. Just jump on the sled and enjoy the ride.

    Days 24 - 25: We descent from the icecap on snow-covered glaciers. We will cross a crevassed area, and it is important to slow down and find a safe route down to the Isortoq fjord. Here we find a way onto the sea ice and follow that to the very edge. Here the locals come with boats to ferry us over to their small and lively hunting village.

    Day 26: After a night in Isortoq on the east coast, we might be able to take a small boat across Sermeliq Fjord to Tasiilaq.  It’s a fantastic trip amongst icebergs and through leads. Otherwise it will have to be helicopter.

    Day 27 or 28: We spend a day or two in Tasiilaq depending on our return flights. The flights back start with a helicopter lift from Tasiilaq to the airport at Kulusuk. Then we go either back to Kangerlussuaq or Reykjavik.

  • Expedition details

    This is an west to east crossing, during the fines time of year on Greenland. Its late spring, before the melt really has started, not too cold, and usually good weather and great snow.

    The distance is approximately 600 kilometres, including an exciting and beautiful trip in small boats from Isortoq to Tasiilaq.

     

     

  • Training and preparing

    A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

    The physical challenge of an expedition like this shouldn’t be underestimated.  It demands a degree of fitness and the ability to travel on skis the whole day.  There is no reason to worry about working with dogs.  They are good-natured bandits who need to be handled with firmness. They deserve lots of praise, but also a reprimand if they overstep the mark.

    Many wonder how to prepare physically for a polar expedition. This will vary from trip to trip and also for each individual. We will therefore provide individual training programs and advice for each participant if needed.

    In general we expect people to be able to carry a 20 kg backpack for 8 hours for several days on a row. That’s a physical exercise that is easy to measure, but actual training can and will consist of various methods.

    Training and physical preparation for these trips typically consist of at least 3 training sessions a week for at least one hour each. Gradually this should be increased to 4 sessions a week, three months before departure, including one or two longer sessions lasting for more than two hours.

    A combination of cycling, jogging, workout in the gym, walking with backpack or pulling rubber tyres is what we recommend. Its not where you do it that matters, but that you do it. Remember that a cycling session in the gym or a hard work out on the walking machine can be equally as efficient as a session outdoors.

    Related article: The fine art of pulling rubber tyres

    There are two main issues with specific training. One is the physical shape needed to endure the trip you have signed up for and secondly to make your muscles, tendons and ligaments, basically the whole body, prepared for the load on the way. Not to forget the third reason, that physical training in general is very positive, something you will benefit from after the expedition as well. So, its only one thing to do when the goal is set, start training!

    Note: Be careful in the beginning, start at a level you feel comfortable with and increase gradually. If you start out too hard you might experience overtraining and injuries. Consult a doctor or physician if you experience injuries. Don’t forget to stretch out well after each session. Eating well and healthy will also help preparing your body for the upcoming adventure. The trips are not super hard, but you will enjoy it more when you have done your homework and taken training and preparation serious.

    TRAINING WEEKEND

    DATES NOT 100% CONFIRMED, please enquire: 18-20 January (6 places) - 25-27 January (6 places). 

    Maximum 6 person per weekend.

    Price: 950 Nok/person 

    As part of the preparations, we organize a series of training weekends in the Verdal area, Norway, close to Trondheim, late in January or early February. The aim is to go through the basic skills for winter survival in order to be as well prepared as possible. We go through all the equipment and routines. During this training weekend we also get to know each other a bit beforehand, as becoming a team is an important part of the whole concept. We also open for one-on-one talks with those who would like to get some personal advise.

    Joining the training weekend has a low cost, basically what we will expend ourselves.

    We will cover all of the basic equipment, breakfast and dinner, pulkas, tents, etc, but not the personal equipment (clothes, skis, poles, boots, sleeping bag and mattress) This is also a great time to go to the sport shop, since some of the equipment needed for trips like this can be hard to find outside Norway. We can assist you with this as well.

    You need to cover your flight tickets coming here, food and lodging before and after the training outdoors (if any, as the nights mainly will be spent in tents outdoors).

    The training is voluntarily but highly recommended. This will help you and us to evaluate your assumptions and to put focus on the key points for further exercise and practice

    More info on the training trip will be distributed when signing up for one of our trips.

    FINNMARK

    We also do a extended training trip: The Finnmarksvidda Crossing 

    Every February for 5 days and 4 nights out.

    Finnmarksvidda is in Northern parts of Norway, above the Arctic Circle. This trip is a great way to train and learn the ropes of basic winter survival. It is a 5 day mini expedition that is relevant, cold and stunning as we very often have the Northern lights at night. Timed with the full February moon we normally have enough natural light for skiing as well.

    The Finnmark trip is one of our regular trips (refer to the complete overview for all trips) but if you already are booked on any of our other trips, you will receive a discount.

     

  • Rates, dates and booking

    NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS - Excluding the leader and the dogmusher we are planning for six.

    THE COST AND WHAT IT COVERS - The cost was 137.000 Nok for 2018, we expect a slight increase for 2019

    DATES: Early May but still not decided. Total length around 26 days. (will probably be a couple of days shorter, but set aside 26 days, and mother Nature definitely rules here, it could be longer...).

    THE PRICE INCLUDES:

    - Expedition leader and dog mushers

    - Drive from Kangerlussuaq to Icecap

    - All food on the expedition itself.

    - All communal equipment such as dogs, tents, sledges, camping and glacier

    - Gear, navigation and communication equipment etc.

    - Obligatory search and rescue insurance.

    - Permissions.

    THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    - Skis. skipoles and skiboots

    - Any of the flights to or back from Greenland or the helicopter flights there.

    - The cost of shelter and personal food before the expedition.

    - Additional travel costs.

    - Personal equipment like clothes, sleepingbag (you will be sent a detailed list of what is needed).

    - Travel insurance.

    - Cancellation insurance.

    - Cost during test / training weekend.

    Booking - How to proceed

    1. If this is something for you, - send us the booking for your desired trip and your place is reserved. This will be kept for you until you have paid the deposit invoice. Then your place is guaranteed until the remaining amount is due.
    2. You will then receive our expedition-booklet that gives you more information about the trip, insurance, safety, personal training tips towards the trip, as well as info on the training (for more info, refer to the training and preparations menu)
    3. We will also supply you with the complete equipmentlist and work with you to ensure that you know what is needed and included from both your- and our side.
    4. Personal/medical information-form. By signing up on a trip, we need you to fill in a form for our records regarding health issues, your recent outdoor experiences- and background, passport if outside Norway- and insurance info as well as next-of-kin details.
    5. The invoice for the remaining amount will be sent to you about 3 months prior to departure (for some destinations the due-dates might be more than 90 days prior to departure. After full payment has been settled, you are on your way !
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Quick facts

Date: 05.05.2019
Duration: 26 days, start early May, 5th May is just an approximate date
Price: 137.000 Nok for 2018 crossing
Sheduled for: 2019, 2020, 2021
Participants: 6 customers + guide + dog musher. Bookings open for 2019
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