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 have: Sleds, tents, - all the "hardwear", satellite phone, sleds tents, cooking utilities, 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.
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.
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 2017, maybe a small increase for 2018
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.
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
- 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.
- You will then receive our expedition-booklet that gives you more information about the trip, insurances, safety, personal training tips towards the trip, as well as info on the training in Oslo (for more info, refer to the training and preparations menu)
- 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.
- Personal 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- and insurance info as well as next-of-kin details.
- 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 have been settled, you are guaranteed to get your place for your desired trip. You still have the right to cancel at this point, but depending on how close we are to the departure, some of our basic costs will have to be deducted from the deposit. (For more details on this refer to our terms & conditions)
|Duration:||26 days, start early May, 5th May is just an approximate date|
|Price:||137.000 Nok for 2017 crossing|
|Sheduled for:||2018, 2019, 2020|
|Participants:||6 customers + guide + dog musher. Bookings open for 2018|