North Pole Last Degree Dogsled
“To all at PolarExplorers, especially Annie & Rick, but in particular many thanks to Chris & Nancy for the excellent guiding and companionship, professionalism and friendship. I thought at the beginning of this expedition it was a "given" that we would achieve our goal, but that is far from the truth. In our case the planets aligned and we made it. An awesome experience.”
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North Pole Dogsled & Ski
For the ultimate adventurer, nothing beats a dogsled and ski expedition to the North Pole. For this exceptional adventure we offer both "last degree" and "half degree" options. It's exciting, engaging, challenging, often loud, and always rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, having dog teams to pull your gear doesn't make an expedition any easier. Plain and simple, this style of polar exploration can be a very difficult and it requires excellent cardiovascular endurance. Instead of riding on the back of the sled you more frequently work alongside the dogs, guiding them over pressure ridges and around open water leads. If visions of dog teams maneuvering over tall pressure ridges, or crossing freshly frozen leads stir your spirit of adventure, this may be the expedition for you.
Dates & Rates
April 6-18, 2022 (Spaces Available)
Half Degree Dogsled expedition: €60,000 per person (includes our required 5-day Dogsled Shakedown Training)
Last Degree Dogsled expedition: €60,000 per person (includes our required 5-day Dogsled Shakedown Training)
We also have options for highly supported, small group expeditions. Contact us for more info
All group equipment, ski system, sleeping system, team anorak (yours to keep), guide(s), communication & safety gear, North Pole certificate.
A 25% deposit will hold your space. Payment in full is due by December 1, 2021.
Meet in Longyearbyen. Transfer from airport to your hotel. Unpack gear, relax and set up gear check with a PE guide. Opportunity to explore Longyearbyen. Welcome reception and dinner.
Final equipment review, warm-up ski near Longyearbyen. Pre-flight briefing and transfer of all kit and dogs to the airport for weigh-in and pre loading.
Fly to 89 degrees North latitude, hitch up the dogs, strap on skis and head North!
Dogsled & ski north towards the Pole! Days are spent dogsledding & skiing with relatively short breaks between "pushes". Evenings are spent setting up camp, preparing meals and relaxing with fellow expedition team members.
This expedition is for people who are in good shape, and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. Though both the dogsledding and the skiing can be quite demanding, they do not require significant skill.You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to drive a dogsled and/or ski for several hours at a time. Most importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature so that you do not get too cold, or too hot while you are on the move.
Towards the end of the day it is critical that you have the energy reserves to set up camp and help out with the basic necessities of camp life including making water, cooking, etc. This expedition will encounter extremely cold conditions, and living in such cold conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging.You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.
Please contact us with further questions!
Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants. Please contact us for more information about your personal gear and group gear for this expedition.
Several items on our equipment checklist are available from our store.