North Pole Dogsled and Ski with PolarExplorers
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. This traditional mode of travel recalls names like Peary, Henson and Cook. 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.
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. Experience with cross country skiing is very beneficial. It all adds up to long, but very rewarding days. Dogsledding and skiing for up to 10 hours a day, you'll get up close and personal with the polar pack ice.
As with all of our other expeditions this is a "hands-on" experience. You'll be participating in all aspects of the expedition, including setting up camp, cooking, feeding the dogs, etc. Give us a call or email us and let us tell you more about what skills you should have prior to the expedition, and what skills we will be teaching you prior to our departure.
- Equipment List
- Dates & Rates
- Trip Insurance
PolarExplorers Dogsled and Ski Expeditions Daily Itinerary
- Day 1
- Meet in Longyearbyen. Transfer from airport to hotel. Unpack gear and relax. Opportunity to explore Longyearbyen. Welcome reception and dinner.
- Day 2
- Final equipment review, warm-up ski near Longyearbyen. Pre-flight briefing and transfer of all kit to the airport for weigh-in and pre loading.
- Day 3
- Fly to 89 degrees north latitude (last degree) OR 88 degrees north latitude (two degrees), strap on skis and head north.
- Days 4-12
OR days 4-19
- Ski north towards the Pole! Days are spent skiing and taking relatively short breaks. Evenings are spent setting up camp, preparing meals and relaxing with fellow expedition team members.
- Day 12
OR day 19
- Arrive at the geographic North Pole! Call home and share the moment with friends or family! Camp in the vicinity of the North Pole.
- Day 13
OR day 20
- Pick up by charter helicopter and fly back to 89 degrees. Board return flight to Longyearbyen. Hot showers and celebratory dinner!
- Day 13
OR day 21
- Breakfast at Longyearbyen lodge. Transport to airport. Flights home!
*Exact number of days may vary based on charter flight schedule
North Pole Last Degree Dogsled and Ski: Equipment List
Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive PolarExplorer gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants.
- 1 pair skis and ski poles (supplied by PolarExplorers)
- 1 pair snow pack ski boots
- 1 pair extra boot liners
- Sleeping bag rated to at least -35° Celsius (bring your own or let PolarExplorers supply this item)
- Bivy sack (bring your own or let PolarExplorers supply this item)
- 2 sleeping pads (bring your own or let PolarExplorers supply this item)
- 1 wind anorak with hood (supplied by PolarExplorers - yours to keep)
- 1 wind pants
- 1 insulated parka with hood
- 1 warm fleece jacket and pants
- 2 sets wool or synthetic underwear, medium weight top and bottom- 2nd set optional
- 3 sets mitts: 1 regular, 1 overmitts, 1 spare regular mitts or gloves
- 2 pair working gloves
- 2 hats: 1 lightweight balaclava, 1 ski type
- 2 neck gaiters
- 3 pair socks and sock liners
- 1 face mask
- Sun glasses and/ or mountain ski glasses
- 2 pr. anti-fog goggles
- 1 sturdy small backpack with waist belt and sternum strap
- 2 Thermos bottles or insulated water bottles
- 1 set eating utensils with bowl
- Pocket knife / multi-tool
- Personal toiletries
- Several small stuff sacks
- 1 pee bottle (small plastic bottle)
- Face cream, lip protection
- 4 carabiners
North Pole Last Degree Dogsled and Ski: Qualifications
This polar expedition is for people who are in good shape and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. Though the skiing is quite demanding, it does not require significant skill (it is similar to walking with skis on). You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance. Towards the end of the day when we stop skiing, 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.
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. 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 here !
PolarExplorers Dogsled and Ski Expeditions Dates & Rates
Tentative 2019 Dates:
Half Degree Dogsled expedition: April 12-20, 2019
Last Degree Dogsled expedition: April 12-25, 2019
Please contact us for pricing and availability.
All group equipment, dogs and dogsledding equipment, ski system, sleeping system, team anorak (yours to keep), guide(s), communication & safety gear, North Pole certificate, special polar gift.
Expedition Trip Insurance
Trip cancellation insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every PolarExplorers expedition.
Medical Evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 USD is REQUIRED on every PolarExplorers expedition.
Ensure that your policy covers your activity, destination and any pre-existing medical conditions (to cover pre-existing medical conditions you may need to purchase your policy within 14 days or less of your initial deposit).
If you are mountaineering check that the policy covers roped technical mountain travel and the elevation limit that you will have.
Ripcord Insurance (For non-US residents use the Offer Code "ripcordintl" which will enable you to receive quotes and/or purchase policies.) If your expedition is more than USD $30,000 you may need to send an email to: ClientServices@redpointresolutions.com or call them at +1 617-307-4636
If you live in the USA you have additional options.
Travelex Insurance - Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.
Travel Guard has comprehensive policies that include trip cancellation or you can purchase a Single Trip Medical Evacuation Important! You must include the optional Adventure Sports coverage upgrade if you are climbing any mountains or traveling in rope teams. (Pre-existing medical coverage is not available with this policy.)
North Pole Dogsled Testimonials
Thank you to all for taking me to the top of the world! I have seen and experienced much - I am blessed but I have never had so much fun, joy, and appreciation for a job well done. Your professionalism, communications, education and happy joy (most infectious) were evident. Thank you for sharing all of your hard work with me.Wendy Booker
To all at PolarExplorers, especially Annie & Rick, but in particular many thanks to Chris & Nancy for the excellent guidiing 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.Tony Chounding
Thank you for making a life-long ambition come to life. The experience was awesomwe and standing on top of the world was a great experience.
Thanks to PE guides Chris & Nancy for making the trip so memorable. A wonderful experience, one to remember forever. I look forward to the South Pole!Paul Good
PolarExplorers Dogsled Blog
It's a wrap!
Your well wishes and crossed fingers worked! The weather cleared and our team departed from Kulusuk this afternoon, saying their final farewell's to Greenland. It was a fitting end to a trip filled with weather delays, storms, & holding patterns, but also plenty of good times and rewarding days and above all a brilliant team.
Thanks to everyone who followed this blog, and thanks to our amazing Greenland team. Heather, Dale, Ian, John, Eric, Taylor, Salo and Julius, you had us wondering how it would all end and we are delighted to have been a part of your adventure.
Until next time!
Greenland Weather Strikes Again!
The team left Tasiilaq this morning on a short helicopter flight to the airport at Kulusuk. They were scheduled to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland a couple hours later.
Photos From Yesterday
We received these photos late last night. Looks like a GREAT end to the expedition! Check back again today for more...
A huge CONGRATULATIONS is in order for our team who reached their final waypoint at approximately 11:30 AM Greenland time and successfully finished their crossing of the Greenland icecap, woohoo!!!!
The Day Described With Four W's
The team could describe today using four words that start with W: wind, whiteout, warm and wet.
Chicken Strips and French Fries!
What does it say when the blog title is about food? Well, for starters food is in the top three things people think about while skiing all day every day...
Better Than Yesterday, But Still Hard
It was another tough day on the Greenland icecap. It was made that way mostly by the fresh, deep snow. The visibility was terrible again but towards the afternoon they got some breaks with a little sunshine. Oh what a sight!
Skiing in a Whiteout
Tough day today. The visibility was nil, there was absolutely no contrast, there was wind in the face, and snow. A whole lot of nothing to look at but the backs of team mates and the butts of dogs.
Getting It Done
This team is getting it done, one day at a time. Today another 37 km are behind them. They are tired but satisfied and the end of the expedition is not too far beyond the horizon.
Making Progress - Another 37 km
The team made great progress today, putting 37 km behind them. The weather was a little of everything. Cloudy, snowy, a little sun, always the wind.
On The Move Again
A day after being tent bound by strong winds the team was back at it. They made 32 kilometers in a slightly modified way of travel.
Another Day, Another Storm
We thought this might happen, but it's not all bad. Another storm day. Strong winds, cold temperatures and low visibility all combine to keep out teams in their tents today.
Shortened Day Due To Wind
It was a beautiful day today, but it was also a cold day and the wind just kept coming and coming (almost a direct headwind). It all started out OK with clear skies but as the wind picked up the ground visibility went down, and with temperatures hovering around 0° F the windchill was REALLY cold.
Cold and Windy But Good
Welcome to another day on the Greenland icecap, where today the wind and the cold were on the minds of our team. They did a great job, putting almost 30km behind them.
Another 30 km Day
Actually it was 30.2 km - a seemingly small difference, but not if you are the person who did all the skiing! They'll take every tenth of a kilometer that they can get!