Dogsled to the North Pole
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.
Looking for more options? Click here for a quick glance of all our other North Pole expeditions.
- 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 2020 Dates:
Half Degree Dogsled expedition: April 15-22, 2020
Last Degree Dogsled expedition: April 15-27, 2020
Half Degree Dogsled expedition: €59,000 per person (includes our required 5-day Dogsled Shakedown Training)*
Last Degree Dogsled expedition: €59,000 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
Participants receive a discount on our 5-day Polar Shakedown Training. Click here for more details.
*For registrations paid in full prior to December 1, 2019.
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
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