Best time to visit Svalbard

Dog Sledding

Northern lights, variable weather, moonlight, sunshine or a sky full of stars—this is what the Arctic can offer you on a dog sledding adventure

Dog Sledding in Svalbard 2019 - Best Time
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Here in Svalbard, dogs can be your best engine for a couple of hours or days. They will take you on an unforgettable adventure and make you feel like an Arctic explorer. Dog sledding involves mushing with a sleigh of huskies across Svalbard’s open spaces, fjords, and glaciers.

Dog Sledding in Svalbard - Best Season 2019
Best time for Dog Sledding in Svalbard 2019

Prior dog sledding experience for such entertainment is not necessary, but keep in mind that the environment can be challenging. You should be prepared for an adventure because safety is a high priority. Full safety equipment includes flares, emergency beacons, weapons, and a First Aid kit—all of which will be provided for the expedition.

Usually, the dogs are even more excited to begin the sledding adventure than people. Every dog has a particular job to do so their position in the row is important.

The season starts with the snowfall which is normally late October or early November, and lasts until mid-May. During the Polar Night, that's late November to mid-February, you're likely to see Northern Lights during your trip. March to May is the light winter season. Days get exceedingly longer, and by the end of April, Midnight Sun returns to Svalbard.

In summertime when snow melts, you're welcome to try dog sled on wheels.

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