2017 Arctic Treks
(NOTE: These trips are all fully booked for this season. Sorry! Please email us to be wait-listed for openings that may develop this season or to receive next season's schedule when it is released later this winter.)
Dogsled Hudson Bay to Churchill along Polar Bear Park
10 days: pm Fri Mar 31 to am Sun Apr 9, 2017, $3,600 from Thompson, Manitoba. Click HERE for details.
Our favorite features of this trip are the Tundra Train ride to & from the Hudson Bay coast (a rolling party!) and the scenic transition along our sled route from wooded forest (with BWCA-style campfires) to open tundra to Arctic Ocean sea ice. And of the course the mom & cub bear tracks along the way and the chance to see their abandoned subterranean dens is part of the intrigue. Then as we approach Churchill, we enjoy an overnight stay with Arctic scientists and our route takes us by quirky historic sites (plane wreck, ship wreck, stone fort). The frontier town with its amazing Inuit History & Art Museum is fine grand finale. We’ve largely experienced calm weather on this route. But the chance of deep snow in the forested areas and of winds on the coast means this can be more challenging than our other trips. Although the terrain is flat, the scenery is varied and, given the highlights outlined above, this trip has a lot of novelties!
Dogsled Northwest Greenland with the Polar Inuit
Sunday, April 16, 2017, to Friday, April 28, from Ottawa, 13 days: 8 days/7 nights dogsledding, 2 nights Ottawa, 3 nights Inuit villages, all-inclusive package price $9,900 to $11,500 pending group size of 6-9. Click HERE for details.
If there’s an arctic travel experience out there that includes more stunning beauty, cultural intrigue and dogsledding fun, we’ve yet to discover it! This trip has it all. You’ll be immersed in the arctic’s most traditional culture. You’ll be paired up with a Polar Inuit musher to travel & camp with his sled and dog team. And you’ll visit the world’s most northern communities. The first time we did this trip (in 2001), we all kept marveling to each other “Is this for real?”, and we were still thoroughly mesmerized by our most recent trip. We're very anxious to return to “Ultimate Thule,” the land of Greek legend beyond the known world.
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Wintergreen's Arctic Adventures
We first visited the arctic by dogsled in 1985 on a journey along our continent's northern coastline and we've returned every spring since. We're hooked on the ethereal beauty and cultural intrigue of the mysterious land of endless horizons.
Our Arctic adventures have included dogsledding with the Russian reindeer herders of Siberia, traversing Alaska's North Slope, sledding through the realm of the white wolves on Canada's Ellesmere Island, reaching both the magnetic and geographic North Poles by ski & dogteam, and traversing Hudson Bay. They've also included sledding the coast of northwestern Greenland with Polar Inuit hunters, (the most traditional experience the Arctic offers!) as well as sledding beautiful Svalbard Island, home of the world's northernmost community -- Longyearbyen, Norway. And we've enjoyed treks along Canada's new Polar Bear National Park to reach the legendary community of Churchill on Hudson Bay as well as journey along the Arctic's most dramatic sea cliff, mountain and glacier topography of Greenland's east coast.
Wintergreen's arctic trips are planned and led by director Paul Schurke, a top-ranking arctic adventurer and guide who has received the Explorers Club's "Merit Citation" and Outside
magazine's "Adventurer of the Year" award. He designs his trip itineraries to include meaningful opportunities to connect with local culture and communities, a mix of easy and challenging travel days, a variety of mountain, tundra and sea ice scenery, opportunities to observe arctic animals without impacting them, and information on environmental issues particularly the urgent research being done on arctic climate change.
These springtime trips include the luxury of arctic round-the-clock sunlight but the weather can range from balmy to blizzards. Trip candidates need an open mind, an adventurous spirit, a good sense of humor and better than average fitness. Skiing skills are NOT required but winter camping experience is. That can be obtained by participating on a dogsled camping trip of choice at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Ely, Minnesota. This training opportunity is available to all arctic trip registrants at no additional charge and helps gauge if an arctic trip is a "fit" for them.
Wintergreen's arctic trips rank among the most exotic experiences available anywhere (Outside Magazine ranked our Greenland trip among the world's "Top 25 Adventures of a Lifetime" and National Geographic featured them in an award-winning documentary movie!). But trips in the Arctic, where the remoteness magnifies the costs of everything, are very expensive. Please note however that most of the cost will stay in the Arctic as it's passed along to the local mushers, charter planes and Arctic service providers who help us make trips of this magnitude possible. This is eco-tourism at its best since these trips contribute substantially to the sustainability of these Arctic communities and cultures, and feature traditional Arctic skills.