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Svalbard Villmarkssenter - Day Tours

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Longyearbyen, Norway
About Svalbard Villmarkssenter - Day Tours
Svalbard Villmarkssenter is an certified eco tourism company. We started our company Svalbard Villmarkssenter in 1993 so that we could share the wonderful experiences with others and give them a glimpse of the spectacular nature on Svalbard. We have about 60 dogs whose are very proud of their work. If you are fascinated about the Arctic and are coming to Svalbard any time of the year, we will be happy to help you out with accommodation, day trips and expeditions. For moer info: See ouer webside.
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Murat B wrote a review Jan 2021
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This is an amazing place, Berit is a great host. One of the best tours that I have ever done, and I would do it again for sure. We did the Maybe Aurora Borealis trip with Berit as two guests. She took us from our hotel at agreed time, gave us information about the tour and Svalbard. We learned a lot about the local history and many practical information regarding simple living. She then introduced us to her huskies at the kennel, all very beautiful and friendly. They are all very excited for interaction and some practice. We set the sledges together, and ride it for around 6 km to a base camp. The ride was magical, in the middle of wilderness with great views. It is easy to learn sledding thanks to Berit's clear instructions. We did a camp fire, had some warm drinks and food around the fire. Spent a lot of time with dogs while chilling. Anyone likes the dogs will love the tour. Then, we headed back to dog kennel and spent some more time with all the dogs there. There are 45 of them, an each of them are so nice to pet! It is clear that Berit takes great care of them. We then had a great conversation with Berit about life, her experience in Svalbard and her family. We also had chance to meet her daughter and family, all very nice people. Finally we went to the cabin she prepared for us. Fabulous place, with many amenities you need. Very cozy one. She provided us a nice dinner, breakfast, and some snacks. Overall, it was way above our expectation. We spent an amazing time with her. Hope to visit her again in the future!
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Date of experience: January 2021
Cheryl_AndyD wrote a review Oct 2019
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom17 contributions3 helpful votes
Meeting the dogs and putting on their harnesses and then setting up the team was for me the best part of the experience as you get to interact with these incredibly social animals. The guide knew her dogs individual temperaments and is clearly passionate about her vocation. We were only out for a short while but I could sense the huge grin on my face for the duration of our trip. it would certainly be an experience of a life time to take the six day trip down the coast. The photos posted look amazing. Thoroughly recommended.They will provide warm overalls, mittens and boots but take a hat and scarf/buff to keep your face warm.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Stanisław P wrote a review Aug 2019
4 contributions5 helpful votes
I’ve done the wagon tour “Musher’s day -dog wagon, tundra walk and visit eider colony”. It is a perfect tour especially for Husky lovers. It is an really personal experience in a small group. You can meet the super friendly dogs and try to be a musher! The guides was very professional and friendly. It’s a must do tour when visiting Svalbard
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Blackelephant wrote a review Oct 2018
Singapore, Singapore200 contributions78 helpful votes
I wanted very much to enjoy the tour, but unfortunately it was arguably not the best experience. We had the dog sledding on wheels. The town and tours were booked out due to a large cruise docking on the day of our tour. We were segmented into two groups of 8, and were seated in a large wooden wagon pulled by 11 dogs. The other group had the experienced lady guide, but ours was likely a part timer. He was also our guide for Fat Bikes (a different company) the day before. Our guide was visibly inexperienced and had trouble leading the dogs. Our wagon ended up in a ditch on the way back and the tired dogs had to pull the wagon out of the pit. I felt sorry for the dogs, and a little sorry for ourselves. The tour could perhaps have been improved if a smaller group of dogs were made to pull a lighter load. We did see other tours with smaller groups of 2-3 pax. The wagon was large and heavy with 8 adults atop it. It seemed that the dogs were pretty worn out, which made the tour a little uneasy for us but this might be just my city-folk sensibilities. The view, though, was divine.
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Date of experience: June 2018
wizkidd wrote a review Oct 2018
San Francisco, California22 contributions7 helpful votes
My last minute booking turned out to be the most memorable one. Manon picked us up and introduced us to her wonderful dogs. The best part of the experience was to prep the dogs for the sled from start to finish. They are incredible! I bonded with them very quickly before we set out in the white wilderness. Did they look cute while running! Manon was Very descriptive with my questions about the area and Huskies across the world. We have the heroes of the trip a huge hug before heading to a cozy fire for drinks and more on Svalbard. Great your and a great guide! Tusen takk, Manon.
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Date of experience: October 2018