Equipment - what to pack?

On this page we’ve gathered a list of equipment that has proven necessary to us in the winter. In consideration of the dogs limits please do not pack more with you.

In our experience are waterproof rucksacks the best option for private luggage. It is easier to load the sled with several small bags as opposed to one big one. It is easier to distribute the weight across the sled and even better you don’t have to take all of your equipment to the hut or tent every day.

Especially in the tent in can get very tight very quickly!

Equipment list

  • duffel bag, backpack or pannier
  • Sleeping bag up to -30 ° or better autumn sleeping bag in combination with our stall sleeping bag • Sleeping mat – preferably not wider than 60 cm
  • Underwear
  • Base layers e.g. Long underwear, wool is the best!
  • 1 long pants, thin (Skiunderwear)
  • 2 or 3 shirts or thin sweaters
  • 1 sweater, thick (wool or fleece)
  • 1 sweater, even thicker (wool or fleece)
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 4 pairs of socks of different thickness
  • Over trousers, windproof (Skipants)
  • Lined Anorak or jacket, windproof, with large hood. Preferably with down!
  • 1 pair of thick mittens, windproof
  • 1 pair of gloves, to get the dogs in and out of the harnesses
  • 1 scarf or ski mask
  • 1 pair of boots, very well fed, e.g. „Sorel Caribou“ or better, incl. 2 pairs of thick socks or our rental boots with waterproof chaps, but only if the over trousers don’t tightly seal around the boots
  • 1 pair of sneakers or shoes for the huts
  • 2 beanies, a thick one and one to sleep
  • Goggles against drifting snow, starting in February with UV filter
  • As of March sunscreen. Minimum SPF 15, in April / May SPF 25
  • Sharp knife in a sheath or pocket knife
  • 1 liter Thermo bottle
  • Headlamp and spare batteries (lithium Best for low temperature)
  • photographic equipment, plus spare batteries (lithium Best low temperatures)
  • A spare pair of your prescription glasses. Preferable not made of plastic as this crubmles easily in low temperature. Similarly you should bring spare contact lenses.
  • Possible Ear plugs for a peaceful sleep • Matches, Lighters
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, etc.)
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Choosing good equipment is not always easy!

Dog food

On the sleds there is plenty of space for equipment. Along with your personal belongings each participant will also have joint equipment such as tents, kitchen supplies, stove, spade, axes and much more to look after. However, the heaviest item is the dog food. Each dog requires roughly 1kg of meat per day. The meat is frozen in blocks, separated daily into blocks and thawed in insulated containers. The dogs are fed in the mornings and evenings. With 40 dogs and 10 days that 460kg of just dog food!

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Härkila Inuit GTX

We provide Härkila winter boots to all participants free of charge! These boots are currently the best winter boots available and trump all other manufacturers in isolation and material!

We have all sizes from 39 – 49.

Should you want to have your own pair, we can order these for you at a very reasonable price!

INUIT GTX® 15″ XL INSULATED

(Information from the manufacturer)
High insulating boots made from full grain leather. Keep your feet warm in temperatures down to -90° C.

Features:

Waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX®-Membrane Nylon

Quick lacing system Removable Texel® Tundra liner
Materials

Sole: Härkila Winter Trek TM

Footbed: Härkila frost Management TM

Upper: Full-grain leather + nylon-reinforced reflectors / Mossy Oak® Camo model in leather and noiseless Tietex®

Lining: GORE-TEX® Insulated Comfort & removable liner Texel® Tundra

Price: 400,- € / 3500, – NOK

Price in combination with one of our tours: 350,- € / 2999 – NOK

Sizes range from 36 to 50. Even 1/2 sizes are available. The shoes are relatively small and experience show it’s best to order one size larger than usual.

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