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Meet the dogs of Svalbard

Meet the dogs of Svalbard

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Say hey to the dogs of Svalbard

We had the great pleasure of talking to some of the local dogs in Longyearbyen, and this is what they had to say about life in the hight Arctic.

Foxi – Arctic Husky Travellers
Hello! My name is Foxi and I’m a smart and nice little girl. I only weigh 18 kg, which makes me the smallest dog in the pack, but that means nothing! I was trained as a lead dog and few are tougher than me. My size makes me fast, a good runner and since I’m so light I stay up on top of the snow. I was born in 2010, so I’m seven years old. I have participated in the world’s longest sled dog race, Iditarod in Alaska, and Europe’s longest sled dog race, Finnmarksløpet in Norway. I have also been to the North Pole. I had to travel by both helicopter and planes to get there so it’s fair to say I’m an experienced traveller. I’m also a mother and that’s what I’m most proud of.

Suggen – Arctic Husky Travellers
Hello! My name is Suggen and I’m an elite athlete! I have also been to the North Pole, travelled by plane and helicopter, run the world’s longest sled dog race in Alaska and Europe’s longest sled dog race in Norway. I ran 1,600 km in 12 days and led all the way. I think a lot about all sorts of things. Sometimes I think about finding the best way for my pack and other times I think about food, but when I’m working I’m full of concentration. I’m very kind and everyone says I spread joy. I’m named after Fridtjof Nansen’s last dog, a beautiful Samoyed who went on the Fram expedition.

Uminmak- Polardogs

My name is Uminmak and I'm almost three years old. I was born in Sweden in Abisko, when my dad was working there as a guide. I'm the biggest out og three siblings, I weigh almost 50 kg, and I'm full of energy! It's a good thing dad takes me out on long hikes, and Svalbard is the best place to go hiking. The best part of my job as a sledding dog is meeting new people, because I love the attention I get. The feeling of snow underneath my paws and the fresh arctic air makes my really happy. I'm often told I'm the favourite, and I think it's because of my big, fluffy ears.

Nipituruq – Polardogs 
Hello! My name is Nipituruq,  but it’s easier to call me Nipi. I’m five and a half years old and my father’s pride and joy. I work for Polardogs and I’m the father of all the other dogs there. We are a small team of five dogs, and we are all unique in our own way. I’m a lead dog and a very good working dog. I like to sleep and I have been lucky enough to sleep in some special places, including mountain cabins, tents and in an apartment in Longyearbyen. I take part in all fun activities! I once was on a five-week expedition through the mountains of Lapland in Sweden, which was a 425-km long trail. I have travelled to Germany and I’m not afraid to travel by plane or train. I have also travelled by ferry and been driven around a lot. But my favourite place of all is at the foot of my father’s bed!

Skywalker – Green Dog
Hello! My name is Skywalker  and I’ll turn two soon. I was born at the largest dog yard in Svalbard, which is called Green Dog. This is where I live and work so I’m quite attached to this place. I often hear that I’m kind and sociable and naturally I agree. I am 25% Greenland dog, which gives me many fine qualities. I’m big and powerful and can work outside in virtually all wind and weather conditions. I love being on sled trips, so I use my strong body and be together with the other dogs who live here.

Pine – Green Dog
Hello! My name is Pine, and this is how I smile. I’m very proud to say that I’m a purebred Greenland dog. We are the oldest domestic dog species with roots right back to the Inuit people in Greenland. Greenland dogs were the ones who led Roald Amundsen to the South Pole and Otto Sverdrup on his discoveries in Northern Canada. I’m a very good and strong sled dog and I’ll soon be three years old. I enjoy greeting all the visitors in a polite way, and I think I behave quite professionally.

Whisky – Basecamp
Hello! My name is Whiskey, which many say is a very nice name. I was born in 2014 at the dog yard here at Basecamp. When I was younger, I lived at Isfjord Radio, which is 90 km from Longyearbyen. I really enjoyed living at this old radio station, which is now a nice hotel.  I went on many exciting trips and met foxes, polar bears and reindeer. I often hear that I’m a good work dog, and many say I’m the favourite. That’s why I talk so much with everyone because I want to be everyone’s favourite!

Jetpak – Basecamp
Hello! Visitors often describe me as a wonderful dog. The first thing you will probably notice is my fine colour first or that I like to embrace people when I stand on two legs. I was born at the dog yard here at Basecamp in 2011 and, like Whiskey, I started my life at Isfjord Radio.  The old radio station is quite remote, so there were many excellent trips, which was fun! I’ve heard that Isfjord Radio is now a nice hotel, but I don’t know for sure since I never went inside. I’m an experienced chap and a good sled dog. I have an identical twin sister. I chat with everyone I meet and make sure they are all in a good mood. I once went on an expedition to Newtontoppen, which is the highest mountain in Svalbard. I must admit that’s something I’m quite proud of!

Bajas – Svalbard Husky
Hello! My name is Bajas and my brother is Garp. We are both 18 months old and are both big, robust boys. We love pulling the sled so I think we have the world’s best job at Svalbard Husky. I once went all the way to Austfjordneset on the north coast of Svalbard to live at a trapping station. I lived there for a while to get experience with polar bears. I met many scary polar bears while I was there. This experience makes me an excellent polar bear guard, but I prefer being a sled dog. During my spare time, you will probably find me outside my kennel chewing on a nice bone in the sun.

Buddy - Svalbard Husky
Hello! My name is Buddy. I enjoy meeting lots of people and think that’s the best part of my job as a sled dog. I am very fond of tourists and always give them a big hug before I take them dog sledding. I used to work as a racing dog on the mainland, which is a long way south of Svalbard. But I was brought up here to work with tourists because I’m such a sociable and strong boy. I’m also a good breeding dog, and I have many nice children. Even though I’m nine years old, I still feel young and am looking forward to many more good years at Svalbard Husky.

Karl & Berit - Green Dog and Svalbard Villmarkssenter

Hi! Our names are Karl and Berit and we are still puppies! Our mum, Mila, is a Greenland dog, and she used to live in Norway, before she moved to Svalbard. Our dad lives at Svalbard Villmarkssenter, which is near by. Green Dog and Svalbard Villmarkssenter decided to collaborate, and we are the result of a successful breeding. Being a puppy in Svalbard is fun, we spend our days playing, eating and sleeping, and that's a lot of work! We are lucky to grow up with so many other dogs around us, because one day we too will become sledding dogs!

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