Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark

Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark

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Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark (Norway)

Discover the Finnmark wilderness by dogsled beneath the Northern Lights

Husky sledding holidays in Norway: Finnmark

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Northern Lights in Norway winter 2014/2015

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is currently in a period of high activity, offering increased chances for a display during your tour.

Overview

  • Required: You should have a general good level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. Minimum age 13 (younger children can be accommodated for private tours).
  • Duration: 5 days/4 nights including arrival/departure day plus three days' dog sledding + optional 3-day/2-night extension.
  • Accommodation: Log cabin at Husky Lodge (2 nights for 5-day tour, 5 nights for 8-day tour). Two nights in wilderness camp and/or mountain cabin (flexible depending on weather conditions/logistics) during the tour.
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The Finnmark region of northern Norway is ideal for husky sledding, with vast expanses of wilderness and a long winter season. Choose between the magical deep midwinter of December and January, the lengthening days and thick snows of February or the uplifting "spring winter" of March and April, with longer hours of daylight and typically milder temperatures.

Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark combines two nights' comfortable accommodation in hand-crafted cabins at the Husky Lodge, skilfully designed and lovingly built by the father of the head dogsled guide, with three days/two nights of adventure and challenge out in the wilderness, when accommodation will be in traditional tipi and/or in mountain cabins along the route. The tour runs in a region used for reindeer grazing, giving you good chances to see reindeer and also moose during the tour. Being far from sources of light pollution also gives you excellent chances for a spectacular display of the Northern Lights during your tour.

You will be fully instructed in mushing skills before setting off. Each participant will drive their own sled with 4-6 huskies, typically sledding approx. 25-50km (participants who do not wish to drive their own sled can opt to drive a sled connected behind your guide's sled).

Aurora Husky Adventure in Finnmark is a moderately challenging but accessible husky tour suitable for adults with a love of the outdoors (and dogs of course!), with the added bonus of very good chances to see the Northern Lights during your tour and a unique accommodation experience at the start and end of your trip in the Husky Lodge.

Optional 3-day extension

An 8-day variation on this experience is also available (including special tours over Christmas and New Year), giving an additional 3 days/2 nights at the Husky Lodge before your multi-day dogsled tour begins - an ideal way to sharpen your dog sledding skills before your main tour and to relax into your stay in the far north. Spending these additional days in the area will also of course give greater chances to see the Northern Lights. In addition to the multi-day dogsled tour featured in the 5-day itinerary, the 8-day variation includes a day's dog sledding in the surrounding area and a day on which you are transported by snowmobile to spend a day with a local Sami reindeer herding family and learn something of Sami culture and the importance of the reindeer. A day is also included for relaxation or self-guided activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or winter walking.

Northern Lights

To see the Northern Lights requires darkness. Displays are therefore typically visible until around mid-April, after which hours of darkness quickly become shorter. This tour takes place in an excellent location for seeing the Northern Lights, offering very good chances of a display during your tour. It is important to bear in mind that the Aurora is a natural phenomenon, dependent on a number of factors such as solar activity and weather conditions, so sightings can of course never be guaranteed in any location - it is not possible to search for a display. We always recommend that the adventure and excitement of dog sledding and the very special atmosphere of the Arctic winter should be the main motivations for travelling.

NB: You are welcome to extend your stay with additional nights at the Husky Lodge before and/or after your main tour. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Itinerary - 5-day tours

Day 1

Local transfer from Karasjok in northern Norway to the kennnels. Here you will settle into a unique, traditionally-crafted cabin at the Husky Lodge, before meeting your dogsled guide and other participants for dinner to discuss the coming husky adventure.

Days 2-4

You will be issued with your specialist winter clothing before beginning preparations for the start of your husky tour. You will be shown how to harness and organise your teams and how to handle the sled. When ready, your dog sledding tour departs directly from the kennels into the surrounding wilderness, taking you initially through a landscape of hilly terrain over frozen lakes and marshes.

Depending on temperatures/weather conditions and other logistical considerations during the time you are travelling, your overnight accommodation for Day 2 and Day 3 may be either in a cosy and welcoming wilderness camp or in mountain cabin on the Finnmark Plateau. Normally you will have the same accommodation for Day 2 and Day 3, doing a day's dogsled tour on Day 3 and giving the opportunity to run your dogsled team fast and light with less equipment. In some cases, you may change overnight accommodation and therefore do a point-to-point day's sledding on Day 3.

You will typically cover a distance of 25-50km in a day's sledding, driving your own team of 4-6 huskies and breaking to make lunch over open fire in the winter wilderness. On Day 4, you sled back to end your tour at the kennels.

Your dogsled experience ends in relaxation and rustic style, with an evening of wood-fired sauna beneath the stars (perhaps with a view of the Northern Lights!) back at the Husky Lodge. If you would like to stay longer at the Lodge before departure, additional nights can be added as an optional extra, giving you time explore the silent forests by snowshoes or simply relax and enjoy the winter beauty.

Day 5

If you have not chosen to extend your stay with additional nights, it is time to bid farewell to your new friends (four-legged and two-legged!) before transfer back to Karasjok for departure.

Itinerary - 8-day tours (5-day tour + 3-day extension)

Day 1

As Day 1 for 5-day tour above.

Day 2

After outfitting with your specialist winter clothing and instruction in sled handling from your guide in the morning, you will drive your own dogsled team on a day's dogsled trip through varied terrain, stopping for lunch around the open fire. An ideal opportunity to experience the winter wilds up close and learn something of the region's natural heritage from your guide. Dinner and accommodation at the Husky Lodge.

Day 3

The region in which you are staying is rich in Sami culture, the indigenous people of the far north. This day you will be transported by snowmobile to spend a day in the company of a local Sami reindeer-herding family, a rare opportunity to experience Sami life first-hand. Dinner and overnight accommodation at the Husky Lodge.

Day 4

A day to enjoy the surroundings of the Husky Lodge and prepare for your multi-day dogsled trip. There is always plenty going on at the kennels (playing with the puppies is always a popular choice!), or alternatively explore the area on a self-guided activity by snowshoes, cross-country skis, kick-sled or winter walking. Dinner and overnight accommodation at the Husky Lodge.

Days 5-8

As per 5-day itinerary Days 2-5.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Winter 2014/2015

5-day tours

14.12-18.12.14, 18.12-22.12.14, 26.12-30.12.14, 02.01-06.01.15, 08.01-12.01.15, 15.01-19.01.15, 22.01-26.01.15, 26.01-30.01.15, 02.02-06.02.15, 09.02-13.02.15, 16.02-20.02.15, 23.02-27.02.15, 02.03-06.03.15, 12.03-16.03.15, 16.03-20.03.15, 23.03-27.03.15, 30.03-03.04.15, 06.04-10.04.15, 13.04-17.04.15, 20.04-24.04.15, 27.04-01.05.15, 02.05-06.05.15

8-day tours (5-day tour + 3-day pre-tour extension)

14.12-21.12.14, 23.12-30.12.14 (Christmas tour), 30.12.14-06.01.15 (New Year tour), 05.01-12.01.15, 12.01-19.01.15, 19.01-26.01.15, 26.01-02.02.15, 02.02-09.02.15, 09.02-16.02.15, 16.02-23.02.15, 23.02-02.03.15, 02.03-09.03.15, 09.03-16.03.15, 16.03-23.03.15, 23.03-30.03.15, 30.03-06.04.15, 06.04.15-13.04.15, 13.04-20.04.15, 20.04-27.04.15

Private tours at standard prices for groups of min. 5 are also possible on other dates by arrangement. Private tours for smaller groups also possible for additional supplement.

The Price

Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Euros. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

Winter 2014/2015

  • 5-day tours: £1085/person
  • 8-day tours: £1822/person (Christmas and New Year tours £1998/person)

Dog sledding for families

Aurora Husky Adventure is suitable both for adults and children aged 13 and over. Depending on size and strength, children will either drive their own sled with own dogsled team or drive a sled connected to the guide's sled. Safety is of the highest priority and your guide will decide on the most appropriate option when you begin your tour.

What The Price Includes

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in traditional, hand-built cabins at the Husky Lodge (2 nights for 5-day tour, 5 nights for 8-day tour). Cabins sleep up to 4 persons in 2 x 2-person rooms. Shared WC/shower facilities are located close to the cabins.*
  • Two nights' accommodation in wilderness camp and/or in mountain cabin (depending on time of year, weather conditions and logistical considerations). Sleeping accommodation in the camp (using folding camp beds) and cabins (using bunk beds) is shared*. Accommodation is simple standard with no electricity or running water, outside toilet.
  • There is no obligation to take part in activities such as feeding the dogs and tasks around the camp/cabins such as chopping wood, fetching water, etc, though your guide will very much appreciate the assistance and many guests see these activities as a central part of the experience.
  • Sauna: One use of sauna (normally on Day 4 for 5-day tours or Day 7 for 8-day tours) is included. Additional sauna visits can be paid locally.
Accommodation at the Husky Lodge

Accommodation at the Husky Lodge

*Where possible (subject to available space), solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms and couples in own cabins during nights at the Husky Lodge at no additional charge. However, if you would like to guarantee single occupancy/private cabin for these nights in advance, an advance supplement applies - please contact us for details. Note that sleeping accommodation on Day 2 and Day 3 of the tour is normally shared. However, when accommodation during the tour is in cabins and where space permits, a supplement can be paid locally if desired for those who would like private accommodation for Day 2 and Day 3.

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (breakfast, lunch, dinner + coffee/snacks, etc). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Equipment and Clothing

  • Husky sledding equipment including sled dog team of 4-6 dogs and services of local guide.
  • Warm winter outer clothing: thermal traditional-style outer layer (jacket and trousers), winter boots, windproof Arctic cap, mittens. Warm socks, etc, are available to borrow from your hosts if required.
  • Warm winter sleeping bag, liner and sleeping mat/reindeer skin.
Winter clothing for dog sledding in Finnmark

Traditional winter clothing provided as standard

Guide

  • Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
  • Services of local guide.

Transfers

  • Return transfer between Karasjok and the kennels.

What The Price Does Not Include

  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Hot tub: There is a hot tub at the Husky Lodge available for booking locally on request for groups.

Optional Extras

Extra nights: You are welcome to extend your stay at the kennels with additional nights in cabins before and/or after your main tour.

Price for extra nights includes: Full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner), bedding and towels, free use of snowshoes, bicycle, kicksled and other day tour equipment.

  • Single room (in 2-bedroom cabins)*: £145/person
  • Single room (private cabin): £156/person (£167/person for cabin with private WC/bathroom)
  • Double room (in 2-bedroom cabins)*: £123/person
  • Double room (private cabin): £134/person (£145/person for cabin with private WC/bathroom)

*Guests staying additional nights and travelling together are always accommodated in private cabin. Solo travellers or couples should therefore choose the private cabin options above. Guests travelling, for example, as two friends or as a group of three or four persons can opt either for private cabin or private room in 2-person cabin.

Practical Info

Health requirements/experience

General good level of fitness and sense of balance. You should enjoy the outdoors in wintertime and be comfortable living in close proximity with others. Minimum age 13.

No previous dog sledding experience is required. Dog sledding can be physically demanding.

Dog sledding for children:

Depending on the weight/strength of the child, children aged 13 and over will either drive their own dogsled with own husky team, drive their own sled fastened behind the guide's sled, or travel as a passenger on the guide's sled. Your local guide will advise on the most suitable option on arrival. Note that safety considerations are of the upmost importance and your guide is responsible for deciding what is most appropriate.

Families with children under 13 may arrange private tours on other dates, on which the needs of younger children can be accommodated. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Equipment/clothes needed

A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing.

Groups

This experience is ideal for solo travellers, couples, families with older children and small groups. Maximum group size 8 persons.

There may also be other persons staying at mountain cabins used during the tour.

This experience is also available as a private experience for groups or families with younger children. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Additional Notes

This provider has a detailed environmental policy.

Location

Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

By Air

Fly to Oslo for domestic flight to Lakselv (from where it is around 1 hour by local bus to Karasjok) or Alta (approx. 4 hours by bus to Karasjok). Local transfer to/from Karasjok is included.

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