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The Arctic Tundra is a magical landscape - a world of huge skies and wide horizons, where the thick forests give way to the open mountain plateau. Husky Sledding and Aurora in Northern Norway is a dogsled expedition taking you through the heart of Sami Country. The Sami are the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia and still practise reindeer herding and fishing in the area today. Dog sledding in this region, when you are spending extended periods far from sources of light pollution, also gives you very good chances to see the Northern Lights during your tour.
You will be driving your own dogsled with team of 4-6 huskies, typically sledding around 25-50km per day. Choosing a longer husky tour of this kind gives you the opportunity to discover a larger area of this beautiful region, travelling through a landscape which varies from pine forests to frozen lakes and marshes to the seemingly limitless expanse of the tundra itself. You will be working closely with your dogsled team and forge a real bond of friendship and trust by the end of the tour. No previous dogsled experience is required - only a general good level of fitness and willingness to participate - but by the end of the tour you should find you feel like a real musher, with greater confidence and skill at handling your sled than you could have imagined!
The beginning and end of the dogsled tour is an experience in itself, with overnight accommodation in unique, traditional cabins at the kennels. We can almost guarantee you won't have stayed in cabins like these before! Accommodation during the tour is in simple but comfortable mountain cabins along the route, offering a warm and welcoming shelter from the surrounding wilderness at the end of a day's mushing on the trail. After six days' sledding in the wild, your tour ends back at the Husky Lodge with traditional wood-fired sauna.
During your tour you may encounter one of the large herds of reindeer that graze in this region during wintertime. On one day of the tour you will spend a day with a local Sami herder, taking part in their daily life and learning something of what is involved in reindeer husbandry.
Husky Sledding and Aurora in Northern Norway runs between February and April, and each part of the season offers its own special charm. February and March, when hours of darkness are longer, may give the best chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights (though displays can be seen until around mid-April), while the "spring winter" of April offers longer hours of daylight and a real taste of spring in the air.
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.
Local transfer from Karasjok in northern Norway to the kennels for overnight at the Husky Lodge. Here you settle into your cabin. The cabins at the Lodge are unique and innovatively designed, making full use of local natural materials. You will then meet your dogsled guide and other participants for dinner to discuss the husky tour ahead.
After collecting your winter clothing for the tour, your dogsled guide will instruct you in harnessing your dog team and handling the sleds. When ready, you begin your husky expedition directly from the kennels, with a steep climb up onto the mountain plateau, where you will sledding through a hilly landscape of frozen marshes and lakes to Gardin mountain station, your first overnight stop.
You sled out onto the Arctic tundra, a wild and starkly beautiful landscape of huge skies and endless views. You reach Mollisjok mountain cabin in the evening, a beautiful and remote location in the middle of the plateau.
You take your team south, along a frozen river, where you will pass two remote settlements of the local Sami people, the indigenous people of the Scandinavian north, who subsist mainly from fishing in this region. Your day's dog sledding takes you to Soussjavre mountain cabin for this night.
Today may give good chances to see large herds of reindeer, as this area is a winter grazing ground for the reindeer herds. Baeivasgiedde wilderness cabin is your accommodation for the night, beautifully situated in pine forest beside the river. Here you will spend two nights.
A memorable day, taking a day tour by dogsled to a winter settlement of one of the local Sami reindeer herders. You will spend the day together with the herder, becoming part of their daily life and providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional yet vibrant and modern culture of the Sami people and learn about the reindeer, the heart of Sami culture.
A long day's dog sledding brings you back to the kennels. You will be following the river, through an area giving very good chances to see moose, which stay in the valley areas during wintertime. Once back, you will unharness and take care of the dogs before retiring to the welcoming warmth of the Husky Lodge. A wood-fired sauna provides the perfect end to your Arctic adventure.
Breakfast and farewell before transfer to Karasjok for departure (if you have not chosen to extend your stay with additional nights).
Please note that the above itinerary can be subject to change due to weather conditions.
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2017 winter season
Weekly from early February to mid-April (normally Monday-Monday)
- 30.01-06.02.17, 06.02-13.02.17, 13.02-20.02.17, 20.02-27.02.17, 27.02-06.03.17, 20.03-27.03.16, 27.03-03.04.17, 03.04-10.04.17*, 10.04-17.04.17*
*The Northern Lights are visible from around September to early/mid April. The deep midwinter period of November-January offers the longest hours of darkness, which is of course required for the Northern Lights to be visible, while the "spring winter" of March and April offers longer hours of daylight and typically milder temperatures. The Northern Lights can be visible at any time during this period, including during March to mid-April. While March and April have shorter nights, on the other hand these months can also have a greater incidence of clear skies.
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.
Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by in Euros. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.
- 2017 winter season: £2028/person
Dog sledding for families
Husky Sledding and Aurora in Northern Norway 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.
- Two nights' accommodation in traditional, hand-built cabins at the Husky Lodge. Cabins sleep up to 4 persons in 2 x 2-person rooms. Shared WC/shower facilities are located close to the cabins.*
- Five nights' accommodation in wilderness cabins along the route. Wilderness cabins are simple standard. Exactly which cabins are used on a particular tour will vary depending on weather conditions and will not be set until the start of the tour. Many have no electricity or running water, though some do have electricity and one (often the third overnight of the tour) has shower facilities in separate building. Sleeping accommodation is shared (cabins typically have 1-2 rooms with bunk beds), outside toilet.
- Participants will normally become involved in all aspects of the tour such as caring for and feeding your dogsled team and tasks around the cabins (fetching water, chopping wood, etc) as an integral part of the experience. However, there is no obligation to take part in these activities.
- Sauna: One use of sauna (normally on Day 7) is included.
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, a supplement applies - please contact us for details. Note that sleeping accommodation on Day 2 and Day 3 of the tour is shared.
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.
Traditional winter clothing provided as standard
- Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
- Services of local guide.
- Return transfer between Karasjok and the kennels.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Hot tub: There is a hot tub at the Husky Lodge available for booking locally on request for groups.
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.
Depending on availability, the following accommodation options are possible. Please contact us for details and prices for your chosen dates:
- Single room in shared or private cabin (options for cabin with shared or private WC/bathroom)
- Double room in shared or private cabin (options for cabin with shared or 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. 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.
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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.
A detailed recommended packing 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. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
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.
Maximum group size 8 persons.
There may also be other persons staying at the overnight accommodation used during the tour.
This experience is also available as a private experience for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a detailed environmental policy.
The cabins and interior furnishings at the kennels, from the beds to the lampshades, are all lovingly hand-crafted by your local host using local materials, making a stay not only a sound environmental choice but also a unique design experience!
Even the clothing provided for the tour is made from local animal products such as wool and reindeer fur - see under "Dates and Prices > Included" for more information.
Will I see the Northern Lights?
This experience is located in the far north of Norway, one of the world's best locations for seeing the Northern Lights, and offers good chances to see a display during your tour. Wonderful displays are regularly seen on the tours. However, it is important to bear in mind that the Aurora is a natural phenomenon and sightings can never be guaranteed in any location - it is not possible to search for a display. The skies may be cloudy, there may be no activity, or you may be fast asleep after a day of adventure on the trail!
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