Husky Sledding Across the Finnmark Tundra

Husky Sledding Across the Finnmark Tundra

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Husky Sledding Across the Finnmark Tundra (Norway)

Explore the wild beauty of the Norwegian tundra mushing your own dogsled team

Husky sledding holidays in Norway: Finnmark

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Northern Lights in Norway winter 2015

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is currently in a period of high activity, offering increased chances for a display during your tour. Bookings are now open for Husky Sledding Across the Finnmark Tundra for the 2015 winter season.

Overview

  • Required: Good level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors in wintertime. Minimum age 13.
  • Duration: 8 days/7 nights including arrival/departure day plus six days' dog sledding.
  • Accommodation: Two nights in log cabin at Husky Lodge. Five nights in mountain cabins along the route.
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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 Across the Finnmark Tundra is a dogsled expedition taking you through the heart of Sameland. 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 Across the Finnmark Tundra 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.

Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Dates & Prices

Dates

2015 winter season

02.02-09.02.15, 09.02-16.02.15, 16.02-23.02.15, 23.02-02.03.15, 16.03-23.03.15, 23.03-30.03.15, 06.04-13.04.15, 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 by in Euros. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

2015 winter season: £2022/person

Dog sledding for families

Husky Sledding Across the Finnmark Tundra 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

  • 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 with no electricity or running water, 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 4 for 5-day tours or Day 7 for 8-day tours) is included. Additional sauna visits can be paid locally.

*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.

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.

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.

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 the overnight accommodation used during the tour.

This experience is also available as a private experience for groups. For private tours, larger groups can be accommodated. 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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