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Hut-to-Hut Dog Sled Expedition in Northern Norway

Explore the remote wilderness of Norway as you master 5 days of dog sledding under the Northern Lights.

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Adventures / Aurora Hunting

Hut-to-Hut Dog Sled Expedition in Northern Norway

Explore the remote wilderness of Norway as you master 5 days of dog sledding under the Northern Lights.

DURATION
nights
LOCATION
Norway
FLY TO
Alta Airport
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

The Finnmark plateau is a paradise for dog sledding and this adventure gives you firsthand experience on why. Spend four days mastering the dog sled and tending to your pups as you get a taste of this thrilling lifestyle. You'll look after your own dog team; during this hands-on expedition, it's up to you to harness, feed and motivate the dogs. The best part, where you're sledding there is no light pollution, so your chances to see the Aurora will increase drastically. Additionally, you will also spend two nights in tipi bungalows under the stars, as you look for the elusive Northern Lights. This dog sledding expedition includes:

  • 4 days of dog sledding
  • 2 night of accommodation in a tipi bungalow
  • 4 nights of accommodation in mountain cabins
  • All meals on the trip
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • Transfers to/from Alta City Airport
  • Winter clothing
  • Dog sledding equipment

**Perfect for: **
Anyone who's up for the challenge of a longer-than-usual and dog sled tour, and wants to dive a little deeper into the sport and lifestyle of dog sledding.

Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Equipment

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

Day 1: Arrival and Dogsledding

Your guide will collect you from Alta City centre or from the airport, and bring you to the Husky Lodge, just south of the main city.

On your first afternoon, your guides will provide you with thermal suits and take you on a short training run to familiarize yourself with the gear and the dogs.

You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the dog-sledding this week, so head back in for dinner followed by an evening dip in the jacuzzi before you'll gather around the campfire.

When it’s time for bed, head to your cosy Tipi bungalows, which has a floor-to-top window, that lets you watch the stars overhead. If you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of the infamous Northern Lights.

ca. 1,5 hours of dog sledding, 1-hour preparation for the trip

Day 2 - 4: Dogsled from Hut to Hut

The majority of your journey will be traveling between the mountain cabins throughout the wilderness.

Accompanied by guides and their dogs, you will drive your own dog team through the snowy and rugged countryside, stopping now and then for lunches or side activities, in this beautiful landscape. Each day your runs will span around 30-40 km.

The evenings will be spent in the cabins, tending to the dogs before relaxing over dinner and the saunas. Your guide will also help you evaluate the day and even let you know if the magnificent Northern Lights are nearby.

ca. 6 hours of dog sledding daily

Day 5: Return to the Husky Kennel

This is the last day of your dog sledding expedition. Harness your team and begin your journey back to the pickup point from where you'll be transferred to the kennel. Upon arrival, have one more farewell dinner with your team before settling in for your last night.

Finish your journey under the stars as you watch the night sky from your tipi bungalow.

5-7 hours of dog sledding

Day 6: Departure

After a well-rested night, enjoy breakfast in the lodge before heading back to Alta for the rest of your journey, full of stories, memories, and pictures of this adventure.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

On the first night, you will stay in Tipi bungalows. These come with a double bed, wood-burning stove, comforters and heated blankets. They are insulated against the winter's cold and one section of the wall has been replaced with a floor-to-top window that lets you look out over the night sky.

On the rest of the trip, you will stay in mountain cabins. These are more basic as they do not have a running shower but the lodge still has a sauna and facilities you can use.

The Husky Lodge itself is a bright, cosy lodge with a restaurant, bar, sauna and jacuzzi.

The Finnmark plateau is a paradise for dog sledding and one of the last great wildernesses in the world. In addition to this, it hosts the longest dogsled race in Europe. The Husky Lodge is situated in a remote area just outside the city centre of Alta which makes it a great spot to experience the Northern Lights.

Alta City - or the city of Northern Lights as it is affectionally known - is located in the Northernmost county of Finland. Thanks to its subarctic and stable climate, it is the perfect choice for those seeking out the Northern Lights.

It's history as a Northern Lights city actually dates back 1899 when the world's first Northern Lights observatory was built on the top of Mt. Haldde. More recently, the Northern Lights cathedral was built in Alta City, inspired by the cascading Aurora waves, and is an incredible example of modern architecture.

Start Point

Your accommodation in Alta - 15:30 or Alta City Airport - 16:00

Your adventure begins at your accommodation in Alta at 15:30, or Alta City Airport (ALF) at 16:00 with your transfer to the Husky Lodge. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your host and driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. If you’re arriving early, you can book any flight and easily get to Alta city centre via a 5 minute taxi (4km).

Finish Point

Alta City Airport 10:00

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Alta City Airport at 10:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 10:30.

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Finland
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Extra activities and tours
  • Sauna access at two of the mountain cabins
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 person, and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Much Better Adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

There is no experience needed, however, a good fitness is recommended. This is a hands-on expedition that requires you to look after your own dog team with the assistance of the guides.

On average, you will dog sled for 5-6 hours per day. You will be able to drive your own sled, with two people per sled, once your guide has given you sufficient instruction.

You will also learn to take care of your dogs by putting on their harnesses, feeding them and most importantly keeping them motivated.

The Holmen Husky Lodge serves a variety of food that commonly includes meat, dairy and wheat ingredients, among many others. There is also food made from local ingredients, including moose, reindeer, and fish.

No, unfortunately, the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it is impossible to say that you will definitely see them. The chances are highly dependent on the weather and visibility, as you will need clear skies to view them properly.

However, this trip will definitely increase your chances as you will be staying in a remote location in the Norwegian wilderness, away from any light pollution.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

The cold season in Alta City lasts for over four months, from mid-November to mid-March. During this time, the weather can get relatively cold with temperatures in January reaching lows of -10°C, however, you can expect average temperatures of 0°C

Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Wool underwear (100% wool is the best)
  • Wool or fleece sweater
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Thermos
  • Small backpack
  • Spare clothing

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Flexible Date Changes

Change your trip date up to 60 days before departure: small fees may apply.

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