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Finnmark Plateau sledding, Norway. Photo: Host/Holmen Husky Lodge
4.9
| 86 reviews

Husky Sled and Northern Lights Expedition

Mush your husky pack across Norway's remote Finnmark plateau and sleep under the stars in a tipi

Duration

4 nights

Annual Leave

4 days off work

Group Size

Up to 12 people

Season

Jan-Apr

Location

Norway

Meeting Point

Alta Airport, Norway

Comfort Accommodation

Cabin · Mountain hut

Customer Reviews

(86)

4.9

Difficulty

Moderate

From

From

Drive a husky pack across the snow-blanketed Finnmark Plateau – 22,000 km2 of untouched wilderness

Warm up in an outdoor hot tub, eyes to the sky – this is one of the best places on earth to see the aurora borealis

Sleep in a Sami lavvo tent with soft beds, a wood-burning stove and large windows so you can look at the stars as you fall asleep

Featured as one of the ‘Best Northern Lights Tours’ by The Times

Day 1

Settle in to an Arctic wonderland

Holmen Husky Lodge exterior, Norway. Photo: Host/Holmen Husky Lodge

Meet your host at the airport and head to their husky lodge near the fjord-side city of Alta, known for its views of the northern lights. The modern, comfortable lodge is designed to integrate with the untamed wilderness that surrounds it. Settle into your stunning wooden A-frame cabin – with striking 5-metre tall windows, the cabins beautifully merge with the forest, immersing you in the beauty of the Arctic. If you’re feeling brave, take a dip in the outdoor jacuzzi and warm up in the sauna before sitting down for a delicious dinner of local dishes with your fellow travellers. Return to your cabin to watch the stars through the floor-to-ceiling window and if you’re lucky, get a glimpse of the aurora.

Day 2

Ride to a remote mountain hut

Dog Sledding

3-4hrs

After fuelling up with a hearty breakfast, you’ll meet the pups, climb into a thermal suit and learn how to safely handle a dogsled. Thoroughly briefed and ready to go, you’ll embark on your first sledding journey on the old post route of Beskades across the Finnmark plateau. Crossing the plateau will take around 3-4 hours, then you'll arrive at camp where you will learn how to tend to your dogs after the long journey, before tucking into lunch. You'll spend tonight at the rustic Suolovuopmi Mountain Lodge, one of the oldest mountain cabins in Finnmark – keep your eyes peeled for the northern lights.

Day 3

Immersed in the wilderness

Dog Sledding

4-5hrs

After breakfast – for you and the huskies – prepare your dogs and spend the next few hours sledding towards Kautokeino, diving deep into the Arctic's beauty and enjoying lunch along the trail. Back at Suolovuopmi Mountain Lodge, wrap up an epic sledding experience by tending to your team of dogs, ensuring they’re well-rested for tomorrow. You can then kick back and unwind in the sauna and jump in the frozen lake before sharing a hearty dinner with your fellow mushers.

Day 4

Circle back to the husky lodge

Dog Sledding

3hrs

Wake up, have breakfast and then prepare your team of dogs to sled back across the plateau. Take in the beauty of the Arctic wilderness before arriving back at the husky lodge, where you can relax in the sauna and the jacuzzi and settle back into your luxurious A-frame cabin. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner together and reflect on your unforgettable journey, before one last chance to catch aurora from the window of your forest abode.

Day 5

Time to head home

Enjoy the Arctic view from your window one last time, before tucking in to breakfast at the lodge. Say your goodbyes to the dogs before heading back to the airport (or Alta city centre) and home.

Included

Guides

Local, professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

2 nights in a cosy cabin and 2 nights in a mountain lodge

Meals

Dinners and breakfasts

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your dogsledding clothing and equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Mountain hut · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Holmen Husky Lodge, Norway. Photo: Host/Holmen Husky Lodge

The Husky Lodge serves a variety of food, much of it made from local ingredients, including moose, reindeer and fish. Most dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan, can be catered for – just let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Husky Lodge

You'll stay in a twin-share lavvo (a traditional Sami tent) with a wood-burning stove and heated blankets to keep you warm. Best of all, one section of the wall has been replaced with a floor-to-ceiling window that lets you look out into the night sky. The lodge also has a restaurant, bar, outdoor jacuzzi and sauna. There are no shower or toilet facilities in the lavvo itself but there are modern toilet and shower facilities just a few meters away.

The Finnmark Plateau

You'll stay in remote mountain cabins in the wilderness. These are basic and feature shared dorms and gorgeous views. There are no showers but there is a sauna.

Upgrades

If you are travelling as a pair then you can request an upgrade to the two-person luxurious Arctic Dome for Day 1 and Day 3 of your trip. The Dome comes equipped with its own private sauna and bathroom facilities. It also has a panoramic view of a nearby field and surrounding forest, as well as a skylight that covers most of the ceiling. There is only one Arctic Dome available so you'll have to be quick as they are very popular! See optional extras for prices.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Alta City Airport or Alta City Centre

14:30

Ends

Alta City Airport or Alta City Centre

Any time

Transfers

Your host will collect you on Day 1 at the airport and drop you off on Day 4 at the airport. If you would like to be collected from (or dropped at) Alta city centre instead please let your host know. Please arrive on Day 1 no later than 14:00. You are free to book a flight departing at any time on Day 4.

Travel options

There are no direct flights to Alta from the UK but connections are available from both Oslo and Tromsø. From Oslo, the flight time is just over 2 hours, while the flight time from Tromsø is 40 minutes.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Thermal suit
  • Ski goggles (or bring your own if you prefer)
  • Mittens
  • Hat
  • Boots
  • Headtorch

What do I need to bring?

  • Sunglasses
  • Wool thermals (100% merino wool is best)
  • Wool or fleece sweater
  • Neckwarmer/facemask
  • Thermo water bottle (can be purchased on site)
  • Thin winter gloves
  • Camera
  • Suncream
  • Small backpack
  • Spare clothing
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Upgrade to Arctic Dome (For 2 people)

Payable Before Departure

Upgrade to Arctic Dome (For 2 people)

Additional Night Lavvo (Tipi) Accommodation - Double

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Lavvo (Tipi) Accommodation - Double

Per Night

Additional Night Lavvo (Tipi) Accommodation - Single

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Lavvo (Tipi) Accommodation - Single

Per Night

Solo Room Upgrade (lavvo - 2 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Solo Room Upgrade (lavvo - 2 nights)

Sally-Ann S.(April 2024)
Arctic Dog Sledding

Still buzzing from the experience. So much more than just a holiday! Everything, from the food to the accommodation, the guides to the sled dogs, were wonderful. The scenery was simply breathtaking & it really did feel like we were on an expedition. I had the best, most amazing & incredible time! Thank you for enabling me as a single traveller in my 50’s to have this amazing experience. I felt safe on my own, enjoyed be part of the group & everything was very well organised throughout. Definitely recommend Much Better Adventures to anyone with a taste for adventure!

Michael A.(April 2024)
Great Trip

Really cool to sled around with the fantastic huskies. Fun accommodation with sauna and hot tub. Really loved the food and met some great people. Our guides Erasmus and Nicholas were brilliant and so available to help. Definitely recommend.

Ottokar R.(April 2024)
Practically perfect. From the pick

Practically perfect. From the pick up to the drop off I felt we were well taken care of. There were 12 guests and 2 guides. Plus the owner did a bit of the driving around. The whats app group did help in the beginning for logistics, and was very useful throughout the trip for tipps and photosharing. We had a varied group in age and composition. from the mid 20s to late 50s. We had 4 couples and 4 singles. Americans, Danish, Brits. Well mixed, and helpful people & fun to be with. Our guides, Nick and Rasmus were excellent. Both Swedish, both experts with huskies and being outdoor guides. They were exceptional in their behaviour, their way to kick start the conversation, and keep the group happy. Always stressing that many things (like feeding the dogs) are really optional. You felt in safe hands. The lodge and equipment itself were first class. Suits, goggles, shoes, sleds, huskies, accommodation, communal area. All brand new, or super well maintained. Akin to a wonderful mountain chalet or hotel. Food was plenty, well cooked, local, and highly appreciated by the group. We tried everything from reindeer, to deer tongue to whale and Norwegian waffles (because they are heart shaped...) and famous Norwegian caramelised cheese. The pacing was relaxed, some of us could have gone on longer on each day. Starting off with getting onto the sleds straight away is great. We came off the airport, changed into pro gear and off we went. Dogs were already mounted on the lines. First day we practiced 5k, so it was important to get used to it. Made us hungry for dinner, and the guides used the time well to explain what we needed to pack for the next couple of days. The trail itself was great, it was in huskey terms super easy, still meant 3-4 hours on the sled. The overnighter in the hut was excellent, the lady there was so kind, did everything for us and served Arctic shark. That night the guides lit a fire and we saw the best Northern lights. We saw some the night before, but on track they were special. You cannot legislate for that, so it's I am sure just luck. Following day getting up was easy. Ride back was equally awesome. Landscapes, snow, sun was shining, no more than -15 degrees. Shades out, shout at Huskeys by name and off we go.

Danielle R.(April 2024)
Amazing tour, every single detail was perfection.

This tour lived up to every high expectation I had and more. The guides made sure all of our questions were answered and I felt safe and tended to. At the same time, they were funny, engaging and it was like hanging out with friends. They went above and beyond at every moment (they even got the Northern Lights to come out each night for us ;) ). The food was exceptional- as a vegetarian, I had concerns, but the food was plentiful and delicious. The accommodations were much nicer than expected and hot water was plentiful. I have so many happy memories from this tour. Most of the time, once I've done something, I cross it off my list and move on to the next adventure, but I can definitely see myself doing this tour again, and I've definitely made adventure friends for life.

Heather C.(April 2024)
Would do again

This was one of the best experiences I have been on! When we arrived the facilities were amazing, these stunning cozy tipi’s where you can see the wilderness. The guides were incredibly helpful and patient in teaching us and answering all our questions. Then there was the dogs and sledding! Absolutely fantastic!

Jessica M.(April 2024)
Everything I'd hoped for and more.

Incredible few days in Alta, the hosts were friendly, informative and accommodating, giving everyone chance to get involved. Accommodation was cosy, comfortable and warm (the mountain cabin does have showers). The dogs are so friendly, well looked after, and love cuddles. Incredible scenery, we got to see the northern lights. Couldn't recommend it more.

Nicholas C.(April 2024)
Holmen Husky Lodge

What a lovely 4 days of peace and relaxation. From the moment we arrived to the afternoon of leaving we have enjoyed ourselves. Learning to sled and mush is an awesome experience. The overnight sled journey was a mix. Day 1 headwinds, freezing winds, and tough uphills, contrasted to clear blue skies and downhill runs on the return leg. The highlight was the Northern Light show, along with the knowledge you had a sauna, jacuzzi and Nordic Ice Bath to dip into on return. The food is all locally made and prepared. Cod stew, Reindeer Stew, fresh deserts, coffee and tea always available. The facilities are second to none, and every member of staff (including the dogs) are very welcoming.

Sarah R.(April 2024)
Go on this trip!

This was one of the best trips of my life! Our guides, Niklaus & Rasmus were brilliant, they’re experts at what they do, funny, friendly and put all of us at ease. I loved learning how to work with the dogs, the accommodation was great, and sledding the plateau & the campfire with the northern lights were a dream come true. My group got so lucky with the weather and the aurora and I was genuinely sad to leave the trip & my dogs when it was over. Highly recommend.

Rob G.(April 2024)
Another great experience with the MBA team.

This was our 2nd MBA holiday and they just keep getting better. From the pre-start WhatsApp group chatter, Nick and Rasmus were great hosts and guides, taking the time to make sure everyone was informed and happy with everything we needed to make the husky sledding safe and enjoyable. The tipi accommodation at Holmen Husky lodge was great, and watching the sunset in the hot tub was a great way to meet new friends. Getting to know your own husky team and how to harness them before setting off into the most amazing wilderness of clear blue skies and sun kissed virgin snow is a memory that will last forever. Then sitting around a camp fire watching the northern lights whilst cuddling a Husky is something most of us don’t do every day. I can thoroughly recommend this trip if your bucket list includes any of the above experiences as you won’t be disappointed.

Johanna M.(April 2024)
Probably one of the best

Probably one of the best adventures / holidays I’ve ever had.

The group dynamic was great, the guides were super helpful, patient and lovely.

The rain-deer stew and whale filet was an experience and amazing. Thank you team Much Better Adventures

Lucy P.(March 2024)
Our favourite trip!

This is our 5th MBA trip and our favourite! We love Dogs and this trip is all about Dogs! The lodge is set in a lovely location in Alta and your accommodation is right night to the Dog yard! Looking out at the wonderful snowy Forrest from the Lavoo listening to the dogs howling is a fantastic experience! The staff at Holmen Husky, couldn’t do enough for us and really let us get involved with the dogs, from harnessing them, to putting there booties on and re-clamping there collars when one or two may have made a break for it! The dogs loved their job and so did the staff! We were gutted to leave, could have stayed in that dog yard all year!

Neil M.(February 2024)
This was an excellent husky

This was an excellent husky adventure. We stayed in the wonderful dome with its own sauna and shower and window out to the world. Everything is top quality including the clothing and the dog sledding was pure joy. Our team leader Nicklaus deserves a special mention. The calmest, nicest and most able person you could hope to meet.We will truly never forget this experience and in particular the incredible dogs.

Daniel B.(February 2024)
Great fun in the Arctic!

A great trip for getting a taste of this part of Norway, and also to experience it in great company - enthusiastic dogs, knowledgeable and helpful guides (Romain & Nik) and a good bunch of fellow travellers. Right from the start we were straight out on the sleds, making the most of our short time at Holmen, before setting out on a longer excursion for Days 2&3. Accommodation was excellent, as was the food (including unexpected treats such as homemade waffles and hot chocolate). We were encouraged to get stuck in - handling the dogs before & after the runs, as well as helping with feeding, and the dogs were more than happy for us to join in. The supplied equipment was of very good quality, and at no point did I feel we were not prepared for the conditions. The sauna/ice bath/jacuzzi experience is not to be missed. The added bonus was a brief display of the Northern Lights, which is always a matter of luck.

Katie W.(February 2024)
Such a fantastic trip, I’m tempted to book again!

What a phenomenal trip. Perfect in every way! The accommodation & food were fantastic, the jacuzzi sublime & the ice plunge, erm, invigorating. The stars of the show, the dogs, are truly beautiful. So affectionate, & so eager to run. I could happily have taken every one of them home! Wild weather on the plateau forced a change of plan, but Niklas & Andre took everything in their stride, guiding us through pristine forests & across sparkling snow covered rivers. As the Northern Lights danced & the huskies howled, I felt like the luckiest person on Earth. AMAZING place, AMAZING people, AMAZING dogs! I could’ve stayed forever!

Rachel N.(February 2024)
Incredible few days!!

I would recommend this trip to absolutely anyone. From the moment we arrived at the lodge, the hosts were all friendly and helpful, the dogs were playful and adorable and the scenery was stunning! The teepees at the lodge are amazing- very cosy! And the mountain cabin was so much better than I was expecting from the description! The food was incredible the whole trip. This really was a trip that dreams are made of and I am already planning to come back next year!

Jane H.(February 2024)
Incredible experience!

Incredible trip. And wonderful guides. Even though the weather changed our plans it was a magical time. Northern lights, spectacular location, amazing food and just incredible people and dogs. Thanks so much to the team at Holmen Husky Lodge (including the beautiful dogs!) for ensuring our stay was more than I'd hoped for. Good luck for the race!

Richard H.(February 2024)
Absolutely amazing experience sledding in

Absolutely amazing experience sledding in the Arctic Circle, getting to interact with the dogs and drive your own sled made it even more incredible. The accommodation and food were first class, and the experience was made even better by the incredible guides.

Claire R.(February 2024)
Hands down the best tour

Hands down the best tour I've been on!! Huge thanks to Niklas, Rasmus and the whole Holmen crew for a fantastic weekend. Well organised from start to finish, our guides were so informative and patient. The dogs were well cared for, so keen to run and loved a fuss. A highlight of the trip being how involved we were with our pack and getting to know the dogs personalities. The sledding was fantastic and despite the cold temperatures the kit kept us warm. Infact it would have been great to have another day's sled. The accomodation was amazing and the mountain lodge not as basic as led to believe. The food was also a highlight, local produce and the world famous fish sauce really lived up to the bill! I really can't recommend this trip highly enough

Cerreta G.(February 2024)
Fantastic experience

We had a GREAT time! Accomodation was the best we could expect in these conditions, landscape is superlative, hosts and guides were professional.. an patient! But most of all I liked the dogs, all of them, and we learned a lot. Suggested for lovers of adventure, good company... and low temperatures.

Polly M.(February 2024)
Beautiful Husky Arctic Adventure

Beautiful, super fun adventure with cute huskies. The dogs were so lovely, wanting cuddles and to be friendly, and were clearly very happy and had great relationships with everyone. They love to run. And get a reward hug! We got to help feed and harness and then reward with play time at the end. We had some time before our afternoon flight and they let s spend the morning at the lodge relaxing and more dog time. I wanted to take Torres home! The sledding was incredible. Such beautiful scenery and a good length (aways want to do a little more!). The kits was great, you don't need to bring much. I did appreciate dmy hand warmers and electric socks, but the suit kept my body warm- and I am always cold. The organisation from Holmen, the food and accommodation (far less simple than described!), our guides Romain and Niklas and other travellers were all perfect too.

Olivia T.(February 2024)
Out of this world

My first MBA trip and wow - what an experience. Beautiful scenery, the best dogs in the land and the local company Holmen Huskies had thought of every little thing! Hot chocolate and waffles after getting in from a cold day sledding, electric blankets in the beds, and even our own team sheet of dogs so we could learn their names. I absolutely loved this trip and highly recommend.

Abhishek S.(February 2024)