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Husky Sled and Northern Lights Expedition

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

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Adventures / Aurora Hunting

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
3 nights
LOCATION
Norway
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Alta Airport, Norway
ACCOMMODATION
Tipi · Mountain hut
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

All you need is a reasonable level of fitness as your host will teach you everything else you need to drive your pack.

Drive a husky pack across the Finnmark Plateau - 22,000 square kilometres of untouched wilderness and one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights

Sleep in a cosy tipi with a wood-burning stove and a traditional mountain cabin

Take a dip in an outdoor-jacuzzi and kick back in the sauna for a truly Scandinavian experience

Included

Guides

Local, professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

2 nights in a tipi and 1 night in a mountain cabin

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

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Alta City Airport or Alta City Centre

14:30

Ends

Alta City Airport or Alta City Centre

10:00

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 (and dropped at) from Alta city centre please let your host know. Please arrive on Day 1 no later than 14:00 and you are free to book flights on Day 4 anytime after 12:00.

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.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Tipi · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Tipi · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The Husky Lodge serves a variety of food, much of it made from local ingredients, including moose, reindeer and fish. Most dietary requirements 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 tipi 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 over the night sky. The lodge also has a restaurant, bar, outdoor-jacuzzi and a sauna.

The 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

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price . Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

Day 1

Become a musher

Dog Sledding

1hr · 5km

Head to a husky lodge near the fjord-side city of Alta, known for its views of the Northern Lights. Have fun with the puppies and then climb into a thermal suit and learn how to handle a dogsled before riding it through the evening air. Take a hot shower and sit down for a delicious dinner in a beautiful, renovated barn. If you’re feeling brave, take a dip in the outdoor-jacuzzi and warm up in the sauna before settling into your cosy Tipi for the night. 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 mountain cabin

Dog Sledding

6hrs · 30km

Load up the dogs and drive your pack onto the Finnmark Plateau - 22,000 square kilometres of untouched wilderness. Stop for lunch along the trail and then ride to a traditional mountain cabin. Tend to your pack, eat some dinner and then relax in the sauna. Keep a close eye on the sky, as the Aurora might appear above you at any moment.

Day 3

Back to base camp

Dog Sledding

6hrs · 30km

Rise early, prepare your dogs and ride out of the wilderness and back to the husky lodge. Celebrate with a drink and another plunge in the outdoor hot tub before spending a last night under the stars and a last search for the Northern Lights.

Day 4

Head for home

Enjoy the view from your window, followed by breakfast in the lodge before heading back to the airport or Alta city centre and home.

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.

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What's included?

  • Thermal suit
  • Mittens
  • Hat
  • Boots
  • Headtorch

What do I need to bring?

  • Sunglasses
  • Wool thermals (100% merino wool is best)
  • Wool or fleece sweater
  • Camera
  • Suncream
  • Thermos
  • Small backpack
  • Spare clothing

Once your guide has given you sufficient instruction, you'll drive for around 5-6 hours per day, with two people per sled. You will also learn to take care of your pack by putting on their harnesses, feeding them and most importantly, keeping them motivated.

Unfortunately, the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it's impossible to say for certain whether you will see them as the chances are highly dependent on weather and visibility, with clear skies needed to view them properly. However, this trip will increase your chances as you will be staying in a remote location, far from any light pollution and in a tipi bungalow where you can watch the sky all night if you wish.

No previous dog-sledding experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness to handle the sled. Your host will ensure that you learn all the skills you need throughout the trip.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The cold season in Alta lasts for over four months, from mid-November to mid-March, with temperatures reaching lows of -10°C, however, you can expect an average temperature of 0°C

Absolutely. Our host has been running husky trips for over 30 years and husky welfare has always been the top priority. The breed of dogs they work with is a polar type of dog which is called the Alaskan Husky. They are born outside, and are happy to live outside all their life - but of course they are provided with insulated huts full of warm straw and hay to sleep and retreat into.

As this breed was bred to run, they need to have a lot of activity to stay happy and healthy. This is why your host ensures that every dog has enough possibility to move every day, depending on the dog's individual age and state of health. Young dogs, veterans or disabled dogs have reduced running. They will do a run on 5-20km running 4 to 5 days a week, and 2-3 days of restitution. Normal dogs can run up to 40-50 km per day, still depending on the day and condition.

To make sure that every dog needs the care and attention they need, our hosts have a daily staff of dedicated employees tending to them. Every morning and afternoon they are trained in and provide the medical care of the dogs. They also work closely with local veterinaries in Alta, who take over where their medical expertise comes to an end.

When a dog has reached the end of its working life, they are put out for adoption. Usually, the host's seasonal employees and past employees build strong relationships with the host and will add themselves to the adoption list so there is also continuity in contact. Our host's philosophy is that the dog should have a happy life from start to finish.

Any excess luggage can be safely left at the Husky Lodge at the start of your trip.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen.

For current advice about travelling in Norway, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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