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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

SEASON

Jan-Apr

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 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 km2 of untouched wilderness and one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights

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

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    Scott, February 2022

    This was possibly the best holiday we’ve ever been on. Before I left I had two concerns: (1) The dogs would be unfriendly/worked too hard (2) The accommodation might be poor value for money Those were, emphatically, disproved. The dogs were AMAZING. Super friendly, and they loved to run. The best part is on the expedition you get to know your dogs. You look after them (nothing too strenuous), and even from the back of the sled you get to know their personalities - which are very distinct! I almost had to be dragged out of the lodge at the end I was so sad saying goodbye… Secondly, the accommodation was fantastic. The food was really good and culturally authentic. We had a full 12 people on the expedition and we still got our own room in the cabin we mushed to. The base lodging was really comfortable too. I’d say a much more luxurious experience than I was expecting. I also got engaged to my fiancée on the trip. So another reason why we’ll never forget this trip. Oh, and lastly, Phil and Luis (the guides) were great. Really fun, knowledgeable and incredibly patient!

    Natalie, February 2022

    This trip is everything you want Norway to be! Dog sledding is extremely fun and not physically demanding. The cabin, lodge, and teepees where we stayed were all comfortable, warm, and cozy. The winter landscape was gorgeous, and we saw the Northern Lights multiple times. The food was amazing, the company of others delightful, and adventure was unforgettable. If you're a dog lover, there is lots of extra time to spend with the dogs, too!

    Alex, February 2022

    This is a properly awesome bucket list trip. Our guides (Phil & Marko) were brilliant and taught us how to look after the dogs, how to fix them up to the sled and home them in the evening, and how to drive them across the plateau. Sledding through real wilderness is an amazing experience, even in -31 degrees c (it's really cold - take the kit list seriously). The dogs are really happy and well cared for, and insanely powerful and keen to run all day. The food was amazing, and beers with our fellow travellers in the evenings by a warm fire topped it off.

    Sarah, February 2022

    The trip was outstanding and exceeded all expectations. The biggest surprise was the fact that the we were able to spend so much time with the dogs when they weren't pulling. I had imagined that because they were working dogs that they would be off limits but I have just spent 3 days petting the most affectionate dogs ever. Each with their individual personalities. The sledding was phenomenal - with scenery to die for. And the accommodation and food was excellent. The team were fantastic, particularly Marco and Phil who we spent the most time with. They quite obviously love what they do, love the dogs and had unlimited patience with us as a group. And we even got to see the Northen Lights on our first night. Absolute trip of a lifetime that I would repeat tomorrow!

    Daniel, February 2022

    What can I say… if you’re looking at this and thinking about booking, just do it. Our hosts Phil and Marco (and the rest of the team) were simply incredible. The lodge and the accommodation was much higher quality than anyone on the trip I went could have imagined. You’re in good hands with the team and will have an experience you will never forget! Simply amazing.

    Caroline, February 2022

    The most amazing trip, truly awesome. I was astounded by how friendly the huskies were and how much we were able to get involved with caring for the dogs. Phil, our host guide was absolutely brilliant and made the trip what it was, he was tireless in his enthusiasm and all the hard work he put in. All the staff obviously cared very much for the dogs and their welfare. I’ll never forget this fantastic experience!

    Stephanie, February 2022

    A really memorable trip to experience the unspoilt wilderness of northern Norway with little impact from human civilisation. The trip was extremely well executed from the moment we arrived and overdelivered on many aspects. We were very well looked after, the food was delicious, tipis are fabulous and facilities were above expectation. The guides knew every single dog personally by look and personality (so impressed by this) and the dogs were well cared for, extremely friendly and well mannered. You are invited to get involved with their feeding and care if you wish, which was lovely. By the end of the trip everyone had a ‘favourite’. Good mix of people including singles, friends, couples and family which worked well at communal meal times. Sledding was straightforward. The twilight trip through the woods on the first evening was magical and good to get a feel of the sleds and dogs before setting out the next day. Phil was a really attentive, personable guide . We had snow, sun, northern lights (lucky with the weather) and enjoyed every aspect of the trip. My personal favourite element was that it felt “off the beaten (tourist) track”. We will be looking to book more Much Better Adventures in future.

    Wayne, February 2022

    A stunning step into the Arctic circle, where nothing, especially the weather, should be taken for granted. But when the sun shined, it was one of the most awe inspiring wildernesses I have ever journeyed through. Great hosts who struck the perfect balance between down to earth easygoingness and unwavering enthusiasm and professionalism. In short, a trip of a lifetime!!

    Rosa, February 2022

    What a fantastic experience this was. To travel through the Arctic Tundra on a sledge being pulled by the most enthusiastic and incredible dogs was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever done. It’s hard to find words to describe the sheer beauty of it all. The dogs are absolutely gorgeous and well trained, so friendly, cuddly and affectionate, you can tell that their wellbeing is a top priority to all members of staff. I loved how they let us get involved with the huskies, feeding them and getting them ready. Everyone of us developed a special bond with at least one dog. The accommodation (a cosy, warm tippy) food and hospitality throughout our stay was exceptional and the gear they supplied was excellent for the cold conditions. We even got to see the Northern Lights on a couple of nights which made it even more special. But what really made this a fantastic trip was our guides, Philip and Luís, who went above and beyond to make sure everyone was safe and enjoying themselves. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves dogs and nature. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you Holmen Huskies for your warm hospitality and a special thanks to Philip for all your enthusiasm, kindness, reassurance and good spirits.

    Vicky, February 2022

    An amazing experience, but could have done with more time sledding.

    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

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    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.

    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 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 over the night sky. The lodge also has a restaurant, bar, outdoor-jacuzzi and a 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 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 towards a nearby field and surrounding forest, as well as a skylight that covers most of the ceiling. There is only one Artic Dome available so you'll have to be quick as they are very popular! See optional extras for prices.

    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 Lavvo (tipi-style tent) 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.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    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

    Upgrade to Arctic Dome (For 2 people)

    Payable Before Departure

    Upgrade to Arctic Dome (For 2 people)

    Per Night

    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

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 50kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    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 uses a local family outfit called Tristi & Trina who have a lot of experience looking after the dogs and running a small scale sledding business in the local area. The dog's welfare has and always will be their top priority. The breed of dogs they work with is a polar type of dog 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 rest. 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.

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

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

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    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 specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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