Life of a Dog Musher Easter Expedition
This enchanting week in Arctic Norway will give you a unique insight into life with husky dogs led by a practising dog musher. You’ll be part of his team caring for the dogs as you help them train, build their trust and earn their respect. In return you’ll be rewarded with incredible sledding experiences in a pristine winter wilderness and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. This trip is a one-off chance to learn about the Nordic philosophy of ‘friluftsliv’ - uncomplicated, everyday encounters in nature. PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK FOR 2013/14 DEPARTURES: http://www.magneticnorthtravel.com/tour/details/life-of-a-dog-musher-northern-lights-dog-sledding-expedition-holiday
• Dog-sledding and tending
• Camping in lavvo tents
• Snow shoeing
• Cabin life in Norway
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LIFE OF A DOG MUSHER
26 March – 1 April 2013 - BOOK YOUR PLACE
ABOUT THE CAMP
Husky dogs are working animals and have a year round training programme so they can compete with professional dog mushers. Their strict routine keeps them safe, contented and able to triumph on race day. Behind them is a man or woman who cannot achieve success and reward without dedication to their animals – day in, day out. Theirs is a life rooted in nature based on a symbiotic relationship between man and dog.
This trip offers the chance to be close to this routine for one week with long dog sled journeys in the Dividalen National Park. Because you will have built a mutual respect with the husky dogs living as a musher, you’ll enjoy the right conditions for the most rewarding dog sledding possible for yourself and the animals.
You’ll be sleeping in a lavvo tent and learning how to live successfully in cold conditions under the guidance of Norwegian husky musher Stian and his partner. Traditions and modern living go hand in hand at our camp. We believe in mixing them up to help people understand what it is to be human, now, and to explore what the future holds and why the Norwegians strive to protect their natural resources. We’ll use snow shoes and skis to move through deep snow. These are ancient techniques that have helped Arctic people survive.
A dog musher lifestyle isn’t always easy. So your ability to adapt to this setting will be both your challenge and reward.
You’ll need to be comfortable with the idea of staying in a large Sami lavvo tent or cabin with up to 12 other guests. A camp fire will never be far away where we’ll keep warm, chat with others and cook our meals. At night we’ll be warmed by the heat of the fire as well as thick Arctic sleeping bags and reindeer hides. You’ll be asked to help out with cooking and tending to the dogs, but you’ll also have time to sit and contemplate, and to get to know your compatriots. Life in the camp will be relaxed and supportive. We’ll need time to absorb the atmosphere and to stare at the skies. If luck is with us, the Aurora Borealis may show her colours at night. A warm cabin is available at all times for meals and socialising. The final night of the trip will be in the city of Tromsø where we’ll have time to re-acclimatize before departing the following day. However the last night isn’t mandatory and of course, you are free to go on your onward journey.
LOCATION AND PRACTICALITIES
The Camp is located about one and a half hour’s drive from the Arctic city of Tromsø in Dividalen National Park. At 69 degrees North, the park is a real wilderness zone with steep peaks and wooded valleys. Here appearances of the Northern Lights are plentiful, benefiting from its location within the Aurora belt and no light pollution from the city.
You’ll need to fly to Tromsø or Bardufoss and join the Camp on the 26 March 2013. Airport or city pickups are included at allotted times. Flight schedules (if needed) and detailed instructions will be provided.
You will be led by a local qualified guide who runs the busy dog-kennel and teaches Friluftsliv and dog-sledding for his job. He also has a team of assistants.
Price: £1045 per person excluding flights.
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26 March - 1 April 2013
Winter Northern Lights
Number of nights:6
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Bespoke trips for groups are available - please enquire for more details.