Life of a Dog Musher

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Northern Lights and Dog-sledding Holiday

The most rewarding dog-sledding experiences are built on trust and respect between musher and animal. This unique trip opens up the life of the dog musher to a privileged few. You’ll live as he does, helping to train the dogs and care for their everyday needs. In return you’ll be rewarded with incredible sledding experiences in a pristine winter wilderness and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights during your stay. 

This trip is a chance to learn about the Nordic philosophy of ‘friluftsliv’ - uncomplicated, everyday encounters in nature. 

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival at Alta Airport. Transfer pickups will be at Alta airport and city. On arrival at the camp you'll have a thorough briefing session with your guide and host. You will become acquainted with the accommodation and husky farm as well as the rota for helping out with the husky dogs. The dogs will be excited to meet their new friends! You'll have a home cooked dinner before getting to know the rest of the group at leisure. Trine, the lead husky musher will tell you all about her life as a musher and the races she has completed. Wait to see if the Northern Lights appear in the night sky before enjoying a hot chocolate before bed. Retire to your cosy double room at the lodge, excited for the days ahead.

Staying at: Trasti and Trine Lodge



DAY 2:

Under the watchful eye of your host, you'll learn about the husky dogs from the moment they awake and need breakfast to harnessing them up ready for dog-sledding. You'll learn their names and will be assigned your own team. You'll quickly get to know the individual characters of all the dogs. You will be shown some basic techniques and put them into action on the sleds. In the morning you’ll go on a short introduction ride sharing sleds. You'll make sure the dogs are happy and healthy as they go on their way. Returning in the afternoon, you'll help settle the dogs down and if it's your turn, feed them their supper. This afternoon is free for you to relax, enjoying some time in the warmth of the sauna, in front of the fire or braving the cold for a walk along one of the established trails. You'll share experiences with the rest of the group around the dinner table. Expect to taste local delicacies from the Finnmark mountain plateau and nearby arctic seas.

DAY 3:

Today you’ll get ready for the overnight dog-sledding expedition – understanding the dogs’ needs and how to pack for an adventure. When all is ready, you’ll set off with your guide into the mountains on an adventure you’ll never forget. With your own team of dogs you’ll navigate them through forests and valleys. Your experience will be unparalleled as you learn from your master and the dogs will get to know you better. Finally you’ll reach a place to camp for the night. Feeding the dogs and preparing your own meal will be the priority before settling down for the night in your tent.

DAY 4:

The final full day in the sleds and it’ll be time to make your way back to the husky farm, a journey which will occupy most of the day. After returning to base, you’ll back up the equipment and settle the dogs for one last time. Enjoy your final meal at the lodge, reflecting on your time in the arctic wilderness.

DAY 5:

In the morning, you’ll return to Alta ready for your onward travel plans. If you wish we can arrange an extension at Sorrisniva Igloo Ice hotel nearby or a stay in the city of Alta where further Arctic adventures await. Please note the itinerary may differ from that above. The maximum group size is 8 guests.

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
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 over five days with long dog sled journeys on the Finnmark Plateau. Because you will have built a mutual respect with the husky dogs living as a musher, you’ll enjoy the most rewarding dog sledding possible for yourself and the animals.
You’ll be sleeping in the cosy lodge for three nights and in a tent in the wilderness for one night. During this time you'll learn how to live successfully in cold conditions under the guidance of Norwegian husky musher Trine Lyrek.

DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
You’ll be staying at the lodge on a husky farm for three of the four nights of the trip. Accommodation will be in double rooms, with the choice of shared or private bathrooms, supplements apply. For the third night of the trip, accommodation will be in a wilderness tent. At night you’ll be warmed by the heat of the fire as well as thick Arctic sleeping bags and optional reindeer hides. A camp fire will never be far away where you’ll keep warm, chat with others and cook dinner. You’ll be asked to help out with cooking and tending to the dogs throughout the trip, but you’ll also have time to sit and contemplate, and to get to know your compatriots. Life at the husky farm and camp will be relaxed and supportive. You’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. You may add an extra night in Alta at the end of the trip. We will help advise you on how to extend your stay in the Arctic.

LOCATION AND PRACTICALITIES
The husky farm is located about thirty minute’s drive from the Arctic city of Alta. At 70 degrees North, the husky farm is in 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 Alta to join the trip on day one. Your arrival time should be no later than 17:00. Airport and city pickups are included at allotted times. Flight schedules (if needed) and detailed instructions will be provided.

PRICE

From £1495 per person (excluding flights)

£1495.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,719 EUR | 1,958 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.

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Price Includes

  • Three nights in double room at lodge
  • Breakfast and dinner at lodge
  • One night stay in wilderness tent
  • All meals on overnight husky expedition
  • Guides (English speaking) 
  • Warm outer clothing including overall, boots and mittens


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration  

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Mandatory travel insurance 
  • Tips and incidental spend 

Additional Info

DATES

This trip has fixed departure dates

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Alta (ALF)

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