The ultimate dog sled experience for intrepid adventurers.
As long-distance dog sled racers, your guides Tove and Torkil depend on close cooperation with their husky teams. During their races, they often have to withstand snowstorms far out in the arctic Tundra and trust their dogs to find the way. This special partnership between human and animal is something you can only experience on long-distance dog sled expeditions while working and living/camping together with with your Husky team.
Together with experienced guides you drive your own team of huskies for five days while camping in tents. Start will be in “Signaldalen” in Storfjord region, the destination will depend on the snow and weather conditions at the time. You have to be ready for long days, sleeping in tents, and hard work to join this trip. But you will make an experience for life while traversing a unique nature and can call yourself a musher when you finish. You will also pass through terrain with many ice covered lakes with prime ice fishing conditions, you will bring ice fishing equipment and hopefully catch our own dinner some days.
Approximate Activity Schedule -
Arrival in Tromsø. Be picked up either in the airport or at your hotel. After 25 minutes you arrive at Tromsø Villmarkssenter where the guides and 300 Alaskan huskies are waiting for you. You will get a full introduction to dog sledding and camping, and you will meet your four legged-coworkers who will be with you on the journey through the Lappland. The night will be on reindeer skins in a sami tent.
After a early breakfast you pack the equipment, sledges, the dogs on to cars and drive towards Signaldalen (start and end point for the expedition) in Norway. The trip takes approximately 2 hours. Here you will prepare your husky team and start the expedition heading towards the border regions. Today’s stage is the most physically challenging so it’s very important that you take your part in the husky team. You need to push the sled up hills and encourage your four legged co-workers. When you arrive at today’s camp you take the harness off the dogs and give them food before you set up our own camp. This will be the routine every evening! You are now ready for your first night in the wilderness!
After a good nights sleep you have breakfast in the tent before you take the camp down, pack the gear in our sledges, put harness on the dogs and go towards the border. You are now in a area with high mountains and the route will be decided depending on the weather, snow conditions and technical skill of the participants. This area is known as the Lapplands and is home to many herds of reindeer. You cross the border and settle down in Sweden or Finland.
Today’s terrain is high mountain driving and it´s very important that your remember to put on sunscreen! Even though the sun is not shinning it´s a big chance that you will get burned. We pass a lot of big lakes known for its fishing, and the camp will be by a fishing camp. A place with small surprises.
This stages starts in the high mountains, but after a while you come into the woodlands and get challenging and technical dog sledding. You drive with very close to the Finish border and will settle down either on the Swedish or Finish side depending on the weather and snow conditions.
This day starts with many flat parts along a portion of lakes. You will have a lunch stop where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet before you start a tough climb before heading down a steep descent. Some nice kilometers and you are at the end of the expedition where the cars wait to bring us back to the civilization. You will arrive in Tromsø during the evening and you can choose to check in at a hotel or sleep in the sami tent at our centre. The day to day program listed above is a regular expedition. Because of unpredictable weather and snow conditions you might have to change the route during the expedition. The expedition leader will decide this.