North Adventure

AI10: Dogsledding Along the Alta River

Dogsledding Along the Alta River

Quick Facts

Available: December 15 - April 15
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Times: 10:00 - 12:30

Group Size: No size restrictions
Intensity: Moderate
Price: Adults: 1450,-
Children 12/under: 625,-

Enjoy a short and scenic tour through the Alta Valley to a local husky dog centre operated by a veteran dog musher. You'll be outfitted on arrival at Holmen Husky with extra winter clothing if needed, and taken to meet your guides and dog team. Your guide will give you instructions on how to control the sled and dogs. You will travel in pairs - one seated on reindeer skins in the sled, and one driver. You can switch places halfway through, and if you don't want to drive at all, no problem! We will drive for you.

You'll journey along the Alta River and through the nearby forest - keep an eye out for the mighty moose as you go! Back at the kennel again, you'll have a chance to get plenty of dog hugs and kisses, and take pictures of your new friends. We will have something warm to drink waiting for you inside our big lavvo, and your hosts will join you to answer questions and talk about life in the arctic as a dog musher and breeder. Alta is an important locale for the sport of dogsled racing as Finnmarksløpet, Europe's longest (and the world's second-longest) race, starts and ends right downtown.

The tour includes transport to and from Alta city center, extra clothing if needed, instructions on handling a dogsled, the tour itself, a hot beverage and conversation, and time to take pictures and get dog hugs. Lunch may be booked for an extra charge.

The dogs are chained to kennels in the dog yard when they are not pulling a sled. They are working dogs but are very friendly. If you would like to visit with them, you are welcome to do so but keep in mind that you'll also be visiting with muddy paws! If you are uncomfortable around dogs, then please keep your distance from the yard. Handling a dogsled is a moderately physical activity, and you should have good enough physical condition that you can stand on one leg and control the sled for an extended period.