North Adventure

AI11: Dogsledding in Wonderful Winter Light

Dogsledding in Wonderful Winter Light

Quick Facts

Available: December 15 - April 15
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Times: 16:00 - 18:30

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

Enjoy a short afternoon drive outside Alta 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 as the dimming light of an arctic afternoon gives way to night. Headlamp torches will help navigation if the afternoon or moon's light is not enough. As you travel, think of the dog mushers racing through the wilderness at night during Finnmarksløpet, Europe's longest race at 1000 km that takes participants from Alta nearly to the border of Russia and back again. When you return to the kennel, 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 tent, and your hosts will join you to answer questions and talk about life in the arctic as a dog musher and breeder.

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. For an extra-special experience, don't just head back to Alta right away; instead, stay the night at Holmen Husky in one of their special woodstove-heated lavvo tents. View details on the overnight stay here (this is a separate experience at 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.