Adventure week 8 days
An interesting week with sleddogs and other adventure experience
Engholm Husky design lodge outside Karasjok - in the heart of the Sámi culture is your base the first four days. The program incl. 1 daytrip with the sled dogs and 1 day trip with snomobile to a traditional sami reindeer herder with their reindeer herd on the plateu. 1 day for your own disposition for interesting activities. 3 days sled dog tour. On the tour, we overnight in Engholm Husky wilderness camp. Cosy and warm basecamp tent, hidden in the wilderness. Alternative we take other route and overnight in a mountain cabin on Finnmarks plateau. (Depending on weather conditions and time of year).
A reasonable level of fitness, concentration and a sense of balance are the key attributes needed. You will have your "own" sled and responsible for 4 -6 dogs. For participants who have experience with dog sledding, it is common to drive single dog team. With participants without previous experience of dog sledding, we normal start out the first day to driving a tandem team with 2 sleds and 8 - 10 dogs. You share a dog team with a partner or the guide. The guide and participants decide together whether it is best with double or single team. It is very easy to disconnect the sleds from each other so that there will be two single teams. 25-50km per day.
Day 1: Program start with dinner at 19.00. Then your guide will give all information regarding the program.
Day 2: The morning is spent provision of snowsuits, boots etc. Organizing the teams of huskies and learning the basics of caring for your team and driving the sleds. After an introduction in dogsledding you will have your "own" team of 4-6 dogs. On the daytrip we will drive in varied terrain, and we will stop for a lunch break around an open fire. Close-up nature impressions together with a guide, who likes to share his knowledge and admiration of nature and outdoor-life with you.
Day 3 This day will be memorable. We travel beyond the beaten tracks by snowmobile to a winter settlement for Sámi reindeer herders who pursue their livelihood here on the winter pasture. You will be picked up 10.00 at Engholm Husky lodge by the herder with his snow mobile and transported in the sled to the herd. We may spend the day together with them and join their daily life with their reindeers and get insight in their way of living and herding. This adventure is a unique privilege made available for few by a Sámi family from Karasjok.
Day 4: Is to your own disposition for interesting activities. There is always a lot happening on our farm, puppies are learning to socialize. Many interesting books can be read in the "Dogmusher library". Smaller tours can be ventured upon alone if desired: Snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, tour with our kicksleds or walking. You can book a extra sled dog tour. Local handicrafts and shops can be found at the local Sámi village. The National Sámi Museum, guided tour at Norwegian Sami parliament, Sami art gallery, Sápmi theme park and the local knife smith are also worth visiting.
Day 5 - 7 Checking that mushers are matched with their teams of huskies. We start out on a 3 days tour. By now you and the huskies have usually got to know each other’s ways. After a steep climb up to the mountain plateau we are mushing over a hilly stretch, crossing lakes, marshes. We spent the nights at our wilderness camp. Cosy and warm basecamp tent, hidden in the wilderness. Alternative we take other route and overnight in a mountain cabin on Finnmarks plateau. (Depending on weather conditions and time of year).
The area we are dogsledding through, is a winter pasture for reindeers. We may meet the native reindeer herders - the Sámi - in their daily life on their winter pastures.
A long stretch back to Engholm Husky lodge through a variety of beautiful landscape. If we are lucky, we may see moose, as it usually stays in the valley during wintertime. Dinner gathered in the warm atmosphere is waiting for us at Engholm Husky Lodge. We have a cosy wood heated sauna and outdoor hot tub ready on request for those temted! Maybe with northern lights above.
(We take reservations about change in the order of the days)
Day 8: The program end at breakfast. It's worth considering whether to stay some extra days for interesting activities as lodge guest before and after the tour.