This adventure is the innovation of Sven Engholm, one of the most experienced mushers in all of Scandinavia. Sven has some pretty impressive credentials as an 11 time winner of the Finnmarkslopet, the longest dog sled race in Europe, in addition to being a top ten finisher in the famous Iditarod, an epic 1800km North American mushing race. You really couldn’t be in more experienced hands.
Karasjok is truly dedicated to the art of dog sledding. The huskies are the main form of transport and Sven and his dedicated team will endeavour to instil in you, their passion for mushing during the course of your stay.
This trip is one of the most popular dog sledding trips that we offer as it offers a genuine, authentic wilderness experience and an epic adventure in a short space of time. You will be spending three days and two nights on the trail and your team of enthusiastic dogs will lead you through the wilderness, covering 25km to 50km a day.
On your journey you will encounter breathtaking scenery whilst traversing hills and crossing lakes and frozen marshland. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the way as you are likely to see reindeer and moose in their natural habitat in this far flung corner of the world.
Suitable for anybody aged 18 years or over.
"Sven Engholm is one of the most renowned mushers in the business, enjoying an almost legendary status in this corner of the world! On this trip, the dogs are the absolute main focus and you will be led by your own team through the vast Norwegian wilderness exploring the untouched Arctic. There are few experiences in your life that can compare to this." Barry Nolan
Day 1: Flights, transfers and introduction
This trip is the perfect opportunity to experience authentic wilderness in a short space of time. Flights will be into Ivalo in Finland which will be followed by a taxi transfer to Karasjok Basecamp in Norway (the transfer will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours).
There will be a welcome meeting upon arrival with your guide who will discuss all the details of the days to come and dinner will be served at the lodge.
Day 2: Preparation and departure
Today you will spend your morning preparing for your two nights in the wilderness of Norwegian Lapland. You will meet with the team of dogs you will be driving in the days ahead. Your team will have up to six dogs that will be chosen depending on the guide’s assessment of your ability to handle and drive the sled and the likely conditions on the track. The guides will always reserve the right to make the final decision on a guest’s capability to handle their own team of dogs. You may be asked to ride in tandem initially and then progress from there.
Your sleds will be carefully packed and prepared and then your safari will begin! As you depart the husky farm you will almost immediately encounter a hilly stretch, providing an early opportunity for you to earn the respect and confidence of your team. The dogs can be helped by you pushing off with your feet against the upward slopes and you are sure to feel a sense of satisfaction as the dogs increase their efforts as a response to your helpful assistance.
En-route to your accommodation you will cross lakes and frozen marshland allowing you to see this vast winter landscape at its very best. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be remote wilderness cabins. Given the terrain this far north and the varied elements you may encounter, the wilderness cabins will be selected dependent upon the weather and trail conditions. The quality of the wilderness cabins can vary slightly, but as soon as the fire is blazing and the group works as a team to prepare a delicious dinner, you will begin to truly appreciate the enjoyment of being so far from any kind of civilisation.
Days 3 and 4: Wilderness husky safari
During your safari, the trail is kept flexible and your guide will select the best route based on local weather conditions. It may be that you spend more than one night in the same camp/cabin, allowing you to pack light and potentially cover greater distances. Lunches each day will be cooked over an open fire.
When on the trail be sure to look out for signs of wildlife throughout. This region provides an important winter pasture for the reindeers of the Sámi herder, so you are very likely to see herds making their way across the land. The guides are all very keen to share their admiration and knowledge of wildlife and outdoor living with you so feel free to ask them lots of questions.
There are few experiences that can compare to mushing your own team of dogs across this beautiful snow-laden landscape. As you travel further into the wilderness, the only sounds you are likely to hear are the gentle swish of the runners of the sled and the padding of eager paws on snow allowing you to really appreciate your unique and memorable surroundings.
After two days exploring your expansive surroundings you will spend a second night in the wilds before the long mush back to Basecamp. The route back is known for sightings of wild moose, so be sure to keep an eye out for these magnificent beasts. Upon your return to Basecamp, a farewell dinner will await. This is the ideal opportunity to say a relaxed goodbye to your surroundings and reminisce with the group about the exciting adventures you have shared.
Day 5: Departure
Today you will head to the airport for your flights home.