A challenging mountain tour

After picking you up at the airport or bus station and after a first overnight accommodation in Innset, we begin with a thorough briefing into the art of dog sledding, a check of the equipment and the preparation of the tour.

On the third day the expedition starts at the edge of the national park. We ride the dog sleds partly along snow scooter tracks, and partly on fresh snow. In the national park, pure nature awaits you. In the first part of winter, tracks from foxes, elk, lynx, and glutton (wolverine), and sometimes even wolves, may be traced.

The mountains’ diversity and unpredictable snow conditions make it necessary to require good physical shape from the participants on this tour. The route will be adapted to the given conditions. This is the real way to go dog sledding!

Cabins will be available along the path, but sometimes the weather may cause us to sleep in tents. The tour will somtimes cross the Swedish border.

Each participant, who wishes, may ride his or her own sled and will be responsible for a dog team. Through the close co-operation between human and animal, there is no doubt this tour will be a real experience.

Dog sledding proves to be quite easy to learn. The tour guide will assist you along the way. After some 250 kilometres of the outdoors the expedition returns to Innset.

This tour is also designed for beginners. Keep in mind that dog sledding is more demanding than a city walk. However, an average level of physical fitness is sufficient, such as is necessary for bicycle tours in low mountain terrain. Very important is the ability to adapt to adverse weather and snow conditions. Energetic tackling, tolerance and endurance are very advantageous qualities.

On this tour, a large circle is drawn in several stages, the extent of which depends on the ideas and possibilities of the participants and the snow and weather conditions.

Day 1
Arrival at Bardufoss airport or Setermoen bus station. mehr ...

Here you will be picked up by your guide and taken either to Björn and Regina’s husky farm Innset or to Jan and Ane’s husky farm – depending on who your guide is. At the respective husky farm you will be greeted by the four-legged participants of the tour and a cabin/guest house with all comforts such as shower, kitchen, etc. The first details of the tour are discussed over dinner.

(Of course, you can also arrive a few days earlier. This gives more time for fun in the snow: meeting huskies, snowshoeing or skiing on your own, trying out “Snørrekjøring”, relaxing in the sauna, acclimatising.)

Day 3
This day is used completely for the preparations of the expedition. First, everyone is assigned their team so that dog and human can get to know each other. mehr ...

Then it’s time for instruction in the art of dog sledding. The aim is to enable each participant to handle the dogs and the sledge as independently as possible.

All questions will be dealt with: Which dog goes where? What are all the leashes for? What do I do if I fall over, etc.? The harnessing and leashing of the dogs is practised and a small yard round with a complete team gives first impressions of the fun to be expected.

Another important point is the equipment. Here, the participants’ equipment is thoroughly checked for suitability and missing items are added. The participants’ equipment should be able to cope with all conditions. In order to guarantee this, we can also fall back on our extensive equipment warehouse.
A look at the map will give you an approximate idea of how the tour will proceed.

Day 3
Today the sledges are packed, the dogs harnessed and the starting lines loosened. mehr ...

Now, at last, the adventure begins, which at first consists only of white landscape flying by and a pack of extremely eager dogs.
However, the four-legged friends quickly come to a calmer wolf trot – the holiday can begin.

In order not to make the beginning too difficult, the stage runs on the ice of Lake Altevatn. No great driving or steering skills are needed here.

After only three to four hours, the first stage comes to an end. A lavvu – the traditional tent of the Sami people – invites you to spend the night in a small birch forest. A stove in the middle and reindeer skins on the floor provide a traditional and cosy end to the day.

Day 4
The fourth day leads through the birch-covered "Great Valley" of Rohkunborri National Park. mehr ...

The snow that is blown down from the mountains around often collects here. This gives this valley a fairytale atmosphere. Only the tracks of fox but also the lynx or the wolverine remind us that we are not completely alone here.

Either the group sets its sights on a small hut at Lake Altevatn as the end of the stage or returns to the lavvu.

Day 5
Heading east, the small caravan sets off again. mehr ...

The mountains stand out from the horizon like silhouettes and the clear sky is painted in dark blue to orange-red gradients.

The mountains belong to the sledders, because at this time of year you very rarely meet other people. 20 kilometres before the Swedish border is the next cabin, which is not very spacious, but it gets up to temperature all the faster for it.

Day 6
While the 5+3 day tour has reached its furthest point here, the coming days on the 8+3 day tour lead into the mountains on the edge of the Dividal National Park. mehr ...

Here, a little more effort is then required from the participants.

During steep ascents, the dogs must be helped more than before. However, it is usually enough to roll along with the sled while standing or to jump off the sled in order to reduce the weight of the sled. All this does not require any special physical condition – but it sometimes makes life easier!

Day 7
After an overnight stay in a small log cabin, the journey continues westwards. mehr ...

A swampy plain is crossed, but thanks to the months of frost that preceded it, it only reveals itself as such to the initiated. The mire is frozen metres thick and the mosquitoes are also waiting – thank goodness – for warmer weather.

The scattered birch trees are slowly turning into forest. If fresh snow has not fallen overnight, numerous tracks in the snow here bear witness to the fact that not all the animals are hibernating. Ptarmigans fly up, a snow hare flees from a supposed pack of wolves and the raucous cawing of ravens and magpies reveals from afar where the fallen game lies.

A steep descent through dense forest has to be mastered. This requires concentration and the courageous use of body weight and brakes. But the musher drives ahead with his lead dog, which already has a lot of practice in dense forest. On command, the dog has to take the largest opening between the trees so that the sledges don’t get stuck in the forest.

This stage to the hut does not take more than three or four hours.

Day 8
This day lends itself as a rest day mehr ...

Provided it is desired. Especially when the sky is not cloudy, the photographer has a good chance of capturing the northern lights. But also the snowshoes can be tried out on this day to climb one or the other hill.

Day 9
Perhaps cloudless skies and a little moonlight will make a night drive possible mehr ...

This leads to the next and last hut. As we are again on the ice of Altevatn, this stage is not particularly difficult.

A moon ride has its special charms, resulting from the unique light, the starry sky and the shadows of people and animals on the snow.

Day 10
After a short forest drive, the ice of Lake Altevatn can be felt under the skids again mehr ...

The dogs quickly realise that they are heading for the dog kennels and pick up the pace. That’s why the shower and the sauna in Innset don’t have to wait long for the participants. But before that, the dogs have to be unharnessed and the sledges unloaded.

A warm dinner concludes the day. Here, Norwegian cuisine will prove that it has something to offer other than “Smørebrød”.

Day 11
The farewell to the dogs mehr ...

Breakfast, farewell to the dogs and transfer to the departure points.

Due to bad weather conditions, significant snowfall or avalanche danger, the route may change. However, we have several alternative routes to choose from.
It may also be necessary to spend one or more nights in tents if snow conditions make progress very difficult.

The tent is heated with paraffin cookers and lamps and reindeer skins as a sleeping surface provide a thoroughly cosy and warm atmosphere.

Please be sure to read the Dog Sled ABC!

What you should bring …

Below we have made a list of all equipment proven suitable during a stay in the winter. You should not bring much more, since a dog’s carrying capacity is not unlimited.

Before the tour starts, we will conduct a thorough check of the equipment to see that all necessary items are at hand, and, whether or not any excess stuff may be deposited at Innset. Your personal equipment shall be packed in a large sack and placed on the sledge. Therefore, you do not need to bring with you a big rucksack. It may prove better to divide it into two or three smaller packages.

Requirement list

  • Backpack or bag
  • Sleeping bag that can resist minus 30° C – or a regular sleeping bag that can be combined with one of our over-cover sleeping bags (that can be wrapped around yours)
  • Sleeping mat (width: max. 55 cm)
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer of wool (ski-shirts)
  • 1 pair of thin long johns (ski underpants)
  • 1 pair of thick long johns (wool or fleece)
  • 2 or 3 shirts or thin sweaters
  • 1 thick sweater
  • 1 even thicker sweater (wool or fleece)
  • 1 pair of trousers
  • 4 pairs of socks in different wool thickness
  • 1 pair of windbreaker pants/skiing pants
  • Windbreaker jacket with hood
  • 1 pair of thick windbreaker gloves
  • 1 pair of gloves to use when the dogs are being tied to or unfastened from the sled
  • 1 balaclava or something to cover your face in
  • 1 pair of really warm boots, like “Sorel Big Horn” (or better), including 2 pairs of thick socks (Can be provided by us)
  • Gaiters
  • 1 pair of shoes to use in the cabin
  • 1 or 2 winter-cap(s)
  • Sun (ski)glasses with UV filter
  • Sun protection with at least SPF 15 (in March) up to SPF 25 (April / May)
  • Sharp knife (sheath knife or pocket knife)
  • Unbreakable thermos flask (bottle)
  • Headlight with extra batteries. For rechargeable lamps: spare batteries and powerbank . If the battery is not replaceable: take 2 headlamps with you.
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • An extra pair of glasses for those who use them. The rim should not be of 100% synthetic material, since extremely low temperatures may deter use.
  • Earplug for a silent night

For those who wish, we lend free of charge: a warm overall, winter boots and an oversleeping bag, with which an autumn sleeping bag (to -5 °) becomes a super winter sleeping bag, a reindeer skin and snowshoes.
When buying and trying on the outer, windproof layer, it is essential to remember that with the number of sweaters and underpants worn, the body circumference increases significantly. Then the anorak and overtrousers must still fit light and airy and in no way restrict the freedom of movement.

The personal equipment (warming clothes, underwear for changing, sleeping bags, sleeping mat, headlamp + batteries, photo equipment, backpack or bag, etc.) minus the clothes you put on at about -10 degrees should not exceed the weight of 20 kg. That is, at -10 degrees you have a maximum of 20 kg of personal equipment on the sled.

Time Length Operator Available places
Saison 2023/2024
2024/02/01 - 2024/02/11 8+3 days Morten Klauer 0 Fully booked
2024/02/15 - 2024/02/25 8+3 days Alexander Denk 0 Fully booked
2024/03/12 - 2024/03/22 8+3 days Alexander Denk 0 Fully booked
2024/03/27 - 2024/04/06 8+3 days Morten Klauer 0 Fully booked
Saison 2024/2025
2025/02/21 - 2025/03/03 8+3 days Morten Klauer 3 Register
2025/03/05 - 2025/03/15 8+3 days Alexander Denk 0 Fully booked

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