A perfect first time tour

A base camp along the 50 kilometre long Altevatn is central in this tour. It will be the starting point for trips lasting one or more days, to the southern parts of Dividalen National Park and to the Norwegian-Swedish border area.

This base camp, is a modest cabin, that can be reached within one or two days dog sledding across Lake Altevatn – depending on the snow conditions. From here a number of more challenging tours can be arranged.

Other cabins can also be visited from here. The majestic mountains and the lower forests offer numerous possibilities. In addition, the lakes are great for ice fishing.

Participants may handle their own sled and dog team. That way, everyone has the responsibility to harness the dogs, feed them etc.

Before the tour starts, we give an extensive introduction to dog sledding. Soon the most important lessons are learned, and your skill will improve steadily during the tour.

To handle the dogs and the sledge is a main issue on each tour. The tour guide will lead the first team, and will be available to assist you whenever necessary.

For this tour there are no specific requirements for the participants.

This tour is designed as a pure beginners’ tour. Suitable for those who have little or no “outdoor experience” and do not have much athletic ability. Nevertheless, you need to be in good shape. It also makes this tour more enjoyable.

1. day
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Arrival at Bardufoss airport or Setermoen bus station. Here you will be picked up by your musher 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.)

2. day
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First, everyone is assigned their team so that dog and human can get to know each other.
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? 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.

3. day
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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.
Depending on the snow conditions and the mood of the participants, either a hut or a lavvo can be approached. The lavvu is the traditional tent of the Sami people. A stove in the middle and reindeer skins on the floor make for a traditional and cosy end to the day.

Day 4-6
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On these days, you can either aim for new huts about 20 kilometres away or go on day trips. The landscape offers all possibilities: From high mountains to wooded valleys to the ice of large and small lakes.

In the mountains, the interaction between man and dog is very intense. The dogs need to be helped, because they want to be encouraged and motivated to climb the mountain ranges. As a highlight, the heights offer good views of the surrounding landscape. To the west, south and north, the mountain ranges of the Norwegian mountains rise into the sky, while the flatter tundra and taiga towards the east is already on Swedish territory.

The valleys are forested with birch trees. Here you have to steer a little to avoid the trees. You can often see the tracks of various animals. The fox and the snow hare dominate. But the tracks of the lynx and wolverine also cross the valleys. The cackling of the ptarmigan can often be heard. They live in large groups and feed on the buds of the birch and willow bushes in the shelter of the mountain cuts. Now and then they fly up in front of the approaching sledges to settle down again not far away.

The lakes are covered with a metre-thick layer of ice. They are not very demanding from a technical point of view. The quiet progress on them allows you to enjoy the landscape and the husky team to the fullest.

Challenges abound and can be adapted to the needs of the group.
Snowshoe excursions or fishing luck can also be tried out.

7. day
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The dogs quickly realise that it’s time to go home and put on their harnesses once more. After a few hours we reach the small settlement of Innset and the warm shower. But before that, the dogs have to be unharnessed and the sledges unloaded.

The day ends with a warm dinner. Here, Norwegian cuisine will prove that it has something else to offer than “Smørebrød”.

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

PS: Due to bad weather conditions, significant snowfall or avalanche danger, the route may change. However, we have several alternative routes to choose from.

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 2024/2025
2025/01/09 - 2025/01/16 5+3 days Alexander Denk 3 Register