Tour dates 2012
Because of the great interest, we already worked out some of the tour dates for 2012. Please see our web site: tour dates 2012.
This is not the final schedule of tour dates. During March and April, we will publish even more tour dates on the web site, especially for the tours „Dividal kompakt“ and „Huskycamp Altevatn“.
If you already have in mind a special tour or special tour dates, we recommend to book as long as there are available places.
New Expedition "North"
We offer a new dog sledding expedition 2011.
Five participants, their guide and 45 huskies – pulling all the equipment and supplies – will be on a two weeks´ expedition to the northernmost point of Sweden travelling through the area North of Kiruna and the Dividal Nationalpark in Norway.
The sleds will be heavy, the tour will be challenging. Mainly we will be riding our sleds through an area of pure and unspoiled nature which is not developed for travellers. We are on our own!
More information about this long expedition you will find here.
Fair prices for flights from London (Gatwick)
The Norwegian Airline www.norwegian.no offers a direct flight from London to Tromsø for a rather fair price. The flights are going every Tuesday and Saturday.
If you book early you might get a flight for only Euro 130,—.
From Tromsø you reach Setermoen by bus, driving along the amazing coastline for about 3 hours.
We will pick you up at Setermoen bus station (30 minutes to the Huskyfarm).
The marking of the reindeer …
… at the beginning of the summer was, as usual, a spectacular event. Both north and south of Lake Altevatn the Sámi gathered thousands of reindeer to mark the two month old calves with the earmark of the owner.
The Saarivuoma Sámi gather their herd closest to Innset and are very active around here this summer. The area North of Lake Altevatn was used by them as grazing ground for their reindeer in hundreds of years before a contract with the Norwegian government did not allow that any longer. They lost the area as grazing ground between Dividal National park and the rivers Barduelva and Målselva in 1972 because of that contract.
For the Sámi reindeer owners did that mean a lot of work for the next 30 years because they did not only loose ground but also natural borders like the two rivers. Because of the contract they only had artificial border lines which existed on the paper but were useless in connection with reindeer. The animals follow their instincts and that means that they are going west in the summer, no matter if there exists a contract or not. The Sámi had to drive and keep them back with great effort.
The contract ended in 2006 and since then the Saarivuoma Sámi are fighting to get their original grounds back. And they do have a good chance to succeed. They argue that with the end of the contract the old agreements from 1751 become effective again which means that the Saarivuoma will get this area back as grazing ground. It seems like the law is on their side.
Around all this there was a lot of activity and the Saarivuoma Sámi used the Huskyfarm as a kind of “base camp” while working in the mountains with their reindeer and, at the same time, organizing demonstrations to make their point of view understandable. In return they invited us and the people who at that time visited the Huskyfarm to participate in the marking of the reindeer.