Trekking with a husky

Endless vast valleys, intense colors, pure nature! It’s not just winter that has something to offer here in the far north. Summer and autumn can also provide an incredible nature experience.

The Øvre Dividal National Park is right on our doorstep. The hiking trails maintained by the Norwegian Trekking Association DNT are ideal for discovering the unimaginably magnificent nature of the Nordic mountains.
You can take one of our hard-working dogs with you on the tour. Especially uphill, the pulling dog is invaluable. And so we make our way through the landscape, spurred on by your joyfully working friend, and enjoy nature together with him.

This way of traveling creates a particularly close bond between four-legged and two-legged friends, as the human can concentrate all their attention on the dog. In contrast to a husky tour with a whole team, this enables a particularly intense, mutual working and trusting relationship.

This tour is not about setting new speed records. Rather, we will be traveling as a group in the mountains to feel nature. In the spirit of the Norwegian “Friluftsliv”, the aim is to feel as comfortable as possible in nature, without rushing, time pressure, or stress.
All stages can be customized as we are equipped with tents. This way we can adjust each route. The track through the national park is home to several mountain huts. That way we can find safe accommodation even in bad weather.
In September, the days start to get shorter again, but nature shows its most beautiful side once more and lets the mountains and trees shine in incomparable light and colors. A sight that is certainly not familiar from comparable mountain regions.

Regarding fitness: every participant should be athletic enough to carry a heavy rucksack for several days through mountainous terrain. The daily stages will probably be between 10 and 15 kilometers but can be adapted to suit the group.

1. Day
We pick you up from Bardufoss airport or Setermoen bus station mehr ...

At our husky farm, the four-legged and two-legged friends get to know each other, the course schedule is discussed, the equipment is checked and the day ends with a dinner in our restaurant.

2. Day
We set off from the Altevatn reservoir in a northerly direction. mehr ...

We familiarize ourselves with the dogs and run in a little. How fast can we move together? How do I attach the pull cord? How do I attach the harness to the rucksack? What is the best way to communicate? How do I help the dog?
In the first stage to Gaskashytta, we can try out a few things. There are still no major ascents to conquer.

The cozy Gaskashütte is tucked away in a birch grove in a side valley north of Lake Altevatn. A rustic, cast-iron stove provides cozy warmth.

In the evening, we discuss the rest of the tour, taking into account the weather conditions.

Day 3 to 8
What's next? mehr ...

The rest of the tour depends very much on the weather conditions. However, it also depends on the group dynamics, fitness level, and needs. We have great tour options:

The most challenging option takes us high into the mountains far above the tree line into the Øvre Dividal National Park and there to the Vuoma Hut. This hut, like the Gaskashytta, is part of the Border Trail and North Kalottleden network of long-distance hiking trails. These huts are not staffed. They offer 10 beds and are all very cozy. They are maintained voluntarily by the local hiking association Troms Turlag, which is a member of the national hiking association Den Norske Turistforeningen (DNT).

From here we continue through the Anjavassdalen valley, with its canyon and colorful birch forest, towards Dividalshytta. From there, the trail leads us further up into the treeless mountains. The play of colors of the red blueberry bushes can be particularly impressive here.

Via the Dærta hut, we will make our way towards the Rosta hut. The distances between the huts here can be up to 24 km. Such routes can be divided up and we look for a nice place to camp. There are always opportunities to get out if we make less progress than expected. If we quickly find a good dynamic as a group and the stages become longer, the route can be extended to any length. The route could also take us as far as the border triangle, but all the conditions would have to be right.

No matter where we end up after 8 days, a car will take us comfortably back to the farm, where we can end the tour relaxing in our small spa area.

9. Day
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the dogs. mehr ...

Afterwards, we can take you to the airport. If you would like to stay on the farm for a few more days, you are very welcome to do so. Prices for our various accommodations can be found on the website.

Equipment list for husky trekking

Below we have compiled a list of the necessary equipment that has proved its worth for us in the fall. All equipment must be carried independently. Bring less than you might think.
Before the tour, we will have a detailed check to add missing items or deposit any unnecessary items in Innset.

Personal luggage is stowed in the rucksack. A waterproof plastic bag inside or a suitable rain cover will keep your equipment dry.

The equipment:

The big four
  • Sleeping bag up to at least -5° comfort temperature
  • Sleeping mat
  • Backpack 60-75l
  • Tent (weatherproof tents from Nordic manufacturers such as Helsport and Hilleberg are preferable. Tents for several people can also be borrowed from us)
Clothes on the body
  • Underpants
  • Trekking pants
  • Shirt/shirt (preferably made of merino wool)
  • Sweater (functional fabric)
  • Hiking socks
  • Waterproof hiking boots, no running shoes
  • Hat + Sunprotection
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
Clothes in your rucksack
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Long underpants
  • Underpants
  • T-shirt/shirt to change into
  • Socks
  • Insulation jacket (down or synthetic insulation)
  • Light gloves
  • Clothes for sleeping or the hut
  • Scarf (buff)
  • Hut shoes such as Crocs or sports shoes that can also be used for fording rivers
  • Headlamp
  • Personal equipment such as cell phone, camera, etc.
  • Spoon
  • Drinking bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Bowl or container for food
  • Snacks
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Natural soap
  • Small towel
  • Personal medication
  • Blister plaster/sports tape
  • Rain cover backpack
  • Waterproof bags
  • Lighter/matches
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet kit
  • Gaiters
  • Camera equipment
  • Powerbank etc.
  • Small gas cooker
  • Small pot
  • Earplugs

The personal equipment excluding provisions and water should not exceed a weight of 10 kg. If you have any questions or are unsure about your equipment, do not hesitate to contact us.