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Husky Safari Log Cabins Northern Lights Snow Mobiling
Included in the price...
  • Duration: 6 nights
  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Ivalo (via Helsinki) (flight routes subject to change)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation in a cabin
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Our expert local guides
  • The following activities and equipment ARE included in the price; Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, ice fishing, husky sledding, Northern Lights safari and visit to a Sámi reindeer herder (the order of activities is subject to change)

This brilliant six night adventure in Karasjok has been designed to offer some unforgettable experiences in the remote wilderness of Northern Norway, a sparse, beautiful region that is the ideal base for thrilling arctic activities and one of the best places in the world to potentially witness the Northern Lights.

Karasjok is located in the country of Finnmark, Norway’s largest but least densely populated county. This ensures vast and endless scenery, and a tiny population of people who are often outnumbered by roaming reindeer. This remote region is not only the ideal backdrop to an arctic adventure but is a place immersed in centuries old Sámi culture ensuring that a trip here will give you an insight into their culture, traditions and history.

Your base for the trip is the delightful Engholm Husky Lodge which has been lovingly crafted by the famed dog musher, Sven Engholm. You will stay in one of the cabins here which have been crafted and furnished with locally sourced materials. With only eight cabins available only a privileged few will get to stay in such a unique spot.

Activities you will enjoy during your stay have all been designed to allow you a wonderful insight into the people, landscapes and animals of Northern Norway. You will explore the region via snowshoe, snowmobile and husky sled and also try your hand at ice fishing. A highlight of this trip is also spending time with a local reindeer herder which will give you an informative insight into the culture and traditions of this Sámi livelihood.

The latitude of Karasjok and its position far above the Arctic Circle also makes it the ideal spot for seeking out the Aurora and your trip will also include a Northern Light hike to a remote location with ideal views of the endless arctic sky.

Suitable for

Anyone 18 years and over. 

Karasjok Log Cabins and Husky Farm

Nestled in the woodlands just 6km from Karasjok (the Sámi capital) is the base for some of the best dog sledding safaris in the world. To cap it all, we work with the acknowledged “Master” of Scandinavian mushing.

Hotel facilities
The site combines some unique log cabins and a husky farm that is home to approximately 50 sled dogs. It’s a very special place and, with only eight cabins, one that only a few people are privileged enough to enjoy. Each log cabin has been individually designed to combine comfort with traditional Sámi decor.

Here’s a measure of the effort that has gone into each. When out mushing, your host sees a piece of wood that would make a coat hanger, a shelf, a lampstand, anything really. He uses his GPS to pinpoint its location and then picks it up next time he’s passing and fashions it into something both useful and remarkable. Lampshades made from bird feathers, comfy seats and dining tables hanging by ropes from the ceiling, reindeer skin stool covers and much, much more. Everywhere you look there is something that reflects living here in the Arctic.

Room types

Each handbuilt cabin has sleeping facilities for between two and six people with some having a lounge area, a kitchenette and most, a log fireplace, shower and toilet. Cabins are allocated on a first come, first served basis so book early if you prefer to not share washing facilities. Your meals are taken in the main building and there is a sauna and an outdoor hot tub with a lovely scenic view.

Day 1: Flights, arrival and introduction
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation at Engholm Husky Lodge. The journey here will take you through the stark and windswept landscape of Finnmark County which will provide a scenic backdrop to your arctic adventure.

At the Lodge there will be time for you to check in and explore your accommodation before enjoying a welcome dinner with the group. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some delicious Norwegian cuisine whilst getting to know the travellers you will be sharing your adventures with.

After dinner the guide will discuss the upcoming itinerary with you, answer any questions you may have and also equip you with the cold weather clothing that is necessary for the arctic climate.

Day 2: Free day
Your first day in Northern Norway has been left free for you to settle into your new found surroundings. This will give you the perfect opportunity to explore your accommodation – you can go and meet the huskies or take a walk through the surrounding wilderness.

If you wish to be a bit more active then you can book extra activities such as snowmobiling or husky sledding through the Lodge. Should you find you have the time, we would also suggest taking a walk into the main village of Karasjok which acts as the Sámi capital in the region. In the village you can tour the Sámi parliament building, and also purchase Sámi arts and handicrafts.

Day 3: Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing and ice fishing
This morning there will be chance to explore your arctic surroundings in the daylight and enjoy the wonderfully crafted design and architecture of the Lodge before your first activity.

Depending on the conditions on the day, you will strap on either snowshoes or cross-country skis and head out to a nearby frozen lake where you will try your hand at ice fishing. Both snowshoes and cross-country skis have been utilised in this region for centuries and allow you to make the most of the areas of deep snow surrounding Karasjok.

When you have reached your destination, the guide will show you how to drill through the thick layer of ice to reach the cold water below, where hopefully the fish will be dwelling. Arctic Char are the most commonly caught fish here so fingers crossed you do manage to catch one! If not, this is still a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful way to sit back and take in the scenery.

Back at the Lodge there will be some free time in the afternoon before your dinner this evening.

Day 4: Husky sledding
Today you will explore the landscape via one of the region’s most enjoyed forms of transport - the husky sled.
The practice of utilising dogs to pull heavy loads dates back centuries across Scandinavia, but it has only grown recreationally over the last 50 years to become the popular activity that it is now. With your base being Engholm Husky Lodge you are at the prime location to learn more about this – the Lodge has the huskies on site and also a little dog mushing library to provide insight. Most importantly though, the hotel is owned and run by Sven Engholm, an 11 times winner of the famous Finnmarkslopet – Europe’s longest dog sled race.

At the husky farm you will meet your enthusiastic team and be shown how best to handle your sled. You will then set off with your eager team leading the way – travelling toward the mountain plateau where you will enjoy a campfire lunch against the backdrop of the wilderness scenery before heading back.

Day 5: Free day and Northern Lights hike
This day has been left free for you to create your own itinerary. You may want to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the Lodge or perhaps wander over to the husky farm where you can spend some time with the dogs. As with the previous free day you can also book additional activities through the Lodge or explore the Sámi region of Karasjok.

After dinner tonight you will set out on a hike of the surrounding region to hopefully seek out the Northern Lights in all their glory. The hike will cover around 1.5km towards the plateau of Mount Halde where you will have a wonderful panoramic view of the vast arctic sky. Whilst here you will wait for the Aurora to hopefully make an appearance whilst your guide chats with you about the myths and legends which surround the Aurora.

Day 6: Snowmobile sleigh ride to Sami reindeer herder
Your final day in Lapland is sure to be a memorable one as it offers a genuine experience of the importance of Sámi culture as you spend the morning with a working reindeer herder and his family. To reach their farm you will travel by snowmobile sleigh ride.

When you have reached the reindeer farm there will be plenty of opportunity to chat with the herder and his family and ask any questions you may have about the practice of herding. The Sámi people are the only group in Europe with indigenous status and this is an opportunity to gain an insight into this nomadic culture and the skills, knowledge and traditions of a culture that remains of the utmost importance to the region.

Day 7: Departure
Today your Karasjok adventure will come to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

Weekly activity programme for Northern Lights Activity Week.
Name Duration (hours) Distance (km) Adults from
Husky safari

 Engholm Husky Centre is famous for its enthusiastic sled dogs and racing heritage. During one of your free days, you might want to enjoy a full day of dog sledding. We are more than happy to arrange another thrilling husky safari for you lasting between 4 and 5 hours.

4 - £260
Cross-country skiing

If you have a free day or decide to extend your holiday, you have the option to include a guided cross-country ski. This is a popular and traditional activity in Scandinavia. Once you have got the hang of it, it can be lots of fun and a great way to travel around the snow-covered landscape. 

- - £145
Visit to a reindeer herd

Reindeer are a large part of life in Lapland, so if you have a free day or decide to extend your stay we would strongly recommend a visit to the reindeer herd. You will get a unique and interesting insight into the lives of the Sámi herders within the region. You can spend time at the reindeer pasture with the animals and ask the herders any questions you might have. 

- - £240
Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult
05/01/2016 £2645
12/01/2016 £2575
19/01/2016 £2575
26/01/2016 £2575
02/02/2016 £2645
Supplements :
Name Adult
Single transfer supplement (return, from Ivalo) £339
Additional activities: Additional full day husky safari (per person) £185
Additional activities: Visit Sami family with reindeer herder (per person) £215
Additional activities: Northern Lights Safari with snowshoes (per person) £95
Additional activities: Cross country ski school (learn how to cross country ski) (per person) £95
Additional activities: Cross country ski day trip (per person) £110
Additional activities: Snowmobile tour (per person, based on 2 people per snowmobile) £160
Additional activities: Snowmobile tour, Single snowmobile supplement £55
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.