Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding on the snow and inland plateau is an important local activity as the world’s second longest dogsled race starts and ends from Alta, often from Sorrisniva itself. Our dogsledding activities include an introduction to the know how of managing a team of huskies and a range of short to overnight tour experiences.

Dogsledding is popular and important in the Alta area, as the city is the host, starting and ending point for Finnmarksløpet, the world's second-longest dogsled race.

Different kennels will give you their stories and show you were they are training and preparing their dogs for the race.

With us you can book both Holmen Husky Lodge and Trasti & Trine

The Best of Alta Combined A Dog Day Adventure

Going on this full day adventure with Holmen Husky Lodge you will experience both dog sledding and Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

Season
Dec 18 – March 27
Times
Wednesday 10:00 – 16:00
Duration
Approx. 6 hours
Group size
2 – 20 people
Price from
3220,- pp / 1610,- child 3 – 12
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Tour description

Going on this full day adventure with Holmen Husky lodge you will experience both dog sledding and Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

The tour starts from Alta city centre at 10:00 am and take you straight out into the Arctic wilderness. Our lodge is situated just outside the city centre, the starting point of the trip. Here we will supply you with proper winter clothing, to match the winter weather and you will meet your guide and the dog team.

Your ride will take you into the forest outside of Alta and along the bank of the frozen Alta River known for its excellent salmon fishing in the summer. The adventure gives you the time to see the nature and wildlife surroundings. Stories from the guide combined with the feeling of running your own dog team, gives you the real idea about the culture among mushers and their dogs. If you're lucky, you might even catch sight of a moose or other wildlife along the way! When you return to the farm, you will head indoors to our Lavvo (a traditional Sami tent) where you'll warm up around a fire with a hot drink. One of our crew will answer questions and talk about racing dogs and life on the husky farm. And of course, there will be some extra time to visit and take pictures of your new four-legged friends, before we hop into the car and drive towards Sorrisniva.

Sorrisniva will welcome you with a warm lunch based on local ingredients. After the meal, you will have time to explore the Igloo hotel, it`s art work as well as having a refreshing ice drink in the ice bar. After lunch and the visit, you will head back to either our Holmen lodge or the city centre.

Tour summary

  • Transfer t/f Alta center

  • Winter clothing

  • Proper instruction

  • Dog sledding, approx. 30km

  • Time to visit with the dogs, take pictures, etc

  • Entrance Igloo Hotel

  • Ice drink

  • Warm lunch

DOG CART TOUR

Experience the stunning autumn colors with your own team of huskies

Season
SEPT 15 – NOVEMBER 30
Times
DAILY 09:45 – 13:00 & 13:00 – 16:00
Duration
3 HOURS
Group size
1 – 16 PEOPLE (LARGE GROUPS WILL BE DIVIDED)
NOK
FROM 1450,- PP / 725,- CHILD 3 – 12
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TOUR DESCRIPTION

When the temperatures fall, before the snow does, we can offer our guests dog carting tours offered by one of our collaboration partners. After all, mushers train their dogs in more ways than with the sled. The carts are like dog sleds with wheels and bike handles. They offer just as much fun and might even be easier to drive. The ride takes you through the Arctic countryside as Autumn turns to Winter in a splendid display of colours across the varied scenery. From the Arctic forest to the riverbanks of the Alta River, it’s the perfect activity for this time of the year.

GUESTS PER CART
Guests drive in pairs, 2 per cart

TOUR SUMMARY

  • Transport from Alta City Centre to Holmen Husky Lodge

  • Equipment handout: Thermal suits, hat, gloves and boots (if the weather requires it)

  • Safety brief

  • Approximately one-hour self-drive dog cart tour (depending on weather conditions)

  • 2 Persons per cart

  • Cuddle and praise the huskies for their effort

  • Storytelling in Traditional Sami Lavvo with hot drinks and snacks

  • Transport from Holmen Husky Lodge to Alta City Centre


WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunglasses

  • Woolen underlayers (Preferably Wool)

  • Camera


PRICING

NOK 1450,- per adult; 725,- per child under 12 years.

Dog Sledding Along the Alta River

Take a ride and discover the fun and excitement of traveling by dog power.

Season
Dec 1 – April 15
Times
Daily 10:00 – 12:30 / 16:00 – 18:30
Duration
3 hours
Group size
1 – 16 people (large groups will be divided)
Price from
1590,- pp / 795,- child 3 – 12
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Tour description

This tour starts about 15 minutes from Sorrisniva and a short distance from the Alta city center. The supplier is located about 15 minutes from Sorrisniva and a short distance from the Alta city center. After proper instruction for handling the sled you will head out together in pairs on the sled, one to drive and one to sit (with a switch at the halfway point).  They will guide you into the forest outside of Alta and along the bank of the frozen Alta River.

When you return to the farm, you will head indoors to a Lavvo (a traditional Sami tent) where you will warm up around a fire with a hot drink.  One from their crew will answer questions and talk about racing dogs and life on the husky farm. And of course, there will be some extra time to visit and take pictures of your new four-legged friends, before returning to Alta again.

Guests per sled

Guests drive in pairs, 2 per sled.

Tour summary

  • The provider will pick you up and drive you back to Alta city centre

  • Thermal suits if needed for weather is provided

  • Proper instruction on handling the dogsled

  • The tour, 15km. Approx. 60 min. Guided tour

  • Hot drinks (coffee or blackcurrant)

  • Storytelling in Tipi

  • Interaction with the dogs

Pricing

NOK 1590,- per adult; 795,- per child under 12 years.

A Taste of Dog Sledding

A more hands-on experience which offers guests to experience the nearby forest, the open landscape, and beside or on the Alta River.

Season
Dec 15 – April 15
Times
Daily 10:00 and 16:30
Duration
3 hours
Group size
2 – 20 people
NOK
1525,- pp / 915,- child 3 – 12 incl. transfer
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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Next to Alta River, approximately 5 minutes from Sorrisniva there is a dog farm where guests can get to know the special mushing community. You will be given a list of the names of the dogs that will be in your dog team, and then it’s time to get started. With help assistant from the guide if needed you will get the dogs ready on your own. During the trip, you will drive in the forest, open landscape and beside Alta River or on frozen sections. Two people ride per sled; one musher and one who sits on the sled. You stop and swap places en route.

When coming back to the kennel, you will be served hot beverage and the guide will gladly share histories from the race.

TOUR SUMMARY

  • The provider will will pick you up and drive you back to Alta city center/Sorrisniva

  • Thermal suits if needed for weather is provided

  • A brief and precise instructions about how to drive a dog is given before the tour starts

  • Hot drinks and cake after the trip

INCLUDED

Transfer to/from downtown Alta, warm clothing, shoes, coffee/ tea and homemade cake.

Dog sledding day trip

Enjoy a winter experience with a difference, a 5-7 hour trip on a dogsled.  Challenge level – medium

Season
Dec 15 – May 1
Times
Daily 9:00
Duration
5-7 Hours
Group size
Minimum 2 Persons
NOK
FROM 3050,- PP / CHILDREN UPON REQUEST
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TOUR DESCRIPTION

The provider will collect you from your accommodation, where we hope you have had a wonderful night.

At this family owned kennel with 25 huskies, you will be clothed with Artic winter clothing from head to toe. After a short introduction & safety briefing to dogsledding, you will get you own dog team ready for a unforgettable trip in Europe’s last remaining wilderness.

The dogsled trip goes through typical Finnmark’s terrain, with sledging through both snowy woods and the open Vidda. We have lunch in an old earthen cottage or in the open. Weather permitting, we can see the Alta canyon from the sledge, or nature will offer us wild animals while you slide silently through the wilderness.

GUESTS PER SLED
Guests drive in pairs, 2 per sled or if requested prior upon arrival they can drive single as well.


TOUR SUMMARY

  • The provider will pick you up and drive you back to Alta city centre or nearby overnight provider

  • Arctic winter clothing

  • Proper instruction on handling the dogsled

  • Lunch included

  • Tour itself / length depending on weather and snow conditions

  • Hot drinks (coffee or blackcurrant)

  • Storytelling

  • Interaction with the dogs

PRICING

NOK 3050,- per persons / children upon request.

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Email address
Visiting address
Sorrisniva 20, 9518 Alta
Reception hours
08.30 - 16.00 GMT+1