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VISITING: Norway BROCHURE CODE: 5203
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Join Sven Engholm, one of Scandinavia’s greatest mushers on a dog sledding adventure in Karasjok, Norway. Time spent with this living legend and these beautiful dogs puts you in the company of the best, for the greatest dog sledding experience possible.

What's included?

  • Flights: flights from London Heathrow (regional departures may be available on request) to Ivalo Airport (via Helsinki)
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 2 nights shared log cabin accommodation (in own private room), 2 nights wilderness camp/cabin
  • Activities (order subject to change): 3-day husky safari
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

Authenticity explains the popularity of the Karasjok husky safari, which was created by Sven Engholm, (Scandinavia's 11 times winner of the Finnmarkslopet longest dog sled race in Europe and also a top ten finisher in the Iditarod 1800km North American mushing race). The passion for mushing and the excitement of the trail is simply contagious in his company.

Your wilderness husky dog adventure lasts three days and two nights, covering up to 25km to 50km each day. With breathtaking winter scenery as your backdrop, look out for local wildlife such as reindeer and moose in their natural habitats.

Your accommodation is a mix of log cabins at Engholm Husky Farm (6km from Karasjok). A launch pad for some of the world's best dog sledding - life is all about the dogs and sledding here, where fifty resident huskies are the main form of transport.

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In keeping with the intimate and unique feel of this trip, there are only eight cabins at the husky farm. Each cabin has been built by hand and tastefully filled with handcrafted pieces, giving a combination of comfort with traditional Sámi decor. Whilst out mushing, if your host discovers a particularly unusual or useful piece of wood, he marks it on his GPS and it will be retrieved later. The wood is then crafted into something that adds to the unique beauty of each cabin. Admire lampshades made from bird feathers, seats and dining tables hung by ropes from the cabin ceiling and reindeer skin stool covers - everywhere you look there is something special that brings the great outdoors indoors.


Image credits: Engholm Husky, Oliver Kay (client Jan '17)
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Key facts

Duration: 4 nights
Pace: Active
Suitable for: Ages 15+ with a good level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information.
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  • Flights to Ivalo, Finland are followed by taxi transfer to the Engholm Husky Farm in Karasjok, Norway. The transfer takes approximately two to two and half hours.

    On arrival, you will be invited to a welcome meeting, where your guide will talk you through the details of the exciting days to come. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • This morning is spent getting ready for your two nights in the remote wilderness of Norwegian Lapland. You have a chance to meet your team of up to six dogs that you are going to drive on your husky safari. The number of dogs you have depends on your guide's expert judgment. The guide needs to assess your ability to handle and drive the sled, whilst taking the likely conditions on the track into consideration. The guides reserve the right to make the final decision on a guest's handling ability. Initially, you may be asked at first to ride in tandem and then progress from there.

    As soon as your sleds have been carefully packed and prepared, you're all set for your safari. On leaving the husky farm, you immediately come across a hilly stretch that instils confidence and respect for your team from the outset. You can help the dogs by pushing off with your feet against the upward slopes. This adds to the thrill of the adventure and gives a sensation of real satisfaction as the dogs respond favourably.

    The journey to your accommodation across lakes and frozen marshland is a great introduction to the wonder of this winter landscape. For the next two nights, you will stay in remote wilderness camps or cabins depending on the weather conditions. Wherever you stay, there will soon be a fire blazing as your group work together preparing a delicious dinner. In this remote environment, you can enjoy the peace all around, miles and miles from the rest of civilisation.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • On safari, the route remains flexible so that your guide can select the best trail, determined by the local weather. If it is deemed necessary to spend more than one night in the same camp/cabin, this allows you to pack light and potentially cover greater distances. Lunch each day is cooked over an open fire.

    Along the trail, you are likely to encounter indigenous wildlife, as this area is an important winter pasture for the reindeer of the Sámi herders. The local guides love to share their knowledge of wildlife and outdoor living. For a real insight into your surroundings, just have a friendly chat anytime.

    There are few experiences that compare to mushing your own team of dogs on their home turf. Travelling deeper into the wilderness, the gentle swish of the sled and the padding of eager paws as the only sound.

    Tonight you will again stay in a wilderness cabin/camp where you will enjoy the heat from the blazing fire and prepare a delicious dinner together as a group.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After your time in the wilderness, you will set off on the long mush back to Engholm Husky Farm. The return route is well known for sightings of wild moose, so stay alert and you may well catch a glimpse of these magnificent beasts. Farewell dinner waits at Engholm Husky Farm on your last night - a relaxed evening usually spent reflecting back on the adventure and sharing stories of the trip.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Return to the airport for your flight out of this unforgettable landscape.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Engholm Husky Farm

Nights: 1,4

Karasjok is the centre for Sámi culture in the wilds of Lapland and Engholm Husky Farm and cabins are located 6km from the main village. This accommodation, situated in the remote forests of North East Norway, provides a wonderful introduction to the Sámi culture within this remote region.

All cabins are decorated with local items that the owner (and resident interior designer) Sven has collected and crafted from natural materials scavenged from nature in the area around the lodge.

When out mushing, your host may see 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. Your stay is made extra special by dishes served in the cosy dining area including locally sourced reindeer and fish.

Aside from the unique collection of log cabins the lodge is also a working husky farm that is home to about 50 working dogs - so be prepared for the wolf-like calls of the dogs in the morning.

Hotel facilities

There are only eight individually designed cabins here, each with Wi-Fi access. Each of these cabins has sleeping facilities for between two and six people, with the majority having log fireplaces and their own toilet and shower - those without, have access to a large bathroom in the main building. The lodge also offers a sauna and a hot tub, with intoxicating views of the surrounding scenery.

Wilderness Cabins

Nights: 2-3

Wilderness cabin accommodation is reserved for those people enjoying overnight safaris. There can surely be few better forms of escape from the everyday stresses (which could include laptops, mobiles and your day job) than a night in one of these cabins. Their isolation also means that the views of the night sky are incredible.

The Northern Lights could well pay you a visit should conditions be right and, if the sky is clear, you will never forget the sight of the galaxy overhead.

The title is fairly self-explanatory as the cabins are located in the wilds. The cabins that you visit are determined by the conditions of the trails you are using. They are varied in their set up but all offer the same incredible experience of complete silence in the evening (not guaranteed if you are dog sledding as the huskies do like a howl now and then!).

Some of the cabins are more basic than others, as some have no electricity or running water. Everyone will join the guide to help set up camp by collecting wood and water if needed. Participating enhances the wilderness experience.

Once the fire is lit, the food is cooked. The guides prepare your meals over an open fire and our guests always provide exceptional feedback on the meals that the guides rustle up.

Should you have specific dietary requirements, please mention these at the time of booking.

There are no showers or bathroom facilities in the cabins but this is all part of the adventure. Scandinavia is renowned for its saunas and the wilderness cabins are no exception. Once heated, you can steam clean in the sauna. The toilet facilities are normally a short walk from the cabin and are compostable. We certainly recommend a head torch for any ventures to the toilet during the night!

In most cases, the sleeping arrangements are dormitory style. You will be given your own arctic-grade sleeping bag in which to sleep and, combined with your thermals and the open fire, this should keep you lovely and warm.

You will carry with you all that you need for any stay in the cabins, so luggage is typically restricted to the essentials. Your main bag will be securely stored back at the hotel and a safe is provided for your valuables.

There is something so refreshing about realising that you can strip back your belongings and enjoy such a simple but satisfying experience.

Depending on the weather conditions you might spend the nights in cosy and warm basecamp tents at one of the wilderness camps.


Image Credits: Antti Pietikainen

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Extend your stay at Karasjok

From £146pp

If you can't quite bear to leave Karasjok just yet then we can arrange for you to extend your stay in order to take advantage of the other activities on offer here. Your extra night or nights will be spent in one of the cabins (based on two people sharing) and includes breakfast, a packed lunch and your evening meal.


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Activities

Husky safari

From: £250pp

Engholm Husky Centre is renowned for its enthusiastic sled dogs and racing heritage. During one of your free days, you may wish to further experience the joys of dog sledding and take the trails once again for another thrilling safari into the wilds. We will be more than happy to arrange an additional full day safari for you.

Cross-country skiing

From: £125pp

If you book additional nights or have a free day during your holiday, you have the option to add on a guided cross-country skiing activity. This a much-enjoyed and traditional pastime in Scandinavia, and, once you have the hang of it, can be marvellous fun and a great way to travel across the snow-covered landscape.

Visit to a reindeer herd

From: £270pp

Reindeer are of huge importance in Lapland and if you have a free day or book additional nights on your Karasjok Adventure we would strongly recommend this activity. It will give you a unique and valuable insight into the lives of Sámi herders in this region. You will spend time at the reindeer pasture and encounter the animals whilst also having the chance to ask the herder any questions you may have.

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On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

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Single supplement (transfer only - return journey) From £405

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 - 8 people

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum Numbers Required For A Holiday To Operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions. 

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

However, the Foreign Office are advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.   

The relevant points include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You will also need to double check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Additional Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 62 days or less before departure: 100%

Traveller Reviews

Husky safari 26 January 2017 by Kay and Paul Humphreys

The dog sledging was excellent - very hands on and involved.

Wilderness was breathtaking 22 January 2015 by Caroline Stern

The husky safari was excellent; the dogs were big and strong and the wilderness was breathtaking.



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