Experience the life style of an husky musher during this spectacular tour in the Norwegian wilderness. You will travel by dog sledge through in snow covered forests, ice-fish for your own meal on one of the many frozen lakes and get familiar with the outdoor skills of the musher.
When: Tour dates available from start January until the start of April
Where: Osen (Åmot, Hedmark, Norway)
Length: 5 days
Number of participants: 2-6
Price: 12.400,- NOK (+/- 1.395,- Euro) per person
Accommodation (twin bedroom basis)
Transport in Norway (You will be picked up at Oslo Gardermoen)
Food: Food and drinks
Snow shoe rental
Guiding by a local husky musher
An experience of a life time
Flight to Oslo Gardermoen.
Travel insurance: All participants are responsible for their own travel insurance.
Hedmark county covers the most eastern part of Norway and is the most forested area of Norway. The village Osen, where the husky farm "Huskylife" lays, is situated on the north side of a large lake (Osensjøen). The lake is surrounded by endless forests which cover the beautiful hilly landscape. In this part of Norway there is a lot of snowfall during winter, making it ideal for dog sledding. Once the snow starts falling, the scenery looks like it was directly taken from a fairytale. The village lays only just over 2 hours driving from Oslo Gardermoen international airport, making it an easy destination for foreign visitors. However, the secluded location of the village makes it a still undiscovered pearl.
Additionally to the endless forests, impressive landscapes and perfect conditions for dog sledding, Hedmark is also know for the wildlife. Moose, roe deer, red deer, black grouse and capercaillie thrive here. It is also the only area in Norway where all the four large carnivores (wolf, lynx, wolverine and brown bear) live. Although the chance of encountering one of these animals is quite small, it is very likely to come across their tracks during the dog sledding trips.
The dog musher / guide:
Nichlas Stensrud, (click here to learn more about Nichlas)
How does the tour look like:
The day planning will roughly look like this: After having breakfast and preparing lunch packages, you will be picked up at the accommodation at about 09:30 am. From then there will be a program until around 16:30. You will be brought back to the accommodation, where you can freshen yourself up, before being brought to the restaurant at 18:00. Find below the daily program.
You will fly on Oslo Gardermoen airport. Here the guide will meet you and drive you to the accommodation in Osen. The drive takes about 2 1/4 hours. Depending on the time of arrival, you will either be brought to the restaurant for dinner or first go to the farm of the dog musher, to meet and greet the huskies. You will get known with the musher and the program for the following days. After the dinner you will be brought home to your accommodation, which lays at about 10 minutes driving from the restaurant.
At 09:30 you will be picked up and be brought to the farm of the dog musher where the real adventure starts. Together with the musher you prepare the dog sledges, put the pulling harnesses on the dogs and put them in front of the sledges. The musher will explain the basics in dog mushing and will take you on an "easy" prepared route into the forests. The route will take you higher up in the hills, where you will make a stop after 10 kilometers. Here you will have lunch and a fire to warm yourself up a bit. From this point you have the possibility to make a short snowshoe trip to the highest peak of the hill. From the top you have an amazing view of the whole area and get a good impression of how wild this area still is. After the break, you will get back on your dog sledges and take a different route down back to the farm. The track will take you straight through the pine forest and over frozen bogs. You will return at the farm at around 16:00, just before dark. You will help the musher putting the dogs back to their spots and feed them.
At 09:30 you will be picked up by the guide. The dogs will rest and recharge before the long trip of day 4. Today the guide will introduce you into the Norwegian outdoor life style. You will visit one of the many frozen lakes and fish for your own dinner. Here the guide will show you how to make a fire during winter, only using the things you find in the forest. On the fire, lunch will be prepared. From the lake you can explore the surrounding wilderness on snowshoes, look for tracks of the wildlife and join the guide to check a camera trap at a bait for eagles, fox, wolverine and other predators. You will return at the farm at around 16:00, just before dark. You can freshen yourself in the accommodation. Depending on if you have caught enough fish, you will either be served dinner in the accommodation or in the restaurant at 18:00.
At 09:30 you will be picked up and be brought to the farm of the dog musher. Together with the musher you will prepare the dog sledges, put the pulling harnesses on the dogs and put them in front of the sledges. Today you will make a long tour with the dogs, crossing through the white wilderness, which you overlooked on day 2. Expect some of the most amazing winter landscapes and good chances to see tracks of the wildlife. Keep your eyes open, you might spot a moose standing between the trees or some grouse sitting in the tree tops. The tour will take about 6 hours, depending on the snow conditions. Halfway the trip you will have a lunch break, where you can warm yourself at a fire. You will return at the farm at around 16:30, just before dark.
Sadly this is already the last day of the tour. Depending on the time of your flight back, you can still make an early morning snowshoe walk in the forest surrounding the accommodation. Then it is time to pack the bags and have a last drive through this stunning area. You will be driven back to Gardermoen airport where the tour comes to an end.
The winters are quite harsh in this part of Norway, with temperatures dropping until -40 degrees Celsius in some extreme cases in December and January. The temperature in January and February can be expected to be between -10 and -25 on day time. In March the winter loosens it’s hard grip and the temperature rises again and can be expected to be between -5 and -15 degrees on day time. If the sun does its best, the temperature can rise a few degrees above 0 in the second half of March. At night the temperature will be about 5 to 10 degrees colder than during the day. The chance for snowfall is present during the whole winter period, but degrees from the end of February.
Physical condition of the participants:
You don't need to be super fit to be able to make this trip. But don't under estimate dog sledding! It is not as simple as just standing on a sledge. You are constantly balancing, steering and you will need to push the sledge occasionally. This will consume your energy throughout the day.
Food and drinks:
Breakfast: The breakfast will be eaten in the accommodation. During the tour we will visit a supermarket several times to buy breakfast and lunch. Snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included in the price. You can buy these on your own expenses when we visit the supermarket.
Lunch: In the morning you have to make your own lunch package to bring out in the field.
Dinner: Every evening a hot meal is served in the local restaurant.
(If there are things you cannot eat, please let us know prior the tour.)
You will be staying in a large house in the middle of the forest. The house has been completely renovated in 2016 and has a good standard. In the accommodation we have three twin-bedrooms which we have to share. Further there is a large living room, kitchen, toilet and bathroom. The house lays about 10 minutes driving from the center of Osen, where the supermarket and restaurant are situated. With some luck we can hear from the accommodation the wolf howling at night.
You will be outside every day for the largest part of the day. It will be freezing, but you will also be active. Good clothing is essential so that you don't freeze when standing still or sweat while walking. Find below a list with the most important pieces of clothing.
A warm winter parka jacket would be the best option. It is important that no wind comes through the fabric and that it is water proof.
Warm skiing trousers are perfect for this tour.
For the cold days it is nice to have a set of thermo base layers.
Warm snow boots. Make sure that the shoes are not too small, because this will result in cold feet. The best is to bring boots which are a bit too large, so that you can ware an extra layer of socks.
Thick (smart)woolen socks
Gamaschen / gaiters
It is the best to have a set of thermo-gloves plus a set of mittens. This combination will keep your fingers nice and warm.
Sunglasses are an absolute must to have. The snow reflects a lot of light, which could damage your eyes when the sun is shining.
Warm head covering the ears
Other equipment needed:
Bring a medium size backpack which will fit some extra clothing, lunch, a thermos and maybe your camera. The backpack can be stored in the sledges.
Because of the cold, it is smart to bring something warm to drink with you out in the field. In the morning you will be able to fill your thermos with tea or coffee.
Only 17 years old, but already fully responsible for his own dog sledging team, consisting out of 34 huskies. He raises the dogs, trains the dogs and looks after the dogs all by himself. He already took the first tourists with him at the age of 15, so is no stranger to guiding. He knows the forests surrounding Osen as no other, as he trains his dogs in this area on a daily basis. By always being out in the nature he learned many useful outdoor skills, which he happily shares with his guests.
Nichlas speaks English and Norwegian.