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We live in northern Norway, about 3.5 hours drive north of Tromsø in a valley called Reisadalen. Here we have a farm with 22-28 Alaskan huskies. We offer dog sledding to tourists. We live in scenic surroundings with many great hiking opportunities right outside the door. We are looking for a person who is responsible, positive, love animals and outdoor life and are independent. its also good if you have some practical skills. We can offer a place to live, food and many exciting outdoor activities. The winter here is long and dark, and it can often get very cold outside (-30 celcius). Most of the work is done outdoors. regardless of weather and temprature. We prefer someone who is used to Arctic climate. its also necessary to have a driving licens for car, because we live 25 kilometers from the city center.
the work on the farm consists of feeding the dogs, helping with the dog's training, cleaning and repair of the equipment for the dogs. The work will also vary according to season and weather.
In the summer from may to september It can be hot so the dogs can not be exercised a lot. We exercise as often as we can when the weather allows. When it's too hot, we have different projects that have to be done. such as building dog houses, maintenance of sleds, wagons and equipment. We sometimes also need help with washing and tidying up in the house.
somethings to do in your spare time in the summer:
riverboat safari in the national park. fishing. hiking to various sights in nature. enjoy the midnight sun. sit outside and have a fire and enjoy the nature.
In the fall and winter from September to May, we train the dogs a lot. then the job will be the most about dog training, feeding, cleaning of dog houses and shoveling snow. also some cleaning in the house and office.
winter is a hectic time for us. We therefore wish that those who want to be here in the winter can be here for at least 2 months. because it takes time to get acquainted with the dogs and we do not have the same amount of time to educate people with the dogs in the winter as in the summer.
somethings to do in your spare time in the winter:
snowmobiling, ice fishing. go on the snowmobile on the mountains to ice fish. enjoy the northern lights. hiking to various sights in nature. moose safari. sit outside and have a fire and enjoy the nature.
in the summer months (may-September) we do a lot of building prodjects. so its good if the voluntary person(s) have some buiding experience like carpentry and wood working. if you can drive some diffrent machines its also a pluss.
in the winther months (october-april) we have a lot of snow that have to be moved so its good if you dont have any back problems.
The dogs eat a lot of bones and meat so if that is a problem for you to handle meat and blood you wold have a hard time here.
in oure culture hunting and fishing is commen. because the summer is short and here in the arctic nature we cant grow a lot of diffrent vegetables. so traditionally oure food consists of a lot of meat and fish. and potatoes, onions and carrots and dairy products. so its a little bit hard to be a vegetarian in this place.
We generally want the person/personens who will be here, can stay at least 1 month. in the winter time at least 2 mounths. Much of the job is about taking care of the dogs. it takes time to get to know the dogs. And get used to routines, tasks and how everything works. The most important thing for us is the welfare of the dogs.
Help in the house
learn about how to take care of dogs. dog sledding and the northern Norwegian culture. We offer our tourists an insight into our culture, the Sami culture and our way of living up here. both the traditional and the modern way. This will also the volunteer learn about. we can also help you learning the norwegian language and the Finnish language
chores in the dogyard. cleaning, feeding and training the dogs. Maintenance of camp, house and farm. the taks vary by season and weather. This is written in the description above
living space is on the second floor of the main house of the farm. It consists of one bedroom and a separate TV room. bathroom and kitchen are shared with the lady who lives on the first floor.
we have many beautiful hiking trails. In winter it is possible to ski. dog sledding, ice fishing and snow mobiling. About 25 km from us is a small village. There we have, pharmacy, sports shop, food shop, cafe, pub, post office, swimming pool, cinema and a small shop that sells traditional Sami products. in the summer its possible to take boat trips up the river to the national park. the bus drives to times a day to Tromsø. on the farm we also have a sauna, a barbecue hut and a fireplace at the river available for use
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week