Workaway at our husky design lodge - tours and expeditions in Lapland, Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    Hei!
    Thank you for your interest to be part of our Husky team and our life.

    Our lodge is located 6km west of Karasjok Sami village by the Karasjohka river. Our neighboring villages - Lakselv 86km, Kautokeino 130km, Tana 200km, Alta 200km – and between them only open landscape with some mountain cabins, a few Sami settlements - else inhabited by reindeer, moose, bear, arctic fox, eagle, lynx, wolverine, and many other animals.

    Our team provides active holidays, mostly overnight tours and expeditions with sled dogs, for guests from all over the world. Our participants on tour are rather adventurous people who relish the chance to learn new skills and like to live life to the fullest.

    At the lodge we accommodate our guests in design log cabins, 8 cabins in total, built by and furnished by Sven himself, a truly unique atmosphere. Our mini restaurant seats 10 guests, serves local foods from the region. We pride ourselves to fish, hunt, gather and garden as much as we can. Processing and cooking has a high priority.

    The business has existed since 1979.

    Sven is 11 time winner of Europe's longest sled dog race, the "Finnmarksløpet" - 1000 km. He is a top ten finisher in Iditarod - a 1800 km race in Alaska. He is an experienced outdoor guide and has also lead several expeditions to Spitsbergen, Greenland and across Siberia. Thanks to his university studies in natural geography, it is a pleasure for him to explain the many geographical and natural phenomena's while leading a tour.

    "The desire to do something meaningful in life brought me to Karasjok. I had a longing within me for untouched nature. Based upon my own feelings for the area - the exotic light, the darkness and the great plateau - I developed a product which is bearing fruit. I built up to what we have today which has, with the years, become the success I had hoped for when I started 1979. ”Once infected with the sled dog mushing virus, there is no cure, there is only trail!”

    Christel has background from mountain climbing, alpine and cross country skiing, touring with ski sail and pulka. Horse riding guide. 15 years full time working guide on overnight tours and expeditions with the husky sled dogs on the Finnmark plateau.

    "The freedom of being in nature, at all seasons with sled dogs gives me a feeling of life and when I came north - I got fascinated by the contrasts in the seasons. The bright summer nights with midnight sun and the arctic winter's unique tranquility with Northern lights. With my background knowledge and skills, I have joined in developing this fantastic place. And I enjoy very much when I can share all this with others."

    Our team consists of 5-6 two legged and 50 - 60 highly trained sled dogs for long-distance racing and tours, plus 1 - 2 litters with puppies in early education.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    To be a part of the team will give you many memories that will last for long time! For sure the practice will be meaningful, interesting and fit for use and hopefully make your dream come true.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help

    Help

    We ask that you visit for at least a month - preferably three or more. This is important for us because it gives you a chance to get to know all of us and get into our way of living. It also allows you to settle in properly and learn new skills.

    AUTUMN August - November

    *️️️️️Training season start in August. We train the dogs when it is below +15 C. We are using ATV vehicle and cart until the snow comes end of Oct. – beginning of Nov.
    *️️️️️Cleaning cabins, kitchen and guest facilities.
    *️️️️️Preparing equipment for winter season.
    *️️️️️Gardening - picking berries, picking mushrooms, making juice and marmalade, pickles.
    *️️️️️Prepare moose meat that Sven and Christel brings home from hunting.
    *️️️️️Clean and prep cabins.
    *️️️️️Serve dinner and breakfast to guests.
    *️️️️️Work with the dogs in the dog yard. Morning and evening.
    *️️️️️Shopping in Karasjok. We therefore ask that you have a driver license.

    WINTER November - April

    *️️️️️Dec. we get the first guests for sled dog tours, and we are busy with tours and expeditions until beginning of May.
    *️️️️️Repair equipment, sleds etc. Prepare for the sled tours.
    *️️️️️Work in the dog yard.
    *️️️️️Clean and prep cabins.
    *️️️️️Serve dinner and breakfast to guests.
    *️️️️️Work with the dogs in the dog yard. Morning and evening.
    *️️️️️Shopping in Karasjok. We therefore ask that you have a driver license.

    SPRING April - June

    *️️️️️Work in the dog yard, tidying up after snow melting.
    *️️️️️Chopping and collecting firewood for next winter.
    *️️️️️Cleaning cabins, kitchen and guest facilities.
    *️️️️️Planting seeds in kitchen garden. Planting flowers. Potatoes and carrots.
    *️️️️️Raking the lawn areas.
    *️️️️️Small repairing and painting.
    *️️️️️Clean and prep cabins.
    *️️️️️Serve dinner and breakfast to guests.
    *️️️️️Work with the dogs in the dog yard. Morning and evening.
    *️️️️️Shopping in Karasjok. We therefore ask that you have a driver license.

    SUMMER June - August (Be aware that we get lots of mosquitoes from mid. June till end of July.)

    *️️️️️General gardening. Care for the vegetable garden and flowers.
    *️️️️️Help us with ongoing projects like tanning hides, sewing leather, preparing rocks and logs for building or furnishing.
    *️️️️️Socialize puppies, (daily walk along the river side)
    *️️️️️Dog holiday. For 4 – 5 weeks, we keep the dogs on an island in a lake to do social- and swimming- training. Overnight in “Lavvo” the traditional Sami tent with open fire place. Net fishing + rod fishing.
    *️️️️️Clean and prep cabins.
    *️️️️️Gardening - picking berries, picking mushrooms, making juice and marmalade, pickles.
    *️️️️️Serve dinner and breakfast to guests.
    *️️️️️Work with the dogs in the dog yard. Morning and evening.
    *️️️️️Shopping in Karasjok. We therefore ask that you have a driver license.

    You will be a part of the team. It is varied activities here at the lodge and we have a lot of fun

    - It is not 8 to 4 life but it’s a life style!

    Regarding your application;

    When you look at the activities listed above how would you priority your time with us?
    Would you like to be;
    -75% outdoor - 25% indoor
    -75% indoor - 25% outdoor
    -50% indoor/outdoor
    or you do not have any preference? Please say something about this when you apply. It is important for us to understand your wishes and to be able to put together the best team!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Norwegian, Swedish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide for you free accommodation and food. Single or shared room (with one other workawayer) in a designed log house. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. We often eat dinner together, also with guests. And welcome new tastes and inputs about food – everyone here has to show, and share their cooking skills! Lunch and breakfast we usually eat separate.

    We usually eat one vegetarian dish every week, but will ask vegetarians not to apply because it requires separate cooking every day.

    Internet access.

    Getting here:

    Airport: Lakselv in Norway is the closest airport to Karasjok. Time table on sas.no alternative norwegian.no (both from Oslo)
    Connecting bus from airport: 1 hr. More info: snelandia.no

    Airport: Alta in Norway. Time table on sas.no alternative norwegian.no (both from Oslo)
    Connecting bus from airport: 4 hr. More info: snelandia.no

    Airport: Ivalo in Finland with finnair.com alternativ norwegian.com (from Helsinki).
    Connecting bus from airport 2,5 hrs. More info: eskelisen.fi

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The surrounding area around Karasjok is definitely worth to explore. We have canoes, bicycles, cross country skies and touring equipment.

    Please note that there might be times of the year when you will wait for a reply from us for weeks, this is when all our time is spent with the dogs on tour.

    "Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it!"

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

Friends
Ready!
chill out in the lavvo together with the dogs at summer camp
Kennel visit, our charming puppies are populare!
Barbecue at "lavvoplassen"
Daily puppie walk along the Karasjohka river
Our arctic kitchen garden, provides us fresh herbs, salat and flowers
"Reanga" One of 6 log cabins to accomodate guests.
beautiful scenery and energetic huskies!
"the doghouse". This is where we serve food for our guests, guest bathroom and accomodation for volunteers.


















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