Help with sled dogs and local lifestyle in a mountain village in Lapland, Sweden



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  • Description


    We are a friendly Swedish/Norwegian couple, Magda and Tor-Henrik, living in a beautiful and remote little village in Swedish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Magda’s family has lived in this village for hundreds of years and Tor-Henrik is a dog musher, guide and archaeologist who also works with the Mountain Rescue. We have two children born 2014 and 2016. We have with lots of amazing nature right outside our doorstep. There are serveral National Parks (Sarek National Park for example) and nature reserves in our area. Several different hiking trails start directly from our village. The closest little town is 100 kilometres away and our village has only 9 inhabitants.

    We work with tourism for a living. In our family we have two different tourism businesses, a sleddog & activity company and a mountain lodge with cabins and a restaurant. We have a kennel of around 15 Alaskan Huskies. As we work a lot with the tourism businesses and also have our kids to look after all the time, we need someone to come and help us with the dogs, and with other things that need to be done around in the village and around our house and garden.

    We live close to nature and grow our own potatoes that last us the whole year round, we hunt our own moose meat and fish, pick all the berries we need for the whole year in the summers and autumns, we also grow our own vegetables in the summer.

    We like to consider our volunteers part of our family, so if you come and stay with us you will really get to experience the local lifestyle!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - Learn how to take care of sleddogs and a lot about dogs in general.
    - Experience the genuine lifestyle together with us locals!
    - Wilderness skills.
    - Learn about the Sámi culture and history.
    - Learn a bit of Swedish, Norwegian or the Northern Sámi language, if you are interested.

  • Help


    We are looking for a reliable, uncomplicated, happy and friendly volunteer with a love of dogs, nature and the countryside lifestyle!

    A good physique is required as the help will include physical tasks in the dogyards, walking in heavy terrain and carrying heavy buckets of dogfood, heavy mucking, digging, gardening, painting and so on.

    We generally expect you to volunteer for about 5 hours every day, sometimes less and sometimes more. Days normally start at about 9 in the morning. Tasks are endless when you have animals and the more time you spend around the animals, the happier they are!

    There will be more to do some days and less to do other days.

    The daily volunteer tasks:

    Feeding and watering dogs.
    Mucking out dogyards.
    Helping with various projects around the dogyards, in the garden or around in the village.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation in a small cabin in the village. Internet access is limited.
    We provide you with breakfast food that you eat in your own little cabin in the mornings. You will have dinner together with the whole family in the afternoons

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time you can for example go hiking, trailrunning or canoeing. We live in the middle of beautiful nature and there are lots of different hiking trails that start directly from the village. If you want to, you can bring one of the huskies on your hike! We will show you exactly where to go and tell you all you need to know about the different trails.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Read carefully before applying!

    - You need to be able to bring suitable boots and clothes for working outside in the dogyards and garden, for hiking etc.

    - Non smokers only!

    - You can not bring your own dog.

    - Minimum age 20 years.

    - Keep in mind that this is a very small, remote place with no shopping or nightlife and more animals than people around! You must love wilderness and a peaceful lifestyle to like it here.

    - The Internet connection is limited. You will not have wi-fi at your accommodation. You can use the wi-fi in the restaurant in your spare time, but not make any big downloads as it is a limited wi-fi.

    -You must also be happy working by yourself as we only host one volunteer at the time.

    AND... most important! :)

    - You must be very comfortable around dogs. Our huskies are happy & super friendly but they are also very energetic and intense! Being able to stay calm and confident around animals is very important.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 341857296615