Help take care of and train sled dogs near Storslett, North-Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a couple who live in Northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle, about 3.5 hours drive north of Tromsø in a valley called Reisadalen. We have a small kennel of 16 Alaskan huskies, two cats and a flock of hens of various breeds. I, Sanja, train the dogs for, and take part in, long distance sled dog races. Markus is more happy in activities like going ice-fishing on the mountains with the dogs :)

    We live in the middle of the nature and there is a lot to do for an active person. We are looking for a person/a couple who is responsible, positive, independent, love animals and outdoor life. Hopefully you also have some practical skills. We can offer a place to live, food and lots of quality time with the dogs. You'll learn about the art of feeding and training the dogs, and how to take care of these super athletes. Driving license may come useful, because we live about 20 km from the town, Storslett.

    Training and taking care of the dogs is very rewarding, but also very time consuming. We both work full time, so help with the animals is very welcome. Tasks consists of feeding the dogs, helping with the training, dog yard cleaning and maintenance, building new dog houses, taking care of the chickens, etc. Possibly also some help in the house.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In the area, Norwegian, Sami and Kven (Finnish ancestry) cultures have been present for a long time. You'll be a part of modern Norwegian-Finnish culture mix :)

  • Help

    Help

    Because of the time it takes to learn the tasks, I hope you can stay for the whole Winter season, until around April. This is a golden opportunity for the right person to learn how to manage, take care and train a team of sled dogs!

    Now in autumn and winter, (October-March), the main task is the dog training, feeding, cleaning the dog yard and shoveling snow. Many training trips are long, and it's cold and dark! When I'm away at work, you get to do this alone (you'll learn how), otherwise together with me. In spring (April-May) there are many relaxing trips to the mountains with ice-fishing and cooking coffee on open fire.

    The dogs diet consists of raw meat among other things so you have to be able to handle this.

    We hope that you meet the following 'criteria':
    - Preferably stay for the whole winter season
    - Some prior experience with animal care
    - Have a genuine interest in the dogs and long distance dog sledding!
    - Like to be out in all kinds of weather
    - Good physical shape
    - Responsible, flexible
    - Have an eye for the detail
    - You must be a self-starter

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is available in a hut across the dog yard. Shower in the main house. Suitable for one person, or a couple.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Airport here is called Sørkjosen, and has flights to/from Tromsø. Or you can take a buss to/from Tromsø or Alta.

    The town, Storslett, has a cinema, museum, restaurants, a bakery, supermarkets, and several other shops.

    In winter, you can go skiing (both cross country and ski touring, or ski with the dogs), ice-fishing, go on a moose safari (free, just around the house!) or whale safari, enjoy the northern lights, or sit outside and make a fire.

  • 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

    Internet connection is good if you want to work online.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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