In the land of the midnight sun and northern lights, you can find taïga forests, wild rivers and lakes, and exposed mountains. Best starting point to explore the finest landscapes of northern Norway!
Access : we are located in the remote valley of Målselv, at the heart of Troms region : 20 minutes from Bardufoss airport and 2 hours drive (145 km) from Tromsø and Narvik. To the east our neighbour is Dividalen National Park, to the west Senja and the Lofoten islands, to the south the Swedish National parks, and to the north the famous Lyngen Alps.
Our log-house is comfortable, authentic & rustic. It was dismounted log by log, moved 20 km away and entirely rebuilt by Espen in 2005. Dream place to enjoy the quiet and wild surroundings, it holds 7 beds. Nature at the doorsteps, off the beaten track, away from light and noise pollution... It's possible to park right in front of the house. We are as helpful as possible, and we can advice on places to visit and where to hike. We leave in the nearby farmhouse, 60 meters away.
Activities : depending on the season, there's always something to do outside! In winter we organise dogsledding and skiing guided trips, and in summer it's about hiking, dog-karting and canoe / kayak. We also rent our sauna, which is heated with a traditional wood-stove.
A warm welcome in a beautiful setting awaits you!
Founded on the philosophy of traditional Norwegian outdoor lifestyle, we are specialized in well-prepared and eco-responsible trips to remote places of northern Norway and Svalbard. Our journey takes us by dogsled, skis, canoe, sailboat or simply hiking, to experience and observe the nature, culture and inspiring landscapes that only a few other people visit.
You are welcome to spend your holidays with us!
Espen grew up in northern Norway, and has always had a strong relation with the outdoor life. From a small age, his parents took him along on nordic skis, visiting reindeer herders all around the region. Espen combined Ranger studies with nature & cultural history in Telemark. He is also a certified canoe instructor. He accomplished several 2 to 3 months expeditions, by ski, canoe and dogsled, in Norway and Canada.
He also ran 5 times the Finnmarksløpet, the longest and toughest sled-dog race in Europe, 1200 km across the arctic plateau. In parallel, he worked 10 years as a location scout and logistics manager at Filmcamp, a regional infrastructure that accommodates feature films and TV productions. He recently became the leader for the outdoor sports council of the region, but decided to go back to the outdoor life after he met Delphine.
With him, be sure that you are in the best hands to explore the Norwegian wilderness!
Delphine grew up in Grenoble, the "capital of the French Alps", and is educated as an Officer of the merchant navy, a sailing instructor and a diver for underwater works. She studied Coastal environment management & survey at Brest University. Delphine sailed around the Atlantic on a tall-ship, together with the French Navy, as a co-officer of the watch, working on developing sustainable energy projects onboard. She sailed onboard many ships, from yachts doing ski & sail adventures in northern Norway, to bigger expedition & research vessels, with Monaco principality or the University of Svalbard.
Her passion for wild and raw nature led her to Svalbard, where she spent a winter working at the smallest dog kennel of Longyearbyen, together with very dedicated people. She fell in love with this lifestyle close to the nature, and met Espen during a local dogsledding race called "Trapper's Trail". They then decided to start doing their own trips together - by sailboat and with sleddogs - promoting sustainable tourism, small scale, intimate and tailor made experiences!
Visiting us here at any time of the year, is a genuine experience in itself!
Say hello to our team of friendly Alaskan huskies, that are ready for action! Alaskan Huskies are a nordic dog breed characterised by their function - and not their pedigree. Trained to be in contact with many different people during races or excursions, they are highly friendly with humans. No dog competes with them in speed and distance combined. Races like the Finnmarksløpet in Norway (1200km) or the Iditarod in Alaska (1800km) are usually won by Alaskan Huskies. Trained accordingly, they can travel up to 200km per day!
Raised for their strength, agility and stamina, they have an excellent ability to work in groups: they are pack dogs. Their name comes from Alaska in the US, where during the Gold Rush, at the end of the 19th century, husky-type dogs were crossed with local dogs, american-indian dogs, and other european dogs fit for racing, in order to improve their performances. These multiple crosses explain their different looks. Their color being the least significant matter, we have Alaskan Huskies of all aspects and styles!
But most importantly : they are top level athletes, affectionate, hardworking and resistant to the cold!
Sustainable tourism : our philosophy
Our philosophy : our mission is to inspire you, excite you and engage you into our world. We want our guests to feel richer in friends & experiences when leaving us. We are truly passionate about what we do, and we will try to share that feeling with you! Visiting us, we want you to feel more as friend, and not as a part of a "mass tourism" attraction.
We believe in sustainable tourism. We are committed to making a low impact on the environment, while ensuring a positive experience for our guests. To take full account of our impacts, here are some of our personal choices :
✔ travel with dogs : clean, silent and close to nature. Our dogs belong to the north, and leave only their tracks behind them. With them, our guests enjoy uncompromised nature - without noise or pollution.
✔ minimal impact : our philosophy is to travel light, making as invisible footsteps as possible. We put a special effort in having a minimal impact in our natural surroundings.
✔ meaningful experience : we work hard to ensure a meaningful experience, provide excellent hospitality and maintain a high level of satisfaction among our guests, raising and promoting sustainable tourism practices.
✔ inspiration : we get inspired by the leaders in the dogsledding community, to be at the forefront with our dogs. We socialize them in a large running pen adjacent to our dog yard. We host a yearly dog-mushers meeting, who gathers more than 100 people and several hundred dogs at our place, every September, together with local dog-mushing organisations.
✔ guests with special needs : we believe that disabilities and handicap are not an obstacle to take part in outdoor activities. Guests with special needs are welcome to join our trips, and we will do our best to adapt the activity. We are proud to organise special events and holidays for such groups.
✔ cultural heritage : we are involved in conservation projects using traditional building techniques, such as the rebuilding of a traditional Sami pit-house on Senja and collecting birch bark for traditional thatched roofs, together with local museums and organisations.
✔ food & waste : depending on the season, we serve local products, anytime it's possible. This includes homemade bread, vegetables from the garden and locally harvested animals, such as reindeer and moose. We practice selective sorting of our waste into 6 different bins ; glass, cardboard, cans, metal, compost and ordinary.