Come to Trønderlag and enjoy the Nature in middle part of Norway – the active way!
That means do dogsledding!
Only one hour drive from Trondheim Airport Værnes, you will find our Alaska husky-kennel in Kopperå, Meråker. We want to share with you the joy of dogsledding and let you experience the beatiful nature we have around us. So we take you out on dogsled trips in the forest and mountain plateu by the border area to Norway and Sweden.
Dogsledding is an unique way to experience the nature. You move around in the nature with a team of dogs that pulls you around. Of course you have to help them by pushing and kicking, but you reach far more distance than if you should walk on your own feet. You will experience the noisy, powerful and energetic huskies before start, change to be a working team, in the moment you pull up the anchor. Noiseless they move fast and smooth through the landscape.The dogs never stops to impress us about their power, happiness and eager to run and pull in front of the sled, they just love it.
As musher and part of the dogteam you will feel you are part of the elements, and feel the quietness, snow, sun, wind and cold in a way you only can experience from a dog sled. In the summer we do dogsledding with carts, and hiking tours where the dogs carry their own backpack.
Norway Husky Adventure was settled in 2000. Bodil Bakken is the manager and has been a musher since 1990. Her partner, Jan Ove Moen is the kennels handy man, and together with other experienced guides, they will make sure you get an unforgettable wilderness experience you will have in mind for a very long time.
Alaska husky is the name of the type of dogs we use. It is a mixed breed, made to be the fastest dog in the world to run over long distances. They are bred to have the most optimal capacity for what they should be uesed for.
The Alaska huskies has their origins from Alaska, and was a cross between the Eskimos and Indians polar dogs. Today the Alaska husky is a cross between different polar breeds, different bird dogs, Greyhound, Border collie and others. Because they are bred to have the best capacity for their use, (sprint, middle or long distance dogs), their look may vary a lot.Our dogs have good coat and are fit to live outside all through the year and can run many miles every day.
Dog sledding – mushing is an activity where communication and co-operation between the dogs and the musher is the main thing. Dog sledding can be shared into two different Groups; Nordic style, where the musher helps the dogs by go skiing behind a small sledge, which get pulled of 1-3 dogs, or sled dog style,what we do, where the musher stand on the sled which are pulled of 4-20 dogs. The musher help the dogs by chick and run, and manage the sled by use the break, give speed or turn over in the curves.
Dog sledding might be everything from a short pleasant tour in the mountain a sunny day, to a more day tour over long distances through all kind of weather conditions.
Some other comments:
As owner, guide and head musher at Norway Husky Adventure she is one of the few female dog handlers in the business. Her enthusiasm is infectious.
We’d met our dog teams, been briefed on safety and as the dogs rapidly accelerate across the winter landscape Bodil could be heard shouting over the cacophony “I cannot think of any better way to experience snow”. She was right, the adrenalin was pumping, the landscape was magnificent and we were immediately hooked on the thrill of dog sledding!
“The days of the tough, bearded, dirty, male-dominated sport are definitively over!” says Bodil. “The dogs are not machines, and they need lots of contact, good gear and affection to motivate them to pull. These are more maternal qualities, and means that in recent years, women have made their mark within the sport. It does seem as if the men have finally begun to realise this, and act accordingly”.
Another important part of Bodil’s concept is that participants stay as guests of her family. Living with the family and experiencing the challenges of day-to-day life of a working Norwegian mountain farm gives a unique insight into their fascinating lifestyle.
Although the farm is located just 1-hour drive east of Trondheim Værnes Airport the remote mountain location makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to another world. For those on short breaks the direct flights to Trondheim (or frequent connections via Oslo) coupled to the short overland transfer means you can be out and mushing the dogs within a few hours of leaving most European cities.
Bodil likes her guests to work and play with the dogs as much as possible in order to create a close bond between mushers and animals. The dogs love contact of this type, and when you know the dogs’ personalities, you’ll make a great team.