Always having had a winter-tour with dogs in mind, the most trivial and difficult
question at the same time was: how do I get dogs for that? Borrow my best
friend's dog? Nope, she wasn't really in a good shape - and too small and
nasty anyway. Who else might help? Well, usually I prefer to plan and do
my outdoor activities myself (and with friends) and without any support of
commercial companies. But for this kind of tour, it seemed to be unavoidable....
When reading German outdoor magazines, looking for such kind of adventure,
you cannot miss a small ad saying "Wenn Sie unterwegs zum Nordpol sind,
kommen Sie auf halbem Weg bei uns vorbei". What kind of guy might that be
putting this small b/w ad, just stating this text and his phone number, between
all these coloured high-tech and promising-everything ads?? Only one way to
find out. After Christmas 1996, I went there to do my first sled-dog tour ever:
8 days far up in northern Norway, with lots of dogs and snow. What would
that be like? It was simply great! More tours should follow...
outdoor @ wolfgang-reinelt.de
sleddog tour Altevatn 1996/1997
I travelled to Narvik by train, which took 2 days in each direction (quite
a distance, see map). On the way there a I passed Linköping, the city
where I should move to three years later, asking myself the question, why
almost all cities in southern Sweden do end on -köping? Maybe to confuse
To cut the dull story, here is the tour: The sled-dog tour itself was basically
heading from Bjørns farm in south eastern direction on the lake Altevatn,
and then to return. Quite a good thing to start with, not too difficult to
drive, but quite rewarding landscape.
- 1996-12-25 to 27: train ride to Narvik, bus to Setermoen, car to
Innset (a maximal boring way to spend the trailing Christmas days)
- 1996-12-28: crash-course in how to handle sled and dogs (well,
not literally; although there was not much space between me the the house
when starting off) and short tour to the Gaskas cabin
- 1996-12-29: Gaskas cabin - Lavuo, including polar-light show
in the late evening
- 1996-12-30: Lavuo - Politiodden cabin
- 1996-12-31: hole day in the cabin, because of nasty weather.
Plenty of time to prepare the new-year party...
- 1997-01-01: new year, new weather: day trip on the lake, south-eastern
- 1997-01-02: back from the Politiodden cabin to the Lavuo, having
really lousy weather.
- 1997-01-03: back to Gaskas cabin, sending a help call to Jutta
to fix some beer for our return tomorrow
- 1997-01-04: back to Bjørns farm.
- 1997-01-05 to 07: train ride home
- Bjørn has two homepages:
(which has a couple of aliases) and
, both of them written in Germain. Nevertheless, you can look at the nice
- The description of our tour is
- The weather in
, which is at the coast, that therefore you might be cheated by the warm
temperatures there 8-) Look at
Some photos are available. Please click on a thumbnail to view the fullsize image.
|first meters on the sled|
|in the Lavuo...|
|...not too bad|
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