NORWAY: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC


All photos courtesy of Liv Engholm and Turgleder

Adventure Overview

  • Dates: March 5-13, 2017
  • Pricing: From $3,750/pp
  • Activity Level: 4/5

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Join Muddy Shoe Adventures for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in northern Norway! Over the course of 9 adventure-filled days, you'll have a classic Norwegian experience as you: 

  • Lead your own dogsledding team on a 2-day adventure
  • Go snowshoe hiking through the vast Norwegian wilderness
  • Visit a reindeer herder and have an opportunity to get up close to these amazing animals
  • Experience the majestic Northern Lights first-hand on an overnight camping trip
  • Try your hand at a classic northern Norway experience: Ice-fishing!
  • Meet the local Sami people — the only peoples in Europe with indigenous status — and more!

Along the way, you'll be supported by Michael Bennett, MSA's Founder & Chief Adventure Officer, on your journey of personal exploration and discovery. Michael will use the trip's many adventures as catalysts for casual yet inspirational discussions that will help you learn from what you are experiencing and develop a strategic action plan for kick-starting the next chapter in your life!


MEET YOUR PROGRAM LEADER

MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D. | Founder & Chief Adventure Officer @ MSA

Hey there! My name is Michael, and I am pumped up and proud to be your Program Leader for this adventure through northern Norway! A little bit about me: I am a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, accidental entrepreneur, and life/career coach. Inspired by my own transformational travel experiences and a personal struggle to find meaningful work, I dedicated my life to helping others change their lives through coaching and travel programs. I launched MSA in 2011 as way to support other people in traveling the world, pushing their comfort zones, exploring new cultures and perspectives and ideas, engaging in powerful conversations, and applying the lessons they learned to transform their lives. 

Read more about Michael's first story of transformational travel here!


DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Overnight: Engholm Husky Lodge

WELCOME TO NORWAY!

You will be met by your guides at the airport in Alta and transferred to Engholm Husky Lodge (EHL). At EHL, you will stay in beautiful custom-designed cabins. Upon arrival, you'll meet your fellow travelers and MSA Program Leader. Dinner will be served in the lodge kitchen. In the evening, there will be time to explore the husky lodge and the area surrounding the lodge before a well-deserved night's sleep.


DAY 2: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D 
  • Overnight: Engholm Husky Lodge

SNOWSHOE HIKING

After a classic Norwegian breakfast, we'll get outfitted for our snowshoe adventure and learn the basic skills before heading out on this excursion to Mt. Halde (1.5 km; 4—5 hours). From Mt. Halde, we'll enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the coastal mountains in the North and the barren plateau in the west and south. We will make a fire and enjoy our lunch packs outdoors, then return to the husky lodge for an afternoon of group discussions. Dinner at the lodge.


DAY 3: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D 
  • Overnight: Ravnastua Mountain Cabin  

DOGSLEDDING EXPEDITION (DAY 1)

Dogsledding time!! You will be given your own dog sled team ... Seriously! How amazing is that?!? After an introduction to dogsledding where your guides will show you how to prepare your team, pack your sled, and how to drive your team of 4—6 dogs, we'll begin our trip to the Finnmark plateau. We will enjoy our lunch around an open fire in the forest or on the plateau before the trip continues. The night will be spent at Ravnastua Mountain Cabin, an old lodging station for priests, doctors, mailmen, and others traveling across the Finnmark plateau between the different towns and settlements. Ravnastua has basic facilities and shared rooms.


DAY 4: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: Engholm Husky Lodge

DOGSLEDDING EXPEDITION (DAY 2)

We'll rise early, grab breakfast, and begin our trip back to the Engholm Husky Lodge with our dogs. An expert dogsled leader by this point, you'll effortlessly guide your team through the Arctic north on our journey home. We'll arrive back at the Lodge in time for a late afternoon nap or free time to explore the surrounding areas. 


DAY 5: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: Engholm Husky Lodge

VISIT TO A REINDEER HERDER

After a delicious breakfast, we'll visit a Sàmi reindeer herder at their siida (a group of reindeer herders/family members that work together with their flocks). The program will vary depending on the weather, which siida can receive us, and the current whereabouts of their herd and other factors, but this visit normally involve things like for example throwing lasso, storytelling, visit a lavvu (traditional Sámi tent) and you will of course get to see the herd. The Sámis are the only people in Europe with indigenous status and this day will give you a unique opportunity to learn more about their centuries’ old traditions and their way of life today. Back to the Lodge for dinner and exciting conversations!  


DAY 6: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D 
  • Overnight: Engholm Husky Lodge

ICE-FISHING EXCURSION

Another exciting and adventurous day! Today, we'll head out to a nearby lake where we will try our hands at ice-fishing for brown trout and/or arctic char. Your guide will teach you how to ice fish, and any fish we catch can be prepared for lunch on the fire or let loose again. This is all up to you. Lunch will be outdoors around an open fire. We'll return to the Lodge for dinner.


DAY 7: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: Mother Nature

SCOUT FOR A DAY & NORTHERN LIGHTS SAFARI

Ever wanted to sleep out under the stars while enjoying the Northern Lights? This is your chance! We'll ski or hike by snow shoes to a suitable campsite, set up our camp, and prepare for a majestic evening. Good food and great stories by the campfire is a natural part of the experience. If conditions are right, we'll experience the dancing Northern Lights. We'll sleep under the open sky under a lean-to (or maybe even in a snow pit)! 


DAY 8: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: B, L, D 
  • Overnight: Engholm Husky Lodge  

SCOUT FOR A DAY

We'll awaken to the crisp morning air and enjoy a hot breakfast before breaking down camp and beginning our trek back to the Lodge. We'll gather in the afternoon for our Closing Ceremony and enjoy one last dinner in Norway. 


DAY 9: ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC

  • Meals: Breakfast 
  • Overnight: None 

DEPARTURE

After breakfast and a final checkout, you will be transferred to the airport in Alta for your flight home or to your next destination.


ACCOMMODATIONS

ENGHOLM HUSKY LODGE

Our home base for most of the trip will be the Engholm Husky Lodge, truly a unique and one-of-a-kind lodge. The log houses here at the lodge were built by Sven Engholm himself and have a special charm. Sven has made all the interior furnishing and decoration in order to create a unique and personal atmosphere in each house. The wood heated sauna is cozy and has separate room for relaxing. The outdoor hot tub is very popular. The ‘Barta' is a special turf covered log house where we gather around the open fire sitting on reindeer furs with special food and good drinks. Engholm Husky Lodge has 40—50 highly trained sled dogs for long-distance racing, expeditions, and tours. 

 

Photo of Statens Fjellstue Ravnastua Karasjok

Photo of Statens Fjellstue Ravnastua Karasjok

RAVNASTUA MOUNTAIN CABIN

One evening, you will spend in a cozy Ravnastua Mountain Cabin, an old lodging station for the priests, doctors, mailmen, and other officials traveling across the Finnmark plateau between the different towns and settlements. We'll also spend an evening camping out under the Northern Lights and sleeping in a snow pit that we dig — talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 


INCLUSIONS

What's Included

The following items are included in your Swiss Adventure:

  • 1 pre-adventure coaching call with Michael
  • Transfers to/from Alta Airport (ALF) 
  • All accommodations throughout the program
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All guided adventure activities (Ex: Dogsledding, etc.)
  • Facilitated MSA Program with your Program Leader 
  • Tips for services (Accommodation, food, guides, etc.)
  • 1 post-adventure coaching call with Michael

What's NOT Included

The following items are NOT included in your Adventure:

  • Transportation to/from Alta, Norway
  • Snacks or beverages outside of planned MSA meals
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs or personal gifts
  • Items of a personal nature (medicines, toiletries, etc.)
  • Tips for MSA program leaders (optional)

Every Adventure also includes our 3-month pre-trip Call to Adventure and 1-month post-trip Return of the Hero group coaching process. 


PRICING

Pricing for this Norwegian Adventure varies slightly depending on the number of people who go on the trip with us! (Hint: Get some friends to sign up, too ... It makes it cheaper for everyone!) Rates based on double occupancy. Single supplement may be available upon request. Contact us for more information.

4 People: $4250/pp

6 People: $3950/pp

8 People: $3750/pp

Single supplement may be available upon request. We are happy to offer different payment options for you. We always strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Occasionally we offer scholarships and work/trade opportunities for those that are interested. Please contact us for more information.


I WANT TO GO TO NORWAY!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about this Adventure. Have more questions? Contact us!

Is this program for me?

This program is for you if you love traveling, making new friends, challenging yourself with physical activities, exploring new cultures, and engaging in informal yet inspirational group conversations. You are also ready to create something exciting and new in your life — a job or career or even a new company, a new relationship, and/or new perspectives and new ways of looking at things.

 

Do I need to be in great shape to participate?

You do not need to be a world-class athlete to participate in this program. You should, however, be fit enough to walk/hike for 4—6 hours at a time. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this program, call MSA at (424) 216—8339.

 

How does the Your Hero's Journey process work?

All of our Adventures follow a three-part process of exploration, discovery, and transformation that we call Your Hero's Journey. Like the Hero's Journey itself, YHJ consists of 3 stages:

  1. The Call to Adventure — A series of pre-departure calls help us get to know each other and prepare for our Journey
  2. The Adventure — We explore the world, have fun, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn from our experiences
  3. The Return of the Hero — A series of post-trip calls that help us keep each other accountable for the actions we commit to

The goal? To create an exciting, powerful, and life-changing experience for you and your fellow travelers!

 

What does a typical day on this Adventure look like?

The days will be exhilarating and in many cases physically challenging. We'll spend our days dogsledding, snowshoe hiking, and ice-fishing. In the evenings, over a delicious meal and a beer or a glass of wine, we'll have casual yet inspirational conversations about what you are learning from your experiences (and one another) and how you can apply those lessons to your life. 

 

How many people will be going with me on this Adventure?

We limit the group size for all of our Adventures to a max of 8 participants. (We also require a minimum of 4 people for this trip.) Most participants for this program are between the ages of 25—45, but we've had adventurers as young as 65 on our programs. Generally speaking, we see a few more women than men on our programs.

 

How do I sign up for this Adventure?

 

How much is the deposit for this trip? What is the payment schedule like?

MSA requires a $500 deposit for this program. We can break your remaining balance into two payments due 120 and then 90 days before the program starts. We'll send you en electronic invoice a few days before your final payments are due. You can pay by credit card or by check, although a 3% fee will be added to all credit card payments. 

 

What is the cancellation policy for this Adventure?

If you need to cancel your booking prior to departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees based on the following schedule:  

Days Prior to Departure: Fee Per Person

  • 91 or more days: Initial deposit
  • 31—90 days: 50% of program cost
  • 30 or fewer days: 100% of program cost

Check out our Terms & Conditions for more info. 

 

What's the weather like in Norway in March?

COLD! (We are in Norway, after all!) Highs are typically in the mid- to low-30s during the day, and temperatures can drop into the 0s (or below) at night. Get ready to bundle up! 

 

So why are we going to Norway if it's so cold at that time of year?

Simple: It's the best time of year to see the Northern Lights. (Plus, it's hard to go dogsledding when there's no snow :)

 

What do I need to bring or pack?

The best approach is to bring layers of clothing. We strongly encourage you to purchase trekking poles for this adventure, as we’ve found them to be incredibly valuable on day hikes, particularly when exploring unfamiliar terrain. A broken-in pair of hiking boots with excellent tread is critical. A detailed packing list will be sent out via email about 30 days prior to the program date. 

 

Which airport should I fly into?

Alta, Norway (ALF) is the airport that we will be supplying transports to/from. 

 

What should I do if I have questions that are not addressed here?

Simple — CONTACT US! We're happy to talk to you about any questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.