We offer two different snowshoeing adventures.
Option 1: Snowshoeing, Husky, Ice fishing & Lunch (4.5 hours)
This snowshoe trek takes us out to our wilderness camp where we try ice fishing on a frozen lake and enjoy lunch grilled on an open fire and served in a Sami lavvu (herdsmen’s tent).
The return hike on snowshoes through a pine forest to the wilderness camp is about 2.5 km. This area also offers wonderful views of the Altafjord.
Remember your camera! This is the Norwegian outdoor tradition in a nutshell.
Option 2: Snowshoeing & Husky (3 hours)
On our three-hour trip, we set off from our HQ in Øvre Alta. We explore the pine forest along the banks of the Alta River and are sure to experience the tracks of wild animals, including the King of the Forest, the moose, and other animals such as hares, foxes and squirrels.
We also take a break and light an open fire to brew tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
We will be joined on both trips by one of our three Alaskan Huskies – Javri, Phelps, Atlas or Bruno. They will help pull or carry the gear as well as providing nice company.
Extra warm clothes
The use of extra clothes, warm boots. mittens and woollen hats is included on both trips.
Transfers to and from your hotel are included in the tour price.
The history of snowshoes
Snowshoes were first used by hunters and trappers in Central Asia more than 6000 years ago. Naturally enough, they were reliant on obtaining food and subsistence also during winter. The hunters observed how various animals moved in the deep snow without sinking down into it, and realised that they needed to use aids and learn from the animals to move through the snow.
Without the ability to move freely and quickly through the snow, our ancestors would not have had the possibility of migrating and settling in the Northern Hemisphere. Snowshoes were a necessity for people to be able to feed themselves in areas with a lot of snow during winter.
As people moved round, migrated and settled in new areas, the snowshoe in time spread to many parts of the world.
The snowshoe is one of the first important human inventions, and many compare it to the invention of the wheel. Snowshoes were well known and much used by many people well before the wheel saw the light of day.
The snowshoe is also regarded as the precursor to the ski.