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Engholm Husky Design Lodge Karasjok
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Dont let the title mislead - the husky dogs were very quiet and did not disturb us in any way. This place is magical - set in a wooded haven just outside of Karasjok. Our cabin was the Danskar which has ensuite facilities. Sven Engholm has truly created a wonderland here. We enjoyed every minute of our stay including the two meals which Thomas prepared for us - moose one night, reindeer the other - both delicious. The cabin itself was astounding - it and everything in it made with natural materials and the attention to detail was amazing. We kept thinking - right we will catch him out - he will have missed something - but no. Everything you needed was right there. Do stay - this should be on everyones bucket list. We shall surely return - maybe in the winter when we can fully appreciate those magnificent dogs. Regret not being able to spend more time with Sven as I wanted to hear his tails of Iditerod and dog racing - but for another time! There are some beautiful walks nearby and Karasjok village is lovely. Last word to Jenny the yard dog - she was amazing, we really felt she was watching over us - she made us feel welcome and safe here.

Room Tip: If you want a bit more comfort go ensuite.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

A "DIFFERENT PLACE Engholm's Husky design Lodge is situated next to Karasjohka river, 6 km outside of Karasjok. The designed log houses here at the lodge were built by Sven himself and has a special charm. Sven has made all the interior furnishing and decoration in order to create a unique and personal atmosphere in each house. Interesting "dogmusher library". The wood heated sauna is cosy, it has separate room for relaxing and our outdoor hot tub is very popular. The ‘Barta' – a special turf covered log house where we gather around the open fire sitting on reindeer furs with special food and good drinks. ‘Barta' is frequently used for a "different" social events. Engholm Husky farm consists of 40-50 highly trained sled dogs for long-distance racing, expeditions and tours. Conditions are very good for fishing salmon, and grayling in Karasjok river (200m). Char, trout and pike in the lakes nearby.
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Room Tip: All rooms/loge houses are nice. An incredible nice place to by. Fantastic owner and staff.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Kaseberga
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

I was really in two minds about whether I should actually tell anyone how good this place actually is. But as it is hard to get to, I suspect that the day trippers, and the Guccies and those who think an adventure is having to go out to buy a drink as opposed to raiding the minibar will give up at Oslo, I suspect that it will stay exclusive.

This was a perfect trip and everything and more that I expected. The purpose was to spend some days with the Huskies, and that and all else surpassed my expectations. As a solo traveller I had little idea what to expect of the trip; and after many flight connections arrived at Sven's place. All of the staff were absolutely efficient, friendly, and welcoming to everyone. We were provided with necessary information when we needed it in a clear way, but this was all about fun.

The accommodation was absolutely charming. How can one describe it? The property is a sprinkling of log cabins in the woods. Each has been individually constructed by Sven and the interior is a masterpiece in individuality. Every table, every chair, shelf, bed etc has been constructed beautifully by hand by Sven the craftsman. The tables in the main lodge where everyone eats are works of art, rather than an item of furniture. The base is constructed of tree roots which are just amazing, as though the tables are growing out of the floor. I was completely blown away by the way things have been made. And this is trying to make things lying about outside being put to use. Everything is crafted to a standard that it should be sold in the best shops in London. The man could make a fortune if he gave up the dogs.

Krystal and Thomas who were in charge of us were equally fantastic. After a hard day for us, all we wanted to do was collapse in a heap but Thomas and Krystal were working hard, running chains for the dogs to be tied to, pushing sleds up hills with our food in it, checking the dogs and putting ointment on their paws.... they have the stamina of a husky these two.

When on the trail, it is simply indescribable how fantastic it is. The group of about 8 of us each had a team of dogs. You are taught how to remove and refasten the harnesses; secure the sled; pack it etc etc. The dogs of course are the stars of the show. I must say I was surprised to read another review of this place complaining about the noise from the dogs. At night and most of the day they are absolutely quiet. In fact, even if you walk in the yard, they are all quiet, tails wagging, just wanting to be stroked. The only noise is when they are tethered to the sleds and they are anticipating running with the pack again. Then it is noisy!!!

The dogs are super friendly. And you quickly get to know them and they get to know you. All they seem to want is to run, be fed, and be hugged. Then next day, they can't wait to run again. They are looked after so, so well by Krystal and Thomas. I never heard them even raise their voices to the dogs and the dogs respect them without any coercion.

You are provided with all the equipment you really need. One of our team had his luggage lost in transit and everything was provided to him. I would recommend taking two base layers to be worn at the same time; and two over layers of winter clothing such as crag hoppers type trousers and the best quality ski jacket you can get. You are provided with musher boots (basically large wellingtons with thermal linings), thick socks, ski salopettes, a hat and gloves. The other recommendations I would have are to buy thin liner gloves and take lots of hand warmer things as it can get very cold. The gloves could be better in their effectiveness even though they are military gloves. Also a balaclava for under the hat, and your own hat would be better than the ones provided. Last they provide a leather parka musher's jacket that is essential to keep out the wind and also to protect you from low lying branches that occasionally you run in to.

On the trail we stayed in mountain lodges. The accommodation is shared so it is a bit like youth hosteling in a way and everyone is expected to help with the dishes, bringing in wood etc. But that is all part of the fun. Toilet facilities are basic but adequate. There is no provision for showers, but plenty hot water to make yourself respectable and functional. The lodges were wonderfully warm, with a stove in each room and plenty of wood. In fact, I was over warm during the nights and slept well.

On the trail, we stopped for lunch and fires were lit on two days. Toasting sandwiches on an open fire beats stopping for a burger.

This is a holiday I will never forget and will want to repeat. I met some fantastic people on the trip, restoring my faith in humanity. Sven has a fantastic set up there and if you want to experience solitude, but comfort and enjoy the most fantastic scenery you can imagine with a prospect of seeing the aurora, I cannot fault this as a destination. I shall certainly be back.

And just when I thought it could not get any better, on the last evening we saw the northern lights..... Although that was the main purpose of my trip, by the end of it I was kind of hoping I would not see them, to give me a cast iron excuse to come back again. But there is nothing wrong with seeing them twice is there?

I find the negative comments in some of the reviews of this place to be simply laughable. If you want a five star hotel, stay in a five star hotel and then complain that there was only three towels in the room, or the room service took an hour to come. But if you want the adventure of a lifetime, this is the place to go. Thank you Sven, Thomas and Krystal. This was the best!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin that is made of wood (they all are) as they are all magical.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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7  Thank rstornoway
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Even from our initial correspondence, Sven Engholm was polite and very accommodating. We booked the off the beaten track tour which saw us husky sledding for one day, visiting a sami reindeer herder for a day and on top of that, we had an extra day of leisure where we visited sami parliament. In retrospect, we would have done the other tour which included an extra day of sledding and an overnight stay in the woods.

Karasjok itself is a little difficult to get to. We flew into Oslow, then another flight to Alta, finally a 5hr (approx) bus ride to the town. From there we had to call the lodge and asked to be picked up. Note: disembark the bus at the hotel stop, not the bus port. Leaving was more simple; bus (or hitch a ride) to Lakselv and fly to Oslow via Tromso.

The accommodation cottages were very warm and cosy and completely hand made by Sven. Walking to the bathroom in the main lodge just enhanced the experience of being off the beaten track and made sure you regularly kept your eyes open for the tricky lady (northern lights).

The staff, Christel, Thomas, Jana and Sven are very kind and lovely people and made our stay as comfortable as possible. Each night they took turns to make the most wonderful dinners that exceeded all of our expectations. Breakfasts were buffet style with typical Norwegian foods, cheese, fish and meat. On the tour we packed sandwiches from the breakfast items.

The dog sledding was definitely the highlight and is unlike other dog sledding companies. We were flying through the forest, around corners, down hills. It was a great adventure. Although expect to fall off at some point! A sauna to finish the day was well worth the cost when shared between four.

Visiting the Sami herder was also fantastic albeit FREEZING!!!

We were also fortunate to tag along with the puppies daily training run on the frozen river. Great experience if this is offered.

In response to other reviews, I can't see much point going to a husky lodge for one night and not immersing yourself in the experience. The dogs do howl after meals and to attract the females on heat, but we found this really added to the atmosphere.

We are yet to reconcile the cost, however Norway is the most expensive country we've seen. The tours are a once in a lifetime experience and impossible to have elsewhere. In saying that, we hope to come back one day.

If you're after an unforgettable experience, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: All the cabins seem very similar. Don't put too much wood in the stove before bed. This made for...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank James M
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We recently spent 5 days and nights at Engholm Husky Design Lodge and it couldn't have been more perfect. Our cabin was so unique and comfortable. The staff were well informed and friendly and the food was delicious! If you want to get away, Engholm Lodge is a place to go. The dogs are wonderfully friendly and there are many lovely walks to do. We were there at the time of the midnight sun and it was exquisite. One of the highlights of the trip was learning about the Sami people and their culture. I can't say enough about this experience. Do yourself a favor and visit this part of Norway. I promise it will be beyond your expectations.

Room Tip: Any cabin is unique and wonderful.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Positive aspects: Absolutely beautiful, handmade cabins. We were amazed by these cabins, which combine natural, rustic materials with interesting, creative, and Scandinavian design elements. Even though we stayed here one night, I don't think we saw all of the wonderful little details of the cabin. The cabins are in a beautiful wooded area about five or so minutes from the lovely town of Karasjok. Sven Engholm, the owner, was very helpful when it came to email correspondence and advice. We arrived shortly after the snow had melted, so it wasn't possible to go for a sledding trip, but this was fine with us.

Negative aspects: Like everything else in Norway, the one-night stay at the lodge was exorbitant. Think of the most expensive hotel you've stayed in and double the price. The sign directing guests to the lodge indicated that it is a "bed and breakfast," which in my mind suggests that included in the price of the stay guests receive a "free" breakfast. This was not the case, however, so the signage is misleading. The quote we received from the owner regarding meals was shocking (although I'm sure the meals were good) and it was clear from the quote that breakfast was not included (nor were we informed that we would be offered breakfast while we were there). While the owner was friendly and courteous regarding email correspondence, he is less so in person. Besides the staff member who showed us to the cottage, we got the distinct impression that we were barely being tolerated. Also, while the forest surrounding the lodge is beautiful, it is not possible to take a walk in any direction due to the dog feces which covers the ground. This is not surprising given that it is, after all, a husky lodge. But if you are a fit person or someone who requires any kind of exercise, you will be disappointed. The roads around Karasjok are very narrow and there is no shoulder to run on, so it feels unsafe to walk/run on the road and unless you want dog feces on your shoes, there is nowhere to walk on the premises.

I feel conflicted about the lodge. On the one hand, it's beautiful, but on the other the price is very high and the reception would be best described as "odd." Definitely wouldn't stay here again, but might recommend it as long as you know what to expect.

Room Tip: We stayed in a lodge with a shower and kitchenette. Definitely recommend this so you can pack/cook...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank LAcentric
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

we stayed one night in Latnja cottage March 2012. Cost 2800nok. We did see the northen light through the trees - but there are a LOT of trees.
1. the cottage is beautiful carved,designed,built,
2. cottage is adjacent the husky dogs ? barking - noise?,
3. it has a small 2 burner stove,
4. clean small bathroom,
5. incredibly helpful,kind staff,
6. it is a 500m down hill walk to the cottages/hostel building, Staff will help carry bags - especially over snow, we asked for a luggage sled.
7 the cottage is small - so don;t take large suitcases. About the size of a small hotel room,

Summary. - the cost is toooooo high. 2800 nok!. I repeat - staff & Sven ( owner/builder/designer) are delightful.

Room Tip: Be clear the facilities you are booking. be sure you like dogs.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Engholm husky Karasjok, Karasjok 9730, Norway
Region: Norway > Northern Norway > Finnmark > Karasjok Municipality > Karasjok
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Karasjok
Price Range: £131 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Engholm Husky Design Lodge Karasjok 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The designed log cabins at Engholm are situated next to Karasjohka river, 6 km outside of Karasjok. The houses are built by Sven Engholm him selves and have a special charm. He have made all the interior furnishing and decoration in order to create a unique and personal atmosphere in each house. We provide lodging with full board, or if you desire, just only lodging. Free wireless internet zone. Canoe and bicycle rental. Salmon, trout and grayling fishing in the river nearby. Char and pike in the lakes. ... more   less 
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