13 564km // ALTA // NORWAY

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13 564km // ALTA // NORWAY

I’m writing this at the back of a green ’82 Mitsubishi kombi, Stevo on my right, our new friends, Stefan and Stephy in the front, and a gorgeous white Siberian Husky named Mansi, in the back. It’s 1:03am and the sun is not even remotely close to setting…in fact, the next time this town will see darkness will be July 28th. We are just over half way through our road trip to the North Cape — 71 degrees North, and the northern most point of Europe. Our bags are packed with local Norwegian beer, camera gear, woolen undergarments (which we’ll wear in our four-season sleeping bags), and sausages (that will be poked with sticks we find, and placed on a flame from a fire we’ll start later tonight). The views out the windows range from snow-capped fjords, crisp arctic rivers, lakes and the Atlantic ocean, innovative underwater tunnels, rocky mountains and occasional sightings of reindeer and sea eagles.

How did we find ourselves here?
The past four weeks have been so far from what we knew as life. We’ve been taken outside of our daily routine, swopping early mornings for late nights, and listening to the howls of 70 Huskies at Trasti & Trine’s Northern Lights Husky lodge where we have learned to knit, carve wooden spoons, make dresses out of plastic, pave slate pathways, chop and stack wood, cook seven-course meals for VIPs, cook and serve Norwegian salmon for nothing short of 45 foreign guests at any given time, and most importantly, we’ve learned to place nature and the outdoors on a pedestal above consumerism. Surreal doesn’t explain it.
When we signed up to work here, those many months ago, we knew we’d be helping with puppies, viewing the midnight sun (and ticking that off our Wanderlist), and engaging in a little woodwork, but we had no idea that our experience here would change our perception of the importance of submerging yourself in a different culture. From new rituals, like Sauna Friday’s (basically the best day of the week), and national holidays involving parading families and ice-cream-eating in single digit degree weather (check out Stefan’s pics from 17 May below), to eating spiced cake in carved oranges next to the fire, and waiting for the daily “dinner bell” to send us to the main house. Our days have been filled with a different type of creative craft; creating goods with our hands, and using teamwork and long days to shape and mould a family’s home business and surroundings. All of this whilst being blessed with the best job in the world — walking eight gorgeous puppies daily.
Some of the times, however, haven’t been so glamorous. Picking up dog poop in freezing, wet weather, scrubbing toilets, washing dishes after those seven-course meals, and cleaning the chicken coop, made the experience dirtier, but it made it that much more real too. We’ll probably add “professional dog poop scooper” to our CVs, appreciate the gentle triangular fold on the fresh roll of toilet paper in future hotels, buy a dishwasher, and never own chickens as pets, but we’ll always remember Alta as a magical place. Thank you Trine, Johnny 1, 2 and 3, Stefan, Stephy, Emma, Hannah, Elisabeth, Roger, Lila and the 70 furry howlers. We’ll hopefully come back soon for some snow-coated mushing lessons (and to see the puppies all grown up).

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PS. If you haven’t booked your ticket to Alta yet, I suggest you do.

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

Alta Norway | How Far From Home

A huge thanks (again) to Stefan Dahlqvist for taking these awesome shots of us whilst in Alta.

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

Stefan Dahlqvist | How Far From Home

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8 Comments
  • reinettetravels
    Posted at 14:16h, 05 June

    What amazing adventures you having! Great to read and yes, the Northern lights are on my bucket list. Been to Norway in August 2014 and it was incredible! Looking forward to more stories and pictures!!! Stay warm.

  • Adams
    Posted at 16:03h, 05 June

    Hi , I’m following your trip with lots of interest to do it one day. Just one question. How did you obtain visas and was it very problematic. Solo

    • howfarfromhome
      Posted at 16:43h, 05 June

      Hi! Happy to hear it 🙂 Luckily we are traveling on EU passports so no trouble so far. It was quite simple to get our visas for Australia too – simple online application. Let us know if you’re struggling when you apply and we’ll be happy to guide you along 🙂

  • cbmbernard
    Posted at 22:36h, 16 June

    What can I say….other than AWESOME and that I am SUPER jealous!

  • olgasudyenko
    Posted at 18:39h, 23 June

    Good job! I really enjoyed watching your pictures!

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