Our Story

About us

We are a familybusiness born out of our deep passion for sled dogs and the extraordinary existence above the Arctic circle. For over three decades, we have crafted a diverse range of tours and multi-day experiences that reflect our expertise and dedication. Our offerings cater to both those seeking relaxation and those craving adventure. Whether you yearn to witness the enchanting dance of the Northern Lights from the warmth of a cozy bed or explore the breathtaking wonders of nature alongside a team of spirited huskies, we have something to fulfill your dreams. Our mission is to provide our guests with a firsthand experience of what captured our hearts, both on and off the sled. Welcome to our home at Holmen, where we invite you to embrace our way of life.

How it all began

This is a story rooted in shared passion. In 1986, two kindred spirits, Kari Jæger and Eirik Nilsen, found themselves captivated by the allure of sled dogs. Individually, they discovered their deep affection for this way of life, which ultimately brought them together. Sled dogs became their unwavering devotion, connecting them to a rare community of individuals who shared their profound connection.

During the 1980s, the Finnmark Race, now Europe's longest sled dog race, gained popularity at a rapid pace. It was during this time that Kari encountered the charming town of Alta, where the race begins and ends. As a handler for the reigning champion, Kari witnessed firsthand the awe-inspiring beauty and thrill of the event. Motivated by her mentor and the stirring allure of the race, Kari embarked on her own training, becoming one of the first women to complete the tough race. This accomplishment not only marked her place in history but also ignited a passion to share this remarkable adventure with others. Kari's dedication led her to become the manager of the race, working tirelessly to transform it into Europe's premier long distance sled dog race.

While Kari was finding her calling in Alta, Eirik spent his winters exploring the raw wilderness surrounding Tromsø and Kautokeino. However, it was Alta that captured his heart, becoming a thriving hub for sled dog enthusiasts across Europe. Eirik participated in his first Finnmark Race in 1988, becoming deeply enamored with the indescribable connection between man, dog, and nature. It was during this time that Eirik and Kari crossed paths. Over the next 18 years, Eirik competed in the Finnmark Race 14 times, achieving 3 remarkable victories.

United by their shared passion for sled dogs, Kari and Eirik established their home alongside the Alta river, with easy access to trails where they both could train dogs and bring a long guests on adventures. Holmen became their sanctuary, a place where their shared love for sled dogs could flourish. Together, they raised numerous dogs and nurtured two children, Oda and Brage.

What began as a worn down post-war farm soon evolved. With unwavering dedication and boundless innovation, the Nilsen Jæger family transformed Holmen into Holmen Husky Lodge. They opened their doors, welcoming guests from all corners of the world to experience their extraordinary way of life.

As the lodge grew, their son Brage felt a profound connection to the legacy his parents had built. Inspired by their love for nature and the exhilaration of sled dog racing, Brage embraced his calling. In 2022, he followed in his parents' footsteps, competing in his first Finnmark Race with his sister Oda as handler. Guided by their loyal team of dogs, Brage achieved an impressive 5th place, earning the coveted title of Rookie of the Year.

Holmen Husky Lodge now stands witness to a new generation of mushers, ready to take their place at the starting line and share their passion with adventurous travellers. They embody the spirit of passion, dedication, and a deep reverence for nature. The family invites the world to join them on their journey—a quest to embrace the harmony between humans, sled dogs, and the majestic beauty of the Arctic.