The couple from Czech Republic wanted to experience fun and challenging things, such as how to handle a dog sled. In addition, Denisa Faltynkova and Radim Jurdie had the idea of spending at least one month in a new and exciting place to get to know the culture. Among various travel options, they landed on a position advertised at the work exchange website Workaway.info. Near the city of Alta, they were offered jobs at a dog sledding business, in exchange for food and lodging.
“We both enjoy travelling and have been able to visit quite a lot of places around the world. This time we wanted to experience the life of a local in an exotic spot.”
How did you plan your trip?
“We read a lot about the arctic culture before deciding to go, like a mental preparation to stay for a while.”
How did the challenge turn out?
“We stayed at Gargia Fjellstue, a cozy, red-painted wooden mountain hotel at 70 degrees North, just 30 minutes from Alta airport.”
How do you like the Finnmark region?
“We appreciate the total quietness, the immense, untouched nature, and the charming contradiction that although the region is calm, the people seem very busy and focused on daily tasks. This climate obviously forces you to concentrate on what you are doing.” Read more about Alta.
How did handling a dog sled feel like?
“Frankly dog mushing was more challenging than expected. It’s all about getting to know a certain rhythm and learning how to master a big group of barking dogs pulling you at high speed. The reward is a distinct feeling of being in control.”
What other activities did you enjoy?
“We liked hiking and wouldn't let the weather conditions stop us, so we put on traditional snowshoes. To us, it was a new and fun way to explore the nearby nature.”
How is the food in Finnmark?
“We like how the local ingredients like salmon and reindeer are served with different kinds of vegetable stews, and sometimes also in surprising combinations with seasonal additions like blueberries.” Read more about food traditions in Norway.
What kind of images are you posting in social media?
“Mostly landscapes, but we seldom post in real time as we prefer to focus on where we are, here and now.”
What will you bring home?
“Traditional knitted sweaters. Our ambition is to find some classic ones in thrift stores.” Check out shopping opportunities in Norway.
Is Norway a good choice for couples in love like you?
“Yes, indeed, Norway is very suitable for couples because you are not surrounded by huge crowds like in most tourist destinations. Here, we have both time and space for each other.”
Where will you go next?
“To India. We expect it to be quite the opposite of Norway.”
Alta is the largest town in Finnmark and offers northern lights, midnight sun, mountains, Sami culture, reindeer and UNESCO-protected rock carvings.
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