My off-grid homestead life w/ sled dogs

Talkeetna, Alaska, United States

Experience hosted by Iris

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

I will show you my personal Alaskan life at my off the beaten path homestead, just south of Talkeetna.

Of course you will meet my Alaskan husky sled dogs. They are a rowdy bunch, but also super friendly and some (Sam and Hayden) even think that 50 - 60 lb is a perfect size to be a lap dog. You will meet each dog individual and learn about sled dogs in general.

You will also learn about how the dogs are an integral part of my life and will sit at my kitchen table to see what it takes to live in Alaska year round without having any utility connections (no running water or electricity network hookup).

I have setup many systems to still live a relative modern life in summer as well as in winter. You will learn about how me and the dogs collect our own water, haul our own firewood and building material, and how I grow, ferment, bake and gather 80% of my own food. Besides helping me with these tasks the dogs also provide me with winter transportation to explore the incredible back-country of Alaska in winter.

It is a unique opportunity to see how and why we live here in the far north. Come visit me and my dogs.

Note:
* Guests have to be interested in working dogs and off-grid living.
* I have no running water and sport an outhouse. No smoking, no animals of any kind.
* This is not a large scale tourist destination, but my real life.
I will show you my personal Alaskan life at my off the beaten path homestead, just south of Talkeetna.

Of course you will meet my Alaskan husky sled dogs. They are a rowdy bunch, but also super friendly and some (Sam and Hayden) even think that 50 - 60 lb is a perfect size to be a lap dog. You will meet each dog individual and learn about sled dogs in general.

You will also learn about how the dogs are an integral part of…

Meet your Host, Iris

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 53 Reviews
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Together with my 8 sled dogs I live on my off-grid Homestead in Talkeetna and love to show you the real authentic Alaskan lifestyle I have.

After living in major cities my whole life and working as an engineer all over the world, I found a way to live more simple and be more self sufficient here in Alaska. It is a piece of Alaska not easy to encounter but we Alaskans fell in love with, our dogs and off-grid cabins.

My dogs are working dogs, high energy, super friendly and also my family. This makes the experience of meeting and learning about sled dogs very personal.
Together with my 8 sled dogs I live on my off-grid Homestead in Talkeetna and love to show you the real authentic Alaskan lifestyle I have.

After living in major cities my whole life and working as an engineer all over the world, I found a way to live more simple and be more self sufficient here in Alaska. It is a piece of Alaska not easy to encounter but we Alaskans fell in love with, our dogs and off-grid cabins.

My dogs are working dogs, high energy, super friendly a…
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From $84/ person

Where you'll be

You will visit the Flower Homestead, an off the beaten path location in the Boreal forest just South of Talkeetna, Alaska

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 53 reviews.

Christine
September 2021
what an eye opening and educational experience!! an amazing story, and sweet dogs. definitely a highlight of a trip. the drive up there can seem a little daunting, but just take it slow! it will be worth it.
Mark
September 2021
Iris was very friendly and accommodating. Shares her life with those interested in learning more about off grid living. We especially liked meeting her huskies. No regrets here. We will remember the experience fondly.
Bryan
August 2021
Everything was great, we were a little late but we were made time for. Saw what it was really like to rough it in life as we wanted to, learned a whole lot especially about solar and building on the land. The dogs were fun, fluffy abd amazing, and it was so great seeing shots of your adventures with them. thank you so much for inviting us into your home to experience everything abd teaching us a lot! Highly recommend for anyone interested in moving up to rural Alaska, anyone thinking about living off grid, or if you just want some fun tines with some amazing sled dogs, and there fun owner.
Brenda
August 2021
Great experience. Iris is an amazing person and I would highly recommend this to be a must do on anybodys to do list. If you really want to see how it is to live the off grid lifestyle this would be it.
Yahav
August 2021
Such a great Airbnb experience!! Iris showed us her home and way of living - it was authentic and gave us a taste of how Alaskans really live. Highly recommend it!!
Jaquelyn
August 2021
just an absolute must do!! this will truly introduce you to the Alaskan way of life. there is nothing I can say to describe this experience. Iris is incredicle, and I'm so impressed with her homeade homestead and super amazing/beautiful dogs. BOOK IT NOW.

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    Things to know

    Guest requirements

    Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
    All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
    The activity level for this experience is light.
    The skill level for this experience is beginner.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.