Welcome to Inuvik and the Northwest Territories!
The Arctic Chalet is dedicated to providing tourists and business travelers alike with comfortable, clean, accommodations in a charming northern setting surrounded by the beauties of nature. We hope that we can help you to have a wonderful time during your visit to the beautiful Canadian Arctic. It was our love of the north, the land and the people that inspired us to develop our property into a year-round lodging and tourist facility so that we could share this wonderful and unique place with you.
Let us Introduce Ourselves
Olav is a retired aeronautical engineer, licensed aircraft mechanic and bush pilot who worked in the arctic for more than thirty-five years and has flown tourists to the North Pole four times! In his early twenties Olav immigrated to Canada from his homeland in Norway after attending a private college in Great Britain. As a young boy his favorite hobby was building model airplanes and later models which he could fly, often crashing them and then patiently putting them back together. Winning competitions now and then made it all worthwhile. By the time he was 15 he was an honest to goodness pilot flying gliders and learning how to build real airplanes which he still enjoys doing in his spare time. Although Olav is retired from commercial aviation he now stays more than just busy rebuilding cabins, building dog sleds, bridges and trails, looking after our rental cars, doing maintenance work and guiding tours.
Judi is an American who was born in Switzerland where she spent the first six years of her life. The following eight years were spent growing up with her missionary family in Montevideo, Uruguay where she spent lots of time riding horses on the beach and playing with her dog. The countless hours spent training her Boxer to do tricks, trying to teach him to pull carts and teaching him to be obedient prepared her for something that was beyond her wildest dreams; training her own huskies in the Arctic for dog sledding adventures! Judi manages the business and also enjoys guiding a variety of summer and winter tours.
We can truly say that we love life, enjoy what we do and feel that it is a privilege to be able to live right here in the beautiful Canadian Arctic. Whether it be summer or winter please allow us to be your hosts during your brief stay.
Judi and Olav Falsnes
Photo by Terry Parker
Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada