Hosted by Huskies

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A week for spending time with huskies, exploring the nature, or just relaxing and enjoying the peace and quietness. The choice is yours, as you are the only guests at this small husky farm.

Hosted by Huskies

The farm of about 20 dogs is located on a lakeshore and surrounded by taiga forests. It offers a great opportunity to experience the wilderness lifestyle: hiking in the nature, canoeing or rowing on a lake, fishing, picking berries, mushrooms & herbs, cooking, chopping firewood and heating up sauna etc. You can also take part in daily tasks with huskies and go hiking with them.

Programme information

Season:
20th May - 25th September
Place:
Kuhmo, Finland
Duration:
7 days
Persons:
2-4 (5)
Price:
1 200 first two, others 600/person
Price Solo:
Starting from 600/person
Price Includes:
Accommodation with full board, guided program for the whole week, airport transfers from/to Kajaani. (For extra price transfers from/to Kuopio.)

Detailed program

An example how the program can look (can also be tailored):
Day 1: Arriving in Kajaani or Kuopio airport/railway station. Transfer to the wilderness cabin. Getting familiar with the dogs and the surroundings. Dinner.

Day 2: Foraging wild food. There are plenty of edible plants, mushrooms and berries in our nature to collect. Thanks to our “Everyman's right” or “Right to Roam” we can collect those delicacies freely as long as we do not disturb wildlife or neighbours by going too close. That is pretty easy to avoid as the closest neighbours are two kilometres away – in fact in Kuhmo municipality we have less than two persons per square kilometre.

Some of the delicasies we may find are:
-Cranberries in early spring (they stay good over the winter) and late autumn
-False Morels (mushrooms) in springtime
-Wild Herbs in early summer
-Boletes, Chantarelles and many other mushrooms from July until late autumn
-Cloudberries (July), Blueberries (July-September), Lingonberries & Crowberries (August-September)

As every evening you will have the chance to enjoy the great combination of traditional Finnish sauna and dipping into a refreshing lake water. In the evening we will make dinner of our catch.

Day 3: A day for fishing. During the summer months huskies are mainly fed on lake fish that we catch ourselves with a fyke net. Fyke net is a selective trap that mainy catches small cyprinid fish like Roach. It takes a lot of time and effort but it all pays back with a smaller carbon footprint. We also try to catch something for ourselves for the dinner. Most common catch for ourselves is Pike, Perch, Zander & Whitefish.

Day 4: Husky trekking day. Today we will pack the car with some eager huskies and head to one of the many nature trails we have in Kuhmo. Each participant will get an “own” husky, a special belt and a shock-absorbing leash. Huskies are very eager to pull and your job is to follow and slow down on the tricky parts. Afterwards you will feel the hiking in your muscles – no need for a gym! Having the dogs with also helps us to see, smell and hear better what is out there in the nature. Lunch by the fire, some sausages for the dogs as well.

Day 5: Canoeing day. For the start we will study the basic canoeing techniques. Then it is time for a small canoeing tour, starting right from our cabin shore. On the way we can study beaver life on a small river. Lunch & coffee will be enjoyed by the open fire.

Day 6: Hiking in the pathless woods. We have many nature protection areas without any marked trails, fireplaces or other hiking services. Today we will head to one of those. These areas preserve our most original nature, and there you can feel how it is to be one with the nature.

Day 7: Departure from Kajaani or Kuopio airport.

Good to know

General information about the husky farm:

This small husky farm is situated 20 kilometres from the closest village (Kuhmo) and 2 kilometres from the closest neighbour. It is a permanent home for one of the guides and his dogs. The farm is on a lakeshore in the wilderness and it is very rare to see any other people on “our” lake. The main building is a traditional log cabin which used to be a base for the forest workers. It is simple but has the modern comforts such as electricity, running water and indoor toilet. There is no shower, but you can wash yourself with hot water every evening in the sauna. The sauna is another log building which is right on the lakeshore; one has to take approximately five steps before jumping in to the lake.

The cabin has a kitchen and a living room for the common use. Guests have their own bedroom with a fireplace and a view to a lake. The second bedroom is a bit smaller than the main guest room but also with a view to the lake. The guest rooms are with twin or double beds depending on how the guests wish. There is a mobile phone coverage and one should be able to connect to internet with smart-phones. There is also a computer with internet access if needed.

Food that is served is based strongly on local ingredients; fish (usually caught from the own lake), mushrooms, game meat, vegetables and potatoes. Special dietary needs (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan) are happily fulfilled if asked in advance.

The dogs on the farm are friendly Siberian huskies. They live outside, usually two to three dogs per one cage. Occasionally some are staying inside. Most of the time they are very silent. They are only noisy when being exited: for example because of feeding or when they are taken out for hiking etc. Anyhow, no need for earplugs during the nights!

Routa Travel
Jyrkäntie 936, FI-88900 Kuhmo, 044 2613 389, aki.karajaoja@gmail.com, www.routatravel.fi
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