Wilderness husky adventure
NEW TOUR! Enjoy the thrill of leading your own team of huskies through the silent, snowy landscapes of northeast Finland and partake in some winter fun activities along the way.
The highlight of this trip is overnighting in an original, rustic, wilderness cabin - just like the true husky drivers. You will learn the daily life of the huskies and help look after them. If you are lucky and conditions are right, you might even witness the spectacle of the Northern Lights. A myriad of colours dancing across the clear northern skies.
Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport where your guide will welcome you. A 1 h 15 minutes’ transfer to husky farm. Check-in, dinner and briefing about the upcoming programme.
Day 2. Husky farm and day safari
To start the week you are taken to the kennels to meet your dogs. You will be taught how to care for the husky teams and be given instructions on the equipment and how to drive the sled. After lunch, you will harness the dogs, split into teams and drive a nice, easy 10 km training trip. In the afternoon, you can relax or spend some time with the dogs and feed them.
Day 3. Overnight adventure 20-30 km
It’s time for “the safari”! Your belongings will be packed onto your sledge and then you are ready to depart for an overnight tour into the wilderness. You will drive through old forests, over frozen lakes and swamps enjoying the exhilarating beauty and complete silence of the snow-covered nature that surrounds you. Lunch is at the halfway stage and served in front of an open fire. In the afternoon, you arrive at a cosy, wilderness cabin located on a small river. There is no electricity or running water, but the cabin is heated by a wood-burning stove. Dinner will be prepared together in a tepee and enjoyed by candlelight. A sauna is heated and you can bathe and relax in its heat. What could feel better after a long day outdoors?
Day 4. Back to the husky farm 20-30 km
The final stage of this adventure takes you back to your starting point. Before that though, you will enjoy a full day of sledding, 20-30 km, and one more picnic lunch in front of an open fire. On arrival at the farm it’s time to thank the dogs, feed and take care of them.
Day 5. Cross-country skiing
After breakfast we make a 30-minute transfer to Kylmäluoma hiking area where you will stay in cozy log cabins for the rest of your stay. After check in you will learn cross-country skiing. This is one of the most popular winter pastimes in Finland. You will be taught the basic classic technique. Once you have the hang of it, you can test your new skills on a short guided tour through the flat pine forest and on the lake near the cabins. In the afternoon you can ski more on your own or eg. rent fatbikes and try cycling on snowy roads with easy-to-ride mountain bikes with oversized tyres.
Day 6. Snowshoeing
We end the week with some snowshoe trekking. After brief instructions, you will set off trekking through beautiful snow covered forests, along ridges and across lakes. The more powder snow there is, the more strenuous the trek is for the leaders. For ones following, they can step into their tracks, which makes walking much easier. So, strongest at the front! Lunch will be enjoyed outdoors around an open fire and your snowshoeing excursion will be completed when you return to the cabins. In the evening sauna awaits, followed by a farewell dinner and a chance to discuss all your adventures.
Day 7. Return
Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport for your flight to Helsinki.
Included in this programme
- 6 nights accommodation
Days 1, 2 and 4: in guest house in twin or triple rooms with shared facilities
Day 3: wilderness cabin, no private rooms
Days 5 and 6: in log cabins, 2-3 person/cabin
- Full board (from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on return day)
- Day at the husky farm including day safari
- Overnight husky safari
- 2 hours guided cross-country skiing excursion and equipment rental for the whole day (day 5)
- 4 hours guided snowshoeing excursion on day 6 and equipment rental for the whole day (day 6)
- Sauna daily
- English speaking guide
- Single-timed group airport transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
- Winter clothes hire (overall, boots, mittens, balaclava)
You will need
Gear list will be sent after booking.
Rental of winter overall, winter boots, mittens and balaclava is included in the tour price.
Good to know
7 days / 6 nights tour. Arrival on Monday, return on Sunday.
Other departures for groups on request. Season 1 February - 5 April.
Maximum group size is 5 persons. On guaranteed departures no minimum number of participants.
*On husky safaris everybody drives an own dog team (3–6 dogs)
*No experience on dog sledding is necessary, but you should be reasonably fit, confident in your sense of balance, and able to cope with the cold and
long hours outside.
*For the overnight safari you can take only small back bag (max. 40 l) with you in the sledge. The rest of the luggage will be left at the base camp.
Flights are not included in the tour price. If you have anything unclear regarding flights or transfers, please do check with us before booking flights!
Important notes for arrival
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport. Single-timed group transfer from Kuusamo airport to the first accommodation is organized to coincide with Finnair flight AY487 from Helsinki. The schedule varies depending on the date:
06.01., 02.03., 16.03. and 23.03. HEL-KAO AY487 21.35-22.50
20.01. and 10.02. HEL-KAO AY487 19.40-21.20
If you arrive on an earlier flight you should wait at the airport or in the town. If you stay in Kuusamo before the tour, the pick-up from hotels located in Kajaani town centre is available on prior request.
Note: If you miss the scheduled group transfer on arrival and an extra transfer must be arranged to the starting point of the trip, the costs must be covered by you. To avoid this unpleasant situation it’s not recommended to book flights with short connection time (less than 1 hour).
Important notes for return
On last day the single-timed group transfer is organized back to Kuusamo airport to coincide with this Finnair flight to Helsinki: KAO-HEL AY486 14.05-15.15. If you take a later flight or stay extra nights in Kuusamo, the drop off at Kuusamo town centre is available on prior request.
Travel by bus/train
On arrival it is possible take a train from Helsinki to Kajaani. On last day it's possible to take a bus from Kuusamo to Oulu and a train from Oulu to Helsinki.The schedule must coincide with above mentioned transfer schedule.
Deposit: 15 % of total amount will be charged at the time of booking.
Full payment: Due 14 days before the departure. The invoice for full payment will be sent by email.
It is essential that a passenger is covered by adequate travel insurance.
The tour is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.
We reserve all the rights to change the itinerary due to weather/snow conditions.
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