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.


Have you ever dreamed of driving your own husky sled through a breath-taking winter wonderland? Well, now you can. On this tour, you can enjoy the thrill of leading your own team of huskies through the silent, pristine, snowy landscapes of northeast Finland and partake in some winter fun activities along the way. You will learn the daily life of the huskies and help look after them.

The highlight of this trip is overnighting in an original, rustic, wilderness cabin - just like the true husky drivers. 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.

price / person
starting from

1800 €

Programme information

Season

06.01.-10.04.


Guaranteed departures 2020

06.–12.01., 20.–26.01., 10.–16.02., 02.–08.03., 16.–22.03. and 23.–29.03.


Other departures for groups on request.


Duration

7 days/6 nights


Persons

Guaranteed departures without minimum number of participants. Max. 5 persons.


Place

Taivalkoski


Joining point

Kuusamo airport, please see "Good to know" for further information


Difficulty

Easy


Prices

1800 €


Included in the price

*6 nights accommodation - days 1, 2 and 4 in guest house in twin or triple rooms with shared facilities, day 3 in 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 last 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 *winter clothes hire (overall, boots, mittens, balaclava)


Detailed program

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 husky adventure
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
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.

Good to know

HUSKY SLEDDING
* 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.
* Minimum age 12 years.

ARRIVAL
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport. We organize single-timed group transfer for each group, please check the transfer schedule with us before booking flights. On last day the transfer will be organized back to Kuusamo airport.

NOTE
We reserve all the rights to change the programme if necessary due to the weather or snow conditions.

BOOKING
This tour can be booked online here (a regional webshop at www.wildtaiga.fi).

Availability

06.01.2020
1-5 places available
20.01.2020
1-5 places available
10.02.2020
1-5 places available
02.03.2020
1-5 places available
16.03.2020
1-5 places available
23.03.2020
1-5 places available