Husky safari in Finland

“Five days on safari with your very own team of huskies gliding across the Arctic landscape and staying in wilderness cabins, this is a boundless adventure of team spirit.”


Western Lapland | Explore one of Europe's last wilderness areas | Learn to drive your very own team of huskies | Fantastic chance of spotting the Aurora Borealis by night | Learn wilderness skills | Lunch by open fire | Prepare breakfast and dinner as a team | Arctic Wilderness Centre

Description of Husky safari in Finland

The Finnish wilderness is an incredible place to escape civilisation and truly get away from it all. On this Husky safari in Finland holiday you will spend five magical days driving your team of dogs through the stunning scenery of Pallas-Ylläs National Park in northwestern Lapland, travelling from cabin to remote cabin, through Christmas-card scenes of snowy forests and frozen lakes, in an area renowned for having the cleanest air in Europe.

Beginning at the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, you’ll meet your team of four to six huskies – just some of the 400 that are cared for at the Arctic Sled Dog Centre. Here, experienced mushers will talk you through working with your dogs, as you learn how to act and react while on your husky safari in Finland. It won’t take long for you to become a musher with your own sled; the dogs are highly trained and intuitive and will understand your commands. The huskies love pulling the sleds, you’ll notice their unbelievable energy and enthusiasm as soon as you encounter these beautiful dogs.

Each day, this husky safari aims to cover around 25-40km; this will depend on weather conditions and the ability of the group. Travelling in this way over five days, you’re sure to create strong bonds with your dogs – and fall in love with the Arctic scenery.

You can also opt for a night in some more accommodation at the end of your holiday – with an Aurora Dome or a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village, just speak to us for more information.

Husky safari in Finland – accommodation

Harriniva Wilderness Hotel (nights 1, 6 and 7). This family-run hotel, high above the Arctic Circle and a great place from which to observe the Northern Lights, is where you will begin and end your Lapland adventure. The hotel is known for its welcoming atmosphere, and wide selection of activities.
Wilderness cabins (nights 2-5).In these isolated cabins, out in the Lapland wilderness, you’ll completely forget about the stresses of daily life back home – far removed from your job, your laptop and the sound of mobile phones. The dark night skies out here are ideal for stargazing – or looking out for the Northern Lights.

What’s included on 7-night stays

- Flights: Return flights from London to Kittila, either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date. Flight routes are subject to change.
- Return airport transfers.
- 3 nights in a safari house, and 4 nights in wilderness cabins.
- 5-day husky safari.
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.
- Cold weather clothing throughout your holiday.
- Qualified and experienced wilderness guides and instructors.
- Dedicated company representative at Harriniva.

Image credits: Antti Pietikäinen, Laura Hodgkiss (client), Steve Cushing (client), Martin Prcychodny (client)

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24 Mar 2019
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Our top tip:
Superb warm weather clothng is provided by the holiday company, so you don't need to worry about being cold - or investing in pricey winter gear.
Trip type:
Small group, 1-7 adults (min. age 18).
Activity level:
2 nights safari house, 4 nights wilderness cabin.
Solo travellers welcome. Shared accommodation.
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
Flights, transfers, 5-day husky safari, wilderness guide and instructor, cold weather clothes.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Husky safari in Finland


The guides here are some of the most conscientious we have come across when it comes to environmental responsibility. Operating in the National Parks of this wild region is seen as a real privilege and they have enormous respect for the environment.

All guides operate a strict leave no trace policy and they ensure that this is followed by all participants during this five day safari.

At the wilderness cabins the facilities are basic and in many cases there are composting toilets provided for guests to use, the impact of which is minimal on the environment. All litter is disposed of responsibly and recycled where possible. As ever local ingredients will be utilized throughout and in this region menus tend to include reindeer and salmon, both of which have been sustainable herded and caught for centuries by the local people. Food miles are therefore at a minimum.

Wood for stove and camp fires is sustainably sourced and typically set campfire areas will be utilized throughout as they are provided in many regions visited.

Dog sledding itself is a relatively low impact activity and obviously requires no fossil fuels in order to operate. Routes are typically set trails and well maintained and due to the low temperatures and perma frost there is little trace of any of these routes come the summer months.

The only noise pollution caused could be the howl of the huskies, eager for the trail in the mornings.

Group sizes on this tour are typically set to maximum 8 pax including guide in order to minimize impact and maintain the experience for guests.

The welfare of the working dogs here is excellent and of paramount importance. The dogs are looked after as the number one priority by guests. The sled dog centre has an exceptional reputation and complies with all Finnish veterinary regulations and standards for the care of the animals and the dogs’ relationship with their mushers is an amazing sight to see.


Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main income source of employment and income replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Development from a period of extractive industry to an industrial society has come about quickly. In 1950 the largest part of Lapland’s inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce are in the service industry, 22 % in processing and 10 % in primary production.

This huge growth in tourism and service provision has been developed in conjunction with a long-term sustainable tourism plan with one of the primary objectives being to maintain nature in its natural state while guaranteeing the traditional way of life. Much of this has been achieved along with membership of EU development programmes, aimed at diversifying sources of livelihood, effective usage of resources and to increase export.

Approximately a quarter of Lapland’s 100 000 strong workforce was unemployed in 1997. Promoting entrepreneurship, ongoing re-education of the workforce and development of the educational system to suit the needs of enterprises is continuing. The target is to diversify the sources of livelihood, increase the value of refinement production and develop new enterprises particularly in the area of tourism. National measures as well as EU-programme measures support this objective.

We embrace this philosophy on our husky safari in Finland, employing local activity providers and using only locally owned hotels. In this manner we help to maintain jobs in an area where unemployment was, until recently, very high. Additionally, the use of local suppliers ensures that the tourism spend filters through to local economies via the tourism multiplier effect.

17 Reviews of Husky safari in Finland

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2018 by

The highlight were the huskies. Amazing, would do it again. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2018 by

The stunning views whilst sledding in such silence. The dogs get so excited before you set off and its incredibly noisy but as soon as they go it's silence. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2018 by

The most memorable was working with my dog team on a daily basis and sitting around the dinner table with everyone in the evening. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2018 by

Husky sleighing through the stunning winter wonderland . The dogs are incredible - pure respect! Our guide Petra was superb. The scenery was out of this world. Falling off a few too many times just added to the fun! Wow, Wow, Wow ... Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2017 by

I was very blessed to see Northern light in our first night we stay, that was something magical. National park covered in snow, most beautiful colours of sky, unbelievably friendly husky, very testy food all come together well and leave unforgettable memories. Love every minute of it. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017 by

Driving my team of huskies through enchanting forests of snow laden trees. Not a sound, only the sleigh brushing the snow. Magical. Also a spectacular show of northern lights display on our first night. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2017 by

Just the husky trip overall is really awesome. From morning to evening, breakfast to dinner,... We had great teamwork, calm and cosy wilderness cabins, auroras, sauna including bathing in river,...the list is long. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2017 by

It was outstanding, we were a group of 5 ladies and we wanted a challenge and something out our comfort zone, and we got that. We were all so proud of what we did, it was hard work, but it wouldn't have been a challenge had it not been. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable moment was travelling through the snowy wilderness with only the sound of the dogs paws and the sledge. Standing on a frozen lake (-20 degrees C) watching the northern lights and learning to understand and care for my husky team. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2017 by

The most memorable was the Husky Safari itself. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2017 by

The most memorable was anytime on the sleigh with the dogs. Excellent trip! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2017 by

There were ice crystals in the air which looked like glitter. It was extremely beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2017 by

This was the second time we have done this tour, the other was 10 years ago. It was still one of the best holidays ever and we have travelled a lot. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2016 by

Bounding through the snow-covered woods, balancing on the runners of the sledge with the dogs running in front of me. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2016 by

Excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2016 by

This is not a holiday but a true adventure 300 kilometres of wilderness country. Its a time warp living away from all the rat race of modern society. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2015 by

It almost goes without saying that the scenery is breathtaking from the outset but the real memories are the dogs and the bond you form with them. Cruising through the wilderness with your own team is a mixture of calm and excitement that is nicely balanced by caring for your dogs when their work is done. Read full review

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