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.”

Highlights

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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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:
Moderate.
Accomm:
2 nights safari house, 4 nights wilderness cabin.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Shared accommodation.
Meals:
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
Included:
Flights, transfers, 5-day husky safari, wilderness guide and instructor, cold weather clothes.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Husky safari in Finland

Environment

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.

Community

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.

9 Reviews of Husky safari in Finland

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Reviewed on 26 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It is difficult to say really as it was all amazing, but probably the peace and the wide expanse of clear sky.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you follow the advise from the travel company as to the kit you need. We all did and only felt the cold once but we were having lunch in an open space on the edge of a frozen lake!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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 the operator's response here:

Hi Val,

The team here at are delighted that you and your group had such an amazing time on the 5-day husky safari. We are grateful for your lovely review and it was great to hear our pre-travel advice ensured you were equipped for the Finnish winter weather (you can't linger too long over the outdoor lunches!).

In answer to question three - we are pleased to have worked with the fantastic team in Harriniva for so many years now as we feel the tour benefits the local people and has a reduced environmental impact. The guides here view operating in the National Parks of this wild region 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.

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 permafrost, there is little trace of any of these routes come the summer months.

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main income source of employment and income and today 65 % of the workforce is in the service industry. 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.

Thank you once again,

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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. Learning to understand and care for my husky team.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack light - the outer gear provided is good. Get fit - chopping frozen reindeer meat, lugging wood and water to the wilderness cabins is hard work in deep snow. Bring a camera - our camera worked but our phones switched off in the cold.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Husky farm is family run and the local guides have a deep love for the area. Dog sledding seems a low impact way to travel through this incredible area. All rubbish was packed out.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We travelled as a family of 4 with our 2 adult children. (18 and 22). We all agree it is the best holiday we have ever had.

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Anytime on the sleigh with the dogs.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring hand and feet warmers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Driving the sled out first thing in the morning at -20° in the sunlight. There was hoarfrost on the trees which make them look like Christmas trees as they
sparkled in the sun. There were ice crystals in the air which looked like glitter. It was extremely beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Everything is provided so you don't need to bring any warm weather kit. Just some thermal base layers. There is no need for any special skill or fitness before
starting this trip. You need to be a little prepared for the non- luxury wilderness aspect of this trip as the wilderness lodges are quite basic with outdoor toilets
and you are expected to take part in the camp chores like hauling wood, fetching water and feeding dogs. These are all part of the experience and I found them
quite enjoyable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not especially. Although I think making use of wilderness areas and the locals generating income ultimately does help to preserve them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was great fun and I really enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The thing was standing on the sled with a team of very exited Huskies pulling us along.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get some hand warmers for your mittens.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


it certainly was environmentally friendly, all we left was tracks in the snow.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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.

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The cold weather gear provided at the centre is excellent. You won't need as many layers as you think you will. Even when it's -24!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


With dogs, as opposed to snowmobiles, the environmental impact was low. Similarly the basic but comfortable cabins kept environmental impact to a minimum.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant! A special thank you to Hanski, our guide, who worked so hard.

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Scenery and isolation.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots of warm clothes in a small soft bag -not too heavy.
Even if not a dog lover go you will soon become one !

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes provided work in hotel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Exploring parts of Finland that are not frequented often. Bonding with the dogs.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.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely not for the novice.On reflection, make sure you are not travelling too
light and that your dogs are suitable for you I.E.not running too fast.The more weight you have on the sled the better the control.Keep an eye on your brake; mine failed twice, probably because I was travelling too fast and needing to brake often to prevent me from running into the person in front of me. It was fairly obvious that my dogs were running too fast as the others sleds were a long way behind me. Finally,constantly breaking on rock solid ice is not a good idea.Some of the trails were like bob sleigh runs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Overall, yes the adventure did benefit the local people and we also left a low carbon foot print. Left nothing behind but foot prints and took nothing but pictures! The seven day safari basically does what it says on the tin.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall I enjoyed the experience; the food was excellent and I could not fault the
guide's bush craft, but, sadly, I found the safety aspect to be below average which cancels out much of the enjoyment.

Read the operator's response here:

We were very disappointed to hear that Mr. Warwick’s experience whilst on our husky safari was not what he had expected. Alan also took the time to complete our online questionnaire and provide us with valuable feedback following his recent trip to Harriniva – we were very grateful for this. We cannot stress enough that the safety of our clients is of the utmost importance to us and that we take these comments very seriously. We forwarded his comments to our suppliers and they asked us to pass on their sincere apologies that the safety briefing was not as detailed as expected. They have taken all of his feedback on board and will review their safety procedures for next season in light of the informative feedback Alan offered. Having worked with our suppliers in Harriniva for over 10 years we are very confident that this will happen. We were very disappointed that it affected Alan’s trip as the feedback for this trip is usually excellent. Having spoken with Alan he appears to be happy that the issues have been dealt with satisfactorily.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Leave your smart phone behind and forget about the outside world for a few days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The whole experience was conducted in a very ethical way with strong attention to the dog's welfare and an appropriate level of environmental awareness.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The memories formed on this holiday will last a lifetime.

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