Husky safari in Finland
Min age: 18+
Description of Husky safari in Finland
Winter 2021/22 departure dates available.
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.
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.
- 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: Harriniva Hotels and Safaris, Emmi Kahkonen
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12 Reviews of Husky safari in Finland
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020 by Martin CarbyThe most memorable part of the holiday was the husky sledding. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Dec 2015 by Melanie LazenbyThe most memorable part of the holiday was the dogs, it'll always be those amazing dogs. And also our guide. She was just incredible. We also saw the northern lights, and cuddled baby huskies, while it was snowing on Christmas Day. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2015 by Ian CurleyIf you love dogs and don't mind roughing it then this is the holiday for you. The income provided to the local economy is the main income for the year. The footprint on the environment is minimal. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Mar 2014 by Kathryn HawThe most memorable part of the holiday was not just one thing, but many memories of which - flying down hill trying to control my sledge and not fall off, making snow angels before going back into the sauna, lunch on an open fire on a frozen lake, the views, the noise of the dogs as we got ready in the morning to leave. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2014 by kate PottingerAn unforgettable experience...Riding on husky driven sledges through a winter wonderland was the most memorable part. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jan 2014 by Soli HillelGreat...Going through the woods with the sled was the most exciting part. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jan 2014 by Iain RobertsOne of the best, but don't expect five star treatment. You have to muck in and help when out in the wilderness camps, so just go and enjoy it, you will not be disappointed. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2013 by Janie HarfordIt was ALL memorable, a wonderful experience, and very professionally organised. The dogs obviously love their work...and we had delicious lunches sat in the snow and sunshine out on the trail, followed by equally good candlelit suppers in the warmth of the cabins each evening. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by Jeremy LeeSetting off from the dog compound on the first morning not knowing what to expect was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jan 2012 by Bronley GoverThe sound of only the dogs feet mushing through the thick snow with the sleigh. Absolutely mind blowing...10 out of 10! I would do this all over again, at the drop of a hat! Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jun 2012 by Tancy DouglasLeaving the husky kennels was terrifying & exhilarating at the same time as we truly had no idea what we were doing - but it was a massive highlight. Traversing the beautiful countryside, both inside the forests and across the lakes with the only noise being the panting of the dogs, was truly awe inspiring. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2012 by Helen RayThe most memorable part was pretty much all of it! Husky sledging was fantastic fun on its own and seeing the northern lights was amazing. Read full review
PlanetThe 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.
PeopleTourism 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.