5 days mushing your own dog team in the Finnish Arctic
The Finnish Laplands lie at 68 degrees north. It’s a stunning wilderness landscape that boasts the cleanest air in Europe, miles of frozen lakes, pine forests, and the dramatic Pallastunturi Fells.
In order to best appreciate this marvelous place, you and a small group of adventurers will load up your sleds and embark on a hut to hut dog sledding tour. Take in the views from behind the dogs during the day, and enjoy secluded wilderness cabins at night.
Dog sledding has been classified as moderately challenging by the operator. You’ll travel up to 40km per day which will take up to seven hours including breaks. There are daily tasks to help with – like watering and feeding the dogs, harnessing and unharnessing them, general camp housekeeping, and packing/unpacking the sleds each day. You’ll be well trained by your guides and by the end of these eight days, you’ll be a pro.
Be prepared for cold and unpredictable weather patterns that are very much a part of the total sense of adventure that comes from the Finnish wilderness. From your start in Harrinivia to the deep forests and back again, you’ll be amazed at the spectacular scenery, climate, and seclusion of this area.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- 5-day expedition above the Arctic Circle
- Drive your own dog team
- Chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights
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Our trip starts at our accommodation either in and around Harriniva, Jeris or Torassieppi, located in the beautiful rolling fells of western Lapland, near the border with Sweden. The first night is spent in shared accommodation.
After breakfast you will meet your guide and be given all the winter equipment for the trip and a tour briefing to explain the exact route that you will take over the next four days. You will meet your dog team and be shown how to pack and un-pack the sleds before being taught how to handle the sleds and control the dogs. After some practice you will head out into the wilderness for the hut to hut tour.The dog sledding route will take you through stunning dense forest scenery, over frozen lakes and rivers and into uninhabited parts of the Finnish wilderness. Each day you will travel between cosy wilderness cabins as your dog cuts fresh tracks through the snow.
Today you have the final stretch of the dogsledding adventure as you make your way back to civilization, having our lunch in the forest for the last time. Once back you will unleash the dogs for the final time and bid a final farewell to your four-legged companions.
Free day to enjoy a variety of optional activities on offer today including unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing or snowmobile safaris.
Our trip ends in Harriniva.
- All accommodation (see below)
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
- Thermal Arctic suit and boots throughout
Trip Duration8 days
Average Group Sizemin 5, max 7
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included. The food provided covers a variety of traditional Finnish dishes and is prepared at a high standard. Vegetarians are catered for on request. As the wilderness huts are remote, you will be required to help gather wood and help light the fires to cook over and speed up the process of relaxing in the evenings.
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 20 Jan 2019 – 27 Jan 2019
- 17 Feb 2019 – 24 Feb 2019
If you’re looking for a company with experience you can’t beat these guys. This operator started life in February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.
For the company, and people who work for them “it’s all about adventure” which is what they were founded on and what they are still about today. Their trips take place all around the world where they help travelers to delve into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to a country’ unique identity.
We love that their groups and guides travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise the impact, to ensure that every holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.
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