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

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Our top tip:
Superb warm weather clothng is provided by the vacation 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:
Active
Accomm:
3 nights safari house, 4 nights wilderness cabin.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Shared accommodation.
Meals:
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.
Included:
Flights, transfers, 5-day husky safari, wilderness guide and instructor, cold weather clothes.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

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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 center has an exceptional reputation and complies with all Finnish veterinary regulations and standards for the care of the animals and the dogsí relationship with their mushers is an amazing sight to see.
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The Impacts of this Trip

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 Laplandís 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 Laplandís 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.

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Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020 by

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


Husky sledding

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go on a longer husky sled ride

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


Yes we bought all our souvenirs in the husky sledding venue which is owned by a local man

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


The excursions are very short giving lots of time which is broken up so there is not much opportunity to do other things.

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2015 by

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


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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take just two changes of clothes, two for the day and two for evenings. Layer up your clothes. You will eat like a king, so dont worry about the food or lack of it. You can wash your hair and shower perfectly well, as a girl this was nice. Take a hip flask. Lots of batteries and camera memory.

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


Yes I do, though tourism is vital, but it was done with the environment in mind, all very ethical and clean, I feel that we left no foot prints at all, just pristine wilderness.

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


10/10. Especially as a vegan traveler, I felt that my food ethics were understood and respected.

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2015 by

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


The hard working huskies

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Organize arrival at Harriniva at least 24 hours before the planned start of the safari.
The cold weather gear provided is excellent and there is no need to take your own.
Also pack a rucksack with light gear for the evenings in the wilderness huts

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


The income provided to the local economy is the main income for the year. The footprint on the environment is minimal.

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


If you love dogs and don't mind roughing it then this is the vacation for you.Try to go when the skies are clear and the aurora is visible. We missed out but no problem.

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2014 by

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


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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a pair of flip flops for use at the sauna so you can use the ice holes, take wool not cotton, good balance helps as you stand on 3cm wide runners for up to 6hrs a day. If you really enjoy a drink then take your own as it is very very expensive out there. Take extra batteries as the cold really does affect them even if you try and keep them close to you and warm. A pair of thin woolen glove liners are good for under the mitten liners which are still quite big. Listen carefully to the instructions at the begining about sledge handling as you are suddenly off and need to quickly remember how to stop or turn. Take a small compact camera which is easy to use while on the sledge - a bigger camera (SLR etc) is great for when off the sledge.

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


Yes environmental impacts were key and we were guided to be as green as possible. Without tourism up there the locals would have no one to buy their goods or eat their reindeers or need feeding and sleeping just to go see the Polar lights.

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


A great time even if I was the only English person in the group. The brochure was a bit misleading in saying that we would do 25-45km each day as we never did less than 37km and our longest day was 70km with another at 54km. The hill back into the Galdotieva Fell Centre needs changing as it is too steep with a sharp right turn and many accidents have happend there.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2014 by

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


Riding on husky driven sledges through a winter wonderland.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't let go off the sledges & lose your dogs for two hours like we did. Buy ice breaker thermals as you only need that one set.

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


It must benefit local people as a team service the huts & look for dogs.

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


An unforgettable experience.

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2014 by

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


Going through the woods with the sled

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do it alone

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


Yes

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


Great

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2014 by

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


The whole experience was brilliant from start to finish. The outstanding scenery, traveling through woodlands and over frozen lakes with your sledge and team of huskies was something I will never forget. Living in isolated log cabins, the open log fires and wonderful meals cooked by our guide Hanski after a long day in the cold was tremendous.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take plenty of layers, it was -38 on our second day out. Most of the time it was between -25 to - 29, so extremely cold. You can purchase hand and feet warmers at the reception, and they do help keep you warm. They are not expensive.
When not using your camera take the battery out and keep it somewhere warm, I kept mine in the top pocket of my woolen shirt and it lasted nearly the whole week, but do take a spare in case.

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


Yes without a doubt. The local people are very proud of their country and the environment.

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


One 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.

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2013 by

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


It was ALL memorable, a wonderful experience, and very professionally organised. The dogs obviously love their work, the barking whilst being harnessed to the sleds each morning was almost deafening, and it was sheer joy to be pulled behind them through such beautiful scenery. Hanski and Biida worked miracles with some logs and a huge old black frying pan, 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. Salmon, Arctic char, and reindeer were on the menu, with lots of vegetables, local berries made into puddings to follow and eggs and bacon for breakfast each morning. You won't go hungry!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The trousers, anoraks, hats, gloves, balaclavas and boots supplied are superb quality, and designed for the temperatures, don't bother to bring your own. We went for a short walk before the bus came to collect us on our last morning, but otherwise you're only going from the hotel to bus to airport so normal hat, scarf and gloves are fine. I wore goggles as have contact lenses, my eyes streamed in sunglasses, it was -15c in the mornings. The sleeping bags are likewise really warm, and Harriniva provide a cotton liner. We took travel towels for the sauna each evening, but some people brought them from the hotel. You'll have access to a large bowl of hot water, so easy to wash at the end of a doggie day!

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


Only in that tourism provides 60% of local employment in Lapland. We were one of 5 groups out on a 5 day husky safari but 4 snowmobile groups were out at the same time!

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


A really wonderful experience

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by

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


Setting off from the dog compound on the first morning not knowing what to expect.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light with layerable clothing, bring a small tripod for the camera. Be prepared for anything to happen.

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


The whole set up provides many different types of work in the local area.

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


Something really different, a really refreshing break and way to get out in to the back country and experience how things are done in this environment. A fantastic experience.

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2012 by

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


The sound of only the dogs feet mushing through the thick snow with the sleigh. Absolutely mind blowing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take hand warmers with you, lots of warm, thick socks and 2 camera batteries.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

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


10 out of 10! I would do this all over again, at the drop of a hat!

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2012 by

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


The whole thing!

Leaving 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. Helping to feed and settle the dogs each night, and then retiring for a sauna and dinner by candlelight was truly sublime. In fact, not having electricity was indeed one of the highlights! Petrie's ability to feed us all brilliantly three times a day - and light a fire in -20deg conditions was also a highlight!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take good thermal underwear and if you wear glasses or contacts, make sure you have contacts and good goggles - you'll need them. Make sure you have spare batteries for your camera - you won't be able to charge anything and they don't last long in the cold! Be prepared for a bit of chaos when you first arrive and are getting kitted out, but relax - it's only temporary!

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


Not to any great extent. I can imagine that there was a small benefit to local people in that some of the cabins were (I believe) rented from locals - but there wasn't a lot of interaction. With regards environmental impact and conservation - the cabins were very self sufficient, and of course we were dog sledding so not burning fossil fuels!

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


Truly amazing and we'd love to do it again. Really can't get a better endorsement than that!!

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2012 by

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


Pretty much all of it! Husky sledging was fantastic fun on its own and seeing the northern lights was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It actually was not as cold as I was expecting so have a look at the weather forecast before you go. With the gear from the base I hardly needed anything else apart from on the last day when we had to give it back quite early.

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


Tourism is a big thing for the economy in Lapland so I guess it helped it that way. I would also say it is an environmentally friendly trip. I do not think we really created much waste and of course dogs do not have emissions!

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


Excellent. I loved it and would happily go again.

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