Lapland husky safari and activity vacation, Finland

A week of husky safaris, managing your own team, and discovering Finnish laplandís Arctic forests. Staying in lakeside lodge with one night in wilderness cabin. Small group tour with expert guides.
Saija Husky sledding Lake Jokijšrvi Stay in lakeside lodge Night in wilderness cabin Options for snowshoeing and cross country skiing Overnight husky safari
Price
£1925To£2195 excluding flights
Duration
8 Days
Countries
Finland, Lapland
Type
Small group
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Includes return airport group transfers, accommodation, full board, introduction day, 3 hour, 4-6 hour & overnight husky safaris, smoke sauna, Northern Lights info session, cold weather clothing, wilderness guides/instructors.
Minimum age: 18+
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Description of Lapland husky safari and activity vacation, Finland

Price information

£1925To£2195 excluding flights
Includes return airport group transfers, accommodation, full board, introduction day, 3 hour, 4-6 hour & overnight husky safaris, smoke sauna, Northern Lights info session, cold weather clothing, wilderness guides/instructors.
Minimum age: 18+
Make enquiry

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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel Ė but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. Itís easy to tick off the big sights independently Ė but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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2 Reviews of Lapland husky safari and activity vacation, Finland

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Reviewed on 11 Dec 2013 by

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


The two day wilderness cabin trip was fantastic.

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


You don't need to take anything with you. I over packed just in case I needed things. But do make sure you take a good head torch and camera.
This is a challanging vacation so be sure you are fit enough.
If you want to do any activities make sure you book it before you get there.

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


Yes it did. It keeps people working all year and they do a great job.

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


Having done many huskey trips before I can say that it was the best dog sled vacation I've ever had. I was not expecting to have the free day at the beggining of the trip.

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2013 by

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


I have wanted to go Dog Sledging since a child and wasn't disappointed. What a magical location just like a fairytale. You went out everyday excepting to see Santa, just like a Christmas card

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


Great for dog lover or something really different

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


Yes I am sure it benefited the local people as far as jobs and the local food we ate but this was Finland not Africa.
Not sure about environmental impact and conservation except we did have a night in a wilderness cabin with no running water or electricity

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


Wonderful and magical
Great location, people, food, accommodation, activities and the dogs
It is a vacation we will never forget and hope to return one day
It is not suitable to everyone, you have to like and be use to strong barking and very excitable huskies and all the doggy things they do, it is a real hands on vacation and you need to work as a team. You also need a reasonable level of fitness you could be standing still for at least 4 hours a day in very cold conditions.
Putting your team together is hard work the dogs pull alot and there is alot of bending .Also you need to use you hands for clipping on the dogs so it requires good strength in your hands which are also exposed for this task so no good if you suffer from arthritis


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Planet

This vacation is primarily based around the fabulous dog sled safaris which take place from Saija. This small scale husky operation gives guests a real understanding of the lives of these working dogs and a great connection with the pristine environment in this area. Both the dogs and the natural world are treated with the utmost respect throughout.

The dog sled center operates in line with all of the veterinary and welfare conditions of Finland and you will get a sense of the amazing bond between the dogs and their mushers.

As an activity, dog sledding has very little impact on the environment and the trails used are well managed and routed. The conditions of winter mean that there is effectively no scarring of the ground from this activity come spring time and the trails are checked regularly to ensure their suitability.

The guides here operate a strict leave no trace policy throughout all of their operations and this is passed on to all guests.

Any campfires are typically held in designated fire pits and wood is responsibly sourced from the forests.

Meals will tend to include some delicious locally sourced produced such as reindeer and salmon. Ingredients such as these are sustainably herded or caught in Lapland as they have been for centuries and such traditions are passed from generation to generation.

As with many places in Lapland there is no daily change of linen etc unless it is requested by guests as they wish to preserve their water wastage levels.

Saija has been designed around an historic steading which has had the accommodation buildings sensitively added in traditional Finnish style and using sustainable timber.

People

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 during this vacation in Saija, 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.

Saija itself operates with a huge sense of respect for the culture and traditions of the region. This area has a great cultural heritage and guests are sure to enjoy this during their stay. They staff are always willing to share their knowledge and wealth of information to ensure guests gain a real insight into this regionís traditions and heritage, we feel that this is an integral element of any visit to Lapland. You will find that the interiors also showcase some local traditional, handicrafts and artworks.

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