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Finland: Experience the Life of a Husky Musher

Experience Finland Husky Sledding in authentic style on our Husky Mushing Adventure

Experience Finland Husky Sledding in authentic style on our Husky Mushing Adventure

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Unique, week-long break, getting to know your husky team
  • Gain a fabulous insight into the local way of life, learning to care for and ‘mush’ these magnificent animals
  • Experience four days with your own husky team including a two day dog sled expedition with a night in a wilderness cabin
  • Keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to see the Northern Lights
  • For more experienced husky sledders the option to upgrade to a three day dog sled expedition with two nights in a wilderness cabin
  • Specialist Winter clothing provided throughout the stay, including thermal overalls, boots and balaclava for the activities.

Huskies are extremely friendly and playful animals, loving nothing more than racing across the crisp, white snow of Finland. This Finland Husky Sledding holiday provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about these treasured animals and how important they are to the people who live in these extreme climates. Sailja Lodge is one of Lapland's best established kennels and here you will learn how the dogs are trained, how they are looked after and why they provide the ultimate means of transport in the area. Visiting the kennels gives you a real insight into the Husky Musher's life.

If you're looking for adventure, this Finland Husky Sledding holiday invites you to enjoy the ultimate husky mushing experience when you embark on a guided overnight safari with your eager team of dogs, racing up to 50km per day across the unspoilt countryside. Dash across snowy plains, frozen lakes and pristine forests as you make your way to your overnight cabin. Husky sledging is an exhilarating experience and something that everyone should try at least once. Accommodation during your Finland Husky Sledding adventure is at the friendly, Saija Lodge in Taivalkoski. Hearty breakfasts set you up for a day outdoors and homemade dinners welcome you back with the allure of an evening sauna to warm up before you dine.

In need of a little guidance? Check out our Finnish Holiday Ideas or Lapland holiday ideas to find your perfect break in these great destinations. Experienced sledders have the option to go for a more challenging itinerary or if it's an activity-focussed trip you want, take a look at our husky safari holiday ideas. If you need any further assistance, just call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033 or speak to us via online chat (available during office hours).

  • Day 1 - Finland Husky Sledding : Arrival

    Experience Finland Husky Sledding in authentic style on our Husky Mushing Adventure - Finland Husky Sledding : Arrival

    A transfer from the airport lets you see some of the beautiful Finnish countryside as you make your way to the lodge to begin your Finland Husky Sledding experience. After checking into your room and getting a briefing for your stay, head to the restaurant to enjoy some freshly prepared Finnish cuisine. In the evening you are free to use the saunas or explore the local countryside, keeping your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights.

    Meals included:Dinner
  • Day 2 - Settle in to your surroundings

    Today you are settling in to your incredible surroundings. You will get a briefing in the morning where you will be issued with your safari clothing for the following week. Your hosts will help you acclimatise with a tour of the lodge and kennels, where you will get a chance to meet your team for the week!

    In your free time, take the opportunity to explore your surroundings. This region of Finland gets an incredible amount of snow and the landscape will be blanked in a deep white carpet with a fantastic opportunity to have a bit of fun in the snow!

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Learn to be a Husky Musher

    Learn to be a Husky Musher

    On day three, your guides will continue with your introduction to Finland and Husky Sledding. Your dog mushing tuition starts in earnest today where you meet the huskies and their trainers. You will take part in a 13km safari today, taking turns at learning how to control the husky team as they pull the sled. Over the next few days you will work with your team of dogs, so this is an important opportunity to practice. An unbeatable opportunity to experience the life of a husky musher, this holiday is the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy active days and immerse themselves in the local culture.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Continue your Education

    Today you take the next step in your training in preparation for the expedition on day five as you take part in a 25-35km safari. Again you will take turns at learning how to control the husky team as they pull the sled. For lunch you will stop for lunch around the campfire before returning to your lodge for the night. The route on day five will cover different terrain from the previous day, presenting a new set of challenges, experiences and memories.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 5 to 6 - Dog mushing on an two night husky safari

    Dog mushing on an two night husky safari

    After a hearty breakfast on your Finland Husky Sledding break, collect your equipment, ready to meet your excited team of huskies. After running  through the safety regulations with your guide, make sure your sledge is properly packed with your luggage and other equipment before setting off. After preparing the sled, get ready to experience the daily life of a husky musher, taking full charge of your team of dogs. Heading out into the icy wilderness, savour the beauty of your surroundings as you speed across the snow and ice, covering upto 50km a day. Frequent stops are made for hot drinks and a picnic lunch is enjoyed around a campfire. When you reach the wilderness cabin, with your guides help tend to the huskies and prepare your camp, getting the sauna ready and water from the Lake. Then enjoy a delicious hot meal to warm up. Located in the middle of a pristine forest, the wilderness cabins are basic yet cosy, and you can enjoy a relaxing wood heated sauna before heading to bed. In the mornings, round up your team of dogs and get ready for your journey. On your final day arrive back at Guesthouse Husky in time for dinner and an evening sauna.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Free Day

    Today you have a free day to take part in other activities (supplement applies) or just relax and unwind before returning home. There are some great activities for you to take part in, including a guided snowshoe trip, a snowmobile safari or another husky safari! If you prefer to take things at your own pace you can also hire snowshoes or cross country skis so you can explore the local countryside independently. If there is something in particular that you would like to do, please contact our friendly sales advisors for more details.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Finland Husky Sledding : Departure

    Today your Finland Husky Sledding experience comes to an end. Bid farewell to your huskies and make your way to the airport for your flight home. You're sure to leave with amazing holiday snaps and even better memories. Your time as a husky musher in Finland is sure to stay with you for many years to come!

    Meals included:Breakfast

Included...

  • Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
  • Escorted airport transfers
  • Five nights' accommodation in Lapland, 3 nights at Guesthouse Husky and 2 nights in a wilderness cabin
  • Specialist Winter clothing provided throughout the stay, including thermal overalls, boots and balaclava for the activities.
  • Meals (Full Board) as per the itinerary
  • Services of a professional guide
  • Tour as per the itinerary

Not Included...

  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
  • Personal equipment to make the tour more comfortable:
    • extra thin and thick socks
    • thermal underwear
    • extra footwear for the wilderness hut overnights (e.g. slippers)
    • toilet bag with things like shampoo and medicines for the wildcerness huts
    • Vacuum flask for hot drinks during the safari
    • Head light/torch with batteries
    • Camera with batteries
    • Ski goggles, sun tan lotion and sunglasses for the safari for your own comfort

Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.

This itinerary is subject to local weather conditions.

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