Kainuu in Eastern Finland is a region of Taiga forest and lakes, a varied and scenic area rich in wildlife and ideal for dog sledding. Choose between a 4-day or 6-day private tour for two - perfect for couples who wish to experience the adventure of dog sledding combined with a romantic break (or honeymoon!) or for two adults travelling together, and with some creature comforts.
You will be welcomed by friendly huskies and your guide will teach you the basics of mushing and share their wealth of knowledge about the local area - you can study the tracks of the resident wildlife as you explore the surrounding forest by dogsled. Sauna is available every evening, whether staying at combination of hotel and cabin at the kennels (4-day tour) or cabin at the kennels for all nights (4-day and 6-day tours). At the kennels there is a real focus on locally-sourced and homemade food.
There are three tour options depending on your preference for accommodation and tour duration:
Option 1: 4-day tour (hotel + cabin)
This 4-day/3-night tour (which can also be extended with additional sledding days and/or extra night(s) at the hotel for a longer trip) begins with a night at a comfortable local hotel with spa facilities. Choose between standard hotel room or upgrade to the suite for extra romance! In the morning, you will be picked up for transfer to the husky farm, home of your new furry friends, where you will have some instruction in the art of mushing before beginning sledding into the surrounding forest. Your guide will help you learn the basics, initially driving a sled with you as passengers, before you and your companion are given your own sled to share the driving. You will spend a night in simple but cosy cabin in private room in your hosts' house at the kennels before another day's sledding from the kennels before transfer to the hotel for the night.
Option 2 (4-day tour, cabin only) and Option 3 (6-day tour, cabin only)
These 4-day/3-night and 6-day/5-night tours are based for all nights at the husky farm and daily sledding tours are taken to explore the local area, with a choice of trails available in the area. The farm has a real sense of timelessness combined with the modern facilities of electricity, running water and an indoor toilet. You will be introduced to the basics of mushing, with the first kilometres normally being driven by guide, then moving on to sharing the driving with your travel partner (perfect for chatting along the way or to take pictures!), and once you have gained your confidence handling the sled, you will be in control of your own dogsled and team of huskies if you wish.
The husky farm is located on the lakeshore in the forest with accommodation in double/twin room with fireplace. The cabin does not have shower, but there is a wood-fired sauna for private use right by the lake, which also heats water and provides opportunity to wash. The intrepid can take a dip in the icy water of the lake right outside the sauna!
This is a very personal experience where you will learn how it is to live like a musher, as the husky farm is home to your guide and the teams of dogs. As a private tour, this experience is very flexible and days can be added at either the hotel or husky farm.
Private Dog Sled Tours for Two in Taiga Forest is a wonderful mix of adventure, comfort, relaxation and (if you wish!) romance!
Option 1: 4-day tour (hotel + cabin) - Itinerary
NB: Please note that this tour can be extended with one or more extra days' sledding and accommodation in cabin at the kennels, or with extra nights at hotel before/after your tour. Please see under "Dates and Prices > Optional Extras" for details.
You will be met from Kajaani airport or train station and transferred (approx. 90 minutes) to your hotel for the night. Unwind after your journey in front of an open log fire in the lounge and enjoy dinner at the restaurant (included). The hotel has free use of sauna and hot-tub facilities. Massage and other treatments are available to book locally.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by your guide at 10.00 for transfer to the kennels. At the kennels, you will be given extra warm clothes and once you are ready, you will meet your team of huskies and your guide will take you through the basics of mushing until you are confident to start your journey.
You set off into the surrounding taiga forest for your first day's sledding - there are a number of trails that can be used to take advantage of the best conditions. Initially, your guide will share your sled with you until you get the hang of it and then you and your companion will then share the sled together, taking it in turns to drive the sled. Lunch is enjoyed outdoors with a hot drink and you will then continue through the woods and over frozen peat bogs (marshland) arriving back at the kennels and the simple but comfortable cabin there, located on a lakeshore in the wilderness, where you will be spending the night. Once at the cabin you have time to relax, talking through your day with a hot drink. A traditional wood-fired sauna next to the lake is available, before a roll in the snow if you're brave enough! You end your evening with a tasty dinner made with local ingredients. The cabin is shared with your hosts and accommodation there is in your own private room.
After breakfast at the cabin, you will harness up your dogs and then head back into the forest for a new day's sledding, ending your tour back at the kennels, where you say farewell to your new four-legged friends before transfer back to the hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening in the sauna before dinner and your last night.
Breakfast at the hotel before you are transferred back to Kajaani airport or train station for departure.
Option 2 (4-day tour, cabin only) and Option 3 (6-day tour, cabin only) - Itinerary
Exact arrangements for progression from riding as passenger/sharing sled/driving own sled are flexible depending on preference, ability and trail conditions. For both the 4-day and 6-day tours below, you will normally begin with guide driving the sled initially, progress to sharing sled with your travel partner and then, if you wish, to driving own sled.
You will be collected from Kajaani airport or train station and be transported to the simple but comfortable cabin (approx 90 minutes), which is home to the huskies and which will be your base for the next 5 nights. Dinner with your hosts and chance to talk through the tour ahead. Traditional wood-fired sauna by the lake is available each night of your stay.
After breakfast, you will be given some extra warm winter clothing and then meet your husky team, who will become your new, favourite four-legged friends. Your guide will take you through the basics and theory of dog sledding and then you will start your first day of exploring the local area and travel approx. 20km. You will normally begin the tour with guide driving for the first part, then with your guide leading up front, carving a way for you and your companion to steer the sled you are sharing with ease, stopping for lunch along the way.
Once back at the husky farm, you will help feed and care for the dogs before enjoying a relaxing evening in a wood-heated sauna and a delicious dinner.
Your route will continue to explore the forest and as your mushing skills improve you can enjoy the scenery and take in your surroundings. Your guide can help you learn to identify wildlife tracks such as wolf, wolverine, lynx and forest birds. Returning to the cabin, you will help feed the dogs and walk the huskies that have retired from the team. If any of the huskies appear to be a little stiff after their exertions, they may be taken in for a massage! And to soothe any aches you may have, a hot sauna is available as every evening to relieve your muscles, before another tasty dinner.
Day 4 (Option 2):
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kajaani airport or train station for departure.
Day 4 (Option 3):
As you should be quite a confident musher by this point, instead of sharing a sled you and your companion can now drive your own sleds with your own team of huskies if you wish. Today's trail will go further off the beaten track and experience traditional dog sledding on trails untouched by snowmobiles. This route leads you into even deeper forest of ancient trees and open peat bogs where you are likely to see wolverine tracks and birds typical to this forest such as Siberian Jay, Black Woodpecker and Capercaille.
Day 5 (Option 3):
Today you can choose either your favourite trail so far or go exploring somewhere new, depending on weather conditions. After your final day of dog sledding, you will return to the cabin to help with the huskies before relaxing for your last evening.
Day 6 (Option 3):
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kajaani airport or train station for departure.
- 4-day tours (Option 1 and Option 2): Dates by arrangement between 3rd January and 31st March.
- 6-day tour (Option 3): Dates by arrangement between 20th January and 31st March.
|Option 1/person (4-day tour, standard hotel room + cabin at kennels)||GBP 1,135||EUR 1,180|
|Option 1/person (4-day tour, hotel suite + cabin at kennels)||GBP 1,209||EUR 1,257|
|Option 2/person (4-day tour, cabin at kennels)||GBP 1,135||EUR 1,180|
|Option 3/person (6-day tour, cabin at kennels)||GBP 1,693||EUR 1,760|
|Optional Extras (see description below)|
|Extra day dog sledding + night at kennels/person||GBP 279||EUR 290|
|Extra night at hotel/person (standard room)||GBP 100||EUR 104|
|Extra night at hotel/person (suite)||GBP 137||EUR 143|
- Extra night at hotel: Half board (dinner + breakfast).
What's Included »
- Option 1 (4-day tour, hotel + cabin): Two nights in private double/twin en-suite standard room* or suite* (depending on option chosen) in hotel, one night in private double/twin room in you hosts' cabin at the kennels.
- Option 2 (4-day tour, cabin only) and Option 3 (6-day tour, cabin only): Three or five nights in private double/twin room in your hosts' cabin at the kennels.
*Standard room has twin/double bed, size 21 square metres, shower/WC, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, radio; Suite has bedroom, living room and large bathroom, size 38 square metres, jacuzzi/WC, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, radio, telephone, minibar and bathrobes.
Hotel offers spa facilities with 4 saunas (including male/female standard saunas and infrared sauna) and 2 hot tubs. Use of the standard saunas is included before dinner. Other saunas and the hot tubs are available to book locally at additional charge. Choice of massage and other spa treatments available to book locally. Free wi-fi.
Hotel Accommodation (double room shown, upgrade to suites incl. honeymoon suite also available)
Cabin at kennels offers simple but comfortable accommodation in private room in renovated forestry worker's cabin together with your local hosts, shared WC/bathroom facilities. The cabin has running water, electricity and indoor toilet and is located by the lakeshore with no close neighbours, offering a wonderful feeling of remoteness and peace. Traditional wood-fired sauna beautifully located by the lake is available each night. There is no shower - the sauna offers opportunity to wash.
All meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (breakfast, lunch, dinner + coffee/snacks, etc). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Equipment and Clothing:
- All equipment necessary for dogsled tour including sled and team of huskies. The kennel has 22 dogs in total, with a mix of Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies and Greenland dogs. For Option 1, you begin sledding on sled driven by guide, then drive your own sled (one sled for two persons, taking turns driving). For Option 3, you will normally begin with driving your own sled (one sled for two persons, taking turns driving) and move on to each person driving own sled. For Option 2, arrangements for driving shared or own sled can be flexible depending on your preference.
- Warm winter outer clothing: thermal snowmobile overalls, warm winter boots and warm outer gloves (mittens). Please provide size information (shoe size, clothing size S-XXL) in advance. Guests are asked to bring own warm hat, but hats are also available to borrow if required.
Winter clothing provided as standard
- Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
- Services of local guide during the tour.
- Local transfers between Kajaani airport or train station and the kennels, or from Kuhmo bus station if arriving by coach.
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks.
Good To Know »
General good level of health and fitness. Suitable for adults (minimum age 16). As a private tour, level of challenge is flexible and can be tailored to your requirements.
If weight >95kg, please contact us to discuss suitability.
What makes this "Easy"?
Accommodation is in combination of hotel and simple but comfortable cabin or cabin only depending on choice of tour. The distances covered and overall level of challenge can be adjusted depending on preference and weather conditions.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
This experience is a private tour for two adults. Suitable for couples or two other adults travelling together.
This provider has a written environmental policy. Your local hosts lead a very low-impact lifestyle and much of the food served on the tour is organic and harvested wild from the immediate local area.
The dogs at the kennels are fed largely on fish. Offcuts from a local salmon fish-farm make effective and nutritious use of a waste product, and the dogs' diet is supplemented with an overabundant species of roach caught by hand nets in the lake adjacent to the kennels. This not only provides a sustainable and low-impact high quality food source, but also contributes to the conservation of the lake ecosystem, as removing this species helps to reduce the disturbance of sediment and combats eutrophication of the water caused by local forestry activities.
The Taiga Forest
The taiga forest, also known as the boreal or snowforest, is the world's largest biome and consists mostly of coniferous forest including pines, spruces and larches. It stretches virtually unbroken around the world, across Canada, Alaska and parts of the northern USA. In Europe it covers large parts of Sweden, Norway and Finland, some parts of Iceland, and much of Russia, as well as areas of Kazaskhstan, Mongolia and Japan.
Getting There »
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Helsinki for travel by day train (6 hours) or domestic flight (1 hour 15 mins) to Kajaani, from where transfer to the kennels (90 mins) is included.
Gallery & Reviews »
"The home cooked food was exceptionally good, and our hosts went out of their way to make us welcome. [The highlight was] meeting the dogs and how friendly both the dogs and the hosts were." Douglas, March 2018
"All of it was bloody fantastic." Paul and Fran, March 2017
"We just want to let you know what a fabulous holiday we've had. From the very start this was one of the best sledding trips we've been on. Aki and Suvi were great hosts, it was just like staying with friends! Suvi picked us up from the airport in Kajaani so we got to know each other on the drive up to Kuhmo. For the next three days we were out sledding for 3–4 hrs. The trails were excellent and the dogs were wonderful of course. They were so lovely and friendly. It was great to come back each day to their cabin and enjoy a sauna and Suvi's home cooking. We were lucky with the weather, sunshine and a little snow. All in all it was fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of a dog sledding trip." George and Yvonne, February 2017