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Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest (Finland)

A husky holiday for couples or friends with choice of hotel or cabin accommodation

  • Guided
  • Easy
  • From £1135/person
  • Jan-Mar, 4-6 or more days
  • Adults (min age 16)

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Highlights:

  • Private tour for two persons
  • Very flexible - drive own dogsled or share with partner
  • Stay in cabin at the kennels with your hosts
  • Option to combine with spa hotel
  • Very personal, small-scale experience
  • Lakeside sauna at the kennels

Description »

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom of a private tour - just you, your guide and the huskies!

Choose between a 4-day or 6-day private husky 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.

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.

You will be welcomed by friendly huskies and your hosts will 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.

Dog sledding in the Taiga forest

Drive your own dogsled teams or, if you prefer, take turns to drive with your partner - ideal for chatting and taking pictures! Photo: RT.

Immerse yourself in daily kennel life staying at the kennels or combine with hotel nights for extra comfort

There are six tour options depending on your preference for accommodation and tour duration. Any of the options can be extended with extra sledding day(s) overnighting at the kennels and/or extra night(s) at the hotel for a longer trip.

For itineraries including hotel nights, accommodation for the first and last nights of the tour is at a comfortable local hotel with spa facilities. Choose between standard hotel room or upgrade to the suite for extra romance!

4-day tours:

  • Option 1: 3 nights in cabin at kennels.
  • Option 2: 2 nights in standard hotel room + 1 night in cabin at kennels.
  • Option 3: 2 night in hotel suite + 1 night in cabin at kennels.

6-day tours:

  • Option 4: 5 nights in cabin at kennels.
  • Option 5: 2 nights in standard hotel room + 3 nights in cabin at kennels.
  • Option 6: 2 nights in hotel suite + 3 nights in cabin at kennels.

If staying at the hotel, you will be picked up in the morning for transfer to the husky farm, home of your new furry friends.

Dog sledding in the Taiga forest

The huskies at the kennels are friendly and affectionate! Photo: RT.

Sauna is available every evening both at the hotel and cabin. At the kennels there is a real focus on locally-sourced and homemade food.

The kennels are located in a beautiful area next to a lake and there are a number of trails which can be explored for each day's sledding tour with the huskies.

Your guide will help you learn the mushing basics before you set off to begin your dogsled tour into the surrounding forest.

Guests will normally drive own sled from the beginning, but it is also possible to share a sled one per two persons if you prefer, either just at the start as you gain confidence progressing to driving own dogsled later, or for the duration of the tour.

As a private dogsled tour, this experience can be very flexible to vary the level of challenge and to take account of the needs and preferences of different guests as well of course of weather and trail conditions.

This is a very personal experience where you will learn how it is to live like a musher. The husky farm is located on the lakeshore in the forest. Accommodation is in your hosts' house, which is a simple but cosy cabin, in private 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!

Your hosts as well as some of the indoor dogs live in the house. The husky farm has a real sense of timelessness combined with the modern facilities of electricity, running water and an indoor toilet.

Private Dog Sled Tours for Two in Taiga Forest is a wonderful mix of adventure, comfort, relaxation and (if you wish!) romance!

Sled dogs at the kennels

The kennel has around 22 dogs in total, with a mix of Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies who have been bred for sledding and also a number of rescued huskies and mixed-breed rescue dog who have been been rehomed.

The majority of the dogs are very affectionate and sociable. Some of the rescued dogs may be shyer. There is a strong focus at the kennels on creating a loving environment for the dogs and providing a unique and very personal experience for guests.

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.

Itinerary »

All tours:

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 night(s) at hotel before/after your tour. Please see under "Dates and Prices > Optional Extras" for details.

Day 1 (Arrival)

You will be met from Kajaani airport or train station and transferred (approx. 90 minutes) either to your hotel for the night or the kennels, depending on tour option chosen.

  • If staying at the kennels: Settle into your room followed by 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.
  • If staying at the hotel: 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.

Day 2 and following sledding days (Days 2 and 3 for 4-day itineraries, Days 2-5 for 6-day itineraries)

For guests staying all nights at the kennels, Day 2 begins directly from here. For guests beginning their tour with night at hotel, you will be met after breakfast 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 dogsled adventure.

You set off into the surrounding taiga forest for your first day's sledding - there are a number of trails that can be used each day to take advantage of the best conditions. You will normally begin driving your own teams from the beginning, but if you prefer, shared sled options are also possible - you will have plenty of opportunity to discuss the most suitable possibilities for you with your guide and of course to change arrangements during the tour if you wish.

Your guide can help you learn to identify wildlife tracks such as wolf, wolverine, lynx and forest birds. As you progress and gain confidence, new trails can be explored, taking you further off the beaten track and experiencing traditional dog sledding on trails untouched by snowmobiles in landscapes of ancient trees and open peat bogs, where you may see wolverine tracks and birds typical to this forest such as Siberian Jay, Black Woodpecker and Capercaille.

Lunch is enjoyed outdoors with a hot drink and you will then continue your dogsled tour arriving back at the kennels in the afternoon. Once at the cabin you feed and take care of the dogs. If any of the huskies appear to be a little stiff after their exertions, they may be taken in for a massage!

You then have time to relax, talking through your day with a hot drink. A traditional wood-fired sauna next to the lake is available each night, before a roll in the snow if you're brave enough! You end your evening with a tasty dinner made with local ingredients.

Last day of sledding (Day 3 for 4-day itineraries, Day 5 for 6-day itineraries)

  • Guests staying all nights at the kennels will spend the night there as normal after the day's sledding.
  • Guests choosing itineraries including hotel nights will be transferred to the hotel after the day's sledding is over.

Departure Day

After breakfast (at the kennels or hotel depending on option chosen) you will be transferred to Kajaani airport or train station for departure.

Dates»

Dates 2020

  • Start any day by arrangement between 3rd January and 31st March.

Prices»

Prices 2020

Standard Prices (per person)  
4-day/3-night tours  
Option 1 (all nights at kennels)GBP 1,135EUR 1,180
Option 2 (standard hotel room + kennels)GBP 1,135EUR 1,180
Option 3 (hotel suite + kennels)GBP 1,209EUR 1,257
6-day/5-night tours  
Option 4 (all nights at kennels)GBP 1,693EUR 1,760
Option 5 (standard hotel room + kennels)GBP 1,693EUR 1,760
Option 6 (hotel suite + kennels)GBP 1,767EUR 1,837
Optional Extras (see description below)  
Extra day dog sledding + night at kennels/personGBP 279EUR 290
Extra night at hotel/person (standard room)GBP 100EUR 104
Extra night at hotel/person (suite)GBP 137EUR 143
  • Extra night at hotel: Half board (dinner + breakfast).

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation:

  • Itineraries with all nights at kennels: Three or five nights in private double/twin room in your hosts' cabin at the kennels.
  • Itineraries with first and last nights at hotel: Two nights in private double/twin en-suite standard room* or suite* (depending on option chosen); one or three 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

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. As well as the dogs staying outside in the kennels, there are some dogs who live indoors in the cabin, so you should be comfortable sharing the cabin with its four-footed residents also!

Cabin Accommodation

Cabin Accommodation

Meals:

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. You will normally change the particular dogs in your husky teams at different points during the tour to provide all dogs with exercise and variation.
  • 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.
Clothing for dog sledding

Winter clothing provided as standard

Guide:

  • Instruction in harnessing and sled handling.
  • Services of local guide during the tour.

Transfers:

  • Local transfers between Kajaani airport or train station and the kennels, or from Kuhmo bus station if arriving by coach.
  • Local transfers between hotel and kennels for itineraries with hotel nights.

Not Included

  • 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 »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

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.

Equipment/clothes needed:

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.

Groups

This experience is a private tour for two adults. Suitable for couples or two other adults travelling together.

Eco Info

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 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.

By Air:

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.

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