Our season starts in the early December during the polar night and goes on until the end of April when there is daylight almost throughout the night.
We run the husky tours without a snow mobile guiding. Maximum group size is 8 persons. During the days there are two smaller groups with one guide each. On our trails you can still feel the atmosphere of the true wilderness.
Our weekly program usually starts on Monday and lasts until Saturday morning. It includes 4 day trips with the dogs and 5 nights in a log cabin.
We run the husky tours through a variety of landscapes in the Pallas-Ylläs National Park and our trails pass through pine-, spruce, birch forests and over open wetlands. We drive the dogs over the fells which look like from a fairy tale with deep snow and with trees often bending over down to the ground under a heavy snow load. These landscapes have been voted as the most magnificent in the whole of Finland.
In a short time you will get to know your dogs. After spending the days on the trail together and after looking after taking care of them, the four-legged friends learn to trust you and you learn to trust them - a special kind of team spirit!
Our dogs are Alaskan Huskies. Alaskan huskies are the most common sled dogs as they have been bred for their enthusiasm for running and for their work motivation.
Although we don't race with our dogs they are from the same blood lines as the dogs used in long distance races as for example Iditarod in Alaska.
We have a pack of 55 adult working dogs at our dog yard and we are proud of them.
When you are booking our 4-5 days husky tour please note that you are taking part in a physically active holiday.
This means you need to have an average fitness level. You should be able to possibly run uphill behind the sledge and dogs for a short length of time.
Even more important is the balance and coordination of your body while being on the sledge and your ability to react quickly if your body or sledge is off balance.
During the week our motto is teamwork and helping each other out. Teamwork with your dogs as well as looking after them and team work with the group.
At the end of November the snow finally stays on the ground and by early December has reached a depth of 40 cm. The dogs are looking forward to run on the new tracks. Winter has arrived!
The sun disappears under the horizon for a month on the 4th of December. During this time we have 5-6 hours of daylight though. This dark time of the year is called "kaamos" in Finnish. The strong colors on the sky are a speciality and they are caused by the low light of the Sun and the blueish light that comes with it. There is a big chance to see the northern lights up on the sky on these long dark evenings.
During the tour you stay at our comfortable log cabins at lake Madejärvi - with a sauna right by the lake. The It is a spacious and atmospheric log cabin where the beds are in two floors.
The cabins are heated with wood. The evenings you can enjoy next to the fireplace. At night there is an oil-heater ensures pleasant warmth.
The LED lightning system is powered from a battery pack and with a matching USB-cable you can charge your telephone and camera batteries.
In the Kota kitchen we cook and eat together at the open fire. There will be delicacies from the Finnish family kitchen to enjoy.
The toilet is outside.
Day 1/ Arrival:
We will set the transfer time to Rauhala as soon as we know your arrival time at Kittilä airport. The transfer is normally two o'clock in the afternoon.
In Rauhala you get the required winter gear. A welcome dinner and first night at the log cabin.
If you are very early in Kittilä you can check out Levi ski resort. Levi is easy to reach with the airport shuttle bus.
We will pick you up from Levi in the afternoon.
If the flight arrives later the transport will be with the airport shuttle bus directly to Rauhala where we will meet you.
Day 2- day 5:
After breakfast before the first sledging tour we advice you about sledge driving. Together we then harness the dogs in front of the sledges.
We will have a lunch break along the way and enjoy hot grilled sausages and warm drinks by an open fire.
Back at Madejärvi we unharness and feed the dogs. Afterwards we will gather together in our kota for a warming soup and bread and some homemade delicacies from Mari. In the evening you can enjoy the relaxing warmth of a traditional Finnish Sauna.
We will gather once more around the open fire in our kota for an evening meal.
Day 6/ Departure :
Home journey begins after breakfast.
The price of 1 380 € includes:
- transfers from/ to Kittilä Airport
- 5 nights in a log cabin
- 4 days with the huskies
- full board
- high quality winter equipment
(winter boots, thermal jacket and trousers, fur hat,
gloves + inner mittens, sleeping bag)
- guiding in English, German, Finnish
Special dietary menus are possible with advance notice.
For your personal use you should bring:
- warm, fast drying sports underwear (thermal underwear) - mid layer for insulation: warm garments that are flexible and comfortable
- thin fleece gloves (for handling the dogs)
- several pairs of wool
- a balaclava and/ or a buff
- sauna utensils (towels, shower gel etc.)
- hut shoes
- cotton or silk liner for the sleeping bag
- a headlamp or a torch
- sunglasses (in March and April)