Harriniva - Seven Day Husky Expedition
- Duration:8 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+ with a good level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information.
- Transfers: Return group airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights in safari houses with shared facilities, 4 nights in wilderness cabins, 2 nights in cabins with shared facilities
- Activities (order subject to change): 7-day dog sled safari with your own team of dogs.
- Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
A note on flights: Whilst flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our travel experts for details of the available options from your preferred departure airport. Direct flights are available on some dates and our team will offer you the best available flights and fares.
If you have experienced an overnight husky safari then you are likely to have been left wanting more. For those with some experience, this expedition is the real deal.
This holiday is not for the fainthearted and you will spend 7 days out in the wilderness, in the company of your own team of huskies, exploring the wilds of Lapland. The sense of adventure during this winter holiday is hard to beat and it really is an expedition like experience, covering around 300km over the 7 days, and reaching areas of Lapland that few visitors ever get to see.
This is the best chance that anyone can have to really form a bond with the huskies and, as you work together over such a long period, you will truly become a team. You will look after the dogs throughout, feeding them and settling them down for the night, they are your responsibility for the entire time.
As a group, you will all work together during your four nights in the wilderness cabins and will collect firewood and help prepare the evening meals. This all helps to build a sense of camaraderie that is very hard to find in the modern world. This is not a sugar-coated experience and guests must all work together at the camps and get their hands dirty.
The terrain is varied and wild, rugged yet beautiful and the experience is sure to be one that you will never forget.
A good level of physical fitness is required to participate in this husky dog safari as well as previous dog sledding experience, ideally an overnight expedition.
If you would like to finish off your holiday with something extra special then we can arrange for you to spend the night in either an Aurora Dome or in a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village.
Image credits: Ruth Sole, Antti Pietikainen, Martin Prcychodny
Day 1 Transfers and introduction
Upon arrival at Kittila Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to Muonio. You will spend the night in a comfortable safari house owned by Harriniva Wilderness Hotel. This shared house allows the group to prepare for the adventures ahead together.
The house is a short distance from the hotel and you will be transferred there for your evening meal tonight. Make the most of these comfortable surroundings this evening as you will set off on the trail tomorrow!
Day 2 Hitting the trail
Stock up at the breakfast buffet this morning ahead of your first day on the trail today.
First on the agenda is a meeting with the experienced guide who will accompany you during the expedition. They will give you some detailed information on what to expect. You will then all head to the sled dog centre to meet your teams and prepare.
You will be given all the necessary training and the guide will help you pack your sled securely. You'll need to travel light but also carry all the essentials for the coming six nights.
Filled with excitement and spurred on by the overly excited and often loud husky dogs you will make your way out of the centre and into some of the wildest terrain in Finland.
After all the preparation it will suddenly be time to leave. As you release the brake on the sled and wave farewell to the centre, there is sure to be a huge sense of excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead.
This is likely to be one of your shorter safari days and your destination will be a wilderness cabin where you will set up camp and spend the night.
Day 3 - 7 Journey along the trail
Over the full seven days, this journey will lead you from Harriniva to Palojärvi, the final village in Finland before the Norwegian border. During your journey, you will travel anywhere between 30 and 60km per day and this will, of course, depend entirely on the weather and trail conditions. The dogs' health and well-being will be taken into account at all times and your guide will continually assess the routes and conditions.
Your accommodation during your journey will primarily be in wilderness cabins but you will also enjoy a two-night stay at Galdotieva Fell Centre which offers relative luxury in comparison to the wilderness. At Galdotieva, the cabins have indoor toilets and showers for guests to use, whereas in the wilderness such luxuries are not provided. The wilderness accommodation is truly back to basics as most cabins do not have electricity or water. Facilities are all shared and the sleeping areas tend to be in dormitory style. There is typically the luxury of a sauna however and guests can enjoy a bit of a steam clean after a day of mushing.
As a group, you will all pitch in collecting water, firewood, cooking and setting the fires, which will develop a real sense of camaraderie. Throughout, the dogs are your responsibility and their care will be your main priority each evening. You will all be working as one team and are sure to bond, their welfare is therefore of the utmost importance.
This expedition takes place at the perfect time of year when the days are growing longer and the temperatures are typically less extreme than they can be during other periods. This means that you can enjoy long days on the trails and can really get to take in this spectacular and varied landscape at its very best.
Day 8 Return to Harriniva
You will return to Harriniva in the afternoon today. You are sure to welcome some home comforts but the day will also be tinged with some sadness, as you must bid farewell to your dogs.
Following the goodbyes, you will be reunited with warm showers and any fresh clothes you left at the hotel, prior to a delicious celebratory meal in the restaurant. Here the group will gather to recap the adventures and to remember all of the highs and lows of this exceptional experience.
Your final night will be spent back in the safari house at Harriniva. If, however, you would like to spend the final night somewhere rather different then we can arrange for you to sleep in either a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village or in an Aurora Dome. See the 'personalise' section for details.
Day 9 Departure
Today it is time to say goodbye to Lapland as you are returned to the airport for your flights home.
If you would like to extend your stay to try some additional activities then please do not hesitate to ask our travel experts for a quotation. For something totally different, we can arrange for you to spend the night in Helsinki en route home. See the 'Personalise' section for details.
Included in price
Harriniva Wilderness Hotel
Ideally located in the north-west corner of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle and in the very heart of the Aurora Zone, Harriniva Wilderness Hotel serves as a perfect base for your adventure holiday.
Owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, the hotel has developed a growing reputation for its warm ambience and the large range of enjoyable activities on offer.
The hotel has a range of facilities that have been designed to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible.
- There is free Wi-Fi throughout for guest use, in our experience, we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
- The hotel restaurant consists of three separate dining areas. The meals are served in a buffet style with two or three choices for each course. The food here is hearty and wholesome
- The hotel also has a pub serving a range of beers, wines and spirits - this is the perfect place to unwind and relax with your fellow guests in the evening
- Tea and coffee are available throughout the day at reception, but it is not free of charge, so we would recommend taking a travel kettle if this is of particular importance to you
- In the main reception area of the hotel, you will find a small gift shop selling a range of postcards, soft toys and handcrafted products. There is also a selection of snacks that can be purchased
- A sauna is available for guest use with separate facilities for men and women. This is free of charge and is heated every evening for around three hours
- The hotel also has an Aurora Wellness Centre (situated a short walk away on the riverbank), where you can enjoy a range of therapies such as facials or massages. A real treat after a day of sapping up the pristine wilderness! During peak periods, we would strongly recommend booking therapies in advance through reception (all payable locally)
- Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to hire for a small charge and there are marked trails surrounding the hotel for those with some experience. For those interested in downhill skiing, the reception will be able to arrange a taxi to the nearby ski resort of Olos (payable locally).
Double/twin rooms: Harriniva has 64 guest bedrooms which consist of twin or double rooms. Triple rooms are also available on request. Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, all rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer.
Northern Lights cabins: The hotel has a small number of cabins available on the riverbank, which offer a more secluded accommodation option. The cabins have double or twin beds, a private sauna, an en-suite shower room, hairdryer, a small kitchen and a lounge area.
Safari House: For those travelling on our longer husky or snowmobile experiences, your nights at the hotel will be spent in shared accommodation in one of Harriniva's Safari Houses. Each has sleeping facilities, a shower room, toilet, hairdryer and a sauna. Some safari houses are on-site, whereas others are located 3km from the hotel. If you are staying off-site, you will be transferred to and from the hotel for meals.
Galdotieva Fell Centre & Wilderness Cabins
Galdotieva Fell Centre
Situated close to the Norwegian border, Galdotieva Fell Centre is a spectacularly isolated spot on the route to Norway, which will play a significant part in your wilderness adventure. With very few cars or people passing this way, the vast landscape will take your breath away. The shared cabins have a perfect position to capture remarkable views across the frozen wilds with nothing else in sight so you can experience uninterrupted views of the Northern skies and the possibility of exceptional Aurora viewing.
The main building is a short walk away from the ten cabins. Here you will find the simple restaurant that serves wholesome and hearty meals for all you adventurers. Browse around the shop, a favourite with locals on their way to and from Norway, which stocks almost everything from outdoor gear to reindeer steaks! It is a great place to meet some locals who are passing through.
Guest bedroom types
Galdotieva can accommodate around 50 guests in a total of 10 cabins. Our guests stay in one of the four larger cabins which sleep four to eight guests. The cabins are simple yet cosy and comfortable providing a welcome retreat after a day of adventures.
Each cabin contains a kitchenette, sauna, shower, WC, fireplace and TV. There is a dormitory style sleeping area on the second floor.
Wilderness cabin accommodation is reserved for those people enjoying overnight safaris. There can surely be few better forms of escape from the everyday stresses (which could include laptops, mobiles and your day job) than a night in one of these cabins. Their isolation also means that the views of the night sky are incredible – perfect aurora watching territory.
The title is fairly self explanatory as the cabins are located in the wilds. The cabins that you visit are determined by the conditions of the trails you are using. They are varied in their set up but all offer the same incredible experience of complete silence in the evening (not guaranteed if you are dog sledding as the huskies do like a howl now and then!).
Some of the cabins are more basic than others, as some have no electricity or running water. Everyone will join the guide to help set up camp by collecting wood and water if needed. Participating enhances the wilderness experience.
Once the fire is lit, the food is cooked. The guides prepare your meals over an open fire and our guests always provide exceptional feedback on the meals that the guides rustle up (should you have specific dietary requirements, please mention these at the time of booking).
There are no showers or bathroom facilities in the cabins but this is all part of the adventure. Finland is renowned for its saunas and the wilderness cabins are no exception. Once heated, you can steam clean in the sauna. The toilet facilities are normally a short walk from the cabin and are compostable. We certainly recommend a head torch for any ventures to the toilet during the night!
In most cases, the sleeping arrangements are dormitory style. You will be given your own arctic-grade sleeping bag in which to sleep and, combined with your thermals and the open fire, this should keep you lovely and warm.
You will carry with you all that you need for any stay in the cabins, so luggage is typically restricted to the essentials. Your main bag will be securely stored back at the hotel and a safe is provided for your valuables.
There is something so refreshing about realising that you can strip back your belongings and enjoy such a simple but satisfying experience.
Personalise this tour
Helsinki City Break
The majority of our remote destinations in Finland can only be accessed by flights that connect through the Finnish capital city of Helsinki so a stopover here is a popular choice.
In Helsinki you can enjoy some world class restaurants, a rich culture and a beautiful coastal location on the Baltic Sea. Some of our favourite experiences include a tour of the Ateneum Art Museum, stopping off at one of the city’s many coffee shops and taking a ferry ride out of the main city to visit the incredible UNSECO listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.Read more
Please note that the included flights will not always allow for a stopover but we shall do what we can to meet your requirements. We would advise getting in touch with our Travel Experts to discuss all of the options available and they will happily provide a quotation for you.
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Overnight at Torassieppi Winter VillageFrom: £47pp
Spend a memorable night in a traditional snow igloo room within Torassieppi Winter Village. Snow structures and igloos have been used for centuries as a form of protection from the Arctic weather and whilst the outside temperatures can plummet, inside they remain more moderate.
Your bed may be made of snow but the warm reindeer skins and thick sleeping bags which cover it ensure a warm night.Read more about this activity
Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your igloo.
Please note that the price shown is based on your spending either the first or final night of your holiday in a snow igloo room and therefore you will not require your primary accommodation for this night. If you wish to stay on any other night then additional supplements apply so that you are able to keep your hotel/cottage accommodation.
Available: Monday to Saturday at 8.30pm
As activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.
Please contact us for a quotation.
Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
Night in an Aurora DomeFrom: £92pp
The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at Torassieppi and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.Read more about this activity
The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50m).
Any required transfers and breakfast are included. You will have dinner at your hotel prior to transferring to the domes.
Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.
Available: Monday - Saturday
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 and maximum 6 people (approximately)
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).
If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.
Medical History and advice
You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.
We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.
Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.
Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.