- 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.Read more
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: Antti Pietikainen
Transfers and Introduction
From the airport, you will be transferred to your shared accommodation for the first night of your holiday. This will vary depending on availability but could be at any of the Pietikäinen family’s three hotels or a safari house located near the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel (max distance of around 5km). If you are staying in one of the hotels then you will enjoy your evening meal in that hotel reception, if you are staying in one of the safari houses the hotel will provide a minibus to take you to dinner. You will be provided with full information regarding your accommodation for the first and final nights of your stay upon arrival. If you would like to upgrade to a private en-suite hotel room for the start and end of your stay then please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.
For an extra special start or end to your holiday it is possible to upgrade to an Aurora Bubble or a night in the Torassieppi Winter Village. Please see the personalise section for more details.Included Meals: Dinner
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.
Please note: physical fitness required for this holiday
To fully enjoy this holiday you do need a good level of physical fitness. Temperatures can be anywhere between -5ºC to even -45ºC but the thermal clothing you are provided will keep you toasty warm whatever the conditions. You will spend long parts of your day standing on the runners of the sledge for a few hours at a time but when required you may also be needed to walk/ jog behind the sledge for a short period and help the dogs push the sledge up any short hills (which are few and far between in this part of the world). Anyone with any recent injuries or longer term medical conditions who would like to discuss the level of physical activity required are more than welcome to speak to our travel experts who have all been lucky enough to take part in husky safaris of varying lengths (and are all manner of ages and levels of fitness too!).Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 - 7
Journey Along the Trail
Over the 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 70km 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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
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.
Image credit: Visit Finland
Dates & Prices
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 and maximum 6 people (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions