- Flights: return flights from London to Ivalo (either direct, or via Helsinki, depending on departure date) Flight routes subject to change
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights at Hotel Ivalo in a standard double/twin room and 2 nights in a shared wilderness cabin
- Activities: 3-day husky safari (driving your own team, one person per sled)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- Cold weather and protective clothing during the winter activities
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
Husky safaris are the ultimate ‘must-try’ activity for anyone visiting the Nordic Countries and feature in many of our trip itineraries. This holiday takes things to the next level, letting you experience three days of dog sledding through pristine wilderness environments, much like professional mushers do on a regular basis.
You will take responsibility for your very own sled and a pack of around four to five huskies. As you look after and feed these marvellous animals, you will form a close bond with them. Making your way together through the outdoors, you will cover around 50 kilometres on the first and third day, and around 30 kilometres on the second day. The frozen waters and islands of Lake Inari will provide a spectacular backdrop for your dog sledding journeys.
The first and last nights of this four-night holiday will be spent at Hotel Ivalo. During the two nights of the husky safari, you will stay in a wilderness cabin run by the dedicated Guesthouse Husky team. Leave everyday comforts behind and try your hand at some rather different skills, like collecting water from a frozen lake and heating up a traditional sauna. While the facilities will be simple, the experience will be extraordinary.
Image credits: Guesthouse Husky Ltd
Arrival and Welcome
Having landed at Ivalo Airport, you will be collected and transferred to Hotel Ivalo. Meet the rest of the group over dinner in the restaurant and get a good night’s sleep in preparation for tomorrow.Included Meals: Dinner
DAY 2 - 3
Husky Safari and Wilderness Cabins
Following breakfast, the adventure begins. You will be taken to the Guesthouse Husky Alaskan sled dog farm and receive warm winter clothing. After packing equipment and provisions for your journey, you will be given a safety talk and shown how to handle a dogsled. It will then be time to greet the enthusiastic huskies and harness them up. Each person will have their own sled and pack of four to five huskies and will be responsible for taking care of their dogs.
Setting off behind your guide, you will cover a range of winter terrain, taking in the stunning Finnish landscapes and developing your mushing skills. Lunch will be had around an open fire, where you can share your new experiences with the rest of the team.
Heading off after lunch, you will cover more trails before reaching your wilderness cabin accommodation. You will have travelled around 50 kilometres through the wilderness. Once you have seen to the needs of your huskies and fed them, you can help collect water for the sauna and assist with cooking. As would be the case with any group of wilderness explorers, it is expected that you do so, as this ensures everyone can get refreshed and fed quickly and efficiently.
You can then settle down for the night in a comfy sleeping bag, but be sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights before you go inside, because you will be in an area which is free from light pollution!
On Day 3, you will spend the day exploring around frozen Lake Inari and its islands with your huskies, covering around 30 kilometres before returning to the wilderness cabin. Once again, breakfast, outdoor lunch and dinner are included.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Return to Ivalo
Finishing breakfast and tidying up the cabin, you will pack your equipment into your sled and travel off with your huskies on the final safari. Making your way back, you will stop for lunch along the way, reaching the husky farm in the afternoon after covering around 50 kilometres. After waving goodbye to your furry companions, you will be transferred to Hotel Ivalo, where you can make the most of the sauna, swimming pool, and jacuzzi. Dinner will be had in the restaurant.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast at Hotel Ivalo, you will be transferred to Ivalo Airport for your journey home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Extend your stay at Hotel Ivalo
Why not extend your trip for a few extra nights at Hotel Ivalo and book some additional activities that you simply can't leave Lapland without trying? Alternatively, you can just spend a few more days unwinding after your adventures and make the most of the hotel’s marvellous swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Price based on two people sharing a double room on a half-board basis. Please ask our Travel Experts for more information or a tailored quotation based upon your holiday.
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Approximately 2 - 6 people
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 numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
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
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
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.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are 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 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 every day.
Consequently, their knowledge and experience are 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 and equipment hire
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
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.
Travel Safety and 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.
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.
From the moment we stepped onto the back of our sleds and felt the power of the dogs as they raced ahead, to the scenery we travelled through and the location of the wilderness cabin. It was great from start to finish.
We had a good group of people staying with us in the cabin which made it all the more enjoyable and we really appreciated the wood burners in the living area and bedroom which made our stay very comfortable. Yes, some of the facilities are basic but that's all part of the experience, and the food served was generous and exactly what you needed after a day's sledding!
It was also good to muck in and help do some of the tasks such as feeding the dogs and fetching water. We were lucky to have a great show of the Northern Lights on the second night and then appreciated relaxing in the sauna and having a beer in the bar once back at the hotel in Ivalo for our final evening.
Really lovely holiday and the husky sledding was an amazing experience. We really liked the fact that we got out into the wilds and away from any touristy trappings. Thank you Artisan Travel - all the arrangements worked smoothly which enabled us to sit back and simply enjoy the experience.
We had been told the hotel in Ivalo was basic, however, we found it very good and more than suited our needs. The whole experience was more than we could ever have imagined. We did it as a challenge for personal reasons particularly for one of the group. We were all apprehensive (it wouldn't have been a challenge otherwise), but ended up feeling proud of every one of us. We were taken aback by the peacefulness, the clarity of the stars, the expanse of sky and the scenery. Photographs, videos and words cannot do any part of the trip justice. We were extremely lucky and saw the Northern Lights on both nights in the wilderness. Our guide, Samili was perfect for us and looked after and supported us all. As for the dogs, well what can you say, they are beautiful and very loyal and hard working. Each of us in the group would have no hesitation in recommending this trip to everyone to add to their bucket list. It was very hard work, but perfect and worth every single ache we came away with. A huge part of my work role is customer support and I have to say that we really cannot fault any aspect of the trip. That includes the support from all at Artisan and partners right from my first enquiry over a year before departure, to after arriving home and the support trying to locate the item which was removed from my suitcase at Ivalo.