- Flights: flights from London Heathrow (regional departures may be available on request) to Ivalo Airport (via Helsinki)
- Transfers: return group airport transfers are included
- Accommodation: 2 nights shared log cabin accommodation (in own private room), 2 nights wilderness camp/cabin
- Activities (order subject to change): 3-day husky safari
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
Authenticity explains the popularity of the Karasjok husky safari, which was created by Sven Engholm, (Scandinavia's 11 times winner of the Finnmarkslopet longest dog sled race in Europe and also a top ten finisher in the Iditarod 1800km North American mushing race). The passion for mushing and the excitement of the trail is simply contagious in his company.
Your wilderness husky dog adventure lasts three days and two nights, covering up to 25km to 50km each day. With breathtaking winter scenery as your backdrop, look out for local wildlife such as reindeer and moose in their natural habitats.
Your accommodation is a mix of log cabins at Engholm Husky Farm (6km from Karasjok). A launch pad for some of the world's best dog sledding - life is all about the dogs and sledding here, where fifty resident huskies are the main form of transport.Read more
In keeping with the intimate and unique feel of this trip, there are only eight cabins at the husky farm. Each cabin has been built by hand and tastefully filled with handcrafted pieces, giving a combination of comfort with traditional Sámi decor. Whilst out mushing, if your host discovers a particularly unusual or useful piece of wood, he marks it on his GPS and it will be retrieved later. The wood is then crafted into something that adds to the unique beauty of each cabin. Admire lampshades made from bird feathers, seats and dining tables hung by ropes from the cabin ceiling and reindeer skin stool covers - everywhere you look there is something special that brings the great outdoors indoors.
Image credits: Engholm Husky, Oliver Kay (client Jan '17)
Flights, Transfers, Welcome
Flights to Ivalo, Finland are followed by taxi transfer to the Engholm Husky Farm in Karasjok, Norway. The transfer takes approximately two to two and half hours.
On arrival, you will be invited to a welcome meeting, where your guide will talk you through the details of the exciting days to come. Dinner will be served at the lodge.Included Meals: Dinner
Preparation, Safari Departure
This morning is spent getting ready for your two nights in the remote wilderness of Norwegian Lapland. You have a chance to meet your team of up to six dogs that you are going to drive on your husky safari. The number of dogs you have depends on your guide's expert judgment. The guide needs to assess your ability to handle and drive the sled, whilst taking the likely conditions on the track into consideration. The guides reserve the right to make the final decision on a guest's handling ability. Initially, you may be asked at first to ride in tandem and then progress from there.
As soon as your sleds have been carefully packed and prepared, you're all set for your safari. On leaving the husky farm, you immediately come across a hilly stretch that instils confidence and respect for your team from the outset. You can help the dogs by pushing off with your feet against the upward slopes. This adds to the thrill of the adventure and gives a sensation of real satisfaction as the dogs respond favourably.
The journey to your accommodation across lakes and frozen marshland is a great introduction to the wonder of this winter landscape. For the next two nights, you will stay in remote wilderness camps or cabins depending on the weather conditions. Wherever you stay, there will soon be a fire blazing as your group work together preparing a delicious dinner. In this remote environment, you can enjoy the peace all around, miles and miles from the rest of civilisation.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 - 4
Overnight Wilderness Husky Safari
On safari, the route remains flexible so that your guide can select the best trail, determined by the local weather. If it is deemed necessary to spend more than one night in the same camp/cabin, this allows you to pack light and potentially cover greater distances. Lunch each day is cooked over an open fire.
Along the trail, you are likely to encounter indigenous wildlife, as this area is an important winter pasture for the reindeer of the Sámi herders. The local guides love to share their knowledge of wildlife and outdoor living. For a real insight into your surroundings, just have a friendly chat anytime.
There are few experiences that compare to mushing your own team of dogs on their home turf. Travelling deeper into the wilderness, the gentle swish of the sled and the padding of eager paws as the only sound.
After two days exploring, spend a second night in the wilds before the long mush back to Engholm Husky Farm. The return route is well known for sightings of wild moose, so stay alert and you may well catch a glimpse of these magnificent beasts. Farewell dinner waits at Engholm Husky Farm on your last night - a relaxed evening usually spent reflecting back on the adventure and sharing stories of the trip.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Return to the airport for your flight out of this unforgettable landscape.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Personalise this tour
Extend your stay at Karasjok
If you can't quite bear to leave Karasjok just yet then we can arrange for you to extend your stay in order to take advantage of the other activities on offer here. Your extra night or nights will be spent in one of the cabins (based on two people sharing) and includes breakfast, a packed lunch and your evening meal.
Engholm Husky Centre is renowned for its enthusiastic sled dogs and racing heritage. During one of your free days, you may wish to further experience the joys of dog sledding and take the trails once again for another thrilling safari into the wilds. We will be more than happy to arrange an additional full day safari for you.
If you book additional nights or have a free day during your holiday, you have the option to add on a guided cross-country skiing activity. This a much-enjoyed and traditional pastime in Scandinavia, and, once you have the hang of it, can be marvellous fun and a great way to travel across the snow-covered landscape.
Visit to a reindeer herd
Reindeer are of huge importance in Lapland and if you have a free day or book additional nights on your Karasjok Adventure we would strongly recommend this activity. It will give you a unique and valuable insight into the lives of Sámi herders in this region. You will spend time at the reindeer pasture and encounter the animals whilst also having the chance to ask the herder any questions you may have.
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying a initial deposit of £400pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 - 8 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.
The dog sledging was excellent - very hands on and involved.
The husky safari was excellent; the dogs were big and strong and the wilderness was breathtaking.