Finnish dogsledding adventure

A wonderful playground is waiting for you in Hossa Park: boreal forests, frozen rivers, lakes and the magical silence of the wild North. With our lovely faithful huskies by your side, you can enjoy 125 miles / 200km of fantastic trails which wind through the taiga. Stay in traditional huts and shelters during 3 unforgettable  dog-sledding and snowshoeing safaris - a truly enchanting programme.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Welcome to Finland

    Welcome to Finland Arrival at Kuusamo airport and coach transfer to Hossa village located at the entrance to Hossa National Park (about 1 hours drive) - we will escort you to your accommodation where you can enjoy dinner and briefing together with your guide.

    Accommodation: Cottage or hostel

  • Day 2 Dog-sledding Introduction

    Dog-sledding Introduction Today we will learn Finnish dog-sledding techniques and practice our skills. In the morning we will meet the dogs, each sled is lead by a team of 4 to 5 dogs (2 to 3 dogs for children) We will start out on frozen lakes and before we know it we will be exploring the forest with ease, enjoying this magical method of transport. After a picnic at Jatkonjärvi’s hut by the lake, we will journey through the stunning forest scenery in style to Peurapirtti. Here we find a hidden trappers cabin - our accommodation for the night - the wood stove crackles as the camp settles and our dogs finally doze off...

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding (1 per sledge, around 15 miles/ 25km)
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 3 Dog-sledding Safari

    Dog-sledding Safari Todays track takes us Northwards to Lakkujärvi, an area where it is usual to see herds of reindeer. We will ride over forest lakes of many different shapes which give way to hidden woodland paths. The wide track sometimes narrows and our dog teams sneak into the heart of Hossas wild taiga. This afternoon, we arrive back at our basecamp where we will look after our loyal dogs and equipment.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding (1 per sledge)
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel

  • Day 4 Snowshoe trek with dogs

    Snowshoe trek with dogs Time to strap on our snowshoes and head into the park for a two day hiking adventure. Walk over the frozen lakes, explore the boreal forest and discover deep untouched snow. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in this beautiful, silent wilderness. Tonight we sleep in a trappers hut and share a traditional style meal prepared and cooked together over a wood fire.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of snowshoeing
    Accommodation: Trappers cabin

  • Day 5 Snowshoe trek with dogs

    Snowshoe trek with dogs Another day exploring the taïga - today we head back to basecamp via the crests trail which has stunning views of Hossa’s boreal forest. Perhaps we will spot moose or a bear or a wolf! We will share lunch over a lovely open fire place and arrive back in the late afternoon in time for a well deserved sauna session. Dinner tonight is a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of snowshoeing
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel

  • Day 6 Dogsledding safari, Jatkonvaara summit

    Dogsledding safari, Jatkonvaara summit This second dog-sledding safari leads us to the South. The trail goes through the forest to Tolosenvirta where we will stop to rest and have lunch. Our track varies and sometimes narrows, it leads us to the top of the parks highest peak, Jatkonvaara. From here we can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding landscapes and observe just how vast this Lappish snowy wilderness really is. Tonight we sleep in a hidden trappers cabin near a lake.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding (1 per sledge, 18 miles / 30km)
    Accommodation: Trappers cabin

  • Day 7 Dog-sledding Safari

    Dog-sledding Safari Our last day with the dogs - todays trail through the stunning Finnish wilderness passes impressive ridges - a splendid sight for this final day. The joys of dog-sledding are intense, today is a final chance to soak in this magical atmosphere before you have to say farewell to your loyal dog team. Tonight we can reflect on our adventures together over a traditional Lappish meal of Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding (1 per sledge)
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel

  • Day 8 Transfer

    Transfer Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Please note that this itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to achieve this, changes to the programme may be made.

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Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Trip code: C2

Included

  • Airport transfers to/from Kuusamo airport
  • 4 nights in cottage/hostem accommodation
  • 3 nights in trappers huts
  • Full board from day 1 dinner to breakfast day 8
  • Luggage transport
  • Activities supervised by professional guides
  • All technical equipment needed including cold weather clothing (see 'practical info' / 'equipment' for details)

Not included

  • Flights

Additional Options

Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities/supplements:
  • Single room at the hotel: 190 pp.

Notes

Comfort: 3/5 Various

Some of our trips involve a mixture of accommodation options. This trip includes nights alternating between trappers hut and hostel/cottage accommodation


Level: 3/5 Challenging

You should be in good physical shape to join our more challenging adventures. You should have a sense of adventure, a positive attitude and be prepared for a full-on action packed programme including 6+ hours of activity per day. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.

Minimum age: 14

International flights

Flights are not included but this trip includes airport transfers to/from Kuusamo airport - please contact us if you require transfers to/from somewhere different.

Insurance

Practical info

Staff

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Finland team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides who are English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Finnish.

Food

This trip includes full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8. You will have the chance to try some traditional Finnish meals like smoked fish, salmon soup, reindeer stew and traditional cakes - please be aware that fresh fruit and vegetables are rare in our isolated northern location.
  • At the hostel/cottages: Generous buffet style breakfasts and dinners are served with hot drinks and lots of options
  • Lunches: Picnic lunches are provided on our activity days including hot food cooked on wood fires
  • In the trappers huts: We like when the whole group work as a team to cook a traditional style dinner with their guide during our nights in the cabins - it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days adventures together.
Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

Our basecamp is located in the heart of Hossa National Park, more than 60 miles (+100kms) away from a village or shop - no mass tourism hubs or Santa Claus Village here with us! There are 23 inhabitants in and around Hossa, most of them are reindeer farmers and yes, there are more bears here than people! We live here peacefully and we work closely with authorities to protect and preserve this stunning National Park. During your stay, you will not have many opportunities to meet local people since there are very few of them but you may cross paths with ice fishers or Nordic skiers and visit local reindeer farms.

This trip includes 4 nights in our cottage/hostel accommodation options and 3 nights in trappers huts. Bed linens, sleeping bags and towels are provided by Norwide.

Our hostel: shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, sauna access

Our cottages:
  • The Classic Cottage option has a living room/kitchen area with twin or bunk beds plus a private bathroom and sauna
  • The Premium Cottage has a separate bedroom with a double bed, a living room, kitchen, a private bathroom and sauna

Trappers huts: We love our back to basics no frills accommodation options which enable us to get close to nature - these traditional log cabins are just like mountain refuges, they are all equipped sometimes even with Finnish saunas and they are full of charm! They normally have a single dormitory for 4 to 6 people with one main living room. Generally there is no running water or electricity; dry toilets are found outside. Wood-stove heating warms the cabins quickly and efficiently even when it is cold outside.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Finland is the euro. Please budget for the following:
  • Personal expenses and drinks
  • Any additional activities/supplements
  • Deposits may be required for various equipment provided: ie €50 for the boots, €50 euros for the overall & €50 euros for the sleeping bag

Supplied equipment

We will provide you with the following equipment for the duration of your trip:
  • Warm snow boots (Sorel)
  • Bedding - linen for hotel/cottage accommodation and warm sleeping bags for the trappers huts/log cabins
  • A warm jacket for the cold
  • Snowshoes and poles
  • A warm protective oversuit
  • Waterproof over mittens
  • A balaclava
  • A durable waterproof bag
  • Use of our dogs and dog-sleds!
Please be aware that upon booking you may be asked your size, height and weight in order to reserve the appropriate equipment in advance.

Vital equipment

You must bring with you:
  • A sleeping bag liner
  • Sunglasses (minimum UV 400)
  • A ski mask
  • Any personal medication
  • Good thermals - top & long johns
  • Sun-cream (not water based)
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • A thermos flask

Material

We prefer that you do not wear any cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm

Winter in Finland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide a quality jacket and over trousers for activities)

Helpful equipment

We recommend packing:
  • Warm (wool) socks
  • A warm wind and waterproof jacket
  • Suitable warm  trousers - windproof ski style, soft shell or fleece lined mountaineering trousers are ideal
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
  • Warm baselayer thermals - very important! (Thin technical fibers as Carline or Polartec are extremely efficient)
  • Gloves - multiple pairs for under and over
  • A warm hat
  • Appropriate neck wear like a warm buff
  • Swim suit (sauna)
  • Travel towel (sauna)
  • Shoes for wearing in the evenings in your various accommodation options

You may also consider packing:
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • A camera (and suitable protective case)
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing

Luggage

You may bring a hold bag (up to 20kg) as well as a cabin bag.

For you hold luggage please bring a soft bag like a ruckack rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We also recommend that you pack your clothes in plastic bags inside your rucksack so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Do not forget to bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag (25/30L). You can bring this as hand luggage on the plane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.

Medicine

Your guide is trained first aider and will carry a full appropriate first aid kit. We recommend that you bring with you a small first aid kit as well as any medication you may need with you such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

A vaild European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will insure that you can access state-provided healthcare for free or at a reduced cost.

Passport

You will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your return date.

Visa

UK passport holders do not require a VISA to visit Finland which part of the Schengen cooperation.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland lists the accepted travel documents and visa requirements for every country.

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks

Weather

Winter in Finland is cold and dry, temperatures in Hossa can drop as low as -25°C (-13°F) but warm clothing, good food and an active lifestyle will keep you warm.

A thick layer of snow covers Finland from December, when it settles, to the end of April, when it melts. The dry cold preserves the snow and makes temperatures feel warmer than you might imagine.

During the winter months daytime is relatively short in Finland but thanks to the snow and the occassional displays of the dancing Northern Lights it is never completely black even in the regions where the sun does not rise at all - winter brings a beautiful blue light with a feeling of permanent dusk. In mid-April, the sun stays above the horizon for 14-16 hours so during March and April you can enjoy long glorious days of winter sports under a bright sun. Other winter days include 4 to 5 hours of a light called gray light, usually 10am to 2pm, with local variations.

The Northern Lights

The beautiful dancing lights are most likely to appear on black nights in February-March and September-October in the North of Finland. Statistics show that most are observed in Lapland, in the region of Kilpisjärvi. When the night skies are clear, the Northern Lights can be observed three nights out of four in Kilpisjärvi, every other night in the Sodankylä region and one out of four nights near Oulu-Kuusamo.

Electricity

Finland uses the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs (50Hz/230 volts)

Local time

Finland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)+2 and observes Daylight Saving Time making it GMT+3 during the summer months

Topography

Area:+130502 square miles (+338,000 km2) which consists of around 10% water, 69% forest and only 8% cultivated land
Size: It is the seventh largest country in Europe,+720 miles (1160km) North to South and +335 miles (540km) East to West
Borders: Sweden, Norway, Russia and the coast
There are said to be 187888 lakes here in Finland and 179584 islands including a concentration of islands off the South West coast which forms the largest archipelago in Europe.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

Here in Finland we work in partnership with Metsähallitus to protect Finnish waters and forests - an exclusive agreement which enables us to use the roads of Hossa National Park. Our kennel is cleaned daily and subject to regular veterinary and we work with MyClimate to offset all carbon emissions produced by snowmobiling activities and transfers.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.

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Region
Hossa
Activity
Dog sledding Snowshoeing Winter
Duration
8 days
Group
2 to 5 people
Code
C2
Price
From €1,730
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English

Strengths

  • The stunning and varied arctic landscapes of Hossa National Park
  • Discover complete wilderness immersion in harmony with your own loyal team of dogs
  • Our experienced professional guides and high quality equipment will keep you warm and safe

Required level

This trip is for anyone in good health with a sense of adventure, a love of animals and a positive attitude. We will do 4-6 hours of activity per day, no previous dog-sledding or snowshoeing experience is necessary but it is preferred. Please note that your help with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected during our adventure - this is a participative trip, we want you to be part of our team.
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